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British heritage brand Belstaff is in the process of rebranding and relaunching to spiff up the venerable label with fresh design. Martin Cooper, previously Christopher Bailey’s right-hand man at Burberry, is leading the design team and from the looks of it, doing an excellent job. The moto jackets (revered by every Italian on a Ducati zooming along the streets of Milan, as well as Kate Moss btw) have been reworked into plenty of new versions and with a tight, whip thin silhouette.
While the color palette is rather staid in neutrals, some warm cognac browns and of course plenty of black in leather and wovens, the details and fit are excellent. Trousers were mostly cropped, skirts mostly knee-length, and abstracted racing stripe details perked up some wonderful knit dresses. I look forward to seeing more of Cooper’s work as this brand grows, and I”ll start saving now for one of his excellent pieces of outerwear. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)