First, I must address the Elephant in the Blog. Leather Pants.
I know, who wears leather pants really? Motorcycle people. Mick Jagger. Creepy Tom Cruise. Folsom Street. The many connotations are not good ones, but the appearance of leather pants keep popping up season after season. It was not my intention to write about leather pants, because as you might have imagined from my past posts, it’s not my scene… but then I saw Belstaff’s 2012 Collection. Could it be? End-of-Days toughness with an insane dose of luxury, with none of the trappings of leather-daddy crudeness.
Granted, I’m still not sure I could pull off many of these looks, nor would my wallet allow for such a flight of boldness, but it got me thinking. Are my social references outdated and clouding my vision of what’s interesting and, wait for it… fashionable?
This current Belstaff collection mines more of the tough luxury and vast archive of workwear that has been a mainstay for the brand since its inception in 1924. The first to waterproof cotton, before calling it wax wear, they spent much of their energy outfitting motorcross drivers, cycle racers, and adventurers who needed extra-durable outerwear. The iconic belted jacket has been seen in multiple variations from wax wear to leather to the female blue Aligator shown above.
An American designer named Martin Cooper, who spent years redeveloping Burberry, was named chief creative director just seven months ago and has helmed the British brand for the new collection. This motor jacket is pretty much perfection, and you don’t have to wear it with leather pants. In fact it’s best not to really. And the boots…
And the womenswear is quite exceptional, as well. I always find belted coats hard to wear, but they look great on some people. I almost always look like I’m trying to conceal something, be it a weapon or a heavy lunch. #stuffedsausage
Belstaff has also in past seasons done a diffusion line, partnering with J. Crew to offer “less expensive” options. Read: still expensive.
Leather pants or not, throw out your preconceived notions and reinvent your inner Mad Max (outdated social reference). These looks might not work while your standing in the bread line come end-of-days, but it you have a motorcycle and need to escape to the desert, this is what you should wear.