It’s not only the men who have all the fun at Belstaff with their incredible selection of butter smooth, sexy leather Bikers and motorcycle pants. The women’s range has just got a whole lot sexier thanks to the latest appointment at Belstaff of Delphine Ninous, VP of Women’s Design. Previously at niche French brand, Paul & Joe, and with design posts previously held at Christian Lacroix, Isabel Marant, Comptior de Contonniers and Diane von Furstenberg (a role call of this blogger’s favourites, if you please), Ninous knows her way around a feminine curve that’s street-wise and ultimately wearable.
Ninous’ first womenswear collection for Pre Spring ‘16 shows the shape of things to come. Relaxed layering with some bodycon pieces inspired by surfwear, the collection was inspired by ‘Wheels and Waves’, a biker festival held in June in the South West town of Biarritz. Two opposing cultures merge rather than clash with their shared ideals and attitude to their life is their sport, dressing.
Freedom, adventure, speed, and spontaneity is the byword. Delphine Ninous’ first Belstaff collection is accomplished. Hitting the spot in terms of short biker jackets in maroon, white and marbled denim shade leather, Ninous then takes us into loose three quarter length cut-offs worn with Macs, tight banded BodyCon surfwear and loose parkas and fitted palest peach gilets. Dresses also come loose with rivet hole edges, dropped shoulders and multifarious pocketing.
Quilting comes in stricter lines in the structured sip three-quarter length coat paired with a quilted wrap asymmetric mini. Knits and shirts are worn loose with Biker inspired track pants or jeans.
Delphine Ninous knows good taste. Belstaff may just make her a household name.