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THE AVIATOR BIKER JACKET AND WHY YOU NEED ONE

18.10.17

We take a look at one of winter’s most celebrated outerwear styles and how to wear it for now

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The aviator jacket, whilst rooted in historical relevance, is now perhaps most prominently known as a fashion piece. Crafted from leather and often lined in plush shearling, much like the original designs that harp back to the functional in-flight attire first sported in the 1930s, the most premium pieces capture understated luxury in its most authentic form.

Perhaps it’s a subconscious reflection of what it symbolised for women that the aviator still remains in the spotlight today? When Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly alone from England to Australia in 1930, it marked a stand against gender discrimination and a time of women in power. She was, of course, renowned for wearing a leather aviator and styling it in the most authentic sense of the word. Was this what sparked our intrigue and commitment to the look?

More recently, the style has made its mark on the runway, perhaps most famously when it featured as a focal point in Burberry’s 2010 ‘Cadet Girls’ collection, and now it comes imagined in all manner of designs. Some stay true to the original aesthetic and some take just a hint of design detail in reference to the look. But what makes the aviator so special and how can we wear it for now? Here, we take a closer look at the newest addition to our AW17 collection and showcase how its versatile nature will ensure it remains relevant not just for this season but for years to come.

THE FULTON SHEARLING JACKET

The Fulton is a reworked version of the authentic aviator, crafted to a slightly shrunken, fitted silhouette. Fusing a luxe aesthetic with optimum functionality, it’s designed to sit slim against the body with an oversized collar and flattering raised seam detailing at the back. The attention is well and truly in the detail but the premium quality lies primarily within the fabrications used; it’s been engineered from smooth matt-black suede and lined in natural white Spanish merino sheepskin. The result is something striking, timeless and easy to wear. Try it now layered over a simple cotton T-shirt by day or a silk cami after hours and switch your base layer for cashmere when temperatures drop.

THE ARLA SHEARLING JACKET

For something more minimalistic and a little departed from vintage styles, the Arla ticks the box. It’s a clean-cut variation on aviator design, crafted from smooth Spanish merino sheepskin and featuring tonal detailing; metal hardware and luxe leather accents. Surprisingly lightweight and cut to a relaxed silhouette, it makes a particularly strong case for season-long wear. Layer it over everything from a knit and jeans to biker leathers and metallic heels now and for winters to come.

THE MELLA LONGLINE SHEARLING JACKET

Imagined in a rich chocolate hue, the Mella offers a softer take on the aviator than its all-black alternatives. It too, is made from premium Spanish merino sheepskin and it's finished with beautiful soft suede detailing in a tonal hue. The design nods to authentic silhouettes – it’s finished with calfskin leather panelling and biker-inspired hardware. This, whilst classic, is particularly statement-making and it lends itself just as well to evening attire as it does day wear. What’s more? If black as a colour choice is too harsh for your skin tone then this offers a sophisticated alternative that feels right for now.

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