Aviator fashion still flying high
NEW YORK: Before they became staples of the runway, bomber jackets, flight suits and aviator sunglasses were born in an airplane’s cockpit.
They were necessary in draughty flying machines with metal doors that were a struggle to keep closed. But as aviation pioneers brought their style around the world, they sparked lasting fashion trends.
The leather bomber jacket shown in the new Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, marries function and style in a way that finicky fashion has embraced through the years, says Franco DiCarlo, executive vice president of Belstaff USA, the brand that collaborated with the filmmakers on key wardrobe pieces.
But when the styles landed in the 1920s and ’30s, it was uncharted territory, allowing for a woman like Earhart to help craft the image and vocabulary of a flyer’s style.
Aviator eyewear were a necessity for pilots who needed to be shielded from the sun and external agents.
DiCarlo says aviator and motorcycle looks become more influential in times like this when consumers crave authenticity, longevity and value.
“A leather jacket is something we’ve done with for 85 years,” DiCarlo says. “It comes and goes in fashion, but it plays in our favour that it’s a ‘trend’ that kind of lasts forever.” – SapaAP