The following feature appears in the September Issue of NYLON.
The moment that she first appeared in Aerosmith’s video for “Crazy,” Liv Tyler became an instant style icon. With an affinity for crop tops, pleated skirts, and slip dresses, she helped direct the trends of the ’90s and ’00s. This fall, the eternally cool Tyler makes her design debut, teaming up with British luxury heritage brand Belstaff to build a 12-piece capsule that accentuates strong and modern femininity. “I wanted to create my essentials—things I really wanted and needed in my closet: the perfect military coat, a great cape, a simple cashmere knee-length coat, a fun winter puffer, a knee-high lace-up riding boot, and my favorite bag,” she says. “They’re the kinds of things I have always worn as a New York City girl.” Here, Tyler shares more details on the making of the collection.
Photograph via Belstaff.
What approach did you take to designing this collection?
I worked closely with the brand’s VP of women’s design, Delphine Ninous. She is wonderful and has been very supportive and helpful in making my ideas and dreams into reality. This was my first time designing a collection and a big learning experience. We went through Belstaff’s archives (filled with amazing things!), and it was so inspiring and helpful in capturing the spirit of the brand.
What kind of energy did you want the collection to have? Who is it for?
One of the things I really love and wanted to emphasize was the combination of masculine and feminine looks. I love a jacket that looks like it could be yours or your boyfriend’s. I wanted to create pieces that every woman would enjoy having in her wardrobe and could wear season after season.
How has your personal style evolved through the years?
I suppose my sense of style is always growing as I mature, but in many ways I’m most drawn to classic looks—not a trend or what’s in fashion in that moment. I often draw my inspiration from old films and photographs, and even women around me whom I have been inspired by, like my mother, my grandmother, Debbie Harry, and girlfriends I have grown up with like Kate Moss and Stella McCartney.
I have always secretly been a bit of a tomboy and I love to mix something very feminine with something strong, practical, and masculine. I like wearing a beautiful dress with a boot or a little leather jacket, and wearing men’s clothes as well as women’s all mixed together.
Belstaff x Liv Tyler, $495-$2,895, available at Belstaff.