And according to the actress, the outdoorsy British brand is a perfect match for her aesthetic. “I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy at heart — I grew up in Maine,” noted Tyler. “I can feel quite rebellious sometimes against fashion because…it looks beautiful but it’s not necessarily that fair to the woman or easy to function in.There’s a practicality and a functionality about Belstaff…I want to be able to walk anywhere I need to go, and if it’s raining I can put my hood up or my collar up and dash into the rain, and not be too precious.”
In that vein, Tyler worked with Belstaff’s vice president of women’s design Delphine Ninous to fashion pieces that take their cues from Belstaff’s archives, such as a peacoat with a leather trim and gold buttons — “it could be your guy’s coat, or your grandfather’s,” said Tyler — or a fitted version of Belstaff’s sweeping Milford coat, along with nylon parkas and riding boots that hit under the knee. The 12-piece collection hits stores in September.
The actress likened working with Belstaff to being “a kid in a candy store.” “Fashion’s so quick, immediate — you get the idea, they produce the idea, and then it’s out and on to the next,” she said, contrasting it with the glacial pace of filmmaking. “It’s a very different energy, you can’t really overthink in the same way.” The actress is set to work with Belstaff for a two-year period, and is already working on her next collection for the label.
As to her London plans, Tyler, who’s pregnant with her third child, said she isn’t hitting the fashion week circuit. “I’ve been liking going to The Electric [Cinema in Notting Hill], to go and sit in the beautiful cinema and eat candy,” she grinned. “And I love to just wander the streets. Because even though I’ve spend a lot of time here, London’s still so fresh and new — around every corner is kind of a new adventure and a new discovery.”