March 27, 2013

Calliope Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Calliope Italia is just one brand of the Teddy Group, which also produces Terranova, Rinascimento, and Hacienda Pvblica.

Teddy was founded in 1961 in Rimini, Italy, by Vittorio Taddei. Of more recent times, Calliope has expanded to over 100 points of sale since its launch six years ago.

What I like about the 2013 spring/summer collection are the paisley and floral prints mixed with sun-faded denim and camo prints—all in a soft hue.

Photos Copyright Colliope.

Calliope Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Silas Adler Speaks to the Great Divide

Today I received this interview from the Great Divide with Danish designer Silas Adler, who discusses the inspiration of his spring/summer 2013 campaign, skateboarding and more.

There’s a lot of architecture in your sweats and shirting for the coming season. The house print/embroidery is definitely my favourite thing in the collection. What was the

inspiration behind these pieces? The sleeve print to me seems to reference old skate and metal shirts.

It’s funny because it’s two very strong inspirations merge into one sweatshirt.

The Inspiration for the houses comes from Paris and the fashion house as a structure – The Maison. It all started in Paris with Lanvin, Chanel, LV etc. I started to think of the institutions as the rulers and the ones who control fashion, sort of like the Illuminati or some thing like that. So I drew all these houses and made small sentences to go with each house. Then to make a complete contrast I made the piece as a classic skate sweatshirt.

The prevailing theme behind your SS13 collection is the French bourgeoisie. I read somewhere that your intention was to poke a little fun at bourgeois tendencies. Now I don’t believe that we’re all completely free of bourgeois inclinations – in our office for example there are a few coffee snobs. What’s your guilty bourgeois tendency that you couldn’t live without?

I mean just the fact that I work in fashion. I don’t know, I guess I’m a bit of a coffee snob actually now that you mentioned it. I drink my coffee black with no sugar or milk, so why bother drinking coffee that taste like shit. This one goes out to all the coffee snobs at TGD – I’m with you!

There always seems to be an element of humour in Soulland collections, do you think that it’s important that fashion incorporates an element of humour.

There is always humour and irony in the Soulland collections. I think it´s super important that fashion can be fun.

Do you still keep up with skateboarding? I’m of the opinion that once you’re a skateboarder, you’re always a skateboarder even if you can’t physically skateboard anymore – take Cardiel for example. There’s a lot of really cool Scandinavian skateboarding right now with Dank Magazine and companies like Bellows and of course Polar.

I agree! Once you go deep into skateboarding you will never find your way out.

And you shouldn’t! I will not compare myself to Cardiel because he is one of the most hardcore people ever. People always mention Danny Way and I get the fact that he is a robot and bla bla bla. But Cardiel is the a truth.

I think there are two kinds of pros. The ones that skaters like; Cardiel, Busenitz, Chewy Cannon, Lucas Puig etc. Then there are the pros that the public likes; Prod, Nyjah Huston, Mikey Taylor etc… Street League – ESPN etc. And to make my point; a lot of the new things from the Scandinavian scene is based on the by Skateboarders for Skateboarders mentality. I’m down! Polar is going off and putting Malmø and Copenhagen on the map.

Respect! By the way, I still skate – just not enough!

Any plans to venture outside of menswear?

I mean we do shoes and accessories now. The shoe collection is starting to go really good so that will continue to be a focus. But not womenswear for now.

Photos Copyright Soulland, text Copyright the Great Divide.

Silas Adler Speaks to the Great Divide

Janette Beckman x Ben Sherman in Support of Teenage Cancer Trust

In the year that sees Ben Sherman turn 50, we celebrate five decades of music and style in an exclusive collaboration with celebrated music photographer, Janette Beckman.

Having grown up in London, Janette started out photographing the emerging Punk scene of the 1970′s, and later moved to New York to continue her documentation of the various music led movements of the times. In the years since, she has shot album covers for some of the biggest names in music, photographed film stars and captured iconic images, contributing to some of the most influential magazines across music and fashion.

This unique collaboration introduces a collection of five limited edition t-shirts featuring a selection of archival images, some instantly recognisable whilst others are lesser-known works. Continuing our association with the Teenage Cancer

Trust, Janette Beckman and Ben Sherman are happy to be donating 25% from the sale of every t-shirt to this noble cause.

About Janette Beckman

“Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to The Specials as well as 3 Police album covers. Her portraits of the British Punk, Mod, Rockabilly and 2 Tone scenes are collected in ‘Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude, 1977-1982′ PowerHouse Books 2005.

Moving to New York in 1982, she was drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of pioneers Afrika Bambaata, Run DMC, Salt’n'Pepa, Grandmaster Flash and 1980′s style are collected in “The Breaks, Stylin and Profilin 1982-1990″ PowerHouse Books 2007.

Her latest book documenting the East LA Hoyo Maravilla gang was published by Dashwood Booksin 2011. Janette’s photographs have recently been exhibited at Morrison Hotel Gallery NYC, Tower Records Tokyo, Roberto Mata Caracas, Proud London, Belleville Paris, Blender Gallery Sydney, Ono Arte Bolgna and Arkitip Los Angeles.

Janette lives and works in New York City.

Photos & text Copyright Ben Sherman.

Janette Beckman x Ben Sherman in Support of Teenage Cancer Trust

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

The 2013 spring/summer collection of Paul & Joe is not only fun but also diversified. Amidst the assortment of blazers, tees, chinos, jeans, and suits, designer Sophie Albou plays with a combination of prints, colors, and formal vs casual looks.

At times, the silhouette is unified in pattern and color as the designer matches each garment closely to create a cohesive look.

At other times, the look is slightly broken up as prints and graphic tees are paired with matching solid colors.

Finally, the designer skillfully pulls together patterns and prints into a harmonious clash, keeping symmetry and balance of motion and color.

Photos Copyright Paul & Joe.

Paul & Joe Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Ana Locking Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection "McGuffin"

“Two men are travelling by train in England and one man says to the other, “What’s that package up there in the baggage rack?”, and the other answers, “Oh, that’s a McGuffin”. The first one asks, “What’s a McGuffin?” “Well,” the other one says, “It’s a device for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.” The first man says, “But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands”, and the other one answers, “Well, then that’s not a McGuffin!”  (François Truffaut, “The Cinema According to Hitchcock.”)

Alfred Hitchcock coined the term “McGuffin” as a resource or excuse that serves as a means of beginning the plot of a story but which, at heart, is not really important to the story itself. That is to say, the “McGuffin” is only a device that introduces some kind of conflict in order to bring a story to life, and sometimes a series of characters that have little to do with the main idea.

Without “McGuffin” there are no stories, but “McGuffin” always constitute the aspect that is forgotten first. One of the most important aspects when creating a story is the relationship that is established with the onlooker. In my work I always establish references that involve the onlooker, which establish a link between what I want to say and what the onlooker internalises. Over time, the recurrent use of these references and stories within my work has come to form an indissoluble part of my brand and my own personality. However, on this occasion I have not sought to tell my own story, but to use “McGuffins” that enable each onlooker to develop and invent their own stories.

What really counts in the story of each collection is the way that each person identifies with it, and in this case it is no more than an excuse to express the great passion that I feel for my work, to portray my own visual world packed with small ironic references,  with the sole aim of transcending the reality of those who observe and enjoy it.


The day begins with a deliberate emphasis on jackets and coats, on structures and rigorous patterning, but without discarding the elegance of a ready-to-wear appeal in other street clothing items featuring rigid and voluminous fabrics in which the curves are enhanced through the natural structure of neoprene and flocked knits.  These are constructed through precise cuts and a specific way of assembling the seams, evolving towards the evening with a pencil silhouette that evokes a glamorous serenity with long and sober dresses characterised by a special attention to detail and an agreeable sensation of calm and security.


An extensive range of warm colours that range from Portland orange to Persian red, without forgetting Ribera del Duero red, bright ultramarine and Cordovan black.


Jacquard smudges, double face satin Duchesse cut on the cross and sewn in zigzags, woollen serge with a crackled finish, two-layered transparent gummed finishes, cotton jersey knits for sweaters featuring a waffled finish, printed neoprene, flocked wool featuring geometric motifs, plain and printed woollen crêpe fil de fer, crêpe de chine with a starry-sky effect featuring interwoven lurex.  A still-life of Baroque flowers in red, vanilla and ultramarine. Jacquards in Portland orange, Navajo white and Cordovan black. Crêpe fil de fer in black, vanilla and Persian red. Woollen cloth in Portland orange and ultramarine blue. A double gummed finish in smoky black and grape green. Crêpe de chine in Prussian blue. Duchesse satin in sequoia brown and coal black.

Photos & text Copyright Ana Locking.

Ana Locking Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection "McGuffin"

Alex Mattsson Spring/Summer 2013

The 2013 spring/summer collection of Alex Mattsson is an eclectic extension of the designer himself.

Alex is half Colombian, half Swedish, and he was raised in Oslo, Norway but now resides in London.

As a graduate of Royal College of Art, Alex combines nonconventional tailoring to his background in hip hop, graffiti, and baggy clothes.

Alex Mattson skillfully forges tailored streetwear out an assortment of cultures like Latin America, bikers, and leather, and the 1940’s men of the zootsuit.

Photos Copyright Alex Mattsson.

Alex Mattsson Spring/Summer 2013