Ben Sherman Spring/Summer 2013 collection
Entitled ‘Jazz Life’, the latest collection from Ben Sherman takes its influence from the American Jazz scene of the 1960s and the new sounds and sharp styles of an era whos influence over music and fashion can still be felt to this day.
Inspired by the book of the same name, the collection brings together both Jazz inspired styling and a typically British aesthetic, which in turn keeps to the spirit of collision that’s a hallmark of their Plectrum Collection. With a broad but understated palette and a fresh take on camouflage, there’s a lot here to get your teeth into, much of it with a greater emphasis on fabrication and detail.
The camouflage comes in the form of Indian ikat, which is cleverly patterned and beautifully crafted to be their statement fabric for the season. Utilised on a four pocket overshirt and tee, as well as appearing as accents on a jacket and polo, this is the season’s statement fabric. Shirts play on the print theme, with art deco inspired geometrics and dobby detailing layered onto pinstripes and checks, whilst sculpted hems and new collar shapes highlight the attention to detail given to the collection.
Single breasted herringbone jackets sit with relaxed trousers, whilst less structured, double-breasted jackets are teamed up with shorts for a less formal approach to a well known silhouette. Herringbone cotton has been washed to create garments with authentically aged appearance, which can be seen classic pieces such as the Parka and bomber jacket. Elsewhere, a suede bomber in burnt orange and a bonded linen chambray mac add to the outerwear on offer.
A colour palette is muted, with ochre, peach tinted oranges, burnt gold, turquoise and raspberry reds, all of which are offset with khaki greens, slate greys and warm blues. For more information on the brand and to find your nearest stockist, go to the website here: Ben Sherman.