Capri in the 1950s evokes old-school glamour, elegance and sophistication, a sense of wealthy Italians living la dolce vita and embracing beauty and sensuality. It’s a culture and era that has provided the inspiration for everything from art and film, to music – and of course – fashion.
The Oliver Spencer SS17 collection used this as inspiration too, but in a different way than perhaps is the most common. His inspiration stemmed from his favourite house – Casa Malaparte – on Capri. With clean, modernist lines and contemporary architecture that is juxtaposed by its wild and rugged location and surrounding Mediterranean Sea, this is a house that is famous, awe inspiring and a fine piece of modern Italian architecture.
This was a collection that was minimalist, with clean cuts, simple tailoring, cropped trousers, co-ords and a new, relaxed take on the suit. But it was the colours and print that brought it to life and made it Oliver Spencer; greys, white and navy sat alongside vibrant reds, honey and mustard, while jackets, trousers and shorts came covered in checkered prints and stripes.
Words and images by Angharad Jones