Scuba diving and the deep-sea world were Francisco van Benthum’s sources of inspiration for the SS14 MARLIN collection. On the one hand, van Benthum refers to the technical aspect of scuba diving: the wet suit with its low and high-tech detailing and futuristic-looking high- performance materials. On the other hand, the underwater surroundings inspired prints and shapes.
The collection gives the wearer a series of looks where the silhouette can be manipulated in several different ways. For instance by the design of items of clothing in series; variations on a traditional men’s shirt create a series of five shirts that resemble a blouson, jacket, statement shirt or even a coat. In addition, many of the items give the wearer the possibility of ‘morphing’: oversized pleated trousers can be worn in many different ways and an overcoat has buttons so that the sleeves can be narrow or loose.
The mix of materials is rich in contrasts. The collection is executed in high-tech materials that nonetheless look and feel natural. Half-transparent nylon looks like creased poplin and neoprene has been converted into sporty jersey. To provide a contrast, natural materials with a futuristic finish have been used: from creased metallic linens to smooth coated poplins.
A specially developed all-over print has been executed in various colours, each with their own impact: from graphic crisp black-and-white and alienating purple-cobalt-electric blue to a more earthy feeling in khaki greens. The print supports the colours of the collection, which vary from natural ochre, cobalt and diverse shades of green to more modern greys and classic black and white.
About Francisco van Benthum
Francisco van Benthum has been the driving force behind the luxury menswear label that carries his name since 2003. Van Benthum began his career in the late 1990s after graduating from the fashion department at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. His philosophy on men’s fashion manifests itself in collections that challenge prevailing clothing codes and restrictions in an elegant way. With rigorous interventions or just small shifts in the silhouette or piece of clothing, Francisco van Benthum presents an equally interesting and wearable collection for the modern cosmopolitan man.
In 2012, Francisco van Benthum received the Cultural Foundation Fashion Grant from the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation.
Francisco van Benthum is internationally distributed through a selected number of multi-brand stores and at his own concept store in Amsterdam.
Francisco van Benthum is part of GROSSO MODA International Fashion Branding.