February 28th, 2019
Call Me Loop has quite literally been on loop with us ever since hearing Silly Boy. Tipped by music gods including MTV as one of the most exciting new names in pop, we just had to get her in store and welcomed to the world of Superdry. Which is exactly what we did! Cue a Q&A about extravagant riders, Rihanna and silly boys!
What drives you loopy?
Loopy in a bad way? Slow walkers, bad manners, not getting enough sleep! Loopy in a good way? Pizza!
You fangirl Rihanna – tell us all the reasons why, and your one desert island song of hers?
Oh my god, how could you not? She is so fierce in every way. Such a strong figure of female empowerment, so much sass, so sexy, so business-savvy, such an amazing stage presence, such sick style, her Bajan accent… and she’s provided me with the soundtracks to my life. Desert island song… ah so hard to choose…I honestly can’t pick. If I had to pick an album it’d be Good Girl Gone Bad. Or Loud. No, Good Girl Gone Bad. God I miss her so much, when are we getting new tracks!?
You recently played at MTV’s mega exclusive music showcase, MTVPush. How does it feel being tipped for greatness alongside the likes of Madison Beer and Lizzo?
Amazing! It’s such a brilliant platform for artists, and the gigs are so intimate which is awesome. I’m a huge fan of Madison’s and am just obsessed with Lizzo so sharing the stage with them and having little backstage chats was a lot of fun. I’m really grateful to MTV for picking me as one of their Push artists!
When will you know you’ve ‘made it’?
I know my parents’ answer to this – when I perform on Graham Norton! Haha they love his show. For me…I honestly don’t know – the goal posts are always moving you know. But I mean, when RiRi knows I exist…then I’ll be like ‘ok I can retire now’.
What’s on your rider, and what would be on your OTT-diva version?
Popcorn (even though it’s the worst thing to eat before singing so I’ll try and save it for after the show), G&T tinnies, beers for the boys. OTT version would be the fanciest sushi in town, and huge 20-inch pizzas. And puppies, don’t forget the puppies!
Your music has all the best ingredients of pop! What makes it a priceless genre?
Thank you! Pop’s just the gift that keeps on giving. I don’t know why some people have such a chip on their shoulder about associating themselves with pop music. It’s essentially just what’s ‘popular’ right? I guess some people like to back away from the mainstream… but no I’m very much a pop girl through and through, always have been. Not to say that it’s all I listen to. But I’ll only ever make ‘pop’ music, for sure. I haven’t really answered your question at all have I, sorry for rambling haha! It’s a priceless genre because it’s always adapting, and it’s so broad – whether you’re getting ready for a night out with your friends or you’re at home heartbroken with a pizza, pop songs have got you covered.
Your new single is called Silly Boy. Give us the boy background and gossip on this at once!
Haha, so I was dating a guy at the start of last year and we both started off by stating ‘ok this is just casual, we’re both recently out of long-term relationships and neither of us want anything serious’ – but then we basically saw each other all the time and it got fairly un-casual pretty quickly. I was just really into him! But he ended it because it was getting too serious, and at the time I was just so frustrated, because I felt like he’d cut it off before it even had a chance to properly start. And he was using excuses that were pretty lame, so I used that frustration and turned into a fun, slightly patronising pop song! I win, haha!
What can we expect from your upcoming Drama EP?
A little insight into me and my relationship history! It’s 5 tracks that all show slightly different sides to me as a writer.
Business You’ve Heard, which shows off a more vulnerable side.
Silly Boy, the more fun and tongue-in-cheek characteristic.
Body Like Yours, the lead single, which I wrote with Hight – all very frank and conversational with the lyrics, with a big post-chorus!
Drama is a bit more of a stripped back acoustic vibe, but the lyrics are quite jokes, about my love of self-sabotage.
Association is the oldest song on the EP (wrote it over a year ago) and serves all the upbeat sass I have in me, talking about putting someone back in their place.
Biggest drama you’ve been involved in or encountered on a night out?
Oh god I don’t know…I don’t think I have been? Other than drunk arguments with boyfriends, and then frantically trying to get to the pizza shop before 2am!
We LOVE your sense of style – sum it up for the readers!
Why thank you. I’m a bit of an under-dresser in general. I’d always rather be too casual than too fancy. I like to mix a bit of a ‘girly’ vibe with a more sporty/grunge look usually. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE dressing up fancy too, but for the most part I’m a sweats and trainers kinda’ girl.
What did you pick out from Superdry, and how are you going to be wearing it?
I got a perfect little shaped black bomber which I’ve already worn like 20 times, with both casual day garms and also out with a dress and boots. I also got some oversized trackies which are perfect for chilling at home/Sunday strolls with a massive jumper on top. I got a couple of gym co-ords too which have both already made their debut appearances at my local gym. A bit of a case of ‘all the gear, no idea’! And a lightweight sheer white zippy hooded jacket which is perfect over a crop top.
February 25th, 2019
Dan Crossley is the alternative kid in the R&B realm, and his new single Call Back is serving up some serious soul in time for Spring!
Fitting with your new single (which we’ll talk about in a second), introduce yourself as if on a dating app!
Hey I’m Dan, I’ll probably end up writing a song about you so please behave yourself.
What’s your new single Call Back about?
Call Back was written after I found myself obsessing over my phone and picking up it up to find ‘no missed calls’ in hope to see my ex’s name. We’ve all had that situation where after a break up we just kind of want one more phone call to let them know you still exist.
Talk us through the video concept!
The video is part 2 of my 5 part series for this EP. All fitting into a continuous flow of visuals to compliment the EP. We wanted to create an after party vibe and I loved the projector scene watching the footage from my previous video ‘7 Minutes’.
This single has a stripped back/alternative R&B feel to it – or at least we think so! Would you agree, and how would you sum up your sound?
‘Call Back’ is definitely the most traditionally RNB track on the EP. It was originally written on piano but we wanted to create an epic last chorus so we went ahead and produced it. I would say all in all my sound is Pop/RnB.
Worst date you’ve been on, and best excuse you’ve given for not calling back for a second meet?
I’ve actually never had an awful experience to be honest. Some slightly more bland than others but I think I’ve done alright haha. Although I did go through the effort of changing my phone number once because I couldn’t face telling them I didn’t want a second date.
Misconceptions people have made about you?
A lot of people I’m now very good friends with later told me I looked intimidating to approach. Which is bizarre to me, I love meeting people and hate that they thought that ha.
What does a perfect date for Dan Crossley play out as?
We go for dinner (I’m a great person if you feed me) … preferably Mexican or Japanese. We have cocktails for desert and head to a comedy club or a bar with live music. Stumble out at closing and grab a kebab, as if the food from earlier simply wasn’t enough.
Any life regrets that you wish you had a ‘call back’ chance at?
Never regret it. Learn from it and better yourself.
Who’s your idol, and what would you natter about/ask on a once-in-a-lifetime phone call with them?
Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson are just my favourite people in the world. I would put Stevie on loud speaker and firstly get him to say hi to my Dad.. we’re both huge fans. Then I would talk music and writing and try and wing my way into the studio with him.
From call back to looking ahead, what’s in store for Dan Crossley in 2019!?
For 2019 we’re releasing the rest of the EP and then smashing the live side of things!
February 22nd, 2019
Caitlyn Scarlett is painting a pretty good impression with her eclectic take on pop. We recently caught up with the starlet to talk big dreams, nightmares, and first loves…
Scarlett is a colour which reminds us of paintings – so introduce yourself as if you’re an art painting!
Okay…hmm…well my name may be Caitlyn, but you can call me “The Two Fridas (1939)”
Your IG bio says ‘big dreams, bigger nightmares’ – so, what are you afraid of?
Everything and nothing in particular. I have anxiety, so fear tends to intrude and insert itself into a lot of situations in my life. But the phrase is written about how when you have massive aspirations that you announce to the world, you’re also burdened with a huge pressure to succeed and fear of failure.
What’s your earliest memory of music, and when did you realise that music was made for you?
My earliest memory of music is dancing in the living room with my family. My brother and I were always allowed either a song or a story before we went to bed, I would usually choose song and we’d dance around the coffee table together. I don’t think there was ever any question about whether I’d grow up to do music.
First song you truly fell in love with?
That would be impossible to say. But I remember one of the first songs I discovered on my own and got obsessed with was Twice by Little Dragon. This was before the days of streaming and I didn’t have any credit on my iTunes account. So I recorded the audio onto a voice-note on my Sony Ericsson, and used to put the phone inside my pillow case then lay my head on the pillow so it went into my ear. I would lay there and press play repeatedly for hours.
How would you describe your music?
Moody, thoughtful almost-pop.
Talk to us about your new single!
It’s called Nightmares and it’s the theme song of the BBC teen drama Clique, which is a bit like new-wave Skins. The song is about your teenage years when everything is up and down and you’re still figuring yourself out. Originally, I wrote it just for the show but after high demand following the show’s release, ended up releasing the extended track!
Valentines has been and gone – best and worst date you’ve been on?
Ooooh, my best and worst date are the same in one. Someone came to Paris where I was working once to surprise me, which was a really big gesture. But cut to a few hours later and instead of having the night of my life then, I ended up in hospital (thanks to previous health issues) being given morphine, which then made me puke on our Eurostar home the next day. Not sexy. Still makes me sad to think about.
What are the key factors and checklist to winning Caitlyn’s heart?
Intelligence, passion and honesty. Bonus points for being slightly old-fashioned.
We recently invited you to our London Regent Street flagship, and LOVED having you. Any misconceptions with the brand that changed after your ‘first date’ with us?
I’ve never liked wearing big logos so I really like how toned down the branding on the new collections is. The motifs and prints are really understated compared to how I remember, making the style feel a little more individual and personal for me. The clothes themselves are really fashion forward and well cut! I love the retro colour schemes I was able to build up and layer with. Plus functional of course. The thermal coat is a lifesaver because it’s super thin so it doesn’t spoil an overall outfit silhouette, but still keeps you toasty warm.
You’ve styled out our Preview: Dark Romance collection – how did it compliment and work with your personal style?
Worked perfectly! I love the big grey hoodie for studio days, and the slightly goth artwork is very me. The black satin dress was one of my favourite pieces, it hangs really nicely and looks cool pretty much any way you style it. I’ll be reaching for that a lot over the next few months.
What’s in store for Caitlyn’s 2019?
Music, music and more music. I’ve got a lot to give this year, stuff I feel like I’ve been holding back on until the right moment. Only time can tell I guess, so let’s keep in touch!
Caitlyn wears Superdry’s Preview: Dark Romance collection. Shop HERE!
February 18th, 2019
We’re approaching those tricky weather conditions where we throw open our wardrobes, have a long, hard stare in and still feel lost for an answer.
How do you put an outfit together when it could be chilly and wet in the morning but the sun could be beaming by the time the afternoon rolls around?
Layered clothing is the answer. However, we totally understand that putting together an outfit in this way can feel a bit like a game of Tetris.
If you get the formula right, you can make simple, basic items look super stylish grouped together as an ensemble with layering tricks.
So if you’re looking for inspiration on how to layer clothes we’re here to help with our five top tips.
How to layer clothes
- Use lightweight fabrics
- Think about colour
- Hemlines are key
- Play with texture
Choose lightweight fabrics
If you want to add a bulkier layer for extra warmth, make sure you do this with your outerwear. For example, a parka, quilted or down jacket works as your top layer – rather than wearing a jumper with a chunky knit underneath a thinner jacket. This will avoid it bunching up under outer layers – not only will that look bulky, it’ll be uncomfortable too. Try to use fabrics like cotton and fine knits that sit closer to your skin. If you need something warm, yet lightweight, cashmere is for you. Merino sweaters are a good call too.
A jumper over a dress is the perfect example of playing with your look and layering with lightweight fabrics. Whether it’s for a night out on the tiles, a smart casual look for a meeting or brunch with friends, this look is extremely versatile.
Pair a cute sweater over a dress of any length and you’re on track for layered style glory.
Think about colour
Piling on the layers in various bold colours can create quite a chaotic look – to avoid this you have a couple of options.
If you want a really sleek and chic ensemble, opt for one colour. You can balance different shades of the same colour to add tone to the outfit. This then makes it look as though you’ve really put thought into your look.
Or alternatively, you can opt for neutral colour combinations to keep the look smart and then add something vibrant to lift the outfit with one element.
This is, to a certain extent, an ‘add-on’ to the previous point. A scarf could absolutely be your layered style hero and if you’re adding it to your layers of lightweight fabrics it’s the perfect addition. Don’t forget snoods and hats are also items that could be a stylish, and practical, addition to your outfit. They’re also lightweight enough to be whipped off and popped in your handbag if they’re rendered surplus to requirements thanks to a rise in temperature.
To avoid things looking bulky, nip yourself in at the waist with a chic belt and keep the top layers open to reveal your style underneath.
Don’t discount your jewellery from layering fashion. Layering your necklaces, rings and bracelets can lift any outfit. If you’re layering rings of all different sizes and shape, keep everything else nice and simple. If you’re keeping your other jewellery simple, be bold by mixing chunky necklaces with dainty chains.
Remember that using a number of necklaces can break up the use of one colour – perfect if you’re layering your clothes with one shade in mind.
Hemlines are key
If you prefer your overall style to be neat and smart then ensure your outerwear layer is longer than what’s underneath. For example, although a classic blouse peeping out from the bottom of a sweater is still a strong look, a blazer or trench over the top with a longer hemline adds that smart finishing touch.
Having a shorter layer on top is still doable, and is actually a great fashion statement – especially if you’re looking for a more relaxed, boho vibe.
Play with texture
Your layered outfit should look like everything that’s been paired up is intended to work that way. The fabrics you use should look different to add depth and texture. Follow the rules of keeping thinner layers of clothing as your base and then building up from there, the opportunity you have to play with texture then opens up. A merino sweater with a faux fur gilet looks chic, yet cosy and can be super practical.
You could also work with a leather jacket when you want to add interesting textures to your layered look. Leather jackets will always add style to any outfit, so have fun. Keep the previous points in mind here, too. You can add texture to jewellery and other accessory options like scarves.
We hope our top tips for layering your outfit have made things clearer. Remember to keep the thinner layers closer to your skin and build from there. Not only will you be prepared for all sorts of weather but your newly discovered layered style will also ensure you turn heads for the right reasons.
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February 5th, 2019
We’ve teamed up with incredible British freestyle skier, Rowan Cheshire for our latest Superdry Snow collection. We grabbed 10 minutes with her to talk us through what it takes both physically and mentally to get ready for the slopes.
Let’s start from the top, what first got you into Skiing?
I got into skiing through my Dad taking us on family holidays. We always used to drive past the local dry ski slope and thought one day we’d give it a go and I’ve never looked back since.
Incredible to see where you are today. Looking back now, what would you say has been your biggest WOW moment?
When I was in Laax one season I was standing at the top of the pipe and there was a cloud inversion, I was standing above the clouds with the peaks poking through in the distance. It was beautiful and really made me appreciate where I was and grateful for the life I lead and the places I get to visit.
That definitely sounds incredible, was that your most memorable ride?
Actually, my most memorable ride would have to be competing at the Olympics in PyeongChang last year. The whole atmosphere of the event was amazing, and I’ve never seen a crowd like it in my ski career.
There’s nothing like a good crowd to get you going when there’s no crowd, what’s your go-to soundtrack?
I really like to ski to chilled music, so Billie Eilish is a go to, especially her ‘Ocean Eyes’ track. Also, really like Post Malone.
We’re big fans of Billie! Outside of being an Olympic Skier, you’re also a pretty awesome personal trainer, what workouts would you recommend people try and do prior to heading off on a ski trip?
I’d recommend that they work on their mobility and strength. Working on strength movements that work in different planes of movement as well as exercises that challenge your balance and stability. Skiing also takes a lot of endurance so I’d work on reps between 8-12.
In your career you’ve had some nasty injuries, getting over them and back on the slopes must have been a tough journey. How do you train your mind and well as your physical health to be at its best?
Mental health is really important to me! I train my mind by meditation, mindfulness and always trying to be kind to myself. I find that exercise has a positive effect on mental health as well. It’s a great focus and makes you feel amazing both physically and mentally after. Those endorphins work wonders.
Talking of endorphins, being an Olympian must feel pretty awesome, will we be seeing you in Beijing 2022?
Fingers crossed! Definitely aiming to be competing in the Beijing Olympics.
Having now had a chance to put our latest Snow collection to the test, what’s been your favorite technical piece?
Without a doubt, the Antarctic Explorer Down Parka jacket is a favorite piece of mine to ski in at the moment. So comfortable and easy to move in.
It would definitely keep you warm! What pieces do you take in your kitbag and what items can’t you live without?
I love the snood scarfs, they come with me everywhere and also the hoodies are the comfiest to ski in, perfect to lounge around. I’m also a huge fan of the Superdry Sport collections, so a few pieces always sneak their way in.
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