Rich with references, Calliope is a bold, vibrant print inspired by the layering of coin necklaces and jewellery worn by women in Greek traditional costume, dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Interwoven within this kaleidoscopic print you will also find details, such as an intricate repeat paisley pattern, inspired by the paisley belt buckles worn over the layered and pleated dresses of the time.

Whether home or away this summer, Calliope is our style choice of the season with a vast colour palette making this one of our most versatile prints yet.

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Calliope Azar One Piece

£225.00
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Pared Zig Zag Peacock Tortoise

£160.00
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Calliope Ruffle Midi Skirt

£220.00

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Calliope Clio Top

£100.00
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Calliope Agra Bottom

£95.00
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Calliope Kendi Top

£105.00
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Calliope Kendi Bottom

£105.00

With vibrant colours trending right now, this movement of colour-optimism dubbed ‘Joyful Expression’ by trend forecasting agency WGSN, makes our Calliope a staple piece for your summer wardrobe. Spoilt in a vastness of kaleidoscopic colour these pieces are sure to add some joy to your day.

To really elevate your Calliope look, add in some styling with our gorgeous guest brand accessories or for the finish off your outfit with multicolour almond-shape French tips like our friend-of-the-brand @wonderferlife (below left).

When life imitates art.

At PAOLITA we are huge ambassadors of everything arts and culture. Having been long admirers of the work of Leila Jeffreys we love the way our calliope print emulates her beautiful works with birds of the tropics.

Best known for these captivating and visceral images, Jeffreys’ work ‘explores and subverts the traditions of portraiture with strong attention to line, composition, form, and colour.’ Over time, her work as an artist has become increasingly associated with her concerns as an environmentalist, often working alongside conservationists, ornithologist, and sanctuaries around the world to find her subjects.

Her portraits are alive with empathy and compassion that flows freely between artist and subject, redefining the power dynamic that has characterised portraiture throughout history.

Words by Claudia Brinkworth