Embedded in the flowers elemental to the roots of Paul Smith, FW 2017 springs from the idea of friendship and the ritualistic use of floral garlands as a means of companionship. The photographic floral prints of the designer’s legacy now appear hand-drawn or woven onto cloth instead, cementing a focus on craftsmanship and creation. Every fragment has come to life by hand, a sentiment expressed most vividly in a crayon-like tulip print on tailoring and dresses. Following a visit to Hilma Af Klint’s recent exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, colours inspired by her work paint the collection in a muted vibrancy, a balance captured in the ethereal but never overtly feminine character of garments.
After more than 40 years in the business, Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost fashion designer, with the uncanny knack of anticipating and sparking trends not only in the fashion and design worlds, but in popular culture generally. Thanks to the perfect sense for details and impeccable tailoring skills, today, products from the Paul Smith’s collections are essential part of every casual outfit for modern women.