For autumn/winter ’17, Paul Smith delivers familiarity as he glances back to his foundations, nodding to many of his aesthetic hallmarks. Early in his career, with the UK’s textile industry booming, Paul was employed by the International Wool Secretariat to tour the country in search of innovative cloth design. In an echo of this, the new collection is filled with tactile tailoring cloths sourced from British mills including Lovatt and Hardy Minnis. British patterns, such as Prince of Wales check and Black Watch tartan, are also prominent. This British focus continues with knitwear where Scottish cashmere in muted colours and Fair Isle knits featuring woven charm motifs add texture and colour. In shirting, classic floral prints, designed in-house, and exclusive Liberty prints introduce another British signature. From cloth to cut, tailoring is at the heart of Paul Smith and is confidently explored for both genders. Although men and women brush shoulders on the catwalk, tailoring is distinctly engineered to suit each form. Print is a cornerstone of Paul Smith and this is well articulated this season. A colourful feather motif is a focus; printed onto silk, hand-embroidered onto cashmere coats and appliqued onto leather accessories.
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.