Paul Smith AW13 At Paris Fashion Week
In keeping with the current penchant for reworkings of classic sixties looks, Paul Smith’s recent offering gave fashion lovers a colourful sixties style revival. A mixture of bulky, double-breasted coats in statement prints and skinny lapelled blazers heralded the rebirth of the swinging-sixties, demonstrating the true longevity of classic British tailoring.
A colour palette of muted brights – cobalts, browns, greens, reds and purples – was instantly evocative of 1960s and 1970s décor, triggering memories of the shades used in wallpapers and furnishings. Patterns also evoked similar flashbacks, with striking Piet Mondrian inspired prints making a comeback on knitwear and outsized houndstooth covering coats and jumpers.
Arrow print was a prominent part of the collection, drawing the eye to where each garment finished and emphasising block-like tailoring. The use of pattern and colour managed to be bright but not garish due to the careful consideration given to each ensemble.
Meanwhile, a wide array of textures and fabrics made the collection exciting and well equipped to cater to every taste throughout the winter months. Leathers, cowhide prints, wools and flashes of fur on coat collars lifted the range as a whole, melding the tried and tested aesthetic of the sixties with modern day printing techniques.