PS by Paul Smith, the line that combines the designer’s quintessentially British detailing with a less formal look, enters its second season this February. Following a highly successful debut in 2016 and a preview of its AW17 collection at Pitti Uomo 91, we’ve got the low-down on what’s in store for the summer months ahead…
Designed in London, PS by Paul Smith is a relaxed take on the iconic designer’s mainline collection. With the aim of complementing everyday workwear through a laid-back approach to tailoring, and bolstering weekend wardrobes with solid staples, it delivers a playful take on smart-casual. Inspired by wanderlust and exploration, the diffusion line’s SS17 range is set to bring some much-needed tropical vibes to our wardrobes. Mixing palm leaves and cockatiel motifs, the collection features prints that appear as repeating graphics on statement pieces and as hidden detailing within the lining of pared-back separates. The resulting collection is a medley of outerwear, knitwear, jersey and denim, comprising technical fabrics, relaxed cuts and sportswear-inspired details. Think deconstructed suiting, immaculately-cut shirts and enviable leather bombers.
Highlights include an embroidered souvenir jacket, which reinforces Paul Smith’s ties to Japan and is almost guaranteed to reignite the hype around 2016’s must-have piece. There’s also a showerproof mac; cut from a dry-handle cotton-blend twill, the striking cobalt blue colourway and lightweight body combine up to create a refreshed take on the transitional wardrobe must-own. Luxe sportswear continues to influence, with evidence ranging from subtle detailing on outerwear to oversized athletic stripes on organic cotton T-shirts. All the while, unstructured separates in a selection of modern colours and patterns offer up a contemporary, dressed-down approach to tailoring. As is to be expected from the brand, quality is at its core. When it comes to jeans, PS uses only the best unwashed 13oz indigo-dyed selvedge denim sourced from Italy, flanked across the rest of the range by premium heavyweight leathers, soft handle cashmere-blends and breathable merino wool.
Spring/summer 2017 also sees the launch of the brand’s bold new logo created by Fergus Purcell, the man behind the instantly recognisable triangle icon used by cult skate brand Palace. Add to this the opening of dedicated PS by Paul Smith shops across the globe, including a brand new store in London featuring design signatures of neon pink, polished concrete and convex mirrors, and PS is making a name all for its own. The PS by Paul Smith SS17 collection is available now in stores and online at paulsmith.co.uk.