Paul Smith: Ready-to-wear AW16
For his latest collection Paul Smith has chosen to look to his youth. Hence the choice of location, the Royal College of Physicians, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun in 1964, a reflection of the modern architecture that inspired him in his youth. He’s also looked back to the codes that first inspired his designs, the play of masculine and feminine, inspired in part by his own wife’s wardrobe, in part by his seeing the YSL tux when it made it’s catwalk debut in Paris. It’s that mix of hard and soft that still infiltrates his work today. Suiting is sharply tailored, softened by it’s pairings with floral chiffons, coats take on a more feminine shape by the introduction of a raglan sleeve to give a more rounded shoulder. All the Paul Smith trademarks are here, shot through with a lightness, a delicacy of touch if you will.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans