British tailoring at its best
Paul Smith‘s fall/winter 2017 show during Paris Fashion Week Men’s was a historical one for both the iconic designer and his eponymous brand. It was the first time for Paul Smith (the brand) to present their men’s and women’s collections at the same fashion show.
Whereas Gucci, which has held co-ed shows long before Paul Smith, would present two collections that seemed to be interchangeable, the latter’s men’s and women’s pieces are different despite their similar-looking designs, as they’re distinctly engineered to suit each form.
Tailoring and Britishness are the two main themes of the collections. Tactile tailoring cloths sourced from British mills (including Lovatt and Hardy Minnis), together with British patterns (such as Prince of Wales check and Black Watch tartan) become parts of the pieces.
The collections also consist of knitwear made of Scottish cashmere and Fair Isle knits, while Liberty prints and other British signatures adorn the items. Colors range from pillar box red to British racing green, giving the collections their unconventional means.
See the three key looks from the men’s collection on the following pages.