Paul Smith A/W 2017

Paul Smith A/W 2017

Going back to his roots, Sir Smith pays homage to some of his most formative experiences

Mood board: This collection paid homage to some of Sir Paul Smith’s most formative experiences, when he was employed by the International Wool Secretariat to tour the UK, searching for fine tailoring cloths and innovative design. However, for the first time since launching his label in 1970, he put both his men’s and women’s collections on one catwalk. They made charming companions, highlighting his knack for making unfussy, desirable clothes. The classically British patterns he used here – a Prince of Wales check and Black Watch tartan – featured on skinny suits and roomy coats.

Best in show: Key was a three-button beige suit in windowpane check worn with a tartan overcoat. The ‘Made in Britain’ mood prevailed with Scottish cashmere knits and Fair Isle jumpers featuring woven charm motifs and an exclusive Liberty print used in shirting.

Sound bite: ‘As part of the collection I’ve gone back to my roots, working with British mills that I’ve been familiar with since the beginning of my career, but using the cloths in weights and finishes that are relevant to today,’ Smith said. ‘A modern British feel with an unexpected mix of patterns, colours and textures.’

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