Paul Smith’s twists of eccentricity are wont to giving off the impression that he’s a boy – in temperament if not in age. A youthful spirit is a valuable thing, which is why Smith’s style of design never really ages. Like him, his collections are mature but with a youthful spirit shining through like the upturned corners of a cheeky knowing smile.
His spring / summer 2013 collection none the less left off the too obviously quirky and went instead for block colour and stripes that were all at once sophisticated and optimistic. Tailoring played a strong role – naturally – but against the masculine elements were feminine pleated skirts with side-slits and billowing trapeze shaped dresses.
Stirruped jodhpur pants and striped riding blazers finished the London fashion week (LFW) show with a mildly Olympic feel, but they were all together a different take on sporty dressing to what the trend has recently dictated. These had a certain appeal, but it was the rich, jewel-toned pieces – with their effortless cuts and yet their eye catching use of colour blocking – that stuck in the mind after the ruby-lipped models exited the runway.
You can see all of the Paul Smith spring / summer 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree