On Sunday 21st February, I was lucky enough to view Paul Smith’s A/W 2016 collection at London Fashion Week. It took place in the Royal College of Physicians, providing a modern, architectural backdrop for the collection. The collection goes back to Paul’s roots with nods to new romance, modernising his past techniques and trademarks; tailoring, prints, paisley, embroidery, and, of course, stripes. The reinvention of the origins of the women’s collections can be shown through the parallels to the men’s A/W 2016 collection in colours, fabrics and shapes.
I wore an All Saints patterned shirt, black Next jeans, Kurt Geiger heeled, navy suede chelsea boots, and a new season, textured black Paul Smith bomber jacket.
Prints played a huge role in Paul Smith’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. The signature stripe has been reinvented in a modern way. Coats had raglan sleeves to give a rounded shoulder and a strong silhouette. Suit trousers were created in the likeness of bicycle breeches, elongated to add elegance. Jackets throughout the collection were double breasted.
Apples, this seasons highlighted print, was scattered amongst the collection in different scales via embroidery, appliqué, and print. This returns back to Paul’s first photo print from the seventies and expresses Paul’s signature elevation of everyday elements.
Other core prints include a deconstructed Paisley and psychedelic floral. Paisley could be seen embroidered and appliquéd onto backless dresses and coats. Dusky pink was, also, showcased as a key colour for this A/W. The backless dress was also created using a bold floral print. The floral print was also used more subtlety throughout the collection and was even seen amongst the accessories.
Paul Smith, as always, showed his sense of humour. Partly through the clothes, and, also, running and skipping throughout the finale. He was, is, and always will be a total babe.