Paul Smith AW16 Catwalk Report

Known for his individual take on traditional British styling, the quintessentially British designer Paul Smith went back to his original roots this week. His catwalk show held at the Royal College of Physicians for London Fashion Week was the perfect venue to show the freshness of his new collection.

Stripes, tailored suits and double breasted blazers portrayed his love for the late-60s and early-70s fashion. His collection was very daring as Paul Smith designed some silhouettes which included a lot of eye catching designs. The repeating paisley print which appeared on various outfits including black coats, shirts and trousers. Similar to his AW16 men’s collection, it looks like Paul Smith has an interest in the hippie era.

Paul Smith’s previous collections were very different to the one held at London Fashion Week this year, he has a theme of nostalgia that he presented through this show. He inspires eccentricity which helped turn his British brand into a global luxury brand.

The layout of the catwalk show worked well, fitting in with the overall theme of a simple, classic yet colourful collection. The female models walked up and down the catwalk, with an audience on either side able to see Paul’s outstanding tailoring skills.

Paul Smith focused on detailing which emphasised the incredible tailoring on the collection. A black knee length coat was pinned together with a little baby blue button which gave the whole outfit simplicity yet in a classic way. This would be something I would have in my own wardrobe, or spot someone wearing this on the streets.

One of my favourite looks of the show was the fur coat with black buttons styled over a maroon knitted polar neck with pink detailing. This concluded the perfect ready-to-wear autumn/winter look that will be most popular with a lot of the public and many celebrities. The model wearing this outfit returned onto the catwalk with Paul Smith, sporting friendly smiles whilst taking a bow. The catwalk show gave a fun vibe for myself and the audience to watch at London Fashion Week this year.

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