Exclusive! Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2010 Collection
Paul Smith’s Spring/Summer 2010 show for London Fashion Week featured some masculine tailoring, as we saw ladies strut their stuff in suits with soft bowler hats and leather shoes, the stark masculinity contrasted with bright colours as well as soft, ice-creamy shades. This look is influenced by Daniele Tamagni’s book ‘Gentlemen of Bakongo: The Importance of Being Elegant‘, which contains photographs of a Congolese community with an incredible, dandyish sense of style.
This isn’t the only theme presented in the collection, however; runway models were clad in prints, including animal and Smith’s signature coloured stripes and statement, African-inspired beaded necklaces. The effect is eclectic and almost tribal, which is quite different from the masculine suits, but the colourfulness of the whole collection pulls it together, and is perfect for the spring/summer seasons!
Paul has a personal blog which he updates regularly. It gives a fascinating insight into the designers world, what inspires him as well as insights on his collections and stores!
Speaking of which, he has a new shop opening on Marylebone High Street, which will stock women’s and men’s shoes and accessories, including these amazing Union Jack bags, the print coming from a photo taken by the man himself.
Through his blog, Paul also expresses his love of art, and he is presenting two exhibitions, for the artists David Hockney and Robert Clarke respectively, which art lovers should most definitely check out!