In an industrial outpost in London’s King’s Cross, the venue for the Paul Smith SS17 show was bedecked in wild flowers, giving us a taste of what was to come from the collection; a feminine, vibrant take on Spring/Summer that had that Paul Smith balance of loose and structured.
The show opened with a navy coat covered in a rough spot print, buttoned up the top. This print was then echoed in a relaxed suit of slightly oversized culottes and blazer, before moving on to a bold, mustard-coloured floral print emblazoned on silk trousers and bomber jackets.
True to form, the suit came in many guises for SS17 – from the rich tan-coloured double-breasted blazer and loose trouser combination, to light mustard window-pane check complete with go-faster stripe down the trouser leg and salmon pink culottes and long-line jacket.
There was a subtle nod to traditional Japanese style throughout too, with oatmeal-coloured coats featuring wide, kimono-style sleeves, black obi belts tied around printed dresses and fastening jackets and loose, high-neck dresses all making a welcome appearance.
Words and images by Angharad Jones