Sky High (Paul Smith)

Paris…Wow! What an amazing new day for the Brit in Paris, Paul Smith. With show invitations that had a drawing of clouds and then a runway background with the same theme, one could only hope for the kind of uncontrollable excitement a first Transatlantic flight could offer, and boy did Sir Paul Smith deliver! Unlike the expected offerings of plaid suitings, dandified styling and floral patterns, the designer decided to do a complete 180 and show sleek silhouettes with shiny fabrics. This was as far from Caranby Street as one could imagine. Most of the show was made up of exceptionally vivid greys done up in tonal variations. A charcoal and mid-grey bomber jacket had a color blocked knit underneath and was paired with black leather pants. Who can remember leather in a Paul Smith collection?! The monochromatic effect was sophisticated and very edgy for the designer. With no florals prints in sight, Smith turned to a very cool botanical garden print with pineapples on it. The appreciation for tailoring was still there, but the relaxed styling of it is what really mattered. The complete and utter shock came in the form of a fiery orange trench coat, pant and shoes, as well as a turquoise and mint ensemble thats fabrics had the same fluidity as the ocean waves. What a wonderful close to Paris Fashion Week, reminding us to expect anything and everything when it comes to evolutions in men’s fashion.paulsmiths10.jpg

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