Paul Smith’s spring 2019 collection is informed by his personal experience and authentic British Style. His oversized jackets are reminiscent of various eras, but a new contemporary relevance is delivered in the construction and styling. Where once 500-gram cloths prevailed, now the same shapes appear in lightweight 200-gram wool, allowing for the versatility. Ease and function is deeply entrenched in Paul Smith’s philosophy and is celebrated with the looseness of silhouettes and Paul’s own love of cycling.
The women’s pieces in the collection echo the men’s, but a distinct identity comes through in the confidence of the Paul Smith woman, who takes on a rebel attitude. Form-fitting dress shapes and skirts strike a playful theme. Checkerboard socks and intarsia knits are inspired by races to the finish-line and deliver a touch of humor in signature Paul Smith style. Having pioneered the use of photographic printing techniques in the early stages of his career, Paul revisits the process again this season. Paul’s father, Harold inspired Paul’s own love of taking pictures. For Spring 2019 archival photography by both Paul and his father appear throughout the collection, most noticeably on outerwear and in a more painterly style on fluid dresses and coats for women.
Typical British footwear like the loafer and the Chelsea boot are twisted in proportion and shape, and finished with Goodyear welted soles. Continuing the celebration of British design, the new Paul Smith collab with Cutler and Gross is showcased for the very first time. An iconic Cutler and Gross frame is given an injection of color and will be available from PaulSmith.com