A cool mix of Savile Row fabrics such as pinstripe, checks and cotton together with lame and pounding colours exudes a subversive toughness that feels only right. His is his only, as the entire collection has the power to hit reset on the Spring sartorial menswear game. Who will you be if the building block of your wardrobe is Sir Paul Smith‘s Spring Summer 16 inspiration? Maybe David Hockney, Mick Jager, David Bowie or Jimmy Page. The role play is too generous and equally alluring for the music aficionados or their style devotees. The expressive identity of the gear exudes the result of “throw-on cool” as wearability and classic shapes become the core of the collection. What is more, most of the pieces are suits but they never appear posh or boring. Quite the opposite in fact: the playful range of the colour palette and various fabrics ignite an impressive seventies glam rock flair and the street-couture sensibility pay off in the superlative terms.
The outing on the catwalk enlisted more than visual musical legends owing to the fact that Paul Smith’s approach always pursues excellence and this was not an exception. The witty contemporary charm trademark of the Paul Smith mentality breathe new life into the idiosyncratic mix of colours – fabrics. The silhouettes spoke to the male form boasting precise tailoring and hip assertiveness. Linen mixed with lurex, recurring ant prints and rebel boots linked to the attitude of cool, payed sharp homage to the fusion of classic with the modern.
However, the sartorial dictum that Sir Smith applies to this collection is a choice of individuality most of all else. The man who dresses in a traditional suit is free to deconstruct the conventional elements and play with pairing amongst other pieces of the assortment a practice also suggested on the previous menswear collection. These were certainly real clothes designed by a real Sir for stylish and spirited gentlemen who greet life with attitude.