Paul Smith Spring Summer 2020


Visited New York in the 1970s, Paul experienced the life and energy of SoHo's profound art scene. At that time, galleries such as OK Harris, Pace and Leo Castelli graduated from the establishment in the Upper East Side and opened spaces in the Downtown movement. The city's young artistic community denied how uncontested their creativity might be in stock-like studios and with access to Pearl Paint materials and the hardware stores that filled Canal Street.

On the catwalk there is a deliberate scruffy elegance. The personal wardrobes of the creative people that Paul got to know about his New York journeys inspire the collection. At that time, an artist's custom costume could double as overalls and self-expression through the style brought your interpretation of everyday things like an oversized jacket or a custom cotton shirt.

Tailored develop beyond nostalgia. Function and benefit are the key and the costumes are soft and portable in construction. The practice of a pair of zippers in Sage nylon is paired with an oversized double-breasted jacket in plongé leather, a little insufficient. Double-sided quilted silk is used in men's and women's knitwear and pinstrips seem dull on cotton shoes for women and with a glow on a more technically tailored cloth for men. Throughout, the costumes are oversized with jackets longer, wider and pants overlap higher on the rise.

The colors of the collection nod to a pop art palace building from pastels of dusty pink and caramel to electric shades of bright yellow and blue. A screen print blossom is filled with the DIY setting so common among the people Paul met in his seventies travel. Flashing of a graphic rabbit is a recording of the pop artist's redistribution of iconic brand logos. Famous for his love of rabbits, Paul achieves his own Pop Art style icon.

The modern jazz that fills the audio track refers to Paul's memories of loft jazz from the same early travels across the Atlantic. Contemporary musicians such as Makaya McCraven are delighted with Miles Davis but also release a new jazz sound using analogous methods of collating tracks, true to the artists' spirit that inspires Paul Smith's spring / summer & # 39; collection.