PS by Paul Smith. Designed in London, this new collection includes colourful cotton essentials for the SS17 season, unique graphic designs, as well as a number of wardrobe essentials such as denims and sweatshirts as well as over-sized outerwear to keep you dry from the great British weather.
As ever, tradition is subverted through texture, colour and shape. SS17 is all about splashes of colour, and if we’ve learnt anything from Paul Smith, 2017, and my most recent obsession La La Land, it’s that a bit of madness is key to give us new colours to see.
So take a peek at PS by Paul Smith to add a little madness into your wardrobe this season.
From Season To Shining Season
The past PS by Paul Smith season was a roaring success, as the designer’s contemporary line offered a fusion of luxury and performance characteristics with technical fabrics and ergonomic cuts, all topped off and emblazoned with the newly created bold circular logo, created by Fergus Purcell (see below).
PS by Paul Smith now enters its second season with the SS17 collection which focuses on the key products of outerwear, knitwear, jersey and denim.
This season’s key print is tropical; palm leaves and colourful cockatiel feature heavily in the collection whether you’re heading to St. Tropez or celebrating the Year of the Rooster.
The print appears as a bold repeating graphic on outerwear and shirting, but also features in surprise details within the lining of separates.
Unlike other collections which detail fine tailoring and precise outlines, PS by Paul Smith transfers the same attention to detail but in an easy-to-wear approach to suit a more casual lifestyle. Tapered fits and dyed garments is what this collection is about.
Jackets are unstructured and the fit of trousers are more relaxed in sportswear-inspired silhouettes. The tropical designs in the collection are offset with the outerwear charcoal hues of greys and blues.
What’s more, out is the new in this year with outerwear being highlighted this season. Macs, gilets and leather jackets feature as well as a number of other pieces to keep you weather-ready all year round.
Elsewhere, Paul Smith’s ties to Japan are reinforced with his unique take on the classic embroidered souvenir jacket. The wider influence of sports motifs continues into patterns of over-sized sports stripes which are paired with subtle stripe detailing, too.
PS by Paul Smith isn’t just for the men. The SS17 collection showcased diverse casting and an impressive and fresh-looking collection of womenswear.
The women’s collection also features pops of colour and graphic prints along with colour-blocking options and florals for spring that would even impress Miranda Priestly. Groundbreaking.
We love the way in which the elements are rooted in this collection and, again, that sneaky rooster has poked his head into the mix, not to be forgotten.
Roll on AW17
We can’t wait (though we’ll have to) to see what Paul Smith has up his tailored sleeves next. Alongside wardrobe essentials such as the denim and outerwear expressed in this latest collection, we have again seen confident use of colour, a somewhat Paul Smith trademark.
The PS by Paul Smith collection continues to expand and is matched by the opening of dedicated shops around the world, including boutiques in London and Paris.
All of these shops and department store corners will feature design signatures of neon pink, polished concrete and convex circular mirrors to compliment the ever-evolving inspirations and designs found in the clothing collections.
PS by Paul Smith SS17 will be available from February 2017 in-store and online here.