A Stylist's Guide to Paul Smith
Paul Smith is one of the most renowned and best-loved British designers, and we don't say that lightly. With a steep heritage in menswear Smith is renowned for imbuing the traditional suit with an artistic flair. The playful elements he adds to traditionally stayed workwear go almost undetected in a lining or on a cufflink, these subtler additions are juxtaposed with eye-catching, photographic print shirts and brightly woven knits.
Few fashion houses enjoy such an illustrious career as Paul Smith, who, after opening his first store in 1970, is celebrating 49 years of menswear design this year. A feat seldom enjoyed by such a transitional and, at times, fickle industry. To weather the inevitable changes that arise while running a company over decades, brands often find themselves bought by larger organisations to facilitate their longevity. Paul Smith is not one such company. The fashion house remains independent: with Smith himself being the majority stakeholder.
Smith's designs are as relevant today as they were almost half a century ago. The house's most recent collection has now launched online and in-store at Giulio. Expect to find forward-thinking tailoring in the form of velvet and satin suits set alongside the perfect pairs of patterned socks to peek out between your black brogues and the hem of your trouser. Whether you'd like to dabble in Paul's world by investing in his signature 'artistic stripe' or try a head to toe look, we asked our resident stylist, Alex, to create autumnal outfits from the must-have pieces.
The last look is inspired by Paul's love for print and colour and takes a more creative approach to the FW19 collection. This look embodies what Paul Smith is about; wild prints and incredible tailoring. Starting with the jacket, I have chosen the Gents Mac and paired it with the Artist Studio Print Hoodie to create a contrast between a classic check and the bright painting on the jumper. Continuing on this theme, I’ve matched the check jacket with the check trousers and added the explorer sneakers as the colours complement those on the hoodie. Lastly, I’ve added a green leather belt and a striped sock to compliment the rest of the look.