Fashion
  • Text Kinza Shenn
  • 24th June 2019

SoHo strut

In a season awash with colours and tailoring, Sir Paul Smith really got to flex. His spring collection was collaged in pastel, neon and earth tones, inspired by memories of his first trip to New York in the ‘70s, and the burgeoning pop-art scene downtown. The suits themselves were on the boxy side: wide lapels and high-rise trousers. The designer had function and utility in mind, thinking of the styles that artists like Warhol and Rauschenberg often wore while painting.

The colours popped against the blank backdrop inside the Elysée Montmartre. Dave Brubeck’s cool-jazz classic Unsquare Dance was playing overhead. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Smith’s brand, and he’s moving into the year stylishly.