Focus | Paul Smith Jeans Autumn/Winter 13

A vibrant clash of colour and print, the Paul Smith Jeans autumn/winter 13 collection pays homage to the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Working in New York in the late 1970s and 80s, Basquiat transformed himself from an unknown graffiti artist into one of the most celebrated creative talents of his generation. Famed for his style, in the same way he used street art to subvert the establishment, he clashed casual clothing with suiting, dressing denim with tweed and accessorising paint-splats with bow-ties.
In the Paul Smith Jeans autumn/winter 13 collection, silhouettes and details are inspired by street shots of the New York artists. Overcoats and jackets have carefully constructed collars, and blazers are re-balanced with new lapel and notch shapes. Detailing on casual jackets is taken from artist overcoats and sportswear influences come through in a choice of jacket shapes and trims.
The colour palette mixes dark navy, purple, black and indigo with highlights of bright orange, turquoise, red and fuchsia. These liven-up shirting checks, jersey stripes and repeat as solids in outerwear and trousers. A pictorial jacquard is a key print that feeds across the whole collection too. Animals, faces and shapes are taken from the jacquard and either re-layered into colourful graffiti screen prints or used individually as embroideries or on graphic knitwear. Another thematic shirt print is a doodle that maps a creative trail of thought in the artists mind.

Shop the Paul Smith Jeans Autumn/Winter 13 Collection here.

Posted on 12th August 2013