Focus | Paul Smith London Spring/Summer 13

Nowhere is the Paul Smith maxim of "classic with a twist" more fitting than when describing the London collection, where each season enduring sartorial classics are tweaked, twisted and given the Paul Smith treatment.

In slim or classic fits, London collection shirts are fashionable but functional. Hairline stripes in green and pink make for great day to night numbers; block shades of navy and violet have formal appeal; whilst bold checks and candy stripes have a more casual feel. As ever is the case with all Paul Smith collections, print is key. Florals in muted hues of navy and black give a touch of sparkle to a look, whilst a poppy print in red gives the full firework. The unmistakable Paul Smith squirt of lemon comes through in contrast cuffs and button holes stitched in statement shades.
Inspired by classic English tailoring, suiting steals the spotlight in the London collection. Traditional in style but with subtle modern nuances. Named after some of Paul Smith's longest-standing shops, the Byard, Westbourne and Kensington are three key suiting shapes in the collection. In lead grey, navy and black the Byard comes in a wool and mohair blend with a notch lapel jacket and slim flat front trousers. A classic fitting Westbourne is available in Prince of Wales check for a more directional choice, whilst a petrol blue Kensington suit has a timeless silhouette modernised with an eye-catching hue.
Reinterpreting fashion stalwarts is central to the Paul Smith London thesis and in outerwear this comes through loud and clear. In a simple navy mac, the luxury is in the purple quilted lining, whilst a double breasted taupe trench nods to tradition in its belted waistband and epaulet details but is given a modern make-over in silhouette and navy taped seams.

Shop the Paul Smith London spring/summer 13 collection here.

Posted on 19th March 2013