Paul Smith Review of the Year
30 December 2017
Paul Smith Review of the Year
Catch up on a colourful twelve months for Paul Smith that included a rainbow redesign of the famous Los Angeles shop, a special collaboration with R.E.M. and the first ever combined men and women’s catwalk show.
2017 kicked off with a landmark event in Paul’s career as he presented his men’s and women’s collections on the same catwalk for the first time. The collection put British fabrics front and centre, looking back to the early days of Paul’s career when he toured the country in search of innovative cloth designs.
Spring began with a stripy takeover of the 44 Floral Street shop, which was painted with the colours of the Artist Stripe. The change proved so popular that this temporary takeover has become a shopper’s favourite that you can still visit today.
Chelsea Flower Show
In May, Paul invited us to share his annual visit to the world’s leading horticultural show to learn how the natural world inspires his designs and colour combinations. The trip included a live interview on BBC Radio 2 and an encounter with some remarkable potatoes.
In June, the most Instagrammed building in LA got a rainbow makeover to celebrate Los Angeles Pride. Thousands of residents flocked to the new rainbow wall at Paul Smith Los Angeles to take selfies and share #kindcomments.
June also saw a return to Paris with the spring/summer ’18 show, which mixed men’s and women’s collections again. The show was awash with tropical colours and aquatic motifs as Paul offered his own take on the classic Hawaiian shirt.
Paul Smith Dino
As August arrived so did a new member of the Paul Smith family. After being a roaring success in the autumn/winter ’16 collection, the Paul Smith Dino was released as a capsule collection of T-shirts, sweatshirts and canvas trainers, with more Paul Smith Dino products due to arrive in 2018.
A Suit to Travel in
In September freerunner Timothy Shieff and fitness writer Shona Vertue tumbled through the streets of London to showcase the amazing flexibility and crease recovery of A Suit To Travel In.
As winter began to bite, we invited a group of bloggers up to the Scottish Boarders to visit Lovat – the historic fabric mill that produced a very special tailoring fabric in the autumn/winter collection. Watch their trip in full and step inside one of the UK’s leading mills.
In October, Paul was immortalised as a Kokeshi doll by the artist Becky Kemp. Kokeshi dolls are a celebrated form of Japanese folk art that have become collectable around the world – you can find Paul and other Kokeshi dolls in selected Paul Smith shops.
Paul Smith & R.E.M.
An eventful 2017 drew to a close with a very special collaboration to celebrate the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s landmark album, Automatic for the People. Alongside events in London, Milan and New York, Paul sat down with Michael Stipe to discuss life, the collaboration and their hopes for the future.
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