Last week, one of my favorite menswear designers Sir Paul Smith received France’s highest honor, recognizing his “indelible mark on French fashion”
The British designer was presented with the Légion d’Honneur – the highest distinction in France – by the French Ambassador, Sylvie Bermann, during a ceremony at the French Residence in London. On average only 10 Brits receive a Légion d’honneur each year.
In his twenties Paul Smith opened a tiny shop in Nottingham in 1970, called Paul Smith Vetements pour Hommes, and then six years later he showed his first menswear collection in Paris. He continued to have a strong connection with Paris throughout his career and still regularly shows his menswear collection in Paris Fashion Week.
Congratulations Sir Paul, You’ve really out done yourself!
Such an honor to meet the man himself!
Every fashion week just seems to get more interesting for Sir Paul Smith, this fall winter glances back to an early catwalk show he held in Paris’s Andrée Putman gallery which saw an innovative use of colorful tailoring set against an austere concrete backdrop. Now presenting a confident and contemporary reinterpretation; tonal suits have an updated feel with exaggerated shoulders and high waists but are consistently wearable.
Reminiscent of a ‘70s silhouette, familiar shapes are reenergised; wide shoulders, peak lapels and high breaks in suit jackets are matched by cinched waists on trousers and either slight flares or cropped legs. In all instances tailoring is functional with a distinctive silhouette to complement.
Full-length sheepskin coats bring the warmth that a cosmopolitan customer requires but remaining respectful of the principles that have kept Paul Smith stable for forty years. Occasionally the sheepskin is used as a detail on shoes and bags to update everyday utilitarian styles. Elsewhere loafers, straight shoes and desert boots have added modernity with exaggerated soles and clean lines.
Definitely a warm and Luxurious interpretation of Fall Winter from #HausOfPaulSmith – don’t you think?
Those of you who couldn’t make it to Milan for Men’s fashion week..well I thought how about bring the latest from fashion week to you?
As part of their Fall-Winter 2015 presentation, Bottega Veneta displays a men’s collection inspired by the creative life. Put together in unexpected and at times nonchalant combinations.Primarily revealing the beauty of individualistic dressing.
The runway was clearly dominated by a palette of dark shades, including dark sergeant, kelly green, dark and atlantic blue, various hues of dark grey and russet red.
The use of materials observed here are luxurious and wide-ranging, reflecting the collection’s essential eclecticism.
Blown away by Bottega as always! What about you?
This summer even the men have no excuse to not keep it stylish!
It’s time to take over the beach guys, so here’s a peek into Summer 2014’s ultimate guide to beach wear for men.
Are you taking notes yet?