Paul Smith SS13

On the Sunday of London Fashion Week, Paul Smith showed his spring/summer 2013 women’s collection. The venue for the show was the Granary Building, pictured above, which is part of the striking new Central Saint Martins campus based at King’s Cross. The showspace was beautifully light and airy, and felt intimate in spite of its large size.

For spring/summer 2013, Paul Smith took inspiration from the work of multi-disciplinary French artist Jean-Paul Goude – the illustrator, photographer and art editor turned fashion film director. Goude is best known for his avant-garde, quasi-surrealist style, and the collection’s graphic use of mix-and-match colours and textures was influenced by his experimental aesthetic.

Texture was a key focus for spring/summer 2013. Fluid-like fabrics such as wool crepe and silk sable floated down the catwalk, and gave masculine styles a feminine twist. A mix of crepe-de-chine and georgette created light texture and plentiful pleats on skirts and dresses added movement. Super-shine leather-look tailoring was balanced with matt georgette and delicate lace inserts created contrast.

A key motif of the collection was the graphic stripe. Linear prints contrasted soft, feminine silhouettes and contrasting soft pleats gave the graphic styles a feminine touch. I was particularly struck by the eye-catching colour palette: bright hues, such as scarlet, sunshine yellow and bottle green stood out against a subdued base. Neutral black, navy and nude balanced the brights, giving them a fresh, modern feel. Bold, saturated hues were diluted to a more subdued, softly spring-like rust, ochre and nude.

Now for a selection of photos I took at the show. Sorry for the image overload, but I couldn’t not share them with you! Especially as I had a fantastic view from the second row at the show – look out for Alexandra Shulman (front row opposite on the left) and Anna Dello Russo (front row opposite on the right) in the background of the pictures!

Sir Paul Smith above (sorry it’s so blurry) and Anna Dello Russo leaving the show below.

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