Paul Smith, the undisputed master of colorful tailoring, signed a Fall/Winter 2022 collection that celebrates cinema, particularly the New Wave and French arthouse cinema that he watched in his youth and avant-garde directors such as David Lynch and Wong Kar-wai.
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If the sober and sepia tones obviously refer to the black and white movies of the 30s to the 60s, the bright blue, green and red hues refer to the advent of technicolor and the emergence of striking new cinematographic techniques. On the other hand, the zig-zag print and its psychedelic hues evoke colorimetry and a strong homage to the director of ‘’Blue Velvet’’ and ‘’Mulholland Drive’’ as well as to the Hong Kongese of ‘’In the Mood for Love’’.
The prints, a longtime signature of the British designer, evoke vintage movie posters and vintage movie sets. The Starlet print, inspired by the studio headshots of silver screen stars during Hollywood’s golden age, is rendered in three separate tones to reflect the evolution of cinematic styles.
Alternating sporty and oversized, slim and fitted, this new wardrobe is elegant and eccentric in true Paul Smith style.
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