This was a collection that should have been presented during Paris Men’s Fashion Week last June but was finally shown in the brand’s London showroom due to the pandemic.
The inspiration for Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2021 collection, not surprisingly, was nostalgia for holidays past and the urgent envy to travel once again.
During his 16 week lockdown, Paul Smith spent some of his evenings poring through old holiday albums with his wife, Pauline. From these heartwarming memories emerged a relaxed elegant collection that constantly nodded to the styles of the Havanese and those of the 70s.
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For women, there were sundresses but through a filter flavored more of Tuscany featuring ditsy archive flower prints, and white cotton skirts and tops with tie details at the wrist or neck. Fluid jackets and trousers came in sky blue or dusty rose, and some were paired with lightweight knits in terra-cotta, sunflower, and ochre.
For men, archive flower prints bloomed on shirts and shorts, while monochrome suits conjured the gardens of Provence in shades of mint, lavender and bougainvillea pinkish-red.
Trousers were looser and drawstring waists prevailed as the wearer dictates comfort at the fore. And when it came to fabrics, they inspired of course lightness, with seersucker, organic cotton and 100% linen.
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