This Season’s most wearable trend for both men and women comes in the form of relaxed tailoring: Think low-key, cool shades of pale pink, pistachio green and ecru in innovative materials.
Paul Smith’s SS20 collection was designed to evoke Downtown New York, channelling the neighbourhood’s burgeoning art scene of the 1970s (of which the designer was a part) and the resulting need for utilitarian construction and movement. With that in mind, jackets are low-buttoning and oversized – not just ideal for creating flow but also a breathable shape just in time for temperatures to begin creeping up. Suits also get the hot weather treatment, with tailored shorts and matching blazers translating from workwear staples into clothes that feel fun enough to wear out of hours, too.
Top of our list at the Cabot Place store in Canary Wharf is the muted raspberry two piece with military-style patch pockets and high-waisted shorts. In menswear, heritage patterns such as checks and pinstripes are supersized to coordinate with lengthened jacket cuts and tall peaked lapels, and on the catwalks, suits were styled in such a way that we’ll be layering a singlebreasted blazer beneath a doublebreasted one (just don’t forget to size up). Leather has also been reclaimed for the season, cut into jackets we’re more used to seeing in wool or linen and fluid trousers in soft, tonal shades that are a far cry from the tougher, aged leather we’re used to – both the women’s and men’s collections will have you rethinking the material for this season.
Paul Smith has also had some fun with men’s shirting, creating a capsule of contrasting prints and camp collars, plus his women’s collection features maxed out floral prints with a matching trench coat for those moments you get caught in spring showers – because, after all, while we might dream of being in Downtown New York, this is still London.
* Text courtesy of Canary Wharf Magazine
* Text as originally appeared in Canary Wharf Magazine