Paul Smith Unveils Fiftieth Anniversary Capsule Collection
Paul Smith is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a capsule collection of reimagined archive prints for men and women.
The designer was among the first ones to introduce photographic print to menswear in the ‘80s, establishing his mark in print design. This celebratory capsule collection honours the tradition by reviving and reworking graphics from the brand’s archive. These archive graphics are from 1988 to 2002.
The key print in the collection is the spaghetti print, which was first seen in autumn/winter ’94, inspired by a plate of fake shop display spaghetti that Smith discovered during a visit to Tokyo in the 1980s. Other prints feature a shiny green apple and a floral rose motif. The graphics appear on a range of casual jersey pieces, bomber jackets, and shirts for men and women.
Take a look at the collection.
To balance out the casual wear, they also added a devoré velvet suit that adds a hint of another element the capsule collection, while focusing on Smith’s expertise in tailoring and appreciation of intricate handwork. The suit comes with an intricate floral pattern on the jacket and trouser. Inside the jacket, a Smith’s signature bright rainbow-stripe lining is added.
Apart from the anniversary collection, the British designer launched an eponymous book. This new monograph captures the unique spirit of Smith. Through the lens of 50 objects, chosen by the designer himself for the inspiration they have provided him over the years, the book explores everything from his very first show in Paris, his Floral Street shop in London, to the evolution of the stripe and his most recent collections and collaborations. In this way, the book presents his work in a surprising and visually exciting way and shows him to be a truly dynamic and versatile designer.