British designer Paul Smith recently showcased his latest collection, drawing inspiration from the early days of his career and revisiting fabrics that he hadn’t used in a while. One such fabric was velveteen, which Smith incorporated into sleek patch-pocket jackets, trousers, and puffers with vents at the side, all with a glam rock edge.
Speaking about the use of velveteen in his designs, Smith reminisced about the days when rock legends such as Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton would request the fabric for their stage outfits. He explained that the appeal of velveteen to the rock ‘n’ roll crowd is its combination of being fancy yet not fussy, with a lived-in look.
Smith also included cozy pieces such as tweedy, zip-front knits, sweeping capes with abstract flower patterns, and shearlings in bold colors like cobalt and aubergine, perfect for the colder months. He also pulled designs from the brand’s Nottingham archives, featuring plaids, checks, and houndstooth on suits and caped trench coats, some adorned with little scarves at the neck.
Inspired by the intricate designs of Persian rugs, Smith layered traditional checks with a flower print and scattered the same flowers across a variety of items including long scarves and houndstooth jackets. To add even more pattern and color to the collection, Smith collaborated with Mulberry to reinterpret the Antony bag, incorporating his signature zingy stripes and blocks of color in a joyous and playful manner.
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