Paul Smith

Paul Smith Woman Spring Summer 2017 – Paul Smith presented a quintessential representation of British summertime with the Spring Summer 2017 catwalk at London Fashion Week.

The designer used floral prints, not ground-breaking for Spring, yet he transformed them by exploring the transfer of prints onto the designs. The clothing showed hand-drawn decorations which were transferred onto the clothing by the mediums of embroidery, print and jacquard. These quirky designs were translated perfectly onto the floaty, sophisticated skirts and dresses. Similar to the exploration of transfer mediums Smith also explored materials which could also communicate a message of womanly style. The result was a number of materials used to enhance the designs. For example, lace was used to enhance the neckline of a dress, and this lace was combined with the the floral designs printed onto the dress.

The designs were loose-fitting, creating flowing silhouettes, perfect for a summer wardrobe, whether it be for events of sophistication or just an afternoon in the garden. Dresses were loose and mid-length, falling onto the models naturally. Trousers were again loose-fitting, in various lengths from shorter culottes to ankle length straight cut. Tops came with long bell sleeves, and tunic length with a tie at the waist.

The colour palette was a typical summer selection of oranges and baby pinks, bright purples, yellow florals, khaki greens and whites combined with brightly coloured patterns. Check patterns were created for jumpers in khaki and white, and also for skirts and dresses in ochre and baby pink.

Each of these looks was complete with leather espadrilles and brightly coloured cross-over sandals. The models also carried leather handbags in complimenting colours, with rope like handles.

Paul Smith Woman Spring Summer 2017


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Written by Lorna Barry

Lorna is a recent graduate from Newcastle University. She has a love of fashion, art and travelling and enjoys being creative in any way she can. She loves to keep up to date with fashion and is always on the hunt for her next pair of shoes.

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