It’s been a while since travel was an option for many – and this includes British designer Paul Smith as well. A photo album filled with holiday memories with his wife inspired him to create his spring/summer 2021 collection, which brings together faded colors and a 70s style.
Earthy tones, sun-bleached colors and sky blue add a retro charm, while the lively Monarch Rose and Acid Floral prints, which can be seen in the knitwear, skirt and shorts, echo the seasonal vibe.
Fabrics such as seersucker, organic cotton and linen ensure a pleasantly relaxed feel for the warmer months.
Womenswear options are extensive, comprising pleated skirts and pants, drawstring dresses and zip jackets. Blazers and jackets – a staple of menswear – have been feminized via softer silhouettes, boxy shapes, as well as oversized and hidden pockets and buttons.
The trousers are mostly drawstring with added wrinkles to the waist, creating a baggy look.
Also giving a sense of visual and emotional enjoyment is the exclusive shoe collection created in collaboration with Castaner, which reinterprets the brand’s iconic colors and staple stripe prints on straw flats and espadrille wedges.
(This article was published at The Standard on May 21 2021: Weekend Glitz: Walking on sunshine )