Focus | PS by Paul Smith Autumn/Winter 13 - Paul Smith
In printed shirts, tailored jackets and neatly fitted knitwear, the autumn/winter 13 PS by Paul Smith collection takes inspiration from British musician Morrissey.
Known for his sartorial prowess, Morrissey defines alternative rock style. During his time as frontman of The Smiths his wardrobe was a mixture of vintage shirts, retro knits and tailored jackets. In the PS by Paul Smith autumn/winter 13 collection, these elements are reworked to create a contemporary men's wardrobe.
Tailoring takes inspiration from the 80s, with retro features such as wide, peak lapels and double breasting, updated with a contemporary fit and slim, flat-front trousers.
The colour palette focuses on neutrals punctuated by rich highlights of bold colour. Slate grey is paired with purple and navy is enriched with chocolate brown. Deep red hues take the spotlight in a burgundy velvet jacket and damson spot print shirt.
The collection also features broken checks, flecked silks and twisted yarns. Cotton-sateen shirts combine irregular collage-style and photocopied prints with elaborate retro foulard prints. Each print is named after an area associated with Morrissey, including key prints 'Salford Sky', a digitally printed stormy vista, and 'Albion Spot', a screen-printed miniature polka dot.
Knitwear includes mixed-pattern Fair Isle and intarsia-striped crew necks in Merino wool and cashmere. Neon tipping, ribbed panels and saddle shoulders add subtly contrasting elements. For outerwear, the easy-fit hooded parka and double-breasted admiral's coat with leather detail evoke the fashions of 80s indie music stars.
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