Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
Sir Paul Smith has nothing left to prove – he’s the who put London on the map as the birthplace of the finest menswear, arguably more than anyone else. If he were to lay back, sip his Earl Grey and relax, he would have earned every right to do so. Laziness, however, appears to be the very last thing in Paul Smith’s mind, and yesterday at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Savile Row, he showed us just how emphatically we may say that. A pursuit of dynamism, and indeed a renewed appreciation for traditionally manly utilitarian values has informed many of the collections we’ve seen at LC:M this season, and whereas these might not yet be immediately associated with the world of suiting, Paul Smith’s introduction of “A Suit To Travel In” to his London collection promises to inspire a change of perspective. More than that: it demonstrates how perfected tailoring still measures up to all of our seasonal fashion expectations and most importantly, to the changes in our lifestyle present and future. A crease-resistant, water-repellent cloth whose weight will remain consistent across the spring and fall seasons, the properties and potential of “A Suit To Travel In” where put to test in a series of brilliant performances by Olympic medal-winning athlete Max Whitlock together with artists from the National Centre for Circus Arts – and passed it with flying colours.