|Paul Smith - Men Fall 2012 FW in Paris|
Two days later, on Sunday, Jan. 22, Smith staged a succinctly edited fall 2012 men's collection which effectively acted as a comment on his own global career. Smith has crossed the English Channel for over two decades to present his men's shows in Paris and his invitation and inspiration was fittingly the sea.
Waves rippled over a seascape invitation, bold backdrop and stormy prints used in sweatshirts and jumpers in this show, staged in the English knight's preferred French show locale - a medieval convent in St Germain.
But the key to this collection was Smith's insightful new tailoring, like when he combined felt waistcoats and biker jacket leather sleeves in one great new garment, and where he revamped a conventional puffer jacket as a cool new courtier's vest.
Smith was also right in synch with the Paris season's key color palette - black and blue, especially midnight and petrol blue with anthracite and black steel. He employed the combo in wrap coats trimmed in metallic gold, padded storm coats and even some jaunty blue wingtips with deliberately blackened toes.