PAUL SMITH WOMEN AW16

For Paul Smith, autumn/winter 2016 marks a determined change of direction by way of rediscovering Paul’s own roots.

Confidently embracing the codes first embodied by Paul’s designs in the 70s and 80s, the collection pays homage to the idea of the handsome woman, and draws on the wardrobe of Paul’s wife Pauline Denyer Smith. With nods to New Romance, it is a representation of the authoritative and sophisticated femininity Paul Smith originally created from his men’s collections, and a reinterpretation of the techniques and trademarks he trailblazed in the early years of his career. This season the show is presented in the Royal College of Physicians – designed by Sir Denys Lasdun in 1964 – as a celebration of the modern architecture that possessed the mind of a young Paul.