15 July 2008

The 'Cosmic Picnic'









Sir Paul Smith has been following a chronology of styles as of late in his collections, continuing with his Sping 2009 Paul Smith Collection. This collection entitled 'Cosmic Picnic' looked towards the acidheads of the past, respectable and smart men with a psychedelic riot running loose under the surface. For this reason the collection began with the smart tailoring, following Smith's much loved style, yet as the show progressed it became more laid back. His inspiration also lead to the use of dramatic make up and somewhat tousled hair in order to give that effect of a tripped-out business man. The three piece suits were mainly striped, a key trend for Spring 2009 menswear, visually slimming and lengthening the models adding to the effect of their strained condition. Casual elements were abundant even in the smartest tailoring with rolled up trousers and tied cord belts.

The actual casual wear had a deconstructed silhouette with large and draping designs, that were light rather than heavy and overpowering. The light colours also added a less melancholy feel to the collection, which begun with such dark and somewhat imposing looks. Personally speaking I find Paul Smith in general to have delightful menswear, catering specifically for tall and lean men, which is unfortunately still quite a niche market. The tailoring tends to be traditional but with a quirky individuality, usually found in the interesting detailing.

Currently playing: This Is The Girl ft. Craig David - Kano (still a big tune in my books!)

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40 comments:

  1. I love this collection. The bright colours are great for spring! Now to wait a whole year for spring again... *sigh*

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  2. ilove the 6th guy - sick STYLE! rolled up trousers.. hmmm.. i wud want to date european men in these haha! :)

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  3. btw really thanks for all the hair thing.. i hope i can commit to another 2-3 of ur rituals :) and... do u know supercr3w? :):)

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  4. This collection makes me want to sport men's wear and forget about what's taboo. The fifth featured ensemble is my fave.

    Bras off to Craig David!

    ♥ANGST

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  5. This collection looks nice!

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  6. just realised you're not on my links list! i righted this tragedy instantly, of course!

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  7. I like this collection a lot. I'm not too keen on the looks with jeans, but the full suits look lovely!

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  8. hole in one, paul. what good taste you have!

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  9. You've been tagged for an award! for...for your style and reporting skills.

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  10. Thanks for the comment and the musical tip. I'll definitely check it out. I like N.E.R.D. I really like the cuffed denim you have posted above as well. Casual, yet pulled together. (:

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  11. This statement:

    "This collection entitled 'Cosmic Picnic' looked towards the acidheads of the past, respectable and smart men with a psychedelic riot running loose under the surface."

    ... alongside the first 3 images remind me absolutely of Bret Easton Ellis' 'American Psycho', the smart exterior and hint at something deeper and more psychologically edgy is an excellent key theme for Paul Smith to base a collection on. I like his pieces a lot, they're unarguably elegant, yet with an edge.

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  12. Great report!

    I love this collection especially that it became more laid back.

    xx

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  13. Love this collection... it's so laid back :)

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  14. The striped suit is lovely, although i hope the heavy eyeliner won't catch on!
    Good reports, well done! :)

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  15. ahhh all of those looks are amazing!

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  16. Very good blog! loved your concept.

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  17. Love love love it! Especially the turn ups on the jeans and suit trousers. I think that's a great touch for the summer.

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  18. This collection is outstanding. I am now a newly obsessed fan of Paul Smith. Great post!

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  19. I love the cuffed jeans and green sneakers. And that orange shirt in the last photo as well. This is an incredible collection. They're designs that I could see men that I know actually wearing. But, they're still very fashionable.

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  20. all these men pull off these clothes with such ease!

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  21. i love the slouchier laid back half of the collection. =) great styling in this collection!

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  22. Hmmm... I must agree, elegant and edgy.

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  23. im liking this collection! thats very interesting about the whole transition thing, cool beans.

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  24. Great collection. great that you observed the transitioning.

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  25. OOH OOH OOH! Menswear. I am always for wearing your guys' clothing than my own, hahaha. The suit, third down - sigh. I love heather grey with those loafers.

    The class is already kicking my ass and it's only going on the third day - ugh...I hope I survive! ;)

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  26. I'm linking you back
    i really love your blog
    you really are a dapper kid.

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  27. Oh, I just loved your description! Phrases like "acidheads of the past" and "smart men with a psychedelic riot" are just so fantastic and rarely used all together. And when you write it, I see it.

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  28. The 4th and those lime green loafers... can I see you in those pleasseee!

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  29. Definitely some lovely ideas for summer.

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  30. your Mother is a smart woman...it's all in the shoes! SS09 MFW was a lack luster two weeks devoid of any great innovation's (a few notables excluded). Agreed his tailoring is superb but he's lacking the WOW!

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  31. The red and white striped outfit reminds me of Beetlejuice!

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  32. oh no u didnt post about the leather jacket!! i have none - prolly cos i reside in the ropical country.. shud i buy one? haha

    ilove how detailed u write.. and the model here is HOT! and i also didnt just said that! hehehe

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  33. i wouldn't mind wearing any of the above. really. they can all be girlified in a sec. i think :x

    tagged my dear! with the premio award :D

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  34. The 4th look is something i could see myself wearing

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  35. such a great collection! I have to show it my boyfriend;)

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