Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2013
BOYISH elegance has never been more popular than it is today - it’s the reason French women always look so insouciantly chic and the secret to Alexa Chung’s Pied Piper-style influence; and why we still want to dress like Jane Birkin. Dressing like a pretty boy implies that you don’t really care about what people think and that you haven’t really tried - that girl is far too busy watching arthouse films and reading Allen Ginsberg to ponder too much about clothes. Patti Smith may have commandeered androgyny, but Paul Smith was one of the first in fashion to consciously capitalise on it, and today he delivered what he does so well - easy masculine pieces that are offset with the right amount of femininity. There were no profound cultural or sociological influences, simply “clothes that are easy to put in your own wardrobe and match with stuff you already own”, as the man himself told us post-show.