Showing posts with label Paul Smith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul Smith. Show all posts

Friday, March 28, 2014

#2508 Paul Smith: "I Started With Just £600 And A Bit Of Enthusiasm"

Paul Smith. Photo: The Telegraph

At 17, Paul Smith was a self-described “wimp” who had never been to the pub or left his small town of Nottinghamshire. At 67, Sir Paul Smith is the chief executive, principal shareholder and designer of a label that bears his name in 82 countries and some 540 shops. Dressed in a floral-print shirt and a navy blazer with some “snazzy” lining, Smith faced a roomful of stylish New Yorkers (Simon Doonan included) at the private workspace collective Neue House, as he reflected on the success of his “classic with a twist” menswear — and menswear-inspired womenswear — that has become one of the most successful, independently-owned British brands in history.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

#2330 Paris Review – The Final Day


After a tour of three cities (Florence, Milan and Paris), some 60 catwalk presentations, and far too many nights out, we've finally reached the end. Menswear overload has occurred. Lanvin always shows first thing on the last day, and their secret for getting guests out of bed bright and early is simple: sweet treats and cool drinks to revive the spirits and replenish the reserves. The spread included frosted pistachio and carrot loaves, iced coffee, and jasmine green tea. Couldn't have come at a better moment, either. Some of us didn't wake up in time to eat breakfast. There was a strange dichotomy going on inside the classical-style Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts building (which features a glass ceiling, multiple arches, and marble sculptures throughout). Along the center of the catwalk ran a column of movie-set-sized lighting rigs, with exposed generators, cords, and cooling fans. It felt a bit like we were peeking behind the Great and Powerful Oz's curtain.

Monday, June 27, 2011

#1903 Paul Smith was an incredibly hot show

Photos: Sonny Vandevelde

Serving free ice creams outside your show is a bloody good call, especially when the ice cream is coconut flavoured and the most delicious tasting cold thing imaginable. Another great call: colour-blocked garments. Not looks, but actual pieces split horizontally across the middle, like an orange/navy sweater or a pair of pants with a little navy and a little petrol blue. That said, when your show venue is a former convent with no air conditioning and hot to the point where your ankles start sweating, showing anything other than board shorts and tee shirts becomes something of an incomprehensible endeavour. The coats and blazers at Paul Smith might have looked smart, but leather sleeves in this heat? Forget about it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

#1704 Fun times (and free donuts) at Paul Smith

Photos: Katherine Lowe

I always enjoy a Paul Smith show. There's something to be said about a guy who books real, rough looking men alongside the typical smooth-skinned teenage waifs – and then dances down the runway with them, laughing as they throw up bunny ears behind his head. It's a good time. Add mountaineers' polarised glasses, leather rucksacks, duffel coats and mustard yellow cardigans like we saw today, and I'm sold. Plus there were free donuts outside!

Monday, June 28, 2010

#1319 Paris reviews - Paul Smith and Dunhill

Photos: GQ

Moments before the Paul Smith show started this afternoon, I sat in my seat flicking through street style photos taken around and about the Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks by the maestro of detail, Tommy Ton. One pair of gentlemen looked oddly familiar. I looked to my left, then back at the photo, left again, then back down. I proffered my phone to the two guys sitting next to me to take a look. There they were, in the exact same positions, immortalised on the internet and in real life beside me. Every single day this digital world we live in gets smaller and smaller. But that doesn't rob it of its magical moments. As the lights went up and the music began, a lone Japanese cameraman ran the full length of the catwalk – gear flying behind him – and burst onto the photographers' riser. His typically aggressive comrades patiently made space for him as he set up. Once he had, the first model walked out.

Monday, February 8, 2010

#1073 Backstage at Paul Smith

Yuri Pleskun - All photos: Steve Wood

"Alright boys, that was good, that was good, but some of you were looking a bit glum, a bit down beat. I want you to be full of energy, you're having fun, you're on your way out to a party. Let's do it!" I'm sitting backstage at Paul Smith, and the man himself has just finished his preshow pep talk. All the boys are cheering. In a corner of the room sits a 20-or-so-year-old English model named Jonny. He's being interviewed by an Italian fashion TV channel. As it ends, they tell him to say hello to the camera. "Who am I saying hello to?" he enquires. "Say hello to whoever you want," comes the reply. He looks straight down the barrel. "Hello to whoever I want!" Then, pausing, "Oh wait, let's do that again. That last bit made me sound like a proper wanker didn't it?" The boys cheer again. Click here for the whole story.

All the photos below, with Jethro Cave, Marcel Castenmiller, Ethan James, Ty Ogunkoya, Armando Cabral and Paul Smith.

Friday, January 29, 2010

#1057 The goblin in his lair

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to Sonny Vandevelde after the last show in Paris, so I just emailed him to say au revoir (I'm heading to the airport in an hour). He replied immediately with a photograph. No words, just a picture. It's me writing backstage at Paul Smith - my final show of Paris menswear. Best photo ever. If you've ever wondered how I work, this picture pretty much sums it up. I'll find myself a seat somewhere and sit and watch the chaos around me, and write what I see. Just like that.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

#1055 Sweaters, explorers, volume and Twi-hards - my picks of the week from Paris



Hermes - Oh my sweaters. Perfect for those days when you can't decide between crew or vee.

Monday, January 25, 2010

#1050 Paris Fashion Week - the final day

Boys gone wild at Paul Smith

"Alright boys, that was good, that was good, but some of you were looking a bit glum, a bit down beat. I want you to be full of energy, you're having fun, you're on your way out to a party. Let's do it!" I'm sitting backstage at Paul Smith, and the man himself has just finished his preshow pep talk. All the boys are cheering. In a corner of the room sits a 20-or-so-year-old English model named Jonny. He's being interviewed by an Italian fashion TV channel. As it ends, they tell him to say hello to the camera. "Who am I saying hello to?" he enquires. "Say hello to whoever you want," comes the reply. He looks straight down the barrel. "Hello to whoever I want!" Then, pausing, "Oh wait, let's do that again. That last bit made me sound like a proper wanker didn't it?" The boys cheer again.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

#629 Backstage at Paul Smith


Paul Smith and his lads (Harry Wakefield, Will Eustace, George Barnett and Benoni Loos) - All Images /Steve Wood

Steve is a maestro with the boys backstage, he never fails to astound me with the things he gets them to do. If anybody can help me with model IDs please leave a comment!

Monday, June 29, 2009

#625 Paul Smith Finale Video - featuring Michael Jackson!



Last show of the week closed with a bang... A thrilling bang.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

#285 A chance meeting with Paul Smith



I'd just walked into the Paul Smith show and was about to go backstage to snap some shots when the man himself popped out. I pulled out my camera and he happily posed for me.

Nothing like a bit of good old fashioned British friendliness to lift the spirits after six weeks in Paris.