Paul Smith Men's RTW Fall 2010 / PFW-Day04

Sir Paul Smith sought to bridge his essential British tailoring and the modern sportswear that largely displaced it last season. Dapper suits returned in traditional grays as well as bright jewel tones, while sport coats boasted shawl lapels in contrasting textures such as knit, velvet and jacquard.

Signature details like closely spaced buttons lent distinction to sharp peacoats and chesterfields. Fishing lures doubled as boutonnieres, and the whimsy continued with a feather-print shirt, derby hats, knickerbockers and combinations of checks and diamanté patterns.

Meanwhile, the sportswear retained a sense of athleticism thanks to nylon fabrications and zippers. Shoes, ranging from beat-up high-tops to tidy tasseled loafers, underscored the dichotomy. There’s nothing wrong with merging influences, but it calls for more editing.

© by WWD / Photos by Giovanni Giannoni

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