Recently, we were lucky enough to spend some time with Sir Paul Smith during Pitti Uomo 91 in Florence.

For FW17, the respected English designer showed the latest from his new PS by Paul Smith range. Just launched in May 2016, the new line draws inspirational cues from Paul Smith’s personal tastes for color and print, incorporating performance characteristics and functional fabrics.

So for Paul, there was no better way to align his PS by Paul Smith label with Pitti Uomo, than by framing the presentation within the worlds of cycling, gymnastics and dancing.

See what Sir Paul had to say below.

First, what is the message with this new line, and this new collection?

Paul Smith: The PS collection still incorporates all the famous Paul Smith pieces; the suits, the shirts, and the blue jeans, but it’s the additional pieces that communicate something more modern. We understand people’s lifestyles, we understand that there are a lot of young people that are cycling to work, doing adventurous things on the weekends, and so on. The more technical pieces and the very practical pieces are windproof, waterproof and packable. We've adapted our old pieces for new living.

What are the main influences behind this collection?

PS: The main influences are really the constant factors through my life. I’ve always been a keen cyclist, I'm very close to the world of cycling. Not just cycling really - also walking, adventures, being a curious person, traveling to new countries. For instance, the Mac raincoat, you can pack it into its own small pocket, so its very practical to keep in your backpack. It’s very much about experiences I’ve had.

Why does Pitti Uomo matter? Why have you chosen this way to showcase the collection?

PS: I first heard of Pitti many years ago. I have a home in Tuscany, I’m friends with the people who run Pitti, and have been for many years. I like Pitti, because it’s an exhibition that doesn’t just have big brands and big globalized conglomerates. It’s also very much about small companies, to have a small shoe company, or belt company. I like that fact that it’s quite artisanal. I think it’s a perfect area for Paul Smith to show.

Why the dancers, and this complex level of choreography?

PS: Surprisingly, we only showed seven different pieces out of this enormous collection. All these pieces have very practical uses, so to show the clothes in motion and to create a bit of theatre is different from the static presentations at most fashion shows. Hopefully it’s fun and interesting, and it also shows the practicality of the clothes.

Lastly, what else do you do during the fashion week, besides Pitti Uomo?

PS: Well, we have Pitti Uomo, then in Milan, which is starting the end of the week, we’re showing all the collections both for men and women in our showroom Viale Umbria in Milan, and then we go from there to Paris, where we will show the same collections in our showroom. But in Paris we also have a fashion show, which, for the first time will include men’s and women’s, shown at the famous Palais de Beaux art school.

For more fashion week content, check out a dose of street style from Pitti Uomo.

What To Read Next

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    From Donald Glover to DiCaprio, Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' Party Brought the Stars Out

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    One Man's Trash Is Balenciaga's $1,790 Garbage Bag

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Sorry Kylie, but Stormi Is the Real Style Icon

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    For Rihanna & A$AP Rocky, Couple Dressing Is A Walk in the Park

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Even After Pete & Kim Break Up, Ye's Harassment Continues

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    As Travis Rages, Kylie Dresses Like a Denim Superhero

    Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.