London Men's Fashion Week SS16: Paul Smith
Ballerinas on bikes
Talk about making an entrance. A freestyle stunt cyclist rode onto the scene decked out in a checkered mustard suit, a tee, and white sneakers with an ant motif for comedic relief. Nothing was static — perhaps only for a split second for the cyclist to take a breath — as he trick-jumped on his bicycle around the ramps in the gallery. The cycling association is a natural one. Sir Paul Smith's an avid cyclist himself, though he says he's not quite as mad as his models.
Who needs a soundtrack... when you can induce gasps and whistles from the international fashion crowd. Guests clapped in unison and cheered on as stunt cyclists Ben Savage and Keelan Phillips worked their magic on a trial and BMX bike respectively. While they were decked out in suits, the mood was far from stuffy.
It was a beautifully breathable collection. Smith proudly praised the new technology used in his suits to combat the heat and humidity around the spring/summer seasons. Overheard: "With a traditional suit, it just soaks up the perspiration. Here, it's woven very loosely. Every little line is like a drain pipe. It's perfect for Singapore."
British in style and backed by Italian manufacturing... the fabric was created by cloth-maker Loro Piana — who Smith has worked with before — and the high-twist yarn is crease-resistant.
Another one bites the dust. Hues were of a dusty nature, with the colour palette dominated by mustard, green, grey and black; but citrus shades on sneakers and socks added a welcome burst of colour.