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Paul Smith MenswearFall Winter 2014 Paris Menswear

Runway Review
1/19/2014 ©fashionwirepress.com

According to gossip at the men's shows this week Sir Paul Smith has recruited Jonathan Saunders to "consult" - which is fashion speak for a little moonlighting. Even better, that yarn turns out to be true. A well-placed source confirmed in Milan this week that the young Scottish designer will indeed be working with Sir Paul and his team on their women's clothes for next season

What refreshing news. So many fashion designers - especially in Europe - are so driven by ego that they can barely acknowledge the existence of their up-and-coming peers. As for inviting them to chuck in some fresh perspective for a collection or two? Jamais.
Paul Smith's women's clothes don't need the input of Saunders. He has an excellent formula based on incorporating the "classic with a twist" masculine tailoring that he invented into a feminine context. So why recruit an outsider?

Saunders, like Smith, relishes colour, tailoring and detail but he ranges much more widely from collection to collection than Smith tends to. Saunders has grown into an expert conceiver of clothes that appeal not only to fashion collectors but women who are more simply in search of an unusual but feminine dress. It will be fascinating to see what of Saunders' aesthetic will be visible in the collection.

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1/19/2014 ©fashionwirepress.com

According to gossip at the men's shows this week Sir Paul Smith has recruited Jonathan Saunders to "consult" - which is fashion speak for a little moonlighting. Even better, that yarn turns out to be true. A well-placed source confirmed in Milan this week that the young Scottish designer will indeed be working with Sir Paul and his team on their women's clothes for next season

What refreshing news. So many fashion designers - especially in Europe - are so driven by ego that they can barely acknowledge the existence of their up-and-coming peers. As for inviting them to chuck in some fresh perspective for a collection or two? Jamais.
Paul Smith's women's clothes don't need the input of Saunders. He has an excellent formula based on incorporating the "classic with a twist" masculine tailoring that he invented into a feminine context. So why recruit an outsider?

Saunders, like Smith, relishes colour, tailoring and detail but he ranges much more widely from collection to collection than Smith tends to. Saunders has grown into an expert conceiver of clothes that appeal not only to fashion collectors but women who are more simply in search of an unusual but feminine dress. It will be fascinating to see what of Saunders' aesthetic will be visible in the collection.


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