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Designer Paul Smith goes back to his boyish roots

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 01:29

Feb 22 - Boyfriend looks for womenswear at Paul Smith for London Fashion Week. Alicia Powell reports.

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Designer Paul Smith looked every bit at ease before his London Fashion Week runway show. Backstage the veteran posed for playful pictures before revealing his Fall 2011 collection. For this line Smith returned to his boyish roots. (SOUNDBITE) Paul Smith, designer, saying: "I suppose I've gone back to my Paul Smith looks because when I started designing clothes for women, I've been designing clothes for men for many years, and when I started designing clothes for women, it was the girls buying the boys clothes basically, a jacket, a shirt, a raincoat, a big sweater. And people have been asking me, we need that DNA back. We need that boyishness back in the collection so this is very much based on that men's look." The collection is reminiscent of Woody Allen's 1970s Oscar winning film Annie Hall. Bespeckled models sported jackets and trousers laced with polka dots. Cashmere sweaters were worn over waistcoats and neckties. And bursts of magenta brought the mainly muted colored line to life. For the finale, Smith paired flower motifed dresses and camisoles with men's cardigans to complete the androgynous look of the collection. London Fashion Week ends on February 23. Alicia Powell, Reuters.

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Designer Paul Smith goes back to his boyish roots

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 01:29