Feathers are a focus for Paul Smith this season as a colourful new print features throughout the men’s and women’s collections. Inspired by British gentleman naturalists and collectors, the new AW2017 motif builds on Paul Smith’s reputation as an innovator in print design.
Paul Smith’s in-house print design team created the new motif after being inspired by Victorian-era naturalists, who carefully documented their findings in drawings and taxidermy collections. As well as appearing as a bold graphic, the feather is symbol for the season, appearing in a wide range of forms and applications.
For men, the vibrant feather graphic is printed onto nylon bomber jackets, shirts and pocket squares. It also features as a subtle accent on jacket linings and pocket linings. Single feathers are also embroidered onto key outerwear and tailoring styles, Western shirts and the signature Basso trainer.
For women, all-over print feather shirts are styled under classic overcoats with feather embroidery. Feathers also appear printed onto purses and other small leather goods. Finally, delicate feathers attached to the bond of women’s hats give the feather a three-dimensional form.