Paul Smith Black Label spring/summer 13 takes inspiration from the work of leading artist Gerhard Richter and contemporary photographer Sandra Kantanen. The print and colour palette of the collection reflect Richter’s painting techniques, whilst Kantanen influenced the graphic prints and darker mood of the collection.
The dry brushing and smudging effects of Richter’s early oil paintings have been adapted into key prints for spring/summer 13: a bold pansy print with blurred filter effect, sun bleached checks and kaleidoscopic leaf and flower motifs. This brush-like blur is created using an innovative technique where patterns are digitally printed onto the threads.
The collection has a soft silhouette, with easy-fit shapes and fluid tailoring creating clean lines. Longer lengths and oversized proportions
are key; silhouettes are slim to the hip but full through the hem with softly tailored trousers, sunray pleated skirts and maxi dresses.
Soft, weightless fabrics contribute to the relaxed, feminine mood of the collection with fluid, printed silk T-shirts and easy-fit shirts. Garments are cut to include an interesting mix of contrasting cloths, different textures and a
mix of colours.
The colour palette contrasts soft pastels and neutral nudes with graphic greys and deep blues, punctuated by warm yellow, raspberry red and vivid lime.