THE STORY BEHIND THE FASHION GENIUS — SIR PAUL SMITH

Fashion designers are also ordinary people. Have you ever thought about where their design inspiration comes from? Most international fashion brands hold fashion shows at least twice a year and the tight schedule seems like a "mission impossible”. I was very lucky to attend a seminar held by Paul Smith when I was studying at a fashion school in Japan. After the seminar, it's hard to not fall in love with this unique British fashion brand.

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Sir Paul Smith was born in Beeston, the UK in 1946. He had no ambition to become a fashion designer, but it just happened and perhaps it was destiny. At 16, Smith's father forced him to work at a nearby clothing warehouse. It’s meaningless for Smith because his childhood dream was to become a professional racing cyclist, until 17, he got into a serious accident that put an end to his racing dream. Six months in hospital followed, during which Smith made friends with people from the local art college who introduced him to the world of art and fashion. At that moment, he knew that he wanted to be a part of this incredible world.

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In 1969, Smith met his wife Pauline Denyer who studied Fashion Design at the Royal College of Art and encouraged him to open his own fashion store. Since then, Denyer has taught him tailoring and sewing after the store business hours. In 1976, Smith showed his first collection “Paul Smith” in Paris. Now he has more than 200 stores around the world and is considered one of the most remarkable fashion designers in the UK.

You can find inspiration in everything. If you can’t then you’re not looking properly.

During the seminar, Smith showed a lot of photos taken by him around the world and said all kinds of stuffs can be his design inspirations. Art, buildings, food or even a random person on the street can be an inspiration for him.

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Paul Smith currently has 12 different collections including PS by Paul Smith, Paul Smith Women and R. Newbold. Products range from clothing, furniture to daily necessities. The design mainly focuses on colorful graphics and the most iconic signature pattern is the colorful stripe design.

Lately, Paul Smith designed custom-made suits for the cast members Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson of Men in Black: International, and a special capsule collection inspired by the alien theme of the movie.

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by OLIVIA LAU @ FRESTYLE Team