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Paul Smith SS15 Mens collections, Dazed
Timur Simakov (Karin Models) at Paul Smith SS15Photography Marie-Amélie Tondu

Paul Smith SS15

A Fear and Loathing trip of 70s hedonism, with sunset colours and psychedelic prints

Initial reaction:

This season, Paul Smith made you feel a little like you had ingested some of the psychedelic mushrooms that adorned the garments in his SS14 collection. In a show space filled with potted plants and cacti, the designer recalled 70s hedonism with a trippy array of slouchy suiting, accented by washed out sunset colours.

Perverse prints:

Prints were similarly hallucinogenic, with undertones that felt subtly erotic and even a little perverse – hands with painted nails clawed the body, and what seemed to be a Hawaiian flower was in fact a banana skin, its peel almost morphing into a witchy finger. Elsewhere, Bambi cowered in front of a cactus, surrounded by grimacing clown faces and some leaves that didn’t look entirely legal.

How it was worn:

With blue and red tinted sunglasses that felt appropriately Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Fringing made from frayed leather hung around collars and from hems, and models walked in canvas lace-ups and T-bar Mary Janes covered in patterns and colours. 

The soundtrack to Paul Smith SS15:

Last season, Paul Smith took Jim Morrison on holiday to the Caribbean, crossing rockstar vibes with flamingo print. See it below: