Known for his dapper suits and tailored menswear, British designer Paul Smith has released a striking new Spring/ Summer 2017 (SS17) collection. Fashioned in bright hues and eye-catching prints, the designs are based on his memories of travelling from Nottingham to London as a teenager during the ’60s. They are also inspired by the energy and vibrancy of the first Notting Hill Carnival, which took place in 1966.
Making use of ’60s tailoring techniques, the British designer’s SS17 collection features super lightweight construction and extremely breathable Italian wool fabrics — a definite plus point for tropical weather folks like us. His penchant for bold shades is apparent, with primary West Indian-inspired hues of yellow, green and red in stripe patterns. For a contemporary touch, sportswear silhouettes are used.
While we can’t help loving all of the vividly coloured pieces — which call to mind the Caribbean — here are 10 looks we particularly like from Paul Smith’s SS17 collection. There’s also a video on the collection you can watch here.
For days when you’re feeling brighter than the sun, why not dress in the happy colour yourself. Let the world know how you’re feeling with a full yellow suit.
Rock your retro side by pairing an old school V-neck sweater with a bright orange coat and ochre trousers.
This carefree ensemble has got us feeling some strong holiday vibes with its eccentric blend of stripes and checks. Matching the same colour schemes is simple, and usually works.
Add pops of colour to your black leather jacket with this rock-chic design, which is crafted with an inner rainbow collar. Display it when you’re feeling fancy, otherwise, zip up to channel a grittier rock ‘n’ roll vibe.
Forget the usual black or blue, and jazz things up with a rainbow checked blazer instead. Balance out your look by keeping things simple with the other components — plain white trousers and classic black shoes.
If going rainbow is a tad too flamboyant for you, try this versatile ensemble instead, which combines different shades of blue. A checked azure blue collared shirt is complemented by a bag of similar pattern and tone, and plain navy trousers. Monday blues now mean a whole different thing.
For that laid-back island vacation look, throw on a white collared shirt and pair with navy pants emblazoned with square prints.
The focal point of this outfit is undoubtedly the khaki green jacket and its whimsical strawberry-skull patches. Quirky without being over-the-top, layer this on almost anything for an instant style upgrade.
If this top doesn’t call to mind the Caribbean, we don’t know what will. Bright hues of red, orange, yellow, green and pink make this sweater an instantly mood-lifting one.
If you want to introduce colours into your wardrobe but are wary of going too bold too fast, pick out colours like these for a start. Of course, starting with a bright pair of shoes works too.