An elegance made of multicoloured stripes. Paul Smith: a style icon. His clothes: a perfect mix of refinement and irony that fully represents English style and culture. Paul Smith’s fashion seduces people successfully thanks to a varied system of acute and smart intuitions that involve his whole world, from clothing to accessories up to fragrances: a 360 degrees conception in which all the elements are mixed with extreme coherence and complete harmony. The stores also sell vintage pieces, such as toys, design objects and books. They’re laboratories of ideas that tell his passions: sport, music, women, collecting, art and, obviously, fashion. Paul Smith has expressed his brilliance til the 80s and he became well-known in Italy in the following decade, testing – one of the first – colour and art in fashion; his “stripes”, his fluid shapes, the rock hints, corrupt the collections without excluding the codes of elegance, ennobled by fine fabrics and intentionally classic and sartorial cuts. But there’s always an eccentric detail that distinguishes his idea of tradition: in the picture, the model wears a classic double-breasted suit, but its pattern is slightly asymmetric. And the shirt: the contrasting stripe along the buttons looks like a tie. Rather, it has to be worn without the tie. A total look Paul Smith in this picture by Gianluca Fontana (above) and (below) a still life picture of cufflinks with the typical motif with coloured stripes.

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