Paul Smith brings a touch of the sea to his innovative, but practical, autumn-winter line

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 4:00am

The spacious Galerie Perrotin in Central was transformed into a temporary showroom to host an exclusive preview of Paul Smith's autumn-winter collections of menswear and womenswear.

The collections were inspired by marine life and nautical themes, resulting in a darker colour palette of navy blue and deep greens. But, the famed designer added colour with shark and jellyfish patterns in ivory, neon greens and pinks, updating classic jacket and trouser shapes with contemporary details.

For women, traditionally male materials, such as tweed and herringbone, and a classic tuxedo design are used to create modern, androgynous dresses and coats.

The label has always been described as "classic with a twist". Patrick Lee, the general manager of Paul Smith Hong Kong, said the garments were "innovative, but commercial and practical. People can mix and match, and wear the [clothes] easily".

The event, on Tuesday, was also used to introduce the brand's collaboration with famed bootmaker John Lobb. Three special-edition pairs of classic John Lobb styles have been produced in bright turquoise and blue.

Paul Smith also worked with Barbour to create a line of durable but stylish outdoor coats for men and women.