21 November 2011

Outstanding Achievement

I was very happy to see the announcement of the British Fashion Award's Outstanding Achievement recipient arrive in my inbox this afternoon - this year, Sir Paul Smith will be honoured.

I think sometimes the Paul Smith brand, as recognisable and successful as it is, gets a tad overlooked by the younger fashion wave and I'm not entirely sure why. Perhaps it's because everyone just automatically thinks 'menswear' first when they hear that name, and womenswear becomes an after-thought, maybe they think they're too young for the brand, or maybe they're just not into the slouchy-yet-tailored/androgynous/heritage look that Paul Smith has become synonymous with.

Well, whatever the reason, I salute you Sir Paul, and your wearable womenswear too (along with your menswear design genius, obviously).

Just for kicks, here are some of Paul Smith's greatest fashion hits (as chosen by me - and FYI - still so obsessed with that floral silk t-shirt maxi dress. OBSESSED).

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