Friday, August 29, 2014


I hadn't been feeling too well over the last week or two so I happened to miss the Paul Smith event last week, in which the brand celebrated the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner's iconic furniture through a collection using textiles designed by Paul Smith in collaboration with Maharam. So when the invite came through to attend the introduction of the autumn winter 2014 collections in association with 10 & 10 Men magazine – Oh no, I wasn't going to miss out on this one.

Starting the night with a cocktail at the exclusive Gogo Bar, located under the equally exclusive Chin Chin on Flinders Lane - I moved onto the Paul Smith store just as things were starting to take off. The store is located at 120 Collins Street and is for me, the most impressive retail space in the CBD. Residing in a heritage-listed building, with original features such as Gothic windows, incredible fireplaces and lead lined stained glass windows. It’s a classic; luxurious setting that befits the stature of Smith’s highly regarded label.

The event was being held in association with 10 & 10 Men magazine and both Editor Alison Veness and Associate Editor Rebecca Khoury were dotted around the store speaking to guests throughout the night, before Veness presented a selection of both the women’s and men’s autumn winter 2014 collections. The event couldn't have taken place at a better time as Veness had just published Issue Four of both 10 & 10 Men with the likes of Iggy Azalea and Iana Godnia gracing multiple covers. 

Guest were greeted with drinks and nibbles on arrival and encouraged to look around the ground floor of the building. I immediately made my way to the shoe section to look through the vast selection of boots, shoes, sneakers and accessories on display. My eyes instantly caught the attention of a sky blue business folio bag sitting atop a beautiful heritage fireplace. Made in Spain, this folio features a navy jacquard spot lining with internal slip and zip fastening pockets, finished with chunky gold-tone hardware and raised gold-tone Paul Smith signature. It was a standout piece for me on the night along with a pair of tan leather brogues with marbled soles.

Veness began her presentation by explaining that the entire collection was inspired by legendary rock star Jim Morrison, but for me it also had a lovely Parisian feel to it. Back when Smith presented the collection in January, he cited the importance of relaxing the silhouette. So the coats drape like dressing gowns, the trousers are as loose as pyjama bottoms and the jackets neglect to nip the waist. Ten outfits were chosen from the collection by the 10 editorial team, including a Black Music Note Jacquard Epsom Coat, a slim fit sheepskin leather jacket and a beautiful music note print sweatshirt. 

Guests on the night included the likes of Designer Gary Theodore, Karen Webster (Deputy Head of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University) and Juilan Burak of A Good Man Styling - along with the rest of us enjoyed music from Western Australian performer Albert Salt. In 2011, Salt was announced as a Triple J Unearthed High Finalist and since then he has continued to work his way up and through the crowded Australian music industry and possesses the charm and charisma of a modern day Jagger. His aesthetic and sound married perfectly with the core brand values of Paul Smith and it was a pleasure to watch such a rising star perform. 

As Veness stated in her piece on the 10 magazine website, the only thing missing on the night was Mr. Smith himself but they're working on it for next time and believe me, if they're successful that will be one hell of a party. 

Just as the crowd started to really get into the spirit of things, I dashed off into the night making my way to St. Kilda to meet some friends for a dinner - mentally dressing myself up in all the delicious pieces I had seen throughout the night. Its a dangerous thing that the agency I work at is only around the corner and payday is approaching. 

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