Friday, May 28, 2010

PAUL SMITH VS. CHROMOPHOBIA

Double-decker buses even look more stylish wearing Paul Smith's trademark stripes!


Check out this video of British designer Paul Smith giving a tour of his recently opened San Francisco boutique. I just love his total lack of self-consciousness and his sense of humor.

OK, a perfect match....Paul Smith stripes on a MINI!

A spunky striped swimsuit.


Paul Smith has that innately British knack for being hip, quirky, smart, fun and stylish all at the same time. Talk about innovative, he has a uniquely cool philosophy when it comes to design and business. He celebrates color and infuses all realms of design with life and personality. He decries what he terms"chromophobia" and somehow manages to make most of the other design gurus look kind of stale and stodgy by comparison. I think that he has reinvented the wheel. And with great finesse!
Have a terrific weekend, everyone! I'd like to wish all of my US friends a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday.
See you back here next week!

22 comments:

Style Redux 2 said...

Anne-I love Paul Smith-I was just at his store in SoHo. Nobody does stripes like he does. I had my heart set on a Hermes Mini Cooper, but I might have to switch to this one-fabulous! ;)

A Day That is Dessert said...

Interesting write up about an interesting man! (Love that swimsuit.)

Loved Kwana's tribute to your work.

Debra said...

Love it all- bold, bright, snazzy,
especially the little Mini Cooper.
Can't go wrong with stripes!

SOPHIE DAHY DESIGNS said...

It is amazing how much impact color has on our lives!

vicki archer said...

I just love Paul Smith - both him and his gear, xv.

Kristin said...

This just makes me happy and feel creative today! Thank you!

Ideezine said...

Nice little change from the ordinary to be able to stripe it up a bit is great fun!

Bette

Averill said...

I love his signature stripes and, like Missoni's trademark zig zag print, they're always in style.

pve design said...

I left my heart and my stripes in San Fran.
My fave designer is Paul Smith.
I am mad for him - and his art wall.
pve

Christy said...

I'm a total design nube. I had never heard of this guy until reading this post - but I can honestly say I LOVE this style. That bus, and that mini mini? Swoon. That rug...I want that rug so badly now. I hope it's extraordinarily expensive so I can squash my desire like a gnat, otherwise I can see damage to my credit card sooner than later...

Southern Aspirations said...

Love him. And how cute is that swimsuit!?

parisbreakfasts said...

Paul Smith is HUGE in Paris!!!
Fun!

Brillante Home Decor said...

How beautiful and fun images. I also published a post(on April 29)on Paul Smith's being part of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the event took place in a Neoclasical Milanese building, quite extraordinary images.

Renee Finberg said...

i just saw a piece on the news
(london) where he created big green garbage rabbits. when you through garbage into the garbage (the rabbit) the ears light up.
cute.

Quirky Wanderlust said...

What a fun Mini!!! Love this colourful post.

lisaroy said...

I love Paul Smith and I was in heaven in his shop at Heathrow airport! My favourite items are the ones featuring that striped mini, but that might be because I've had a mini and have a special bond with them! : )

rosiecampbell said...

Cute suit! Have a great long weekend. (:

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love the bus and the bathing suit (which may not be that flattering for those of us without lean athletic limbs to balance out the wavy lines...)

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

love paul smith, he is v.cool and so are his designs. love these two posts Anne!

jxx

Brooke said...

Now Ms Anne you must be corrected - that's not a double decker bus, that is a tram in Hong Kong!!See the line attaching from the top to the tram line (and I know it is in Hong Kong cause of the reference to "The Landmark" on the side, which houses 3 Paul Smith shops here:) There you go! xox

hmstrjam said...

Love the double decker!! Tom actually met Paul Smith and gave him the idea for the stripes back in the 80's, both bike riders, you know what I mean ;)

Christy said...

I'm a huge fan - I'd LOVE to have that rug in the below post, and that swimsuit is super cute too. I think Fiona and I would look awesome in matching ones - if they only made them for toddlers too! hehe!

 
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