Thursday, 24 February 2011

Rapha + Paul Smith SS11: on the button

Rapha + Paul Smith SS11 from RAPHA on Vimeo.

The Paul Smith collaboration with Rapha last year fell short on a couple of points. All that purple failed to cut it for me, especially contrasted with black, and in all honesty, the Paul Smith embroidered chest stitching reminded me of those free gifts you get with a bottle of aftershave. The bottom line was that the Rapha mainline collection looked better.

Things are different this year. The second Paul Smith Rapha collection does exactly what it should - builds on and complements the style and functionality that Rapha has become known for.

So you get subtle PS flashes, reflective circular patches, and cool little details. On top of that you also get a nice dollop of windproofing, all on a totally new line of products.

Stand out pieces have to be the henley shirts with their higher-cut collar, and the hoody, in merino, with a high zip and windproof panels.

Available from March 3 here 

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