Up Periscope!

Yesterday I had a rather different London Fashion Week experience, unlike the hundreds of people who dash around town, zipping from show to show in a flurry of high heels, front row tickets and Instagram posts I took a more laid back approach.

This year Paul Smith broadcasted its entire show on a nifty little social media player, Periscope, allowing the entire show to be streamed in real time.

Periscope placed you right in the centre of the shoot with a member of the Paul Smith team perched right in amongst the throng of photographers at the end of the catwalk.

The intimate location for this year’s gig was at the Serpentine Gallery in the heart of Hyde Park, cool white walls were the perfect offset to the bright pops of colour and this effortlessly stylish collection. The square shape of the venue allowing you a double showing as the final parade had models going in both directions through the corridor like gallery.

Sophisticated stripes in pretty pastel colours, flowing shapes that drape the form, patterned pieces that looked like works of art, flashes of bright orange, wide sleeves and even wider culottes along with nautical rope belts to cinch the waist of men’s tailored jackets.

The collection is real allowing you to imagine yourself in any of the pieces, pretty and practical the range is oh-so-covetable.

And what better way to take part then on a lazy Sunday, in my yoga pants, sipping a glass of champagne in a September sun soaked garden?

Are we experiencing a new dimension to Fashion Week social media? Previously with only images enlightening us to the shows we wish we had a front row seat for and snippets of Instagram videos, Periscope allowed you a photographer’s eye view of one of the UK and world’s leading design houses. Bravo for bringing a boutique fashion collection to the masses allowing you to experience and be part of not just the Paul Smith world but the Fashion Week world too.

The gallery below has a few shots of the collection; whilst the video streaming may not be crystal clear it’s a pretty good substitute to seeing it in the flesh. TS


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