EASY RIDERS: Never mind models: Sir Paul Smith rounded up stunt cyclers and BMX riders to wear his suits for a presentation at London’s Hauser & Wirth gallery Monday morning — all the better to demonstrate what he called his suits’ “wick-able, breathable” qualities.
Ben Savage, the champion stunt cyclist wearing Smith’s suits, drew a fair number of gasps as he teetered on his bike atop industrial sculptures in the gallery, landing inches from the audience — all while wearing the designer’s mustard, window-pane check suit. “He scared the life out of us in [rehearsals] yesterday, and he’s scared the life out of us today,” said Smith, who said that he’s also a keen cyclist, though “not quite as mad as this one.”
The designs are part of Smith’s A Suit to Travel In collection, devoted to flexible, easy to wear suits. This season, Smith developed an exclusive fabric with Loro Piana that is crease-resistant and loosely woven for the unlined suits. They came in shades of navy and sky blues through to gray and dusky pink. The presentation of the suit line comes ahead of Paul Smith’s spring show in Paris, set for June 28.