Good afternoon procrastination enthusiasts. These images from Paul&Joe’s AW2012 collection (click) have been nutting about on my desk top like tweed Beatniks trying to flog me some uppers for an age. Today is the day we look at them. Is it the driving rain and an aching for texture driving this? Or is it a vague nudge from French cinema on Friday night. Don’t know. It was even raining inside the Saab this morning, no word of a lie. Robe shouldered my trench all the way from West to East just to keep dry yet agile, (see robe shouldering below).

Pertly cut outerwear, beautiful textures and tonal action going down at P&J, all with smashing styling. Now you don’t see that all the time. Loving the use of hats. Herringbones and Donegal flecky looking stuff, rich cord and knits. Very good. Am still going through LC:Ms collections, writing a piece, and have to say there’s nothing operating on this level really, expect perhaps Hackett, believe it or no, on fabric level. Different season mind, so perhaps wrong to compare.

Perhaps the chapeau use is also making this double appealing today, as having glanced in an alien mirror at weekend discovered am as bald a Francois Hollande, in places. Then saw an ever cheeky/cheery looking Derek Delarge while was out on Sunday wearing a herringbone baker-boy hat to rather stylish effect. So, that’s two more reasons for me to gaze at Sophie Albou’s work here with admiration. She’s based it on French Fifties and Sixties cinema. A rich and chic seam indeed.

Will have a root about and a think about these colours and fabrics, but don’t recall anyone got it as rich and so right as Paul&Joe. Might allow self to be inspired and compose a couple of looks in honour of Fifties/Sixties french cinema too. And wasting more time, obviously. Talking of French cinema..

Went to see Untouchable on Friday (click), and despite slight reservation about it being billed as a comedy, found it very agreeable . Directed by Eric Toledano, it’s really quite funny, inevitably touching and a trifle cheesy, much like <insert gag here later>. For now, lets just enjoy the Paul&Joe scene, oui?

Stubbs out.


  1. Oddly enough was perusing the Paul & Joe website at the weekend as I’ve been a long admirer of their cuts ‘n’ shapes but they always disappoint on composition. While the above selection certainly looks lovely and sharp and tweedy I bet there’s a stomach churning and potentially fire hazardous amount of polyester, acrylic and nylon mixed in with it all. High street prices come at a cost and that would seem to be the crackle of static electricity.

  2. I thought P&J wasn’t that cheap anyway, looking at site, think prices have come down- I’ve touched a couple of examples of these bits- I think they’re not too bad matter of fact. need to see how they wear, but a bit of man-made can be alright, depend on the mix/build I suppose. Could be wrong- will see if can investigate.

  3. That, of course, is what they want you to think, S. Louche, effortlessly cool, all that. However it all looks horribly stiff and contrived.

    Isn’t fashion all about the silhouette? The form here is horribly ungainly and unbalanced. And The manq looks about as comfortable as a PE teacher forced into a school fashion show.

    More like Bugsy Malone than Breathless.

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