Coinciding with the start of London Collections Men, Paul Smith and the British Fashion Council celebrated the 40th anniversary of punk by hosting an exhibition of photography by derek ridgers.
Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle Street hosted the official launch event of the ninth edition of London Collections Men. Guests from across the industry including Dylan Jones, Editor-in-Chief of GQ Magazine, Caroline Rush and Sarah Mower of the British Fashion Council and Suzy Menkes of Vogue were welcomed to Paul Smith’s Mayfair outpost to view an exhibition of photography by the world’s preeminent documenter of punk culture, Derek Ridgers.
Guests drank Perrier-Jouët champagne and enjoyed a DJ set by the celebrated founder of Radical People magazine, Reba Maybury, who played a mixture of music from the era. Reba chose to wear Paul Smith SS16 Look 36 brush stroke linen kaftan dress for the evening.
The exhibited photography is taken from ‘Punk London 1977’ a new book of Derek Ridgers’ work published by Carpet Bombing Culture and launching to coincide with the exhibition. Ridgers’ work offers a raw and honest account of the 70’s punk scene. Copies of the book will be available from No. 9 Albemarle Street for the duration of the event priced £14.95.
Additionally, Derek has teamed-up with Paul Smith to create a limited edition T-shirt featuring one of Derek’s original punk subjects (picture aboved). 150 t-shirts are available exclusively via paulsmith.co.uk and Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle Street priced £80.
Derek Ridgers, ‘Punk London 1977’ will be open at Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BL from Friday 10th June ot Monday 13th June. The exhibition has been made possible with the support of Canon (UK) Ltd. Canon is a world-leading innovator of imaging solutions.