Paul Smith and Gary Oldman Toast Friendship and Fashion in Los Angeles

He appreciates Smith’s ability to ‘interpret this moment in fashion while being faithful to his source ‘ on Melrose Avenue for a one-on-one fitting with the designer and his London bespoke team.

Paul Smith and Gary Oldman Toast Friendship and Fashion in Los Angeles

Academy Award winner Gary Oldman on Tuesday night cohosted an al fresco dinner party alongside designer Sir Paul Smith that drew Sam Rockwell, Dan Stevens, Édgar Ramírez and Keegan-Michael Key and others to the Chateau Marmont penthouse.

He became hooked on the designer’s aesthetic. “The clothes were classic English tailoring, but with whimsy,” Oldman said, adding that they eventually met when he “ran into him” in one of the designer’s stores about 10 years ago. “We hit it off,” Oldman said. “I like Paul’s sense of humor and sense of fun. It’s so rare that we’re in the same town because I travel, but my God, he travels! He’s just coming from Tokyo.”

“I arrived last night from Japan,” Smith explained. “I had one of those very long Mondays. You do a whole day in Tokyo, have supper, get on a plane at 11 o’clock at night for ten hours, you arrive and it’s still Monday.”

But it wasn’t his longest day on record. “I once did 42 hours from Tokyo to L.A. I tend to do very quick trips because I’m so busy,” he said. “Because I’m the owner of the company, the designer, and the boss and we’re still independent. The designer Paul Smith works for somebody called Paul Smith,” he laughed, noting that prior to Tokyo he was in Berlin opening a store.

Of teaming with Oldman for the affair, Smith agreed the evening was to celebrate friendship and his longtime pal’s recent success. “It’s been a pretty smashing year for him,” said Smith, “with a well-deserved, overdue Oscar, and an important birthday, his 60th birthday.”

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  • Publisher: WWD
  • Date: 2018-04-11T16:58:35+00:00
  • Author: Lindzi Scharf
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