it all started in a back street in nottingham. 6 byard lane. well, the business part. the creative part, he had that it in him. he also had behind him, pauline denyer, who was then teaching fashion at the city art school. in 1970, Paul Smith, in a space of 3 x 3 meters square, with a collection designed by pauline denyer, and filled with personal items, opened his first shop. six years later, he showed his menswear label in the bedroom of a paris hotel. to date, paul smith has shops globally and is britain’s most successful fashion designer. his fashion career is currently being celebrated at london’s Design Museum with an exhibition aptly named, ‘hello, my name is paul smith’. and it is a huge pleasure to meet him. the exhibition chronicles his career as a designer and retailer, aiming to give you a ‘peak’ inside his head. notwithstanding being knighted 13 years ago, on the exhibit’s opening night, sir paul smith, was his usual relaxed and unaffected self, and so approachable. just as the man i often find in the summer, in italy, riding his bicycle. entering the exhibit through a mock of the first nottingham shop, you will find that he has dedicated the exhibition to his wife pauline denyer, “without her none of this would have happened”. “Hello, my name is Paul Smith“ is a luvFAB exhibit of a most creative and brilliant renaissance man, whose designs are a luvMUST. to know this name is a pleasure for thebestdressup now!