Paul Smith’s runway was a circle of Persian rugs. On it padded desert boots in a tapestry of sandy colours and glitter lace ups that sparkled each time a foot caught the light. This season was a mash of bohemian ethnicity and pure rock ‘n’ roll, perfectly backed by a dreamy soundtrack of The Doors. If there was a shift this season though, it was one of omission: the usual array of suits had been overtaken by skinny leather pants, vibrant knits and relaxed winter coats.
That’s not to say Smith’s famed tailoring didn’t factor into the autumn 2014 line-up; it did. Coats with wide lapels were beautifully tailored and seasonally hued. The suits that did appear featured relaxed wide pant legs with thick cuffs, and, occasionally, slash details on jackets that represented Sir Smith’s penchant for unusual twists.
Prints were not abandoned this season, either: from the ethnic inspired rich weaves (dotted quirkily with quaver motifs and jungle animals) through to palm trees and flamingos. In Smith’s world, the smart and the casual always find a way to collide – and this time it was by way of a cool magic carpet ride to previously uncharted places.
You can see all of the Paul Smith autumn (fall) / winter 2014 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree