Paul Smith has presented an Autumn/Winter 2013 men’s collection rich in colour and touched with modernity; it's well worth a second look.
The British fashion designer drew on Italian mill archives to offer a contemporary interpretation of somewhat aged fabrics. Cloth normally used by couturiers and thick alpaca bouclé are presented in unexpected colours, creating modern wardrobe essentials. Belted military overcoats are made cosy with linings made from long-haired sheepskin. Quilted trousers, jackets and even a cape, made using cashmere cloth and filled with Hungarian goose down, all come together foring an elegant autumn/winter collection.
The focal point of the collection is the bold print that appears on numerous garments, as well as the contrasts of soft and hard textures; knitwear clashes hardened edges with bright, soft mohair.
Furthermore, ties are tight, shirts are buttoned and trousers are high, jackets are short and worn under double-breasted and patterned overcoats, all revealing sophisticated combinations with pops of colour throughout strong tailored pieces.