PAUL SMITH PRESENTS A/W 14 BRITISH COLLECTION
Every season in The British Collection familiar tailoring fabrics are rejuvenated; for Autumn/Winter '14, a monochrome Prince of Wales check is enlarged by 600%, a classic white chalk stripe gradates to give the appearance of falling raindrops and a flower bursts into bloom, with one full repeat engineered across the fabric of the garment. Paul Smith Accessories for autumn/winter 14 also recall an era of bohemian style and youthful energy.
For women, Paul Smith deconstructs sartorial conventions, injecting femininity into tailored outerwear, neatly cut tuxedo pyjama pants and suit jackets panelled in contrasting cloths.
The dandyish decadence of the late 60s comes through in clashing patterns, with paisley and floral prints appearing together on loungewear and candy stripes running down a louche-belted dressing gown.
Outerwear and suit jackets are elongated in the body, lapel shapes are exaggerated and the silhouette is confident. Formality is broken down and masculine conventions take a feminine twist in relaxed single-button jackets, oversized turn-ups on trousers and waists cinched with belts.