LFW A/W11: Paul Smith

By  February 21, 2011

What should indie girls wear when they grow up? If Sir Paul Smith had his way, they would stride around confidently sporting cropped trousers in Prince of Wales check, sloppy mannish cardis, oversized boyfriend blazers and penny loafers. Oh, and owlish librarian specs with everything.

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Imagine a sexy student living on the Left Bank and raiding her bohemian boyfriend’s closet on a daily basis and this is what you get: crisp white shirts tucked into sexily severe black flapping Oxford bags, or an eye-popping pair of magenta wool capris, ties, rolled jeans with tucked in checked shirts (reminiscent of the uniform of Smiths fans in the ’80s and their beloved Morrissey), double breasted coats and military numbers thrown casually over shoulders. Accessorise with a copy of The Bell Jar and you’re good to go…

Pops of neon colour on shoes, belts and cardigans stopped things from becoming too sludgy and there was some beautifully rich floral embroidery on camisoles and tunics. In the quintissentially English setting of the Savoy’s blue-and-white ballroom, Paul Smith presented a grown up, understated whimsical wardrobe that Annie Hall and her legion of followers would be proud to own.