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Colour my world

For his autumn/winter 2016 womenswear collection, presented as part of London Fashion Week, British designer Sir Paul Smith looked to his archive – both that of his namesake brand as well as his personal wardrobe – presenting tailored looks with quirky, colourful updates and finishes. Showcased at the Royal College of Physicians, a spectacular Modernist building in London, and reflecting the modern architecture which possessed the mind of a younger Sir Paul, highlights included a series of formal wool coats with raglan sleeves and rounded shoulders; oversized wool tailoring, such as double-breasted suiting, featuring a coloured stripe down the side, a technique employed in the recent menswear collection; wool trousers shaped like bicycle breeches from the designer’s own wardrobe; colourful wool knitwear; and paisley applique used throughout as a decorative feature. The resultant aesthetic nods to historic the British subculture of New Romanticism, but is contemporaneously innovative in its construction and finishes, making it relevant for the modern wearer.


Mitchell Oakley Smith is The Woolmark Company’s Global Content & Creative Manager. His writing has appeared in Architectural Digest, Belle, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, The Australian and Vogue, and he is the author of five books on art, fashion and design.