For autumn/winter Paul Smith stuck to his winning formula of masculine-style tailoring with a retro twist, this time executed in an autumnal colour palette and infused with rich velvet.
Tailored trousers were teamed with loosely fitting shirts with relaxed, open collars and unstructured blazers while more weather-appropriate ensembles featured brightly coloured polo-neck knitwear beneath buttoned jackets. Outerwear was especially strong, in tones of aubergine, burgundy and chocolate brown; garments were full length, with statement high collars.
Eveningwear took a turn towards the decadent with crushed velvet suiting and skinny trousers reminiscent of a 40s smoking lounge. The standout look was pure Paul Smith: electric blue velvet trousers teamed with a dark denim shirt, an oversized grey pea coat and a statement bag.
This British stalwart attracted a similarly respected front row, with US Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman both present in the crowd.