When Paul Smith’s SS14 opened with a crisp, white trouser suit complete with yellow and blue detailing on the sleeves, it became clear that sharp summer tailoring was a key theme of the S/S14 collection.
The collection also exuded effortless, casual pieces, which contrasted to the sharp block colour trousers in shades of blue and grey. Soft touch blouses slung casually off the shoulders of the models, with one stand-out piece being a white silk blouse with a multi-coloured floral panel to the back.
Dresses featured in both short and long styles, with one key piece being a long sleeved orange shirt dress. Other dresses (especially the maxi dress) floated down the catwalk with a beautiful golden yellow floral print across a blue-grey background reminiscent of summer skies.
Other key items included the sandals, which featured squared off, block heels as well as light boat loafers which were teamed with cropped pants. Smith also featured a beautiful emerald green check oversized coat, two styles that have been popping up all over the catwalks this week.
Whilst fitted suit trousers dominated the collection, other trouser styles including those cropped at the ankle and paper bag style tops on wide culottes featured. All thee pieces were teamed with simple yet chic tailoring – blouses slung off shoulders or blazers with ruffle details across the elbows.
The SS14 collection perfected the S/S14 colour palette of yellow, grey, navy and orange, as well as fantastic tailored pieces exuding SS chic at its best.
Words by Hannah Lees