LFW FW2011 Pick: Paul Smith

27/02/2011 § Leave a comment

London Fashion Week has come to a close and the fashionable set is already enjoying the festivities in Milan.  After surveying the amazing collections, I’m ready to award my Best in Show for LFW to none other than Paul Smith.  Clearly, there was too much sartorial goodness to narrow down, but I made a valiant effort, my darling. My favorite looks below.

A reputed menswear designer, Paul Smith’s FW2011 collection relies heavily on Smith’s knowledge and instinct when designing for men, but displays an uncanny knack for understanding what will work for the ladies.  This collection is strongly influenced by the world of business.  As a girl who almost always has an OCBD (aka “oxford cloth button down”) on — and sometimes a tie, I am right at home.  The collection is timeless, wearable, androgynous and deliciously British.

J’adore the menswear accents that are directly lifted, not fussily reinterpreted (see: the ties and shoes), the smart layering, the bit of the deshabille, the tortoiseshell glasses and high hems — either tailored to be that way or hand-rolled.  Paul Smith, we were meant to be together.  You even sent your girls out with their hair caught underneath their collars — did you realize I look like this every morning?  Let’s make this thing real, ma chere!

High note: collarless camel jacket

High note: trousers.  I love the slightly higher rise and volume of the trousers Smith sent down the runway.  I am immediately reminded of Katharine Hepburn.

High note: the casual way overcoats or heavy weight knits were thrown over the shoulder.  Please do act surprised if you see me doing this in the near future.

High note: pop of green here.  Tasseled loafers added to my shopping list.

High note: double breasted coat — especially the gold buttons

For more looks from the show, head here.

Honorable MentionsHouse of Holland‘s playful color blocking and use of Harris tweed.  Aquascutum‘s orange/navy palette and fingerless furred gloves.  Mulberry‘s bags, scarves and boots.  Burberry Prorsum‘s cinched waists and this amazing coat:

All images via Vogue Paris

Earlier: NYFW FW 2011 Pick – Billy Reid

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