• Text  Tempe Nakiska
  • Photography Alexandre Sallé de Chou
  • 19th January 2014

Run wild

Sir Paul Smith went on a musical safari this season. A collection that began quietly subdued quickly submerged itself in the depths of hedonistic excess, a thrill to behold.

Strawberry Fields wove on and on, a Lennon strain emerging in loose tailoring accessorised with round sunglasses and rich paisley scarves. Elsewhere, leather pants were rampant, shooting a rock ‘n’ roll vibe down the runway as if powered by dynamite.

Leopard print ran wild across slim cut trousers, complimenting the menagerie of monkeys, elephants, leopards and other critters that adorned dove grey coats. These stood on their own, wide-collared and cut short enough to verge on bomber outline.

The real beauty here was the depth the designer created via his own savoir fair – structure balanced with relaxed silhouettes. Talking about freedom – it’s to run wild, after all.