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Paul Smith

Autumn 12

Famous as the man fighting the good fight for the dandy, Sir Paul Smith’s enduring appeal is built on two things – great tailoring and charming prints. Those looking to buy into his autumn 12 iterations of the brand’s cornerstones might be a little disappointed. Sir Paul’s collections featured far too few sharp suits and patterns, as he eschewed them in favour of a sea of loosely nautical-inspired outerwear and knits. Some fun came in the shape of printed trousers and technical hoodies, and gilets worn under shrunken blazers, while neon flashes kept the surprisingly sober palette from becoming too dull. Textured jumpers, some tweed, some acid bright, others with lobster motifs, and the chunky shoes were the most successful pieces. It was a new move for Smith that, while not a classic, should have people snapping at it come autumn.

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