Paul Smith AW13 Women's Runway

Packed with rich texture and vibrant colour combinations, Paul Smith’s autumn/winter 2013 women’s collection offers a contemporary twist on sartorial classics.

The collection mixes hard and soft textures, contrasting soft alpaca tweeds and lambskin with silk twill and layered organza. Dark, wintry shades collide with optimistic brights and a softened silhouette with harsh lines; relaxed shoulders contrast with tailored trousers and sharply cut collars and sleeves in outerwear.

Geometric prints are subtly incorporated into fabrics, bonded into felted wool and crisp cotton, and inject a signature Paul Smith twist into linings and soft accessories. Bespoke interpretations of houndstooth and Prince of Wales checks appear throughout. A photograph taken by Paul in Cuba of an ornate chandelier appears in several looks, including a pair of red straight-leg trousers and a teal silk shift.

An autumn palette is punctuated with bright pops of colour, including fuchsia, cobalt, teal and rust, balanced by neutral navy, off-white and silver. Combinations vary – red and pink clash, while complementary shades of blue graduate.

Vivid accessories mix and match with bold separates, either complementing rich hues or clashing with bright tailoring. The oversized portfolio clutch is a key accessory, available in an array of colours, as is the ‘Ziggy’ bag. The ‘Base’ holdall is reinvented this season in ‘Point’ fabric, designed by Paul in collaboration with textile designers Maharam.

Key shoe styles include ‘Pepper’ court shoes with an elegant pointed toe, ‘Eta’ low-cut booties with ankle straps, ‘Waters’ elongated loafers and ‘Miles’ loafer ankle boots.