Country piles

Whilst last Season Paul Smith went tribal, along with the like of Diane von Furstenberg, this autumn he has returned to all things totally and utterly English. What can be more English than fox hunting, roses covered cottages and tweed? Not much. Sir Paul said the aristocratic parents from the 70’s were his muses after finding a flea market jacket on Portobello Road. Throwing together all sorts of things on a fancy, inspiration lay with Granny’s rugs, floral prints from a tea cloth and tons of muted undertones of irony. Never taking himself too seriously all the references pointed to the eccentric family in the country pile.  Green tights, tweeds and tailoring. All could mean a walk in the woods or out for dinner, who can say.

Paul Smith Autumn/winter 2010

source: photography: iMAXTREE

Riding pinks in different colours, mixed with the corsets, knickers and tweed were more than a nod – more like a rather large floor scraping bow, towards the Jilly Cooper novels of old. Naughtiness happens in the countryside.

A lovely thought, not shambolic but definitely (and deliciously) a little disheveled.

Tilda Swinton is an ethereal beauty. Her colouring and skin tones make her in my opinion a wonderful choice for the 150th year of Pringle. Imagine the windswept Scottish highlands, warm cashmere scarves wrapped three fold around a slender neck and a shock of auburn hair rising above to frame the delicate face of Tilda. I love colour and I love the idea of all of the above added to that the natural colours from that incredible setting.

Having watched the show I cant wait to see how they shoot the autumn campaign. Mustard colour palette, check, velvet and cashmere with knits, check, Tilda, check… There is a definite theme of outdoors with Burberry, Paul Smith and Pringle, and it makes you want to grab your wellies and wander off across the moors knowing that you will be totally cosy swathed in piles of knits and sheepskin lined coats. Blow the cobwebs away and get some colour in those cheeks, and just for a minute or two you might be Tilda.

Image from the Pringle of Scotland Autumn/Winter 2010 London Fashion Week catwalk showImage from the Pringle of Scotland Autumn/Winter 2010 London Fashion Week catwalk show

source: photographer: Marcia Madeira/