This season, Paul Smith made you feel a little like you had ingested some of the psychedelic mushrooms that adorned the garments in his SS14 collection. In a show space filled with potted plants and cacti, the designer recalled 70s hedonism with a trippy array of slouchy suiting, accented by washed out sunset colours.
Prints were similarly hallucinogenic, with undertones that felt subtly erotic and even a little perverse – hands with painted nails clawed the body, and what seemed to be a Hawaiian flower was in fact a banana skin, its peel almost morphing into a witchy finger. Elsewhere, Bambi cowered in front of a cactus, surrounded by grimacing clown faces and some leaves that didn’t look entirely legal.
How it was worn:
With blue and red tinted sunglasses that felt appropriately Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Fringing made from frayed leather hung around collars and from hems, and models walked in canvas lace-ups and T-bar Mary Janes covered in patterns and colours.