Women's Shoes and Accessories Autumn/Winter 14


For this season, Paul Smith Shoes takes inspiration from the effortless glamour and rock'n'roll chic of the Seventies, with a nod to the bohemian era of Jim Morrison and The Doors.

A rich, dark palette of black, olive green, rust and navy dominates the collection, while statement silhouettes and subtle detailing also draws the eye. Brogue-style shoes are transformed into chunky, dramatic heels, constructed using traditional techniques in which the sole is moulded onto the upper and finished with contrast colour-blocking on the heels and platform. Traditional Oxford and wingtip styles are updated with rawedge finishing and bombé detailing, while penny loafers are given a modern twist via a distinctive tongue that folds through the saddle. The Costello demonstrates another take on the loafer, with tassels that can be easily removed or added via a strap fastening, available in a bold, tumbled metallic leather.

Brave flashes of bright shades and playful textures are introduced in Oxfords adorned with sequins, which, when brushed in different directions, reveal changing hues as the light catches the material. Meanwhile, signature pops of colour are found on the inside edge of boots, on pink-stained insoles and on brogues with striking patterned-rubber soles that recall the effect of walking through paint. Distinguished double monk-strap shoes are given a new look with a mix of zebra and leopard-print leather in monochrome.


For autumn/winter 14, Paul Smith Accessories evokes the relaxed cool of the Seventies, recalling an era of bohemian style and youthful energy. A particular muse is found in American model Jamie Bochert, who conveys a modern-day take on that rock'n'roll attitude.

A series of relaxed shapes are inspired by the idea of what a girlfriend of The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison might have taken to a festival. Slouchy satchels, based on traditional postman's bags, in smooth calf leather and suede are available in a range of sizes with a newly designed lock closure. Backpacks featuring print detail and fluoro highlights combine practicality with a playful approach, while the signature Albemarle style has been given an update with a new winecoloured version with a herringbone lining.

Meanwhile, a structured feel comes through in satchels inspired by classic vintage briefcases. Featuring an unusual flap construction and bombé detailing, the leather bag incorporates a lock construction that is a nod to traditional fastenings. This twist on shapes and silhouettes continues with the Starlet clutch, made in a structured fashion using a highly specialised technique in which two pieces of leather are fused together, leaving no visible seam. It has foil-embossed detailing and a detachable purse adorned with Paul's own sketches.

Scarves draw on the key themes across the collections, from pieces depicting Jim Morrison against an eye-catching floral background, to graphic geometric prints. A pixelated, photographic iris motif is transformed into a double-sided woolcashmere scarf, while a more traditional look comes through in pieces depicting wood-cut prints of countryside animals.