Paul Smith uses vibrant animal print in his autumn/winter ’19 collection to give a confident and contemporary twist on classic men’s and women’s pieces.

The use of animal print nods to the focal print theme of the autumn/winter ’19 collection, which celebrates the clash of patterns, colours and styles that occurs on the bookshelves of Paul’s own office. In tribute to this, photo prints have been mixed with ‘90s graphics and block colours, with animal print pieces added to create even more contrast. 

For men, a faux snake print leather material has been used to create classic bomber jackets, long riding coats and skinny trousers in rich red or dark blue colours. The red riding coat links to a key reference within the collection, where traditional British riding jackets have been modernised and updated with an unexpected choice of fabric and colour. It also features a number of technical details including an internal storm cuff and engineered sleeve design. Mirroring another theme of the wider collection, the blue leather trousers feature zips inspired by punk clothing. 

For women, leopard print pieces have been styled with more traditional tailoring designs to create strong, contemporary looks. Jersey leggings and tops come with a tonal leopard print design that adds both visual texture and subtle color to outfits.