Heavy with nautical references, but not drowning in cliché, the Smith-Wykes S/S15 collection is an elegantly modern interpretation of one of fashion’s most enduring summer trends. The London-Paris label has amalgamated Europe’s maritime best bits: beach hut stripes recall the witty charm of the British seaside; geometric shapes and stormy hues evoke crashing North Sea waves; and rich vermillion and tangerine tones conjure visions of rusty riggings and cheerful buoys. True to the brand’s emblematic less-is-more approach, this is a collection of balance. Bright colours and contemporary styles are brought down to earth with sober shades, sturdy work wear fabrics, tailoring and naval detailing. Fisherman silhouettes, quirky buttoning and printed co-ordinates are just a few of the winning offerings.
Headed up by a seasoned and multi-talented design duo, Smith-Wykes prides itself on its celebration of character, wit and creative spirit; a philosophy perfectly illustrated by the S/S15 collection’s unfailing exuberance and intelligently placed novelty.