PARIS, January 29, 2006 - Paul Smith is known as a Savile row tailor who
knows how to infuse a little zing into his creations. The zing this season
was more like a shot of Tex-Mex chili as Smith turned to the award winning
film Brokeback Mountain for inspiration for this West meets Fleet Street
The boys (as models are known in the trade) sauntered out from behind a
backdrop of a classic British library replete with walnut paneling, side
pieces filled with gold embossed volumes. A full decanter of whiskey sat to
one side, and a Longhorn skull was mounted over the door. You didn't have to
wait for the finale of brilliantly embroidered shirts with rodeo-style
filigree, or the top drenched in Apache symbols (presented with Johnny Cash
singing Circle of Fire over the soundtrack), to get the message. It was
already there in the cowboy boots, leather jackets, and belts with big Texas
A series of impeccably tailored suits was presented with snazzy ties and
vests, spiked up with tinges of goldenrod, burnt sienna and lavender.
This was classic Paul Smith - a way too elegant for ruffians, but just fine
for the gentleman who likes to play the part.