Although it’s always a treat visiting the major players whose stands are located in the central pavilion, one of the things that excites me the most about Pitti is getting in touch with upcoming brands and designers. This edition in particular had a few outstanding surprises up it sleeve that instantly caught my eye: Smith-Wykes was one of them…
Its AW13 collection draws influences from army, navy and other uniforms, bringing to life a selection of familiar, yet refreshing pieces. Military jackets and peacoats feature subtle details such as contrasting ribbed pocket linings or waterproof hoods and shoulder patches. Traditional motifs are featured in innovative ways through an array of warm sweaters and even camo suffers a makeover, now emerging as a faded, clouded effect in a beautiful mix of pastels and greys.