The Paul Smith show was an exercise in color blocking–primarily in navy, fuchsia, and burnt orange. Loose wool trousers (there were many in this collection) were incredibly well cut, as were blazers and overcoats. The things Sir Paul does well, he does very well.
Silk shirts appeared to stand up on their own–structured like cotton, but with the sheen of a finer fabric. Electric blue tartan trousers felt incredibly British, and paired with a poloneck were slightly reminiscent of Princess Diana.
Suede pieces added a definite cool factor in the form of a red shearling sweatshirt, a cocoon aviator jacket, and a navy suede funnel-neck coat without any visible zip or opening.
Where the collection faltered a bit was in the evening wear: Minidresses printed with columns and chandeliers were scattered throughout the show, and didn’t seem cohesive with the rest of the collection. But it was generally a lovely interpretation of the Paul Smith heritage.