The Paul Smith girl loves a trouser, and today’s collection was no disappointment. The show opened with a wide legged, padded-shouldered suit in sky blue. While we’ve come to expect this fare from one of London’s more traditional brands, this time everything felt a little bit sexier and a little more relaxed. A bare chest under a tuxedo jacket here, an exposed bra there–from the very beginning there was a breezy, fun edge to the suiting.
A pink blazer with pointed, white-edged lapels made way for sunny yellows and enormous daffodil prints on short, straight cut dresses. The oversized tartan of last season made a brief appearance, as did coloured houndstooth (now omnipresent at London Fashion Week). In this case, the detail was embroidered onto white blazer sleeves, and printed across jacquard shorts. Blouses flowed, hanging off the shoulder, as did a beautiful, gauzy white trapeze dress. It was with a carefree air that Sir Paul Smith took his bow, and the models converged around him–a fitting tribute for a man with such a loyal following.