When it comes to English sensibility and elegant mannish tailoring – even for women – only Paul Smith manages to get it right. Yesterday’s show had something for everyone, down to the last herringbone tweed trousers, cashmere sweater and patent brogues.
His daytime offering of checked turtleneck sweaters worn with sleeveless coats, and later, jewel-tone dresses in a striped print for evening came in a palette of aubergine, turquoise and emerald greens. The rich colors lent well to silky trousers in geometric prints, a further riff of the pyjama trend.
Not that there weren’t a few surprises. Ombré pantsuits in sunset shades and all-over velvet pantsuits gave an added edge to the understated collection. After all, it’s perfect craftsmanship and fine fabrics, not edge, that Smith has built his global fashion empire from.