16 September 2008

British institution Sir Paul Smith stuns London again

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When the sound system pumped out a Bollywood version of Billy Jean by Michael Jackson and the first model, new girl Amanda Laine, appeared with wet hair and glowing skin, fresh from the hammam, we knew we were in for a proper high-summer fashion treat from Sir Paul Smith for S/S ‘09. Sure enough, a baggy dhoti-inspired trouser suit the colour of desert sand was first on the runway, followed by a girl in a blurred gingham turban and a kaftan... Oh yes, Sir Paul is taking his loyal customers on a summer-drenched trip to India and Morocco, via Savile Row and the City. With long kaftans, full petticoat skirts in crisp white, and Moroccan-inspired frogged waistcoats in bright yellows or blues worn over full-sleeved collarless white shirts, we almost expected the girls to break into a dance. But with the amazing high-heeled platform sandals - which looked easy to walk in, by the way - you knew this was a collection for highfalutin creative businesswomen. This was a departure from his usual career girl style - yes, these clothes were smart and right for work, but they were looser in cut, long and lean in silhouette and easy, all the better for women to cheer themselves out of the financial crisis, we say.  
- Melanie Rickey


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