LFW show report: Paul Smith

22 September 2009

Pink power suit anyone? Orange bowler hat? Yes? Well you’ve come to the right place. Paul Smith, the master tailor, just makes us so happy when he does his menswear for women. This was a sterling opening for his S/S 2010 show. Think British suited sartorialists: Steed, 007, Duke of Windsor…. Now transpose the masculine into the feminine; soup up the colour and ta-dah!, you’ve got the jist of this show. The second half was all about layering tribal prints. Ochre, sand, terracotta, lime and orange featured strongly in African-inspired prints. Billowy skirts were worn over simple T-shirts but multiple-printed beadeau tops were used to create zig-zagging and parallel lines through clashing print combinations. It was testament to the power of colour and feel-good fashion.

Our 5 favourite things
1. The checked suits with tattersall check shirts, ties and tailored shorts.

2. The bright fuchsia single-breasted suit.

3. The flat mannish brogues.

4. The African-inspired prints.

5. The wrap striped shirt dress.


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