For some reason, there's a bit of an American preppy feeling rising in certain quarters of the English design community. Paul Smith, too, has caught a touch of the nostalgia vibe for clean, conservative, outdoorsy classics. In his hands, it was the perfect excuse to indulge his affection for putting fresh-faced girls in clothes meant for boys.
In essence, this was a collection of simple separatesseersucker shorts, navy brass-buttoned blazers, slim pants, and vivid V-neck knitswith the odd pair of Brooks Brotherstype boxers peeking out of the waistlines. Nodding to the trend for shirt-dressing, he showed crisp white cottons and borrowed-from-the-boys pajama checks. Color choiceslavender with raspberry, leaf green with beigeare always a strength in this collection, but there was a lack of Smith's characteristic prints on show. For eveningas evening as this essentially easy collection getshe used parachute silks floating breezily away from the body. The best bit, though, was the not-quite-right English eccentricity of loafers made in slightly tattered washed silks in pretty pastels.