Coincidentally, Paul & Joe's Sophie Albou hit on the same hot spot for her Spring collection as Isabel Marant: Hawaii! "She's a cool, active, working woman, and she mixes her city looks with Hawaiian looks," Albou said before the show. "It's a sexy, interesting mix." In fact, it's not the newest idea out there, but it served Albou well tonight. Tailoring was the strong suit of her Fall collection, and her Spring lineup delivered more of a good thing: Take softly pleated, faded denim jeans with a boxy striped bomber, or a slightly elongated white jacket with striped, cuffed pants. Hawaii entered the picture via fluoro floral embroidery, which appeared on everything from a button-down that accompanied a blazer and oversize Bermudas to a pair of low-slung capris.
In this era of eye-searing digital prints, Albou's multicolor tile motif looked a little fuzzy. Better was an electric-bright orange and marigold floral, especially when it appeared up and down the front of a simple, sleeveless floor-length dress worn with flats. It would've been nice to see more of the stretch jersey pieces. A racerback style in white with a black band at the bottom had a sporty kick.