Sophie Albou-Mechaly settled on what she would offer this season by first determining what she would leave out. And in her mind, women don't really want to wear boxy, moody, conceptual clothes—at least, not the women who typically wear Paul & Joe. This still left her with a vast field of femininity to explore, and for the most part, she settled on fifties-era Mediterranean vacation destinations Capri and Cap Ferrat for inspiration. This is ideal territory for the line—it means more time on print development (a Matisse-like algae motif, botanicals rendered in Ben-Day dots à la Lichtenstein) and fabrics (guipure and Calais lace, summery tweeds) and less on working through challenging shapes. Oh, there were all sorts of shapes, though—from a billowing maxi dress in silk mousseline to a roomy woven blue blouson to mini shorts stitched with tiny dancers. Albou-Mechaly also drew attention to the simplest shape of all: a square foulard. Mantero, the renowned silk manufacturer in Como, will now be making scarves for Paul & Joe. And already, she was showing them tied around the neck, Grace Kelly-style, to further play up the retro-chic attitude. The joie de vivre of this collection proved easy on the eyes, even if it felt slightly summery for a winter delivery to stores. Albou-Mechaly responded by singling out a scarf-print blazer or a bubblegum pink sweatshirt covered with cartoony embroidered patches as pieces that offer instant gratification—and she's right, provided you're the type of gal who would wear a winking strawberry.