The challenge for a designer creating a collection motivated by the cozy clothes worn après-ski is that slim-fit tuxedos look inherently out of place. But Paul & Joe's Sophie Albou-Mechaly has constructed a milieu where these two extremes are unified by a spectrum of plush Italian knits, tweedy trousers, and one multicolored beagle that makes quite the impression on an intarsia sweater.

In particular, the designer gravitated toward double-face duffel coats and reversible blousons in strong windowpane patterns of burgundy and blue marine or subtler chevrons, stylized Fair Isle sweaters, and a week's worth of shawl-collar cardigans and oversize jacquard scarves. Her printed shirt of the season —it's not Paul & Joe without one—placed cutesy bunnies and birds in a formal setting appropriated from old Delft porcelain. The effect was only one level less incongruous than Mario and Luigi at the Louvre, but we'll let that one slide. Really, Albou-Mechaly seems proudest of her made-in-France suiting. She accommodated her cuts for both CrossFit and cigarette physiques, and introduced a dark brick red-brown as a black alternative. The suits were sharp enough to help the brand convey a well-rounded offering, and can be further enhanced with neckwear from Maison F as part of a special collaboration with designer François Régis Laporte. But they've got nothing on the beagle, shaded with thirty-five different hues and afforded such irresistible puppy-dog eyes.