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Paul Smith Fall 2011 Runway Review

Paul Smith wants women to raid their prep school boyfriend’s closets! The Fall 2011 collection was tailored and masculine but with a feminine charm. The preppy, layered looks included a mixture of cropped cuffed trouser pants, tailored suit jackets, cashmere cardigans, button up shirts, and overcoats. The pants were the strongest pieces, shown in a variety of styles which included rolled up slouchy denim, tailored cropped trousers, high waisted, low-waisted, pleated and slim fit. They all had a boyish charm but looked perfect on the women.

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Color was another important key to establishing the layered looks and adding a feminine edge. A pinstripe trouser paired with a sheer, burgundy blouse, orange skinny belt and olive green suit jacket were a perfect collaboration for a serious lady look. A more casual approach included a faded, rolled denim pant worn with a slouchy sweater and sleek, ivory tuxedo collar jacket. The pieces themselves were very tailored and polished but never looked stuffy.

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The styling choices included oxford dress shoes in patent leather, men’s ties, hipster style reading glasses and the occasional beanie hat which added a bit of humor to the collection. If you haven’t been a fan of the menswear trend yet, now is a good time to change your mind.

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