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PAUL SMITH SPRING 2009

This season Paul Smith was inspired by a British Orientalist painting exhibition he saw at London’s famed Tate Britain gallery.

As much as I love Paul Smith’s men’s line, I’ve never taken much to his women’s collection and this season was no exception.


Though there were beautiful checked silk scarves he showed knotted around the waist, overall the collection with its abundance of overly draped pants (think harem pants), floppy wide-brim hats, sun-bleached floral prints (that would look great as prints for a tailored, men’s button-down), gingham dresses, and lace felt nothing if not overly jumbled.

It’s little surprise that the best pieces were the more tailored ones. In particular a beautiful off-white coat with black undulating trim on the side that had a bit of the quirkiness we often see in Paul Smith’s menswear pieces. 

Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.