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LONDON: PAUL SMITH F/W 2009

I’ve always found that while Paul Smith is a master at menswear, he’s never quite been as successful with his womenswear. This season was no exception.

The designer showed a collection that can only be described as safe and commercial – though that is partly Paul Smith’s womenswear aesthetic and in part, likely, due to today’s economic climate.

At times the color palette – which felt very ‘Little House on the Prairie’ — gave the collection a feel very similar to this season’s Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.

That said there were some covetable chunky knits and prints – in particular a dark rose print shown in a handful of separates – and a number of simple pant and high-waisted skirt looks that were well done, if somewhat lacking inspiration.

Once again color blocking was evident in a number of looks as was a military inspiration.

The strongest pieces were towards the end of the collection when the designer mixed khaki-colored separates with pops of bright pink and added carefully crafted embroidery to vamp-up some of the pieces. 

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.