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Paul Smith Spring 2012 Runway Review

Paul Smith is the antithesis of all the things you associate with London Fashion Week. It’s not innovative, trendy, or boundary pushing, but it works, and there’s something to be said for consistency. When it comes to menswear cut for women, Sir Paul Smith reigns supreme; this season he showed a subtle exploration of the shirt and its many incarnations. Pops of lemon, wine, cobalt, and cyan worked alongside the effortless black, white, and grey pieces as Smith explored a slightly more edgy muse. It’s as if a modern-day Katherine Hepburn raided her boyfriend’s closet, pairing slouchy blazers with perfectly cut cropped trousers.

We’ve seen a lot of print this season, and Smith offered a few of his own, but the standout pieces were by far the solid colored staples that could take you from the office to a summer cookout without missing a beat. London is hailed as the market where emerging designers take the spotlight and innovation is key but we would be good to recognize Smith’s easy separates and wearable dresses as the perfect base for any woman’s spring wardrobe. After all, I’m sure we could find thousands of women looking for the perfectly cropped pant; can you say the same about a PVC jumpsuit? That's what I thought.