One looks to Sir Paul Smith for color, pattern, traditional textiles and his British sense of humor, and he didn’t disappoint here.
Cue a run of updated classics in striking color combos, such as a turquoise two-button flannel blazer with absinthe-hued pleated pants, or a flamingo-pink bomber jacket with a coppery sweater and beige pants. It sounds wacky, but it worked, with the traditional cuts and fabrics toning down the unconventional shades. Subdued colors such as brown, faun and gray were also prevalent.
Great on-trend outerwear options included an elongated drop-shoulder bomber in a speckled tweed, and a mauve double-breasted coat in a houndstooth print that later spilled onto knits — magnified to create an Op Art effect. Those, along with the Mondrian-style sweaters and psychedelic prints splattering jackets, looked right at home in the show’s venue: Paris’ Centre Pompidou museum.