Oceans and tropical shores offer light relief at Paul Smith

The British designer shows why he could patent the classically playful look, as sharp suits are teamed with fish and fauna covered prints

The first model in the Paul Smith fashion show in Paris on Sunday afternoon wore a sharp suit. It was teamed with a tie covered in fish. This combination, of the classic and the playful, is one that Smith could almost patent. It continued throughout this show, which took place in a school hall. Square bags were made to look like the tins of mackerel found in Japanese fish markets and shirts were covered with a print of tropical shores.

The colours were inspired by flora and fauna found in the ocean; vivid orange, purple, red and yellow dominated. This is the second season that both men and women have been on the catwalk in the show, with 19 outfits for women and 28 for men.

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