His collection moved on, however, to some looks that, while not quite surprising, were a little more chic.
I love the sweaterdress above. The striped scarf fools you into thinking Smith's doing a little menswear-inspired tie, but instead it's a little more feminine.
And this dress above, one of his last looks, is gorgeous. It's pretty and glamorous in a perfect, Paul Smith way: the sheer fabric is sexy but not at all overt, and that blazer adds just a little touch of nerd.
---I liked the way he used color here -- it was very subtle and muted, which must have been a big adjustment for him after last season. The draped dress, second from the top, reminds me a bit of Preen's spring dresses, but it's so pretty! And I loved the pleating on the look that's third down: it's very sophisticated, chic, and modern, but without being boring. And don't get me wrong: I think the minimalism of a Jil Sander or Calvin Klein plain plain plain shift dress can be beautiful, but Saunders' has those little interesting elements that I love. The giant lucite bangle in the first look is Awesome. And that last dress? I don't even think I have to say anything about that. Sigh.
Jonathan Saunders is showing in New York next season! It's like we're getting a new neighbor! I loved his bright chiffon dresses for fall, and I thought his spring collection was incredibly chic... so let's roll out the welcome mat for February.
At Oscar de la Renta. Prettiest little alien I ever did see.