by Alexander Fury .

Paul Smith

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Sir Paul has evidently been swotting up at the V&A - his showing this evening at Claridge's Ballroom reeked oh-so-elegantly of the august institution's Golden Age Of Couture exhibition. There was a distinct post-war air to proceedings: strict high-waisted pinstripes evoked Landgirls out for a good time as dressed by Digby Morton, while a New Look trench was emblazoned with Vertes-style sketches of Fifties belles (sneakily previewed in the centre spread of today's Daily Rubbish). Smith's interpretation of the Anglo-French couture rivalry was, naturally, frightfully English, with the hauter touches brought down-to-earth with knits, vivid prints and his trademark primary-bright colour palette.