Today happened to be Sophie Mechaly’s birthday, and by the time her Spring lineup for Paul & Joe arrives in stores, the brand will be celebrating its 20th year. This collection, she said, drew largely from family vacations in Saint-Tropez and her mother’s free-spirited ’70s style. Altogether, the potential for sentimentality was high, but Mechaly didn’t go that route.
She did, however, go bold on prints and pep, putting Lindsey Wixson in a printed micro-paisley suit and floral foulard to set the tone. Peter Pan collars, laced hot pants, fringed bags, suede flares, and floppy hats strongly signaled a hippie throwback, even if the maxi dresses (including one assembled from 14 feet of mousseline) somehow transcended the archetype.