You would be forgiven for forgetting that Paul Smith was once best known for menswear after witnessing his spring/summer '09 offering on Monday at Claridges. The designer softened for his latest collection, which was relaxed and almost hippy-like in its origins.

Inspired by an Orientalist painting at the Tate Modern, Smith's women wore modern harem trousers, long floaty gingham dresses, faded floral sheer frocks, Chanel-like tweed jackets, floppy straw hats, and lots of Eastern scarves tied around the head and waist. It was a new mood for Smith, showing off his bohemian side, a casualness that will translate well with many a customer. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO BEGIN GALLERY.