In an industry that is notoriously snobbish and uptight, Stella McCartney oft provides the cheerful and carefree moments that remind us all that fashion should be fun. This season was no exception, with a choreographed dance-off between her cast of supermodels: howling, shouting, and shaking in clothes that were clearly made for the dance floor.
Function and the depth and breadth of femininity have always been
cornerstones of McCartney’s brand, as have her vegetarianism and
eradication of all fur and leather designs in both the closets of her
own personal wardrobe and those of her company. She plainly put her
interests on display with jumpsuits, t-shirts, and frocks with
emblazoned graphics including, “No Leather”, “No Fur”, and “Thanks
Girls”. The designs were completely in your face, captivating, and a
practical way to present your activism.
But that wasn’t all the brand served up, naturally. The collection
opened with whittled, corseted waists juxtaposed against capacious paper
bag-waist trousers: a heck of a look if ever there was one.
That gave way to sumptuous and effortless knits that felt completely
laid-back and self-possessed simultaneously. As happens at least a few
times a season with McCartney’s designs, the proportions weren’t always
flattering, but the wearer will certainly feel amazing and comfortable.
And if you’re looking for ways to wear an extra long scarf (or
blanket in the brand’s case), don’t worry about wrapping it around your
neck: you can just casually sport it on your shoulder like the runway
Accessories are big business for McCartney, but many of the
accoutrements on display admittedly missed the mark. Snap-accented
kitten heels were dowdy at best and the shape of the retro-inspired cat
eye shades may not work for most face shapes. But the wooden jewelry did
play with great design, as did the sumptuous leather bags, and playful
Stars like Heidi Klum and Beyoncé have gravitated towards the brand
for more casual attire, thus we’ll have our eyes peeled for the exact
designs they choose from this collection. The denim looks are sure to be
a big hit, along with the sporty chic pieces that can easily be
elevated with pumps and statement-making baubles.
Thoughts on Stella’s Spring looks?