PFW S/S13: Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney Stella McCartney Stella McCartney Stella McCartney Stella McCartney
By Kristin Knox October 01, 2012
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney
The stage was certainly set for this to be a season for Stella. With minimalism running rampant across runways from New York all the way to the finish line here in Paris, Stella McCartney, no doubt still basking in the glory of outfitting team Great Britain at the London Summer Games, was poised to please the crowd that eagerly awaited her this morning at the Opéra Garnier. Sure enough, sporting influences were palpable from the get go where her trademark love of tailoring met athletic-wear halfway in the form of a stark white mesh-inserted rounded sleeve zip up jacket teamed with a sheer chiffon mid-calf skirt, at once a set of covetable separates and perfecting summing up Stella's obsessive M.O. of offsetting the masculine with the feminine. Tracksuits informed a sensibility of modern suiting: deep pocketed tops that referenced traditional shirting and gymwear pullovers teamed with generously cut slouchy trousers and served up in crisp white or Wimbledon green, satisfying her more masculine influence. As for the femme fatale, her celebrity-adored body-con "optical illusion" dresses were updated with more exaggerated silhouettes to hang looser on the body without losing that body-shaping illusion. The sleeves went conical in eye-catching tangerine and came to a rounded point just above the knees, appearing from the front, to be cut flat, yet sewn to a sheer skirt peeking out beneath, the effect tricked the eye into lengthening the legs visible beneath the see-through panes and shrinking waists. Dresses in almost 70's swirls of blocked colour either worn alone or underneath sheer white sweatshirts and belted short-sleeved and Peter Pan collared jackets that eventually elongated to become midi length coat dresses are bond to resonate loud and clear with McCartney devotees. A few jackets went supersized at the shoulders, cut to a boxy extreme and were, as we've seen throughout the week, worn seductively without any shirts beneath. A trompe l'oeil print worked its way into billowing jumpsuits and comfortable everyday shirt dresses, of which there were also black perforated cotton versions of the same. A gold metal for the Brits in Paris by any stretch of the imagination.
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