Monday, 7 March 2011

Family Girl - Stella McCartney at Paris Fashion Week AW11

Stella McCartney’s show provided a much-needed bright start to Paris Fashion Week, after the solemn mood that took hold after all the controversy surrounding Galliano.

Family was a big theme of the show, perfectly personifying the yummy mummy that Stella dresses oh so well - Natalia Vodianova arrived surrounded a brood of gorgeous children and Paul McCartney was in the audience and, as usual, had his voice playing for the finale of the show, which was, again, dedicated to Stella’s family: “to all my babies, husband, family and team” said the show notes. 

The season’s trend of menswear for girls was perfect for Stella’s collection – oversized blazer dresses with exaggerated shoulders in soft, brushed cashmere floated down the catwalk, as well as large cable knits over loose trousers. A real sense of wearability came out of the show – practicality was teamed with new fresh ideas. Don’t get too comfortable though… Stella showcased some serious sexy dresses, featuring chiffon panels slinking around body con styles, bustiers, and bold, gold and black patterned mini dresses.

A combination of soft vs. structured seemed to define the show, with rippling organza tops being tucked into tailored, high-waisted pencil skirts or trousers. A striking colour palette, primarily comprised of white, black and blue was accentuated with circular detailing.

All in all, a refreshing show from McCartney.

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