There is something about the designs that Stella McCartney creates that always seem to find a balance between practicality and pretty. Nothing is ever too complex and overwrought or too sexy or dark. These are clothes for the no nonsense luxury consumer who find equally appealing McCartney’s ecological stance when it comes to constructing a collection.
So what’s a girl to do when she has forgone using leathers, furs and any other type of animal hide in her clothing collection? McCartney came up with a clever and well executed answer in an appliqué crocodile pattern that she used on a sheer organza brick red dress and navy blue jumpsuit. It was a motif that she revisited later in the show on a sporty jacquard three-quarter jacket and a shift dress. These were by far the strongest looks in the show.
Also on offer were a number of daisy patterned jacquard pieces, but put up against those in the crocodile pattern they felt too busy, and a bit overbearing. Better were the floral lace dresses that finished the show. The sporty way McCartney doubled up on the lace straps that finished in razor backs helped those slip dress stay just this side of looking like negligees.
While the show didn’t cause the fashion crowd to sit up and take notice, there was something about it that gave the impression that slowly but ever so surely more than a few of the slouchy jackets, those coco motif pieces and some wide waistband crop pants will creep into quite a few closest next season.