Oh, to spend the summer in the world of Stella McCartney. Crisp, cool outfits for day, breezy silk dresses for later, and flat sandals all the way through. The laid-back comfort had started from the invitation, a perfume bottle print out shrink-wrapped. Curious minds who picked it apart before the show found a mouth print singlet, crunched up in that bottle shape. From there, McCartney's collection invited one to go with a sophisticated yet Zen-like flow.
To look at these silhouettes is to yearn for the simplicity of a white poplin jumpsuit, or the simmering sensuality of peekaboo cut-outs in a butter-colored knit dress. Rib knits, by the way, brought a sense of dressy ease for daytime silhouettes. And it's official: that Seventies feeling is a trend. From the graphic buckles that ran down the ribs of one shirt, or fastened the cross-straps baring clavicles of a wrap top, to the wide legged proportions on hemlines - as a cropped trouser, it was currently handsome.
As the show progressed, the solid colored silhouettes gave way to silken pajama outfits that spelled casual elegance. Such is the Stella way and her fans swear up and down that she is the only woman who truly understands what women want. Seeing this collection, one would have to give that consideration. Printed dresses in floaty layers slaked a thirst for even more feminine options, and were embellished with print-blocked shapes, such as a flower appliqué cut from leopard spots. Those knotted sandals looked just right with their three straps, securing comforting chic. They'd be just perfect to slip on, especially if you wanted to glide away serenely into the night.