The blur of watching show after show for a month solid means that some things begin to slip away. What day it is. What season. But at the Stella McCartney show early Monday morning the designer brought everything back into focus.
Her bright high-energy collection was the perfect pick-me-up for those who had actually taken some time off on Sunday. Her sporty high-octane color palette reminding front row guests that, yes, we are supposed to be looking at spring/summer clothing. While her models “no muss, no fuss’’ hair and makeup sent the message that feeling confident in your clothing is all a woman really needs to look beautiful.
The big story of the show was a graphic wrapping effect and easy layering of garments. McCartney kicked it all off with a group of athletic checked or striped dresses and polo tops cut close to the body and rounded out slightly at the hemline on the skirts. Strong and lean, these pieces were for those clients who do a 5k run before heading into the office.
But McCartney is good at finding a way for her clothing to relate to more than one body type (which is a prime reason her ready-to-wear is so beloved by consumers). For those who are still working their way up to that first 5k run, there were some vibrant pleated circle skirts and elongated tank tops, in the same fabric, that used contrasting colors in the folds to draw focus to the clothing in motion.
The designer's dark indigo denim portrait collar top and matching wide-cut trousers were a particular high point in the show. The outfit was equal parts urban cool and chic. And a series of techie "airtex effect" swirling eyelet embroidery acid-hued dresses, which held and released the models’ bodies in just the right proportions, were some fearless and fantastic fashion statements.
By the time McCartney's models took their final turn on the catwalks, this collection's happy, upbeat vibe had placed it in the win column for the British designer.