Monday 1 October 2012

Stella McCartney plays with geometry in fresh and optimistic colours

Stella McCartney presented a cheerful, easy-to-wear spring/summer 2013 collection at Paris' main opera house in front of a celebrity-packed crowd.

PARIS, FRANCE  - Stella McCartney presented her spring/summer 2013 collection in front of a celebrity-packed crowd inside the ornate main Paris opera house on Monday (October 1) during Paris Fashion Week.

The daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney, she graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1995 and had her supermodel friends Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Kate Moss model in her final year show. Moss was among those seated front row at Monday's presentation alongside Paul McCartney, actress Charlotte Rampling, actress Salma Hayek, rapper M.I.A., and mannequin Natalia Vodianova.

Vodianova, who has modelled for McCartney for years, told Reuters prior to the show's commencement that she is a fan not only of the British designer's creations, but also for what she represents.

"I adore and love her, she's, she's an incredible woman, she brings such important values to today's world. She's one of the best representatives of the female half of this population of this planet," she said.

McCartney's latest collection was graphic and layered. The designer played with geometry in bright optimistic colours. Elliptical shapes of white, bright orange and black flowed on sheer linear dresses.

Ultra-fine silk rib knits were worn under micro-plisse that skimmed the models' bodies, creating a play on shadows. All the pieces shown were loose, slouchy, and easy-to-wear like the dropped-waist dresses with roomy pockets or the low-slung trousers. In typical McCartney fashion, there was a noticeable interplay between feminine and masculine elements, with men's style jackets presented alongside girly tea dresses with delicate diamond cut work embroidery in white and black organza.

McCartney acquired her easy minimalist aesthetic during her time as the creative director of Paris fashion house Chloe from 1997 to 2001. She then teamed up with the French luxury retail group PPR that owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta in order to develop her eponymous label into a global brand.

Rampling, who Reuters spoke to backstage after the show, is among those who followed McCartney's evolution from the beginning.

"I've known her since she was very little so I'm seeing her come up through the fashion world and it's lovely to see what she's doing, especially in this setting, because it's a very beautiful setting to show fashion in," she said.

McCartney has garnered a large clientele thanks to the practicality of her pieces, designed with the modern woman in mind. M.I.A., who went to Central Saint Martins with McCartney, told Reuters that she is a big fan of her label because "she makes clothes for working women, and I work, and it kind of goes."

When asked by Reuters as to why she designs for the everyday woman rather than the fantasy one, McCartney replied: "I really champion women, I admire women, and I want my collections to empower them."

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