Models present creations by British designer Stella McCartney as part of her Fall/Winter2012-2013 women’s ready-to-wear fashion show during Paris Fashion Week March 5, 2012.[Photo/Agencies]
Stella McCartney sent models down the runway in sporty but sophisticated school girl outfits onMonday, as cutesy collars and flouncy skirts found an anchor in classic English tailoring and richcountry tweeds.
The British designer presented a winter ready-to-wear collection that was young, fun, feminineand light in the spectacular grand ballroom of the Hotel de Ville, Paris’ city hall, with its soaringpainted ceiling, imposing arches and ornate chandeliers.
McCartney described the collection as English countryside meets “urban energy, colour andshine.”
“It was very much the country girl discovering the urban edge,” McCartney told Reuters TVbackstage, adding that she tried to “mix the two worlds together but in an unexpected way.”
At the end of the show, McCartney’s ex-Beatle father, Paul, raised his fist in triumph, while singerAlicia Keys, her first time at Paris Fashion Week — “It’s like magic!” — gushed.
“It’s so beautiful, the colours are so vibrant but still so sophisticated and chic and strong,” Keystold Reuters TV. “I just love her whole style so I’m really glad to be here.”
A PLAYFUL POP
Hem-lines were short, torsos were tight, and electric blues and white whites gave a pop tosilhouettes that still felt sensible.
Panels of stretchy blue fabric and glossy blacks were sewn together with warm tweeds in astreamlined patchwork to create body contouring, flirty dresses with flouncy hems. The look wassensual, smart and sporty, complete with a peek-a-boo of skin behind the shoulder.
The collection felt fresh and playful, with a nod of irreverence.
Blue and white striped collars, as one might see on a varsity letter jacket, found their way ontoboxy coats and a herringbone below-the-knee suit dress.
Pretty little white collars in white organza popped up from necklines, swirling white embroideryadorned crepe bodices and sleeves, and jacquard — which can look overworked and old — feltyoung in precisely tailored long royal blue blazers.
McCartney is one of the few high-profile designers to refuse to use fur and leather, on moralgrounds. In relying instead on crisp fabrics, her clothing escapes much of the heaviness andoutrageous excess one sees at winter collections.
Stella McCartney brand is a joint venture with French luxury and retail group PPR, whose brandsinclude Gucci, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. PPR said last month that operating profitfrom its luxury operations rose 34 percent in its fourth quarter.