Sit Back and Relax at Stella McCartney

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Stella McCartney took the weight off her feet this season – eschewing power heels for lower perspex platforms – after a year which has seen her pulled in all manner of directions. Renowned for the sporty aesthetic that has become a staple of her collections, and which saturated the slouchy bombers and tennis-style shirts this season, McCartney was the obvious choice to design the kit worn by the British Athletes of Team GB at this summer’s London Olympics. In fact, stars of the 2012 games and Paralympic games showed up to support their sporting stylist, with cyclist, Victoria Pendleton, gymnast, Louis Smith, and paralympic swimmer, Ellie Simmonds on the front row. Taking her brand global, 2012 has also been the year for McCartney’s first directly-operated store in Shanghai and she received a nomination for Best Designer of the Year for the 2012 British Fashion Awards.

So it followed that her SS13 wardrobe would reflect exactly the mood and feeling of a woman who has worked her tuchus off! Comfortable, easy styles comprised of sink-into diaphanous jumpers in sheer, light fabrics so as to give the impression of a much fancier garment, dresses that hung from the body in loose drop-waists and low slung trousers worn low on the hip. Circles emerged as the overriding motif across the capsule, ranging from magnified bubbles in vibrant hues of cobalt, neon yellow and tangerine against a white canvas of dresses short, curvaceous or laden with sheer. The spherical style came in pin prick polka dots and later in monochrome leopard print. Pockets were roomy additions to jackets, shirt dresses and trousers and hair was as laid back as the clothes.

Those sporty references came via tracksuit ensembles in forest green and orange within a section that favoured a masculine style full of bold shapes and colour, but girlie femininity was not left unexplored as McCartney presented a series of tea dresses in peach and blue marble print, as well as enlarged broderie anglaise patterning. Bustiers let loose to flare at the waist and easy strapless pencil dresses split at the front in a style that looked as though it had been formed merely by wrapping the material around the body. Satin slips were made modest by sheer overlay and sleeveless dresses came in pleated elliptical shapes, caressing the body in gentle folds.

British music icon, Paul McCartney, otherwise known as the designer’s father sat next to Kate Moss on the front row, which they also shared with Vogue Japan’s editor-at-large, Anna Dello Russo.

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