– By Sarah-Leigh Wade –
Presenting a collection that shows just what she does best, Stella McCartney reverted back to sharp tailoring, covetable suitings and slouchy outerwear this season.
Typically, androgyny was played upon with pinstripe suits sitting at the forefront – the nineties/early noughties shows no sign of slowing down as a trend with mass-appeal. Scattered throughout sharp but prim looks, flirtatious separates broke the otherwise sensible mood; a black peplum top with a deep v-neck and a super-soft silk kaftan in ultraviolet providing a welcome feminine addition.
Uneven hems, asymmetric lines and unusual pleats provided interest throughout the collection, adding the usual quality of considered craftsmanship to the line. The blazers and frock coats in particular signifying that this season is all about clean lines and innovative cuts that place the feminine form at the heart.
Urban life too played a part with a wide-striped puffa jacket with oversized hood, woollen baseball caps, thick-tread rubber soled boots and prints with the word ‘skate’ emblazoned across outfits evoking a feeling of the streets.
Softly hued tartan wrap-around coats and cosy woollens were a highlight, demonstrating Stella’s innate knack for creating the most appealing of womenswear shapes. Later, in eveningwear the trend continued and was where the seasoned designer got to show off her sensual side. Bandeau smock shapes provided a transeasonal occasion option, whilst a little black dress with sweetheart neckline will undoubtedly be seen on plenteous red carpets. An all-white halter-neck and wide-leg trouser, early noughties in theme, was also a talking point, showcasing Stella’s ability to revive previous styles whilst appearing unquestionably fresh.
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW
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