By Chere Di Boscio
After seeing her sporty collection in collaboration with Adidas in London, we at Eluxe awaited Stella McCartney’s women’s wear show in the setting of the grand Opera in Paris for Fashion Week with great anticipation.
Whilst some critics complained the show presented a ‘predictable’ array of looks, I personally thought McCartney was being true to her fans and clients by creating a Spring/Summer 14 range that favoured her signature characteristics: delicate fabrics with sheer or lace features (or, in the case of this collection, sometimes both); simply tailored clothing with a simple, sporty semiotic; and of course, a parade of top models, including girl-of-the-moment, Cara Delevigne.
The show also included a who’s who of environmental advocates, ranging from Salma Hayek (rumoured to have influenced her Kering-boss husband to make his fashion group greener) to animal rights supporter Sir Paul McCartney and eco-enthusiast Miranda Kerr, who was First Face. Highlights of Stella’s latest collection included racer-backed dresses with cinched waists and pretty florals toughened up with zippered suiting. The colour palette was heavy on the navy, peach and cream and accessories came in the form of cat-eyed sunglasses, oversized clutches and sporty shoes to complement the luxe designs. Nails, by Priti NYC, we lightly manicured in a soft pink shade called Baby Talk. ‘I wanted to take a really honest approach, Stella told Vogue.com. ‘We’ve redefined the silhouette to take on a slightly more slim-line shape and we have these subtle windows onto the body because I wanted to use fabric in a way that really speaks about the woman wearing it – rather than it wearing her, I want it to work for her. To see highlights from the collection, click through the arrows on the centre right of the images.