Come on, get happy! And look sexy while smiling. What woman doesn’t want that from her clothes? Yet sartorial elixirs for such aren’t always obvious on the runway, where artful moodiness so often prevails. Not so at Stella McCartney, whose collection for spring made an ironclad argument that allure and optimism are not mutually exclusive.


McCartney’s upbeat mood revealed itself in vibrant whites, oranges and shots of kelly green (along with black, of course). These were incorporated into an inventive lineup. In a season of sheer madness and layers by the load, McCartney added something fresh by layering pants — see-through, be-careful-or-you’ll-trip pajamas under cropped trousers or long, crisp eyelets over snappy shorts. She also extracted the flou from sheer. Perhaps in a last nod to her Olympics extravaganza, she used structured organza for an elongated warm-up jacket and sweatshirt. She combined the latter over a dress in a key motif, superlean ribbed knits featuring big, bright ellipses on sheer plissé. On the tailored side, low-belted jackets and tuxedo-inspired day dresses looked unfussy and smart.


A major graphic component ran throughout, achieved with geometric layering and the recurring elliptical motif. McCartney delivered it with so light a touch that the models seemed to walk on air. Or maybe it was their floating Lucite platform wedges that rocked the comfort side of chic. How’s that for happy?

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