At a fancy wedding in Wainscott, N.Y., this summer, one guest wore aStella McCartney spring 2013 dress in bright orange plissé playedagainst sheer white organza. The young woman looked spectacular; shestood out among the glamorous crowd even as she fit in among its chicdemographic.

That dichotomy — stand out/fit in — is something of a McCartneyspecial, particularly when she moves from the essential tailoringportion of her work into its more dressed-up side. A fierce practicalitydrives her approach but does not restrain her from incorporating thoseflourishes that make people stop and look without making the wearerappear ridiculous outside of the narrowest realm of fashion.

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