For this pre-fall collection, Stella McCartney chose to bring the downtown party uptown. Park Avenue’s Americas Society Art Gallery was the locale, where artists live-sketched the models and pink mylar balloons covered the ceilings. McCartney celebrated the New York woman with classic touches of the English girl: men’s wear-inspired camel toppers over graphic black-and-white stripes, and tweed outerwear in shapes from oversize coats to chic capes, much of it worn with boyish loafers with flat, thick heels. McCartney said being uptown “reminded me of mom — high luxe,” (her mother Linda grew up in the wealthy area of Scarsdale, N.Y.). There were textured slouchy knits, rich jacquards on everything from little tops and tunics to trousers and skirts and a feather motif that came embroidered on a coat and printed on a zip-front jacket.

As for her eveningwear, McCartney said it “shouldn’t wear you, but capture you.” Thus, there were a number of effortless column dresses, some striped and others worked in an array of colors and fabrics such as a rich burgundy velvet spliced into red and pink matte silk.

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