Stella McCartney’s annual resort garden party, this year held at the Elizabeth Street Garden in New York, was an Instagrammer’s paradise. Cliques of models gulping Champagne milled around the sculptures and human statues. There was a band, a booze truck and superheroes — Stellasuperheroes, to be clear. One of McCartney’s four vignettes was a group of clothes and accessories emblazoned with colorful characters she worked up with an illustrator. “I was inspired to bring the humor back to the collection,” said McCartney of the superheroes, which she hasn’t named, but plans to.
The whole lineup captured that free spirit with feminine tailoring, such as a purple tunic with cutouts and a pretty range of scarf dresses done in mixed prints with handkerchief hemlines and sexy halter tops. McCartney said she was looking at her mother’s wardrobe from the Seventies for inspiration but also wanted to “show some flesh and encourage women to be themselves. Fashion has been a little oppressive of late.”