Cuba libre in lower Manhattan at Stella McCartney’s annual resort garden party. Thematically, the event  — not the clothes — was a nod to Cuba, complete with costumed characters on stilts, a live salsa band and dancers, and two men who looked remarkably like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro enjoying a beer and chocolate cigars at a picnic table with some models. It was a cheeky, festive and timely photo-op party-wise and in terms of the collection.


“I’m always inspired by the liberation of the resort collection,” said McCartney. “This season it’s all about life and color and flowers. There’s a joy to it.” And not just because they were serving rum cocktails with a healthy pour.


The lineup of five or so vignettes was a vibrant representation of the breadth of McCartney’s aesthetic: clean, sporty and very feminine, even when she was working her men’s wear counterpoint. She called out a black tailored suit with large-scale, sparingly placed floral embroideries as particularly emblematic of the brand. There were also crisp, fresh dresses and skirts fashioned out of men’s shirting that were hiked up and knotted around the hips like preppy DIY sarongs.


A galloping horse motif on fil coupe dresses worked McCartney’s sporty, kitschy side, while dresses with beautiful crochet and broderie anglais detail showed an unbridled romance. Apropos of the new friendly tourism between Cuba and the U.S., McCartney also launched a set of Falabella luggage.

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