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How very fitting that in the year that she will unveil her designs for the British Olympics team, Stella McCartney chose sports as the inspiration behind her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. The British designer not only looked to the sporting world but to her own roots in the English countryside with her Villager-meets-cool-casual-gal collection.

With flashes of bold electric blue, fuchsia, coral and dusty blue Stella took on Paris's Hôtel de Ville gold-plated city hall to present her very wearable Fall offering. Alongside sporty bomber jackets were tennis dresses, and knitted ski jumpers. For a bit of country, she threw in tweed tulip dresses, pale twin sets and textured riding jackets. Of course it wouldn't be a McCartney collection without some boy elements creeping in. Slouchy trousers, oversized coats, and alpaca and mohair patchworked sweaters definitely had menswear stamped all over them.

"Cutting into the tradition of English countryside with urban energy," was how she described the collection. I'd say she's about spot on, wouldn't you?

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