Stella McCartney's relaxed SS13 show
The wonderful Stella McCartney eased us into Monday morning of Paris Fashion Week with a show that was as relaxed as it was fun and fashionable.
The designer has had a rather busy year (what with designing Team GB's kit for that small event known as the Olympics) and understandably, her SS13 has taken a far more relaxed approach this year. Despite rocking back on her heels, Stella has created a wonderful collection that speaks volumes of her ability to mix the feminine with the masculine. Speaking with Vogue, she described her latest collection as "a conversation between a man and a woman, taking the boldness, the crispness, the fragility", and that's exactly what we saw on the catwalk. Clothes were practical, slouchy and easy to wear, yet achingly cool at the same time.
On the FROW, Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Ellie Simmonds joined Kate Moss, Mario Testino and Stella's father, Paul McCartney to watch the models walk in comfortable Lucite platforms exhibit a collection filled with loose fitting silhouettes. Silk organza was layered over oversized jumpers, under tailored coats and inserted into hemlines of dresses. Sporting elements came into play with bomber style jackets and low slung trousers, but nothing felt too 'every day'; transparency was fused with sharp lines and bold colours to create geometric shapes, giving even the slouchiest pieces a tailored finish.
With the show opening on perhaps the most masculine pieces, it seemed only right that Stella closed with her idea of feminine - shirt dresses with diamond cut outs worn over visible underwear, sheer shift dresses featuring large colourful circles and tea dresses decorated with a watercolour-esque print.
The colour palette, like so many others this season, was monochrome at the core, (injected with vibrant yellow, green and blue) and the prints were a glorious mix of leopard spots and artistic brush stroke shapes. Hair and beauty was stripped back to coincide with the fresh, organic vibe of the show and the underlying message of the collection; that fashion should be made with real women in mind.