Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Stella McCartney Spring 2014 Collection

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If every designer has their own signature style, Stella McCartney definitely flies the flag for understated elegance. This season, she worked on flattering the female form without ever constricting it. She paired skin-tight T-shirts with billowing skirts that offered peeks of skin through sheer materials and an interrupted slit that ran across the models’ thighs, seemingly severing the top and bottom halves. The slip dresses she presented towards the end of the presentation, made of Chantilly lace layered over organza, followed the same play on opacity and transparency. They offered sophisticated eveningwear options for the woman looking to make a sweet-yet-sensual statement.

More flesh appeared under croc-inspired garments. Rectangles of fabric superposed onto sheer fabric were made to resemble the scales of a crocodile. This technique was used on skirts, trousers, toppers, and dresses. McCartney balanced these out with more somber, but by no means less fun, crocodile-printed jackets and dresses with slouchy shoulders and zip details. Those same zips appeared on trouser-and-jacket combos, somewhere in between suit and Eisenhower military blouson, which were perhaps less flattering than the rest of the collection, covering up every inch of skin all the way to the neck.

Photo: Courtesy of GoRunway

Two looks particularly worth mentioning offered a perfect lesson on proportions. Presented in navy blue and dusty pink, they paired a long-sleeved crop top with high-waisted harem pants that tightened around the calves and stopped just above the ankle. If you’ve come to expect wearable collections of menswear-inspired separates and sporty day dresses, you won’t be disappointed. This presentation was sporty, chic, and Stella all the way through.

Photos: Courtesy of GoRunway

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