Stella McCartney carried her sportif theme from Spring/Summer 2014 over to her latest collection at Paris Fashion Week. However, Fall/Winter 2014 notions were rather more risky, applying an increased sense of street style to her traditionally polished and androgynous designs. The athletic ease of her presentation was enthusiastically received, possibly because it injected a little sex and sublimity into otherwise bulky or masculine looks.
This energetic collection showed a new side to McCartney, as the designer embraced quirky elements and short hemlines to carry her youthful message forward. Squiggle embroidery enlivened garments, almost as if the lines were ready to jump off the fabric, but this motif eventually gave way to more high-minded design notions. For instance, McCartney showed several eclectic flecked knits featuring off-kilter drape that cut across the body and knotted at the shoulder. She experimented with coordinated separates in a loud, gaudy print, and even took a tie-dyed t-shirt dress to new levels of cool with a relaxed, breezy fit. On the McCartney runway we also spotted slope-sleeved, chunky dresses, stirrup-pants, oversized suits, enormous quilted parkas, and dreamy knit toppers. Knitwear has received a lot of attention the past two seasons, and McCartney’s interpretation put a modern spin on the off-hyped 90s “Cosby” sweater. As if in response to the relaxed codes of her daywear, the designer closed with thread-draped mini dresses and sleeveless jumpsuits that were sporty, colorful, and fluid. Although this presentation seemed slightly out of McCartney’s comfort zone, she read the mood of the season quite accurately and put her on twist on proceedings for looks that were fresh, fun, and very zippy.
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