Take top seasonal trends, add a unique twist, and you’ll have Stella McCartney’s modern, sophisticated presentation for Fall/Winter 2015. Cold-weather touchstones, like sweater dresses and fur coats, were artfully rethought and reworked into off-shoulder shapes or patchworked indulgences. McCartney’s signature mix of masculine/feminine tailoring was underscored by the nonchalant ease of pajama-like suiting, kicky flared trousers with ruffled cuffs, and beautifully cut Melton-wool dresses with handkerchief hemlines and angular slices removed from the sleeves. Her smartly tailored arrangements embraced the relaxed fit of the season, but featured advanced folding technique and asymmetrical details, which prevented plain surfaces from becoming boring.
In answer to the turtleneck craze, McCartney presented ribbed one-shoulder knitwear, and echoed the fashion industry’s affinity for fur with gorgeous synthetic versions that looked just like the real thing. Minimalism is a brand go-to, but this season McCartney included a variety of contemporary cocktail dresses worked over with a medley of fabrics and subtle hints of brocade embroidery. Crafty, fully crocheted, maxi dresses with high necklines were also on order, presented in ivory or black, while eveningwear was populated with structured dresses or separates with sleeveless tops, peplum layers, and cutaway details. This crisp, unfussy collection is close to the heart of what women want, which is perhaps why, even with Kanye West, Cara Delevingne, and Paul McCartney sitting front row, the audience couldn’t tear their eyes off the catwalk.
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