Stella McCartney Delivers a Light-Hearted Collection for Fall/Winter 2016

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McCartney gave weary minds a serene place to rest with a collection that was animated with movement, humor, and self-confidence.

At the grandiose Opéra National de Paris, the fashion set gathered once more on a bleak day at Paris Fashion Week for Stella McCartney’s Fall/Winter 2016 presentation. After a marathon sprint through the shows in New York City, London, Milan, and now Paris, where rain and snow have followed like an unshakable blight, it was a relief to most that McCartney chose to lighten the mood with a humorous, smart collection for the season.

Modest lengths, ruffles, pleats, and athleisure are the elements that bind Fall/Winter 2016 trends, and McCartney was tuned into all four for her collection. Out first came a velveteen burnt-orange puffy parka vest paired with a glamorous liquid-gold pleated skirt – the perfect intersection of sporty and elegant. Puff quilted fabrics were seen throughout the collection on parkas and long shorts and were a voluminous contrast to McCartney’s sensual silk slip dresses, which were spliced with hourglass lace insets, fitted jacquard peplum tops, and slim-cut foiled metallic camisoles.

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McCartney’s adorable swans were a cheerful presence that brought smiles to even the most fatigued faces.

Tongue-in-cheek moments included an old-fashioned nightgown with a ruffled bib done in a searing shade of hot pink, bleached denim jackets worn with chambray, high-necked ruffled shirts, and her geometric jewelry selection, which was slung across the body or protruded from a single ear.

Additionally, her blend of old-fashioned, full-coverage, ruffled looks and sensual slip dresses was uplifted by a cheeky swan motif that paddled its way across oversized dresses, flecked wool trousers, and tops that were yoked and hemmed with ruffles. Was it commentary on the unattractive becoming beautiful, as McCartney reconstituted frumpy fabrics with sporty tailoring? Or was it offered as a metaphysical play on all of her feather-free quilted parkas and board shorts? Whatever the reason for their inclusion, her adorable swans were a cheerful presence that brought smiles to even the most fatigued faces. Fashion month is almost over, but, for a brief moment, McCartney gave weary minds a serene place to rest with a collection that was incredibly easy to wear and animated with movement, humor, and self-confidence.

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