When we think of feminine fashion, a few iconic elements come to mind: ruffles, bows, pastels, etc. But femininity doesn’t necessarily mean “frou-frou”, as Stella McCartney would argue with her version of feminine design for Spring/Summer 2015. In McCartney’s world, women wear relaxed, slouchy garments suited for pragmatic wear, perhaps modeled on the designer’s own needs as a mother of four and head of a fashion empire. How does McCartney accomplish a contemporary collection that relates to the everyday needs of the modern woman while simultaneously boosting her fashion factor? By building cool, unexpected elements into the oversized shapes, accenting them with buckled straps, windowpane cutouts, and embroidered appliqués.
Minimal separates in blazing white and soft buttery yellow launched the show in shapes that were fitted and fluid without being clingy. McCartney followed up these pitch-perfect looks with strappy dresses and separates pricked with embroidery and cutouts. A denim jumpsuit signaled the collection’s one-piece motif, which was repeated on silk flight suits featuring drawstring waists and worn with elongated silk bomber jackets. Although the collection wasn’t “feminine” in the traditional way we think of the word, McCartney’s subversion of the definition reminds us that traditional femininity is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Her stance on style doesn’t just pay lip service to the idea; she’s making clothes that are comfortable, easy to move around in, and most of all fashionable. No matter how gorgeous body-conscious clothes are, we don’t wear them everyday from dawn to dusk, but McCartney’s clothes suit real life situations in an authentic way. These are clothes you can live in.
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