With three days left of Paris Fashion Week, fatigue tends to strike. After viewing hundreds of shows it becomes difficult to remember who did what, but Stella McCartney erased the confusion with a collection that stood out for its originality. Working in an effortless, sporty leitmotif that was as relaxing as the outdoor picnic her checkered prints suggested, her Spring/Summer 2016 collection radiated a joyful, feminine outlook for the season.
From a straightforward checkered print to a trompe-l’oeil version – where lines were arranged in intersecting layers to resemble checkered grids – McCartney sent a confident lineup of patterned looks down the runway to start the show. They came as polo-necked dresses or tank tops in a vibrant primary palette, which underscored the collection’s summery, fresh mood. McCartney then introduced a circular wrap technique that imbued her loose, plissé tanks and skirts with a flattering shape that held away from the body in sculptural, contoured lines. Contouring was repeated often to snip away the weight from the bottom of long tunics or to insert fitted waists into generously cut suits and sleeveless tops, which resulted in a liberating parade of wearable separates that still retained a sense of feminine sensuality. Minimalist surfaces soon gave way to separates, sporty bombers, shorts, and loose slips that were decorated with optic whorl prints, which echoed the circular effect of McCartney’s silhouette. Whorl prints were then reflected in mesh dresses that featured curving wide-knit inserts, highlighting a cohesive sense of “big picture” design. From first to last, the collection decreed colorful confidence for Spring/Summer 2016, which is a message women of every stripe can get behind.
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