It was perhaps the longest wait for a show to start, ever. Or at least it felt that way on this cold Paris Monday morning sitting in an unheated building waiting for the Stella McCartney A/W '09 show to begin. Luckily, Stella thoughtfully provided warm tea, and heart-shaped hand-warmers (above) to keep us from going blue with cold. Oh and of course lots of FROW activity. What with Salma Hayek, Thandie Newton and Beth Ditto, as well as Charlotte Casiraghi to provide a distraction, we were happy enough – and then Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Nancy arrived. ON with the show!
It was a good one. Stella played to her strengths doing great masculine tailoring, and soft feminine pieces – her signature way to put a collection together. Soft silken shirt dresses with spray-paint effect prints, peekaboo panelled lace and silk dresses (which sexily exposed glimpses of skin), three-quarter length trousers and a huge shag-pile damson sweater dress were chic, cool and all instant wish-additions to our everyday wardrobe. Refreshing after much conceptual but hardly wearable collections so far in Paris. Special note too goes to the first vegetation biker jacket of the season, a purple shiny cupro, thigh-high boots in silk rather than leather with the sharpest pin-thin stiletto we've seen. Not only did they look amazing but once again served to remind those women and men swathed in fur and leather on the front row, that there is a way to get the look without killing an animal. Go, Stella! Check out the picture gallery below for more of our favourite looks from the collection, and watch the video below.
- Melanie Rickey
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