01 October 2012 by

Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2013: Masculine Meets Feminine

Stella McCartney’s signature has always been the interplay between masculinity and femininity, and this season was no different. Take the pretty broderie anglaise story mid-way through her Spring Summer 2013 show. With mannish cuts to shirts and trousers, the girly embroidery was typically given a harder edge. Stella’s suiting was equally true to form with exaggerated shoulders and pristine minimalist cuts. Tuxedo dresses were a classic Stella boy meets girl story, while the outrageously low slung belts featured on several dresses made a nod to hip revealing pants.

Its also not a Stella collection unless we see sportwear references and this season there was plenty. From sheer sweaters layered over midi length, ribbed tube skirts to voluminous bombers with strong rounded shoulders, the sense of ‘throw-on’ chic was having another moment in the sun this morning in Paree.

As far as trends go, the dazzling tangerine and Dunlop greenflash highlights were on the money, while both the tux and voluminous shapes that she included have had a lot of airtime in Paris. The finale dresses were perhaps the most successful of the collection. Featuring layered silk which took on a textural, almost ribbed effect in globular shapes, the sheer under the knee length dresses were definite show-stoppers.

Off the catwalk there was plenty to grab our attention with FROW appearances from Kate Moss, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds and Diane Keaton dressed in what looked to be a sweatsuit. Also spotted were Stella’s kids watching the show with their au pairs – and as soon as the last look was done, mummy McCartney dashed to get their reaction. Cuteness!


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