03 March 2014 by

Stella McCartney Autumn Winter 2014 Show Report

Famous for her inventive show invitations - the most tweeted and instagrammed on the fashion calendar - these usually provide a clue towards the seasons inspirations. This time around however, the ‘Stella’ neon orange perspex keyring provided little idea as to what Ms McCartney had in store for the audience - which this time included the by now Paris fashion week stalwart Rihanna.

In the surroundings of the opulent Opera Garnier, there was signature tailoring, of course, which came in a predominantly inky colour palette: coats had broad, rounded shoulders which fastened with short zips and were worn with bare legs. Suits were skinny but given a sportier edge thanks to the ski-pant style trouser and the luxe hooded parka coats worn over the top. Zips continued to feature: rows of them decorating roomy coats, jumpers and dresses in swirling shapes.

There was a feminine side to the McCartney woman however. Mini dresses cut away at the shoulders were sexy and figure-hugging. Ribbons of silk yarn rippled across their surfaces in waves as models walked and these are the looks which will be seen on the red carpet in the not too distant future. 

Money-spinning accessories were big and bold and a-plenty. Shoes carried on the clumpy, even ugly vibe prevailing this season. Elevated lace-ups in odd, bright colours, some with a star motif set into them looked good. Doctor style tote and clutch bags in tie-dye and batik prints matched the outerwear, meanwhile, while woolen cross-body hippy bags tied over the shoulder and were knitted from the same yarns as the slouchy knitted jumper dresses they were carried with.

Words by Gemma Hayward


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