Paris Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Stella McCartney







StellaMcCartney-AW14-styleonthecouchIn London’s Browns Boutique a year or so back, I fell in love with a Stella McCartney dress from her AW12/13 collection. It was a beautifully feminine and flippy little number – a sporty luxe skating dress with tweed and silk fabrics in electric blue, black and white colouring.  From that moment I began to view Stella McCartney as a wonderfully grown up designer, styling clothes for real-world women rather than just creating something that looks good on the catwalk.

For AW14/15, McCartney brings us slouchy, cosy sweater dresses you’d want to throw on at the weekend, pull your hair back in a pony tail and skip straight out of the house to brunch at The Riding House Cafe.   And my love of Stella’s mini dresses continues – they remained short and sporty with some mesh and fringing.

“What Stella girl in her right mind wouldn’t want one of those huge tweedy salt ‘n’ pepper knits, all stretched out, with sleeves that extend way past fingertips? There was a panoply of them here this morning and they’re exactly the sort of thing her woman wants to pull on and skip out in, paired with nothing but bare honeyed skin, looking easy-breezy ravishing. They even came with matching knitted across body bags. (Stella isn’t the only designer exploring the concept of head-to-toe knit dressing, it’s shaping up to be a big trend).

This was an especially confident outing that tapped all that is good about McCartney’s repertoire: tailoring, need-it-now knits, and mini evening dresses with a sporty accent. That sportswear theme also came across via hiking rope fashioned into swirly appliqué across sweaters, she did the same thing with chunky silver zips too, recalling the work of British designer, Helen Storey.” –

I wish Stella had included more of her signature dresses over the tailoring and the knits, but as AW collections go this was a lovely offering with so much for Stella fans to like.

Images: Sonny Vandevelde, Dazed Digital.

Paris Fashion Week Series: 1. Saint Laurent Paris SS13

Hedi Slimane’s much-anticipated first collection for Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent) was a mix of country and western meets urban chic, with a hint of the 70s thrown in.  Staying true to ‘le smoking’ style and paying tribute to YSL, a series of trouser suits – modernized by pussy bows producing a flash of femininity – were followed by dramatic flowing gowns in black and jewel tones and wide brimmed hats.

The dark and perhaps witchy feel to the collection has been criticized by some but I really liked it because it matches my own style aesthetic.  I will never argue with a dramatic gown, a flowing cape or any amount of leather and chiffon.

It was perhaps that the styles were relatively minimalist (despite the cowboy tassels and the glam rock colours) that I was able to like them so much. Above and below, my two favorite dresses from the collection.

Another great feature of SS13 was immaculately tailored slim trousers, perfected beautifully here by Slimane.  I would really like some pants similar to that in the second picture down – any high street versions you can recommend, Blog Reader, leave me a comment below.

Black on black, deeply sexy and dramatic, romantic and a little mysterious.  A great first collection from Slimane.