Stella McCartney’s ethical talent
Oh I know Paris Fashion Week is over now but so much beauty in one week made the decision particularly tough. Indeed I could not pick only one collection but my first coup de coeur goes to Stella McCartney.
I had never paid so much attention to the designer until now, and I knew hardly more about her than her famous surname, her sporty collaborations with Adidas, her green credentials and her trademark cream silk all-in-one. I must say that her wonderful bags had caught my eye in Selfridges for a while, as had her great Kate Moss-on-pastel-painted-background adverts.
Stella is a London woman, and she knows what a city woman wants: the softness of a silk baby-doll meeting the structure of a black oversized blazer, the delicacy of intricate lace meeting strong tailoring and metallic shades. Masculine and feminine, steely tones of a modern city for a woman who still wants the comfort of the purest fabrics.
Add a hint of malachite green for bold accessories – clutches to die-for!, thigh high boots in embellished knitted silk and a few red carpet numbers: black draped evening dresses that blend Chantilly lace with tulle and silk, and play on sheer peekaboo.
Modern is the word that springs to mind when looking at this collection: it seems to be the perfect wardrobe to face the city in the most feminine way possible.
The fact that all elements are green, vegan, non-leather and non-fur shows that ethical does not have to be boring, it is actually pretty fabulous thanks to Stella.
And the designer had the most noble ambition with this collection, as she outlined: ‘I don’t just work for fashion shows, I work for women, it’s very important to create pieces that you want to keep forever.’