Their musical styles could not be further apart, but that didn’t stop rapper Kanye West and Beatle Paul McCartney arriving at the Stella McCartney show together to join actor Woody Harrelson on the front row.
But the strong celebrity presence wasn’t necessary to attract attention to the 43-year-old’s designs.
It was a stellar collection. Hitting the on-trend stop, Stella McCartney sensually explored styles of undressing for autumn-winter 2015, with a hint of the corset.
Silhouettes were cinched with a belt at the waist or were bustier-shaped. Elsewhere, there were voluminous “comfort” shapes on loose knit sweater-dresses in earth tones, which would fall nonchalantly off one arm as if in a state of undress.
Menswear tuxedos with a deep V-cleavage were worn against nude skin, with a reversed, off-kilter side pocket panel stitched on the front.
Then, in a fabulous series of yeti-style “Fur Free Fur” coat looks which shimmied past stylishly, McCartney evoked the spirit of her late animal rights activist mother, Linda.
They were sometimes twinned with great ‘70s kick flare pants, which, together with flashes of eclectic metallic panels in dresses and skirts, gave the collection a real disco lift.
McCartney’s affinity for freely moving pieces that skirt the body without suffocating it found ample expression in the show at the opulent Opera Garnier.
Diagonals of thick ribbed knits draped the figure on long-sleeved dresses, lightened by gauzy sheer silk peeking out underneath. Trousers were high-waisted and cinched, but roomy in the thighs and leg for a fluid, sensual feel.
Her standout faux furs featured, along with wool coats in lodens and greys, and even black and white tweed, that were slim to the body but tied at the waist.
But it was McCartney’s faux fur coats in both black and ivory — reined in by geometric stitched patches at the sides and sleeves — that caught the eye.
“If the fashion industry just for one season gave up fur and did fake fur as its replacement, it would have a massive impact,” said McCartney backstage. “Over 50 million animals are being killed a year for fashion, and I don’t agree with it.”
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