Stella McCartney Autumn/winter 2010/11 collection
With her proud father on the front row, McCartney presented a collection which was clean-cut and modernist.
It was like a "Parent’s Day", at Stella McCartney’s autumn/winter 2010/11 show, at the Paris prêt-à-porter season this morning.
Sir Paul McCartney, the proud father, with his girlfriend, Nancy Shevell, by his side, beamed, as his daughter's collection came down the catwalk.
On his other side sat, Maria Shriver, the First Lady of California, and the wife of the Governor of California, the actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a surprise front-row guest, with her daughter, Christina – both attending their first Paris show.
Alongside them was Twiggy, with husband Leigh Lawson, smiling, too, in the knowledge her daughter, Carly, was backstage, a key member of Stella’s design team.
Ms McCartney dedicated this collection to her husband, children, family, team and friends, adding, in a tribute to the late British designer, Alexander McQueen, “This one is also for Lee… you’re missed!”
The former Beatle’s daughter, who joined Gucci Group with her own label, in 2001, chose to return to the opulent surroundings of the neo-baroque Opera Garnier – the place where she first made her Paris debut as the designer for Chloé, in March, 1997.
Back then, she made her name with mannish tailoring and vintage-lingerie. This show was clean-cut, modernist and devoid of accessories, save for shiny, patent, pointy-toe slingbacks.
Straight coats in grey, camel or black cashmere, featured notched lapels, or cuffed, patch-pockets. Anorak-jackets had sealed seams, quilting details and detachable hoods, in rubberised ivory and black. Linear shifts were above the knee in front, but cut longer at the back. High-collared tunics, buttoned down the back, came over black, slim trousers with deep turn-ups.
While the daywear was minimalist, McCartney’s after-dark approach allowed a hint of decoration, via hand-embroidered and sequinned, lace slips, veiled in organza, and purple, cinnamon and orange satin gowns, cut high in front, but with a long, straight-cut “train”, streaming behind.