Stella McCartney autumn/winter 2011 at Paris Fashion Week
McCartney adds pleats and volume, but goes for gold at her autumn/winter 2011 show at the Opera Garnier.
It was a mothers and children event at Stella McCartney's show at the Paris pret-a-porter season.
While the designer was backstage putting the finishing touches to her autumn/winter 2011 collection, with her three eldest children, sons, Miller and Beckett, and daughter Bailey, with the latest addition to the family, 3-month old Riley in her arms, the Russian supermodel, Natalia Vodianova, arrived front of house with her three children, Lucas, Neva, and Viktor. Wearing a Stella McCartney top, with a brief Balenciaga puffball mini, she posed happily for photographers, before joining Sir Paul McCartney, his girlfriend, Nancy Shevell, Liv Tyler, Zoe Felix, and Lucie de la Falaise, in the front row.
McCartney continued her experiments with cleanly-cut, oversized coats and jackets, devoid of ornamentation, in the masculine-inspired, minimalist manner. She introduced finely-pleated Little Black Dresses, which moved with ease along the catwalk - and which suggested 'Pleats Please' - but which echoed the volume motif in dropped-shoulder balloon sleeves, and were finished with a large zip at the back. And she added high, stretch, corset-waists to skinny skirts and trousers.
A classic, shawl-collared coat, in cream, soft brushed wool; a boiled wool, fitted ivory dress, which tapped into the collage trend, with stitched panels; and and a cream sweater dress with a collage of stitches, offered a lighter colour palette.
Then came Stella's gold moment: boiled wool was felted and laminated with gold foil collarless coat, and a scrunched-up gold foil pattern was printed on cowl-back and side-draped dresses, and a loose, pyjama-style trouser suit. Volume was forgotten, as the collection moved into evening wear.
Form-fitting dresses sculpted the body in black, bisected with panels of see-through point d'esprit, and blue velvet was bonded with a "scuba" street for tight jumpsuits and skinks, with a peplum effect.