And they say that Mondays are always dreary and downbeat.
Stella McCartney proved the opposite by unveiling her latest Spring ’14 resort collection to a crowd of invited guests and celebrities in downtown New York. Guests turning out to see McCartney’s latest hits included Madonna, Cameron Diaz, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Live Tyler, Kate Bosworth, Gucci Westman, Frankie Rayder, Jessica Stam and just about anyone who’s high and mighty in fashion and film and residing in the Big Apple.
The line up of stars ensure Stella’s reign as the BFC’s ‘Designer of the Year’ and ‘Designer Brand of the Year’ is warranted. In terms of column inches, red-carpet celebrity impact and sheer designer direction meets wearability, McCartney pulls a weighty punch like no other.
The Spring ’14 resort collection took female tattoos as a central theme translating embossed snake print to jacquard. Then, add in wild flowers, whimsical hearts, lips and matchstick patterns all combined in a palette of pale chamomile, rose pink, lipstick red and monochrome tones and what we have is a very pretty, very feminine collection.
A woven python print jacquard coat in golden tan was worn with wild flower duchesse shorts. An oversized bomber jacket with two way metal zip thrown over a matte knit bandeau and mini shorts with sporty side slits.
A print of scattered lips and hearts in lipstick red and white or monochrome was framed with natural canvas. Enlarged in scale, the patterns become embossed lace thread work in pops of color on cotton duchesse for a bold graphic effect. A rose dress was embroidered with diamond and threadwork motifs in a gentle nod to surrealism.
Stella cannily introduced a cocktail section where ultra feminine, flowing duchesse satin (shown over mini shorts in some cases) and minimal eveningwear columns were enhanced with shaped hemlines. Necklines were graphic with a curved frame motif tracing the outline of the shoulders.
But it was the key pieces such as the overblown bombers, the sharply lapeled, oversized ’50s style pale tuxedo or the pale lemon coat and pretty little coat-dresses that will sell and sell and become the Stella’phile’s key wardrobe items and justly so. Stella knows how to work an item as well as a look and always ensures she’s head-to-toe in her own line. She knows how to advocate the brand.
Stella’s accessories continued to play on her hard meets soft theme. Slip on ballerinas were flattened at the back or high with a mirrored half cylinder heel inlayed with sustainable veneer and were also worked as sandals in cement, tank, rose, silver and snake. The Beckett bag came in new shapes and sizes including a slouchy backpack. Colour combinations to compliment the collection included rose with hot pink made of an eco-faux nappa with either linen or leopard print raffia and in striking silver metallic.
This tight focused range could be re-entitled Stella’s Future Greatest Hits. I await to see the swoop of sales from Stella advocates and celebrity stalwarts.
Celebrity images by Billy Farrell (provided by Stella McCartney)