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A relaxed sensuality at Stella McCartney

Paris: Speaking backstage after the showing of her Spring/Summer collection, Stella McCartney said, “It was celebrating the softness of a woman, and her fragility….the collection is really about the softer side” – and it was. Diaphanous layers of circular cut silk billowed and flowed in breezy silk layers – cool enough for warm summer days. The idea of comfort showed in feminine takes on utility items such as ‘sailor’ trousers that were cut low, wide hipped and flared, flight suits softened in application (just by the fact they were cut in soft silk and linen), and trench coats all cut in a soft palette of barely-there shades. This soft approach resonated in chunky ribbed sweaters that twisted at the front to show a glimpse of bare skin. The finale – effortless slipdresses in juxtapositions of print and lace, were fresh and appealing with just the right amount of feminine sensuality. – Lizzy Bowring

Silhouette: Fluid, soft circular shapes

Key items: Anoraks /Coats / Hip slung trousers / Flight suits / Trenchcoats / Pinafore dresses / Backless tunics / Dungarees / Pyjama suits / Slipdresses / Soft skirts

Colour: Off-white / Pale blue / Blush pink / Indigo / Beige / Pure white / Cream

Print & Pattern: Faded check / Rorschachs of lace 

Materials & Knits: Linen / Silk / Sheer organza / Crepe / Big buckles / Denim

Footwear: Multi-strapped sandal

Accessories: Clutch bags

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