Stella McCartney

Paris: At first it seemed Stella McCartney was headed in a slightly florid direction for F/W 12, at least by the designer’s standard of simple practicality. There were curling brocade pattern embroideries and ghostly tonal wallpaper prints, as well as shiny jacquard suiting in a leafy head-toe-toe motif, their embellished appearance made modern by a strict palette of black, white and cobalt. But soon McCartney switched gears and returned to solid monochrome looks full of cozy texture; body conscious cable-knit skirt suits and a stunning hourglass sweater dress. The designer’s signature sporty pieces weren’t far behind, including the fit-and-flare silhouettes of last season, but this time the ergonomic patchwork colorblocking combined satin and tweed for an interesting and seasonally appropriate update.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: A-line / Relaxed / Fitted / Hourglass / Fit-and-flare

Color: Cobalt / Black / White / Heather grey / Gunmetal / Taupe / Pastel blue / Rose / Pumice / Hot pink / Navy

Key Items: A-line skirts / Turtlenecks / V-neck wrap tops / Oversize coats / Long-sleeved mid-calf dresses / Wrap skirts / Embroidered blouses / Relaxed suiting / Chunky embellished knits / Nipped-waist overcoats / Cardigans / Hourglass knit dresses / Skirt suits / Intarsia knit tops / Fit-and-flare dresses

Materials: Wool / Silk / Jersey / Satin / Cotton / Brocade / Cashmere / Felt / Twill / Cable knits / Intarsia knits / Tweed / Jacquard

Print + Pattern: Brocade patterns / Stripes / Colorblocking

Details + Trim: Zippers / Asymmetry / Sheer sleeves / Embroidery / Contrast collars / Ruffles

Accessories + Footwear: Portfolio clutches / Pointy platform pumps / Ankle boots / Boxy handbags


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