Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney F/W 2011

Paris: The finely pleated dress with rounded sleeves that opened the Stella McCartney show was a good indicator of the looks that followed; its play on texture and proportion were echoed throughout the show. The egg-shaped silhouettes were right on trend (having appeared in other influential collections this season, including Jil Sander and Prada), but outsized proportions made them a bit harder to pull off. Oversized suits seemed to swallow the willowy models, and extra-large sweaters added bulk and width. Images of crumpled Mylar were made into prints, and the material was also used to coat sweaters, making them look as if they were dipped in liquid gold. Sweet swiss dot added a feminine element, used in seductive sheer panels set in curve-hugging sheaths and romantic blouses. While the collection seemed all over the map at times, there were plenty of appealing items to be found.

Color: Navy / Cream / Ivory / Gold / Silver / Black

Key Items: Roomy trousers / Mylar-coated sweaters / Swiss dot sheath / Pleated top / Pencil skirts

Materials: Pleated silks / Silk-wool suitings / Chunky wool yarns / Silk charmeuse / Mylar / Faux leather / Satin / Velvet

Print + Pattern: Crumpled Mylar motifs

Details + Trim: Dropped shoulders / Rounded sleeves / Piecing / Faux leather sleeves / Jewel necklines / Fine pleats

Accessories + Footwear: Minaudieres / Pumps / Flat loafers / Booties

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