Stella McCartney's show was a joyful occasion. For the collection finale the stream of models erupted into an exuberant tribal dance, rushing backwards and forwards towards each other, shouting and singing, arms jubilantly akimbo, bringing smiles to an audience jaded from a long fashion month. It was, as ever, a friends and family affair, with her husband Alasdhair Willis and her brother James front row; also friends Kristin Scott Thomas, Natalia Vodianova and Rosemary Ferguson. The message here was all about wholesome, cruelty free living. On arrival we were served herb-infused water and beetroot detox juices by the cute French health food brand Wild & the Moon (they have just opened a vegan restaurant in the Marais); fabrics included organic wovens and jute, cotton muslin and natural linens all in a colour spectrum of tan, starlit blue, khaki and cedar, while the suede we were told was eco-friendly. Stella McCartney continues to master modern footwear with the burnt orange sandals, they’re made from smooth faux-leather – in line with the designer’s ethical standpoint – and are offset with laser cut open toes. Trust the molded foot-bed to deliver seamless comfort from dawn to dusk. McCartney’s Elyse lace-up shoes are a firm fashion-insider favourite and have been spotted on the industry’s current IT girls – including; Gigi Hadid, Aimee Song and Olivia Palermo. The pair is made in Italy from pristine nude faux-leather, and set on a signature wooden wedge platform and saw-edge rubber sole. Wear them to put a contemporary spin on classic tailoring.
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