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. The long-sleeved Olivia top is a standout piece from Stella McCartney’s SS17 collection. The fluid silhouette is adorned with a faux suede texture in two colour ways of cedar and biscuit. Tuck the oversized cropped top into the label’s skirt, as per the presentation, or into the Benni trousers, with a relaxed yet flattering oversized fit. They sit on the natural waist with drawstring paper bag waist, ending in wide legs. Stella McCartney’s long-sleeved stretched Cassie and Alana dress both have pared-back appeal. The cady fitted dress is enhanced by blanket stitch lace embroidery, and finished with cut outs on the left side for a figure-framing silhouette. Finish with quietly hued sandals for a chic city look. For a sleek way to tap into utilitarian style, Stella McCartney’s black Victoria Jumpsuit is crafted from stretch cady, and shaped with a peek-a-boo slig at the chest, long-sleeves - which can be worn with arms out of the sleeves and finished with wide legs. Wear yours best with the label’s Elyse platform footwear. Encapsulating Stella McCartney’s sense of ease, the Marion long-sleeved top is crafted in Italy to drape loosely over the body with crew-neckline, available in black or midnight colour ways. Wear it during the day with a skirt, switching to black tailored trousers and heels in the evenings. To perfect a luxuriating at home, jogging through the city, or easy weekend feels – Stella McCartney’s Julia jogging pants are cut from French terry towelling with an elastic back waistband, and finished with cuffs ankles. Wear the stretch cady pair with the corresponding colour way top, adding colour with trainers. With McCartney’s amalgamation of ethical ethos and masterful tailoring, as demonstrated by the Rhea trousers, crafted from stretch-cady to a billowing wide-leg silhouette, which sits on the hips and skims the floor. Take your styling cues from the runway and wear them with a waist-defining top. For statement proportions to bring a whole feel to off-duty looks. The black stretch cady top is crafted to a ¾ length sleeved crew neckline shape with rounded hem and finished with palm tree motifs. Team it with favourite slim-leg jeans on lazy weekends. Elevated shirting is key for the new SS17 season, and Stella McCartney’s collarless shirtdress is an on-point way to tap the trend. The collarless, long-sleeved, pure white dress is finished with embroidered palm trees detailed at the sides. Style it with a colour-pop bag for a fun feel. Making statements in a brilliant grey mélange or ink hue is Stella McCartney’s palm embroidered jumper. It’s crafted from lightweight virgin wool, and complete with long-sleeves and crew-neckline for a relaxed feel. Slip it on with printed jeans and low top trainers on the weekend. Stella McCartney’s SS17 collection sees the designer’s lauded tailoring take a directional, feminine twist. A perfect example, the ink and pure white top is cut for a relaxed fit at the shoulders and sleeves before being cinched in at the waist by a dramatic corset-style. Wear it with voluminous trousers to balance out the silhouette. Concluding the SS17 collection is the rework of the classic blazer; the tailored ink jacket features a dramatic corseted panel that hones the smallest part of the figure. The rounded shoulders, slender peak lapels, and patch pockets are all flattering finishers. Counterbalance the shape with wide-leg trousers.
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