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Show Report: Stella McCartney A/W 16 Womenswear

by Lucy Norris on 10 March 2016

Lucy Norris reports on the Stella McCartney A/W 16 womenswear show.

Lucy Norris reports on the Stella McCartney A/W 16 womenswear show.

Stella McCartney decided to have some fun this season. An incredibly playful collection saw swan motifs bobbing across PJ style jumpsuits. This was a subversive look at proportion.

The show opened with a tongue-in-cheek soundtrack focusing on the gentrification of the mind, body and soul 'journey.' Drag Queen style bitching exclaimed, asked and retorted: 'Is she a pescatarian, or something? What a skit. I looked her straight in the eyes and said: I am a vegan bitch! Do you only eat kale? When was the last time you ate meat? Never mind, she's just a hippy.' Whether she was having a giggle at her own 'journey' or simply parodying the craze of the 'take me anywhere yoga pant' - McCartney has hit upon something. Many of her pieces this season were ones which you could happily go down the shops in, nip into a juice bar in, have a sneaky nap in – and then walk the dog in. Sweater dresses, oversized jumpsuits and harem pants were all a case in point.

The collection was a touch derivative in places - one thought of the hits of other designers. If you want an oversized puffa jacket this season, you could also - surprisingly - consider Stella McCartney as an option. One look, comprising of floor length pleated dress, swan prints and a black liquid shiny puff had a gothic Lolita street edge. Little black quilted puffas with midi skirts, ditto. Trouser hems and cuffs of shirts were panelled with chiffon and left to hang open, whilst some neat lingerie decon-recon was DNA Stella. Some great tie-dyed denim pieces tapped into the faux hippy vibe, whilst the diverse casting tapped into the – much needed - real life vibe.

The opening looks were gorgeous. An accumulation of all the above; velvet gilets and floor length pleats looked divine in shades of copper and toffee – as did the closing liquid metallics in peach melba cream. Fake fur clutches at the ready, these might be kale eating hipsters by day – but now they want a cocktail.

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