PARIS Oct 3 Stella McCartney wove a playful
pyjama party feel into her spring-summer 2012 collection on
Monday with a breezy array of silk tunic dresses and
loose-fitting print pant suits that could be effortlessly
slipped into for a lazy country picnic.
Demure, pretty and overwhelmingly understated, body-skimming
mid-thigh day dresses in crepe de chine silk used retro wave
motifs or mixed different Paisley prints, some scaled up in
size, in Wedgewood blue or burgundy on white that harked back to
1940s night wear.
Swirly side-edges of embroidered cord, curling hemlines,
feminine lace panels and airtex mesh cut-outs played with an
exposed shoulder or legs, or gave a teasing glimpse of midriff.
Body-contouring all-in-one stretch silk trouser suits looked
weightless, effortless and deliciously lazy. McCartney's
comfortable look and feel echoed Hermes's collection shown a day
before on Sunday which featured long, simple and ample tunics.
"I love a jumpsuit -- it's just so easy," said McCartney, who
brought her three young children backstage for the show.
"It's very much a celebration of the season," she said. "I
tend to do prints, I'm a lover of prints, but for this season we
wanted to use quite familiar nondescript prints and play with
their scale and have them as a way of introducing colour."
Fabric shoulder bags and outsized sunglasses with circular
lenses in square frames were in prints that matched the outfits,
and bare-faced models, headed by Natalia Vodianova and Miranda
Kerr, wore their hair scraped back in no-nonsense buns.
Shoes were simple nude heels or easy flat sandals.
Textures were created using Habotai silk, constructed in
roule ribbons then loosely hand-woven; Jacquard patterns and
Bouillard spots lent an air of the old-fashioned classic.
"I loved it, as always. She manages to get in so much detail
but it stays relaxed," Mexican actress Salma Hayek told Reuters
after the show at the opulent Paris Opera theatre.
Paul McCartney was also full of praise. "I loved the show.
It's very beautiful," he told Reuters backstage, where he
earlier snuck a kiss with his fiancée Nancy Shevell, who said
she gave the collection a "double-thumbs up".
The former Beatle is due to wed for the third time and
hinted his daughter may have had a hand in his suit. "Well, she
makes 'em," he said with a grin when asked if Stella had
designed what he will wear to tie the knot.
Despite the gloom hanging over the fashion world, as the
world struggles to break out of an economic slump, Stella
McCartney Ltd saw profits surge 34 percent in 2010 as sales rose
20 percent, Womens Wear Daily áreported on Monday.
The brand -- a 50-50 joint venture with French retailer PPR
whose top clients include Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and
Annie Lennox -- uses no leather or fur in its designs.
"It's happy and sensual, always comfortable, and you feel at
home in it," Hayek, at the show with her husband and PPR chief
executive Francois-Henri Pinault, said of the British designer.
"I love her spirit and that she's a warrior for what she
believes," Hayek said.
(Reporting By Catherine Bremer, editing by Paul Casciato)