Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.
Stella McCartney’s Confident Femininity
Paris Fashion Week Day Six
29 Сентября 2014
“Coming out of winter into summer is always a re-boot for me. I’m looking at fragility, a summer palette, and to translate that into the idea that a woman can have a quiet confidence,” said Stella McCartney backstage.
The show she sent out — with its culottes, shoulder buckles, and cut-outs peep-showing the body — was not as “quiet” as all that. But it was confident and had a sense of freedom as the models stepped out in sporty clothes or silken dresses rippling in the wind of movement on the runway.
There were even cut-outs on what looked like beige suede — a trend of the moment — but was of course, in tune with Stella’s ethics, a fabric dress.
The designer added colour and pattern — pale Madras checks or watercolour mixes of flowers — that seemed to follow a general theme for the Spring/Summer 2015 season of feminist turned feminine.
Although the McCartney vision may be based on herself, she has come a long way as a designer and the shaping of everything from knits to denim had fashion flare. The cut-outs, opening windows on the body, were particularly subtle. Perhaps only a strong female designer can associate visible flesh with freedom, rather than seduction.
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