Fashion designer Stella McCartney held up the showing of her new fall-winter collection in Paris this weekend by half an hour because her father, former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, was running a little late, ABC News reported on March 4.
Sir Paul reportedly walked in “tardily” and was overheard saying, “Walk, walk, walk like a model” and he theatrically sashayed to his front row seat. His entrance brought smiles from seatmates in the front row which included U2 singer Bono. Stella McCartney is the daughter of Sir Paul and the late Linda McCartney. Her siblings include Heather, Mary, James and Beatrice. Beatrice McCartney is the daughter of Sir Paul and second wife Heather Mills, who separated in 2006 and divorced acrimoniously in March 2008. Sir Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell on Oct. 9, 2011, which would have been former band mate John Lennon’s 71st birthday.
Stella McCartney’s reimagined the old British stand-by, a dark pinstripe suit, with exaggerated lapels. McCartney also replaced many of her signature designs with a ready-to-wear collection that was more “textural and sculpted than usual.”
“I wanted a refresh in a classical way. Women have a masculine side and if you tap into that, you find another part of yourself,” Stella said backstage to Paris’ neo-baroque Opera Garnier.
McCartney has been known for her very feminine designs, and the new designs only hint at the menswear allusions. Stella McCartney’s signature remained relaxed, with soft silhouettes and circular cuts in silk duchess and silk cloquet jacquard.
The Stella McCartney fall-winter collection includes vivid hues of fuchsia on oversize dresses and coats sporting voluminous fronts. Bands of sporty elastic were sewn into some looks to produce a notable silky, pear-shaped silhouette. One fashion editor called the look “elastic fantastic.”
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