How Stella McCartney, who gave birth to her fourth child less than two months ago, manages to juggle everything on her plate is nothing short of impressive (even Gwyneth Paltrow was curious to know how the British designer does it). While she understandably did not make it to New York City where her pre-fall 2011 collection was presented, her playful spirit was on full display.
Aside from serving sweet treats set up amidst bouquets of flowers in a four story West Village townhouse, models were “put to work” (as they have been in similarly light-hearted staged collections in seasons past), roasting marshmallows, gaping in front of screens, and lounging about decked in the designer’s lingerie. The result was a welcomed alternative to most of the industry’s stiff presentations and a perfect reflection of the comfortable nature of McCartney’s vegetarian line.
Fern, geometric, striped, and color-blocked prints added visual interest to McCartney’s signature lineup of long sleeve dresses, boxy coats, sweater dresses, and capes. Silhouettes were unexpectedly oversized (more so than usual, perhaps because the designer was pregnant while designing the collection), but most were structured in a clean, easy-to-wear style that gave the collection high, multi-generational appeal.