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Stella McCartney Resort 2011

Stella McCartney may have one of the most famous fathers in the entire world, but season after season she proves that she’s an incredible talent worthy of all the attention and adulation she gets – no matter what part her name may have played in her success.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that the same man that had the vision to give a then very young, unknown Stella McCartney the title of Chloe creative director, was the same man who appointed Lindsay Lohan to her disastrous role at Emanuel Ungaro.

If there’s one thing that the designer proved with her 2011 Resort Collection (which she prefers to call "Spring Collection"), is that Karl Lagerfeld couldn’t have been more wrong when it came to his skepticism.

The German designer once famously remarked, "Chloe should have taken a big name. They did, but in music, not fashion. Let’s hope she’s as gifted as her father," when he stepped down at Chloe.

McCartney presented her collection in a gorgeous garden in New York City, and had her models playfully set up at a handful of different stations. The models were freely dancing, playing chess, and lounging around.  These are clothes meant to be enjoyed, and you could tell that the girls lucky enough to wear them loved every second of it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when you’ve got Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson in the crowd.

McCartney’s It bag, the Falabella, (which has definitely sealed her fate as one of fashion’s A-list) has been re-introduced in lightweight canvas and woven tricot varieties, both of which perfectly complemented the various vignettes the designer created.

I wish more designers would opt for this sort of presentation.

Seeing the looks in full effect was the perfect way for McCartney to fully translate the comfy, fun, and versatile nature of her pieces, while also giving viewers a sense for the detail and craftsmanship. 

With paper-thin lace, waist-area slits, eye-catching giant floral prints, feminine frills and menswear-inspired tailoring, there was not a single misstep in this remarkable collection.