Stella McCartney played with opacity and transparency in her sexy, lingerie-inspired 2010 winter ready-to-wear collection Monday (9MAR09).
McCartney, a dedicated vegetarian, also continued to highlight animal-friendly alternatives to fur and leather, sending out oversized rock star coats in piles of shaggy lambs wool and stiletto boot-cum-leggings treated to look like second-skin leather.
Mostly, McCartney’s collection hinged around delicate black lace panels that gave a provocative edge to light spaghetti strap nighty dresses and flowing ankle-length gowns.
For this show, it was all about balance between feminine and masculine for McCartney: “A dress that is really body hugging and then, you know, lot’s of lace work into it bringing in transparency and flesh and just try to sort of play on the hard and the soft”, the designer said backstage. “If something is too soft, it never really works massively for me and if something is too hard it doesn’t either so I have to always find the balance.”
Lacy details dressed up the necklines of breezy, bouffant-sleeve blouses while lace panels in a starburst pattern revved up a light silk dress.
Other standout pieces included a glam rocker coat entirely covered with thin, silver beads and cropped, swingy tuxedo jacket.
At the end of the show, which was held in a glass-roofed former market in central Paris, Paul McCartney leapt to his feet to give his daughter a standing ovation.