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Brief Published: 12 Jun 2013

Resort 2014: Stella McCartney & Chloe


Two of the biggest names in womenswear presented their resort collections this week, with British designer Stella McCartney and French luxury label Chloe offering extensive, covetable pre-collections.

Claire Waight Keller, the British head designer for Chloe, impressed with a relaxed collection of effortless, androgynous pieces that felt instantly engaging and modern. Tailored pinstripe denim suits were shown alongside boxy lace tunic dresses, all teamed with sharp accessories such as gold Birkenstock-style sandals.

An abundance of languid lines from the likes of high-waisted, wide-leg trousers, straight turtlenecks and silk shirting were given structure and texture with the occasional ruffle, boxy jackets and applique detailing. The end result is contemporary, easy elegance, and the collection has already received praise from numerous bloggers and online press.

Stella McCartney showed her Resort 2014 collection in New York, with a girlish take on snake print serving as the dominant trend. Python patterns were executed in pastel pink and warm, buttery yellow, while super-short babydoll dresses, ruffled peplums and kitsch embellishment added a playful edge.

McCartney described the kind of modern woman “who would have a snake tattoo” as the point of inspiration for the reptile-themed prints, while pretty florals and soft fabrics kept the whole aesthetic effortless and feminine. Patent silver shoes and structured tote bags were highlight accessories, while jackets buttoned at the top then left open proved to be a key styling direction.


Stella McCartney