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Brief Published: 4 Mar 2013

PFW A/W 13-14: Stella McCartney


British designer Stella McCartney showed her Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier today, working a contemporary take on classic Savile Row suiting with a refined nod to the 90s in terms of silhouette and styling. 

Pinstripes and plaid referenced McCartney’s Savile Row training while the de-constructed skate slogan prints served as a grown-up nod to grunge. Silhouettes were looser and longer than previous seasons, with oversized coats, mid-calf length skirts and turtleneck sweaters making for an elegant approach to 1990s styling. McCartney advocated the ‘ugly’ shoe with her sturdy, clinical footwear with thick treads, a trend that proved particularly dominant in Milan. Puffa jackets and caps served as a nod to McCartney’s continual sportswear influences while lace inserts and strapless pieces were soft and feminine.

There was an androgyny to the collection as McCartney contrasted looser, fluid silhouettes with boxy torsos and tailored suiting. Layering was also important as tunic and long-line jumpers were paired with kilt-style skirts and coats appeared to be made from dual-layers.

See Stylus’ Nineties Grunge report for more vintage inspiration from the decade.

Paris Fashion Week continues until Wednesday.

Stella McCartney