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Paris Fashion Week

Stella McCartney SS18

Stella McCartney SS18 Getty

Optimism is one of the resounding trends to emerge from this season’s crop of shows, with designers creating their own special brand of upbeat to inspire and uplift. At Stella McCartney this was affirmed by the show notes, the designer calling out: "A joyful exploration of British style." Taking some quintessential learnings from the Stella woman and running with them, this was a collection that combined "classic tailoring and signature silhouettes" with a sporty-meets-evening twist.

Known for her eco-commitments to fashion, while there was a lightness to the collection which felt distinctly of the season, there was a resounding sense that much of what McCartney sent down the runway were investment pieces designed to be worn on repeat. And, to this point, the designer established her new material, 'Skin-Free Skin' early on in the collection, from alter-nappa and alter-suede bags to a black long-sleeve, plunge-neck twist top to high-waisted pecan trousers with drawstring ankles. 

Things took a utilitarian turn at times, the jumpsuit being a continuation from previous seasons in a boiler suit-style, combat trousers and distressed over-dyed denim field coats, while African-inspired prints flashed into looks adding texture and vibrancy to an, at times, tonal palette. 

The play on proportions was paramount here, with exaggerated silhouettes and sizing running throughout, all the way to her eveningwear which, as she put it, was a deconstructed "riff on voluminous taffeta gowns and ruffled tops". At times hard to distinguish the evening from the day and vice versa, this was the designer’s reasoned response to ensuring that this season’s Stella woman is furnished with a full wardrobe of hardworking pieces to sustain her every need.

Shop: Stella McCartney