Stella McCartney presented a SS19 collection that celebrates femininity but also embraces the popularity of the androgynous trend with a collection that was heavily focused on athleisure wear. With many of the pieces inspired by the eighties and nineties. They were modern in style but retro in their cuts and shapes.
The location for the presentation was perhaps an unexpected choice. Set at the Opera Garnier; a location that signifies heritage, and classic Parisian elegance. The collection however was perhaps the very opposite of this. It was modern active and relaxed with the only heritage references being that nod to the eighties and nineties.
Athleisure style pieces were the basis this collection with women’s wear in particular being inspired by sports and dance wear. Leotards, ballet styles skirts and cycling shorts all featured heavily in the designs. Dresses that could easily be world for sporting activities came in a variety of colours and materials, and were paired with ballet style flats.
Continuing with the retro reference we saw tie dyed t-shirts for both men and women, as well as bleached and ripped double denim, cargo pants with stiletto heels, and even oversized masculine suits and tracksuits – offering an androgynous appeal.
Menswear was very much oversized and relaxed. Suits were designed with oversized blazers and wide leg trousers. While many of the looks feature casual wear – double denim, tie dyed prints again and even ripped jeans and tracksuits.
The colour palette was mostly pastel hues. Ranging from blue denim to a soft mint green. In between we saw pinks, and neutrals that were broken up y the occasional floral print, and of course the tie dye.
While this was a very casual collection, there was some evening wear too. Dresses mimics nightgowns with soft silk fabrics featuring lace details. The final evening dresses had billowing sleeves and were modest and understated.