With her newly awarded OBE, Stella McCartney is truly on a roll. Following her high profile work on the London Olympics last year and her ranking as Google’s top searched for designer of 2012, McCartney has never been more popular or more powerful.
We have a long history of selling Stella McCartney’s fashion at Style Sequel. We have handled pieces from her very first collection to last year’s hugely well received Spring and Resort collections. Below are a few of the pieces we have handled. There have been many more
Stella’s debut collection (a taster below) after leaving Chloe – SS2002 – was not a huge critical or commercial success.
Skimpy pieces emblazoned with cockney rhyming slang (‘slippery when wet’ and ‘ raspberry ripples’) did not strike much of a chord with buyers. However there were hints of what would go on to become her signature ‘sleek yet relaxed tailoring’ in elegant single button jackets and satin coat dresses.
Spring 2004 saw Stella hit her a more popular stride with her flowing dip dyed chiffons, sporty pieces and sharp tailoring. Rebecca Lowthorpe on Style.com’s praised the collection with the words, “Confidence, confidence, confidence! What a treat it was to see Stella McCartney in self-assured mode, her finger firmly on fashion’s current pulse.”
McCartney had another romantic hit on her hands with her Spring/Summer 2008 collection. Or more specifically the floral jumpsuit and dresses, sell outs at the time and seen on everyone from Kate Bosworth to Rihanna.
Jump to Fall 2009 and McCartney had really started to refine her aesthetic. Seen by many as the true beginning of what has become her fashion MO – sleek, wearable, interchangeable pieces for the modern woman – McCartney herself said of the collection “I wanted to look at what makes a Stella girl”. This focus on a ‘muse’ woman really showed in the collection – every piece being fresh yet timelesss, cool yet classic.
McCartney has seen hit after hit in the last few years. From her hugely popular peplum tops of 2011…..
……to her tropcal inspired Resort 2012 collection……..
….and her ‘as seen on anyone who is anyone’ Spring Summer 2012 panelled dresses….
…there can be no doubt that Stella McCartney’s star is rising rapidly. Do you agree?
When I think of Chloé I think of classic lines, femininity and style; just what you’d expect from a top French fashion house. Take this silk leopard print jumpsuit from the Resort 2009 collection; it stands as a testament to the label’s super cool, eye catching aesthetic. From one of Hannah MacGibbon’s very first collections for the label, it is a super versatile garment with both day and evening appeal.
I can imagine it being worn by the most stylish of women on a summer’s evening in the Med; the silk keeping her sun-kissed skin cool as she sips a cocktail. The pleating on the waist and wrap around style top flatters her silhouette and as the sun goes down she strolls along the beach, the wide fabric on the legs fluttering in the breeze. A perfect look for her nights après-sun; whether she spends them toes in sand or in strappy heels enjoying a dinner of delicious Mediterranean food and fine wines.
But for now it remains sadly unworn, in need of a tale to be imprinted into the threads of its silk. The lucky lady who buys this will be sure to have a subtle, super stylish impact on those around her when she embarks on her own Chloé fashion story.