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Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney sees spots

March 7, 2011 |  6:24 pm


Just the other day, I was passing by an Issey Miyake Pleats Please! store here in Paris and wondering who still wears those 1990s-era, tightly-pleated polyester pieces?

Well, someone has been paying attention, namely Stella McCartney, who began her collection with similarly sculpted, micropleated tops and dresses creating weightless volume through the sleeves, and signaling McCartney's intention to explore a top-heavy, V-shaped silhouette.

Mannish overcoats and jackets with exaggerated shoulders could be a hard sell, but they looked new with flat loafers or Beatle boots.


What won't be a hard sell are tromp l'oeil gold foil-print dresses, cream turtleneck sweater dresses, and an elongated, gold bomber jacket.


For evening, this season's favorite polka dots came out to play, hand-embroidered and floating on coquettish, transparent tulle dresses, with inserts of point d'esprit adding a touch of surrealism. With polka dots seen on at least a dozen runways for fall, these were my favorite.


The accessories were spot-on too, namely ankle boots and pumps with decorative gold zippers stretching all the way down the heels.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos: Looks from the Stella McCartney fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.