Stella McCartney puts pyjama party feel into summer

Mon Oct 3, 2011 9:09am EDT
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By Catherine Bremer

PARIS (Reuters) - Stella McCartney wove a playful pyjama party feel into her spring-summer 2012 collection on Monday with a breezy array of silk tunic dresses and loose-fitting print pant suits that could be effortlessly slipped into for a lazy country picnic.

Demure, pretty and overwhelmingly understated, body-skimming mid-thigh day dresses in crepe de chine silk used retro wave motifs or mixed different Paisley prints, some scaled up in size, in Wedgewood blue or burgundy on white that harked back to 1940s night wear.

Swirly side-edges of embroidered cord, curling hemlines, feminine lace panels and airtex mesh cut-outs played with an exposed shoulder or legs, or gave a teasing glimpse of midriff.

Body-contouring all-in-one stretch silk trouser suits looked weightless, effortless and deliciously lazy. McCartney's comfortable look and feel echoed Hermes's collection shown a day before on Sunday which featured long, simple and ample tunics.

"I love a jumpsuit -- it's just so easy," said McCartney, who brought her three young children backstage for the show.

"It's very much a celebration of the season," she said. "I tend to do prints, I'm a lover of prints, but for this season we wanted to use quite familiar nondescript prints and play with their scale and have them as a way of introducing color."

Fabric shoulder bags and outsized sunglasses with circular lenses in square frames were in prints that matched the outfits, and bare-faced models, headed by Natalia Vodianova and Miranda Kerr, wore their hair scraped back in no-nonsense buns.

Shoes were simple nude heels or easy flat sandals.   Continued...

<p>Paul McCartney (2nd L) and Nancy Shevell (3rd L) attend Stella McCartney's Spring/Summer 2012 women's collection during Paris Fashion Week October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>