Stella McCartney's tuxedo lines pay homage to YSL

Mon Oct 4, 2010 10:03am EDT
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By Astrid Wendlandt

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - Stella McCartney may have dedicated her new collection to family and friends but sartorially, she paid homage to Yves Saint Laurent with tuxedo-inspired tops and all-white suits.

Models sashayed past her impressed father, former Beatle Paul McCartney, in sleeveless, low-cut white satin jackets on slit, open skirts.

"It is so stylish, so brilliant... I am so proud," McCartney told Reuters after the show under the gilded dome of the Opera Garnier house in central Paris.

Stella McCartney is the latest designer to have been hit by the Saint Laurent fever, fashion critics say.

Looking at the trends for the next spring/summer collection, the iconic designer also influences Marc Jacobs' bright colors and Givenchy's black and white suits.

Saint Laurent's stylistic presence on the runway coincides with a series of retrospective exhibitions on the French designer and a recently released feature film about his love story with his long-standing business partner Pierre Berge.

Saint Laurent, who died two years ago, is widely regarded as having changed the way women dress by putting them into pants both day and night, into safari jackets and into what the French called "Le smoking," the tuxedo jacket.

"Le smoking, le smoking, is everywhere," Ken Downing, fashion director of U.S. department store Neiman Marcus told Reuters after the show.   Continued...

<p>Models present creations by British designer Stella McCartney as part of her Spring/Summer 2011 women's collection during Paris Fashion Week October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>