Stella McCartney continued with her exploration of
grown-up, couture-inspired silhouettes for Chloé,
without forgetting about the youthful, fun-loving
basics that are the label's bread and butter.
McCartney's forte is her ability to glam up casual
street clothes. Her fitted jeans and corduroy trousers
with zipper pockets, face-stenciled T-shirts and
pearl-encrusted draped tops all had an air of
insouciant cool to them; so did the faux furs with
shaved bits that accommodated clusters of silver
flowers. However, when McCartney turned to complicated
floor-length skirts, boned coats and tie-up corsets,
the show took a turn for the heavy-handed. Sea-grass
embroidery growing on the side of trousers or
completely claiming a dress or coat added a more
dynamic air to the collection.