Stella McCartney's debut collection after
leaving Chloé fell far short of expectations.
McCartney's flashy, boisterous parade featured risqué slogans,
sometimes in Cockney rhyming slang,
printed on practically all of her looks. An almost
pornographic dress read "Slippery When Wet;" cropped
T-shirts had "Raspberry Ripple" scribbled across the
chest; a long coat encouraged observers to "Spank
the Monkey." Apart from these artless wannabe
shockers, McCartney offered uninspired electric
blue sequined pieces, mini-slips with trailing
sleeves, and dresses with dotted-face designs courtesy
of artist Gary Hume.
Although some of McCartney's T-shirts and accessories
(like the hard "Wet" case) could be commercially
viable, her show clearly did not live up to the
technical and creative standards expected of a
major Gucci Group label.