October 03, 2007 Paris
Many of the white cotton frocks, with their dippy backs and suggestive ruffles, could've been nightgowns in a former lifebut McCartney balanced all the dishabille with the blazers that she cut her teeth on in Savile Row, this time in a safari khaki or in double-breasted snow-white, worn with fluid, full-to-the-cuffed-ankle trousers.
The designer has a well-known dedication to vegetarianism and the environment, and the show's backdrop, a lushly beautiful "vertical vegetal wall" by the botanist Patrick Blanc, will be donated to a low-income housing project in Boulogne, part of an effort to help teach ecology at street level. The carved wooden clogs she asked her models to wear won't make it on the street, however: One pair didn't even make it up and down the runway before falling apart. But that's not of much consequence when the clothes are as pretty and wearable as they were today.