Stella McCartney brings dance to Paris Opera for fashion week

By Nathalie Kantaris Diaz
| PARIS

Stella McCartney livened up the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week on Monday with dancing models wearing her signature over-sized clothes in trademark neutral shades with splashes of unusual colors.

The British fashion designer, known for her sharp tailoring and for mixing luxury and sporty looks, unveiled her autumn/winter 2017-2018 women’s collection which mixed in burgundy, bottle green, sky blue, white and silver.

Her models gave the penultimate day of the show a relaxed but effortlessly elegant vibe in trench-coats and jackets, ultra-wide, high-waisted trousers, all-in-one jumpsuits and overalls, and turtle-neck mini-dresses with super-sized sleeves.

The show, at the Paris Opera, was inspired by “faith. love. energy.” McCartney’s Twitter feed said, with dancing to “Faith” by the late singer George Michael in the finale.

It was watched by a star-studded crowd including Mexican-U.S. actress Salma Hayek and her French businessman husband Francois-Henri Pinault, chief executive of the Kering group, which has a 50 percent stake in Stella McCartney.

Canadian-American actress Pamela Anderson, Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover were also there.

A long-time vegetarian who does not use leather or fur, McCartney’s fabrics included fake leather and suede, velvet, checkered tweed, denim, pleated organza, loose cotton, chiffon with horse prints or lace-like embroidered details.

Models wore over-sized hand-held or strap-over bags, wide belts, casual sporty pumps juxtaposed by elegant but flat fronted and wide-heeled, steel toe capped shoes.

Stella McCartney is one of the most active fashion brands on Instagram, with 3.7 million followers and her show was live-streamed on social media.

Paris holds the last leg of the womenswear autumn/winter 2017/2018 catwalk shows, after similar events in New York, London and Milan in the last few weeks.

(Writing by Maytaal Angel in London; Editing by Alexander Smith)