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We are zooming right along with Paris Fashion Week! Last time, I shared with you my top looks from French label Isabel Marant. Let’s take a look at the lovely Stella McCartney. I have been a die-hard fan of the Brit since her graduation collection at Central Saint Martins in the late nineties. She is one of Fashion’s most skilled and ethical designers (she adheres to an animal product-free philosophy). McCartney creates desirable clothes that are chic and easy to wear. Her trademark style incorporates technical fabrics, a sport-luxe aesthetic and classic tailoring. I have owned several of her things, from feminine blouses to gorgeous pants (no one cuts a trouser for women like she does).

Stella showed her Spring Summer 2014 presentation Monday morning at the Paris Opera Garnier. Beneath the gilded gold decor, McCartney’s technically brilliant yet wearable collection amazed. There was that signature sporty minimalism in the form of silk bomber jackets, play suits and sheath dresses as well as flashes of fresh femininity. I loved the elegant pattern and texture in her crocodile printed silk chiffon group (the metallic dress and sleeveless jumpsuit above). However, the standouts of the collection were her finale looks – eight gorgeous layered lace slip dresses*. Each of them featured varied neckline designs as well as different Chantilly lace colors (midnight, black, tomato, or terra-cotta). Their racer-back constructions and their midi-length hems gave them a more substantive quality. These effortlessly pretty dresses are an evening wear essential for the discerning modern woman.

*The navy lace slip dress worn by Joan Smalls in the last two photos is my favorite. The cut of that asymmetrical neckline is everything!

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