Stella McCartney Defines the New Modern for Spring 2016

The designer brought some much-needed energy to Paris Fashion Week.
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The designer brought some much-needed energy to Paris Fashion Week.
A look from Stella McCartney's spring 2016 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Stella McCartney's spring 2016 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

It's going to be a great summer. That was the message Stella McCartney sent with the opening look at her spring 2016 show on Monday: an ankle-breezing polo knit in a cheerful, red picnic check, cut diagonally to flatter. More knits — both dresses and tops paired with tube knit skirts — followed, in overlapping stripes and checks whose complexity suggested some digital manipulation. 

Those colorful, digitally enhanced knits; the illusion-inducing contrast-color pleated skirts, separates and dresses that followed; and an emphasis on wearability made McCartney's collection feel alive and so, so modern — these were clothes for happy, energetic, cultured women on the go, which is exactly whom we imagine McCartney's customers to be. Suiting had a nice showing, too, with elongated, smartly tailored vests and blazers in soft colors and easy, wide-legged trousers. For evening, there were long tank dresses and separates embroidered in ribbons of curliques and hearts, and asymmetric, acid-toned eyelet embroidery dresses that sinuously concealed and revealed.

McCartney's accessories, especially her shoes, have been hugely popular with the street style set, and her inclusion of a long stretch of front-row seats for style bloggers was a good reminder of just how well that strategy has worked for her. She showed them a new Teva-style sandal style for spring with a chunky, colorful sole, and even more colorful eyewear. This collection is going to be everywhere.