Showing a collection in LA is so hot right now. Like fellow designers Tom Ford, Burberry and (soon) Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney skipped her always-festive New York soirée this year and took her Autumn 2016 collection (which other designers call pre-fall) to Los Angeles. And like her peers before her, McCartney shrewdly scheduled the event around a major awards show. Still thirsty for champagne after Sunday night's Golden Globes festivities, guests including Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, Beck, Amandla Stenberg, Nicole Richie, Kiernan Shipka, Lily-Rose Depp, Amber Heard and Lily Collins all came out to show their support for the designer. (See them all in the gallery below.)
"L.A., right now, is on fire, and it's full of creativity on every level," McCartney told Fashionista at the presentation Tuesday night. The designer took over Hollywood's iconic Amoeba Music record store, and gave it the '70s concert hall treatment, complete with psychedelic posters, an old-school marquee, flashing neon lights and live musical performances by Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson, Pink and Dallas Green, Beach Boy Brian Wilson and New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band, among others.
"My main inspiration is always women, and because I'm a woman designing for women, I want the clothes to be worn, to be real to people," she explained, speaking to the collection's modern take on '70s sportswear, like rugby shirts, track pants and rompers. "For me, it's all about making women's lives easier."
Models bopped around to live music, played pinball and vintage video games and drank champagne, all the while wearing pre-fall's favorite trend, the animal print coat, and its many iterations, like a boxy tiger bomber, leopard car coat and chubby pocket-front jacket. Cat-lovers rejoice: a cheeky, hand-drawn print, executed on tapestry jacquards and lightweight silks, was prominent throughout the collection. McCartney even cast an actual ragdoll cat in the look book. You're welcome, Internet.
For evening, vintage-inspired lingerie separates of mesh and floral jacquard had an ethereal feel, shown layered under tissue-weight tulle gowns. There was also a series of versatile, tailored eyelet dresses, creatively cut and pieced together to nip the waist.
While McCartney's classic Falabella bag was shown in all colors of the rainbow, it was her new accessories that pushed the collection forward. Bucket bags were strong, shown handheld in a "alter croc" material and in a furry leopard, shoulder strap version. For footwear, the favorite platform creeper is back for autumn in metallic silver and buttery nude suede. See the full collection below.