Two’s a Trend: Stella McCartney Teaches Working Girls to Streamline



This season everyone’s talking about the influence of Phoebe Philo’s Ceine on the sleek lines we’re seeing in Paris. But there’s more to the story. If Melanie Griffith’s Tess McGill wanted to usurp Sigourney Weaver in a modern day Working Girl, she’d better do it in the streamlined manner of Stella McCartney. Forget the box shoulders, its athleticism and nude shoes for the career girl of the 10s. Paring back the frills of her Spring collection, McCartney commanded a kind of cut-the-crap respect that can only be seen when pieces are not layered in umpteenth multiples and inspirations are not resurrected the dregs of the history books. Opening with a long and lean charcoal overcoat with turned in lapels, the collection flowed into simple sportswear, with tapered trousers, crewnecks and dual-tone quilted jackets, and sexy nightwear, showing several slinky silk one-shouldered variations in tangerine, magenta and black. As per the typical McCartney runway, there was plenty an intentional leg in sight. Does that a Working Girl make?