Shopping for a powerful woman

Shopping in Rome at the Stella Mc Cartney’s boutique in via Borgognona 6. She shows in Paris at the Opéra but the winter collection will be in stores already in July-August. Not everyone knows that this english designer, daughter of Paul Mc Cartney, likes a lot Italy and make some of her fashion apparels in my country. The new upcoming ready to wear collection projects a powerful persona. Strength and softness while looking to the past, present and future. Uniting Northern soul references, fluidity, utility and upcycling.

The palette is a rich combination of classic biscuit brown, black and grey but also bottle green and burgundy. Pops of vivid blue, a gorgeous pink as you can see in the picture below, yellow and some bright colours.

A sense of structure defines the collection, imjected by strong shoulders on coats and dresses. Softness comes into play as draped fabrics.

A tapestry of quilted Stella Mc Cartney vintage fabric is stitched together wih graphic lines of embroidery to create monochromatic dresses and jackets. This is furthered by a statement-making, multi-coloured upcycled dress, made using vintage T shirts that are stripped, knotted and knitted. Menswear complements this with an upcycled military coat made from a miscellany of waxed panels. The result of an intensive method of reconstruction and deconstruction. A new burgundy brown fur free fur jacquard becomes coats for men and women.

Key accessories include cylinder bags with perforated logos, created in oversized and mini shapes. Anchoring the collection are platform crepe-sole boots in skinny knee-high silhouettes. A boot for men and women has been created with iconic British brand Hunter.

Twisted and wrapped adornments by celebrated artist Sheila Hicks have been created using indigeneous weaving techniques, worn like badges of honour for valour and bravery. Linking to the rainforest conservation, surrounding the show, sustainable viscose sourced from certified forests is used throughout as well as organic cotton and eco-canvas.

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