Catwalk Review: Stella McCartney A/W 2011/12

11/03/2011 02:38 | Updated 22 May 2015

Stella McCartney catwalkMasculine tailoring on the Stella McCartney catwalk. Photo: Getty Images

DESIGNER: Stella McCartney

INSPIRATION: A man's world, with masculine silhouttes taken to extreme proportion.

TOP LOOKS: In the past McCartney's dabbling with masculine tailoring resulted in something chic and sexy, but for autumn/winter the sex appeal is replaced by an aesthetic that is altogether more avant garde. Shoulders were exaggerated to super hero proportions, and created in stiff wools, models looked about a metre wide. Shawl-collared winter coats and baseball jackets also got the super-size treatment. There was a more delicate hand was evident in places; with pretty tulle frocks embellished with polka dot-like paillettes, peplum LBDs and a couple of royal blue velvet cocktail frocks.

WHO WAS THERE: Paul McCartney was sitting proudly on the front row, while fashion types including Anna Wintour and Patrick Demarcherlier were present and correct.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: McCartney clearly intended to step outside of her comfort zone - and how. While the metre-wide jackets might be beautifully executed, but there's no denying that this will be a challenging collection for the average woman to wear. But between the show pieces, there was enough of McCartney intelligent, chic design DNA to go around. And who knows? Once we're over the jolt of the new, McCartney's super-sized proportions might seem that bit more accessible.

See our favourite looks in the gallery below:,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=990842&pid=990841&uts=1299811194

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