Held in an ornate Beaux-Arts salon inside the Opera Garnier, McCartney’s spring/summer 2013 collection was an airy nod to geometry, with sometimes severe cuts softened by see-through fabrics and peek-a-boo reveals.
Brightly hued circles of silk organza took centre stage on whisper-thin dresses cut at the shins, while exaggerated, deep V-necklines exposed skin beneath boxy jackets, some with pronounced shoulder pads that Joan Crawford would have loved.
As relaxed as a gin and tonic after an afternoon round of golf was an all-green ensemble of slouchy trousers and pullover with roomy sleeves, while pure white trousers and blouses cut at the elbow imparted a fresh, tennis-club vibe.
Front-row photographers got a little rowdy at the Stella McCartney show in Paris, which drew a smorgasbord of A-listers. Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Moss, Salma Hayek, François-Henri Pinault, Natalia Vodianova, Mario Testino, M.I.A. and Blanca Li were among the guests.