Uptown Downtown

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Each fashion capital brings to mind a look that it’s known for. These images may only be indicative of the way that a select group of people dresses, but they’re always inspiring (ever aspired to dress like a Parisian?). For her Pre-Fall 2013 collection, Stella McCartney infused her London girl’s style with a dash of uptown New York polish. Referencing her mother’s native Manhattan enclave, the designer’s collection included oversized coats, bold stripes and lush fabrics. She kept her client’s entire wardrobe in mind, and created clothes for morning meetings to drinks on the town. She also dabbled in eveningwear with colour-blocked dresses that could be worn with ease. But the brand stayed true to its playful, downtown aesthetic by mixing patterns and adding burnt orange and jewel tones to the classic mix of black, white and camel.

Besides the lust-worthy clothes, what’s most intriguing is McCartney’s attitude toward her customers and her desire to make women who wear her clothes feel confident. Much like the way she mingled with models and editors during her latest pre-fall presentation, McCartney doesn’t keep her clients at a distance. “I champion women.” She told British Vogue, “I think they are impressive. I think the journey of being a woman is interesting, too, and I’m on that journey with everyone else.” She’s a believer in the old adage, ‘It’s not what you wear but how you wear it,’ and that a woman’s energy is what makes her stand out regardless of what she has on. But when the clothes are this good, the right outfit will do the both. And that’s fashionable in any city.

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