Stella paid tribute to George Michael in a Paris today, closing her autumn/winter showcase with a dedication to the Careless Whisper singer who died in December.
Sending out an army of models to a remixed version of his song Faith, the designer provided a rain-drenched morning with an injection of joy and a surprise dance performance which left attendees including Natalia Vodianova and Stella’s sister Mary dancing in their seats.
The designer and Beatle’s daughter’s memorial was an appropriate finale to a show which celebrated Britishness.
From the Queen’s Balmoral looks to a sportswear-inspired urban aesthetic synonymous with London, Stella made no secret of her heritage. In the collection notes she cited the 18th century paintings of George Stubbs as an inspiration and there were plenty of equestrian details on show.
Loose slouchy knitwear boasting a horse motif was layered over parkas and nylon jackets while one print, a direct interpretation of a Stubbs work, appeared on head scarves and a short-sleeved jumpsuit.
As seasoned Stella fans know only too well, the designer’s areas of expertise include tailoring and outerwear. Thankfully, this collection was laden was great examples of both.