Stella McCartney

Paris fashion week fall 2012: Stella McCartney..

The spirit of sisterhood is alive and well at the house of Stella McCartney, if her show at Paris fashion week Monday is any indication. Not only does the busy mother of four have a hectic modern lifestyle that a lot of working women can relate to, but she’s also adamant about keeping it balanced, and nurturing friendships.

One of her closest friends is veteran Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, who walked McCartney’s runway this week.

“We were just having dinner the other night,” said McCartney, “and I casually suggested that she do the show. She immediately agreed!”

Herself a working mom, Vodianova has nothing but admiration for her designing friend. “Part of what I love so much about Stella is that she’s so unaffected and down to earth, so real,” explained the model. “And that’s the feeling of her clothes. That’s why I adore wearing them.”

And for McCartney fans, there’ll be lots of great options this fall: From modern royal purple dresses with strong, clean lines to beautifully tailored coats and jackets, teamed with generously cut, slouchy pants (including a hot pink pair that really rocked) to soft knit suits.

There were easy-to-wear brown tweed dresses and a softly sculpted suit that was a welcome relief from all the peplum waists we’ve been seeing. Charcoal jacquard suits oozed elegance. A vibrant shade of royal purple brought even more excitement to pleasing dresses and coats — one with asymmetrical zippers — with several garments decorated with romantic graphic patterns.

The sporty theme was evident — and no wonder, since due to her Adidas collaboration, Stella is the official designer for the British Olympic Team at this summer’s Olympic Games in London. The pieces de resistance were flirty, colour-blocked dresses, with little fluttering skirts. “She sure knows how to make women look beautiful!” cooed Stella’s dad, Sir Paul, post-show.

And his new bride Nancy Shevell gave her talented stepdaughter a big thumbs-up.

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