Stella McCartney Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on October 07, 2013

The goal for this collection was understated seduction and while we can’t speak to the second part of that idea (although the array of slip dresses would seem to back it up), we can definitely see the first part; the understatement. This feels like a very grown up, toned down Stella. The shapes are fluid but simple, the colors are almost somber, and the designs are (mostly) scaled back and away from her tendency toward tricky or overdone designs. It works for us; mainly because a collection like this could come off almost depressing, but to our eyes, it just looks calmly confident in its directness.







[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • lalahartma


    • TrixieConQueso

      Erm. I like the last sweet little dress. There. Trying to be positive in case Stella reads this.

  • hughman

    You’d think GOOP’s biggest fear would be her slip falling from under her dress on the RC and yet, here it is.

  • She does nothing for me.

  • Well, I didn’t roll my eyes at anything, like I usually do with Stella McCartney…

  • My first thought when seeing the header, was “Sharpen your claws, Kittens, Stella is here for the shredding.”
    Then I read TLo’s thoughts and switched to mentally prepping for us all to have put the claws away.

    Silly of me. Shred it y’all.

  • Lori

    She sent dresses and pants down the runway whose bottoms look like tab curtains handing in the window of a house owned by someone with no decorating sense. Her version of sheer long stuff over a short dress is ugly, even by the standards of sheer over short. Which is really saying something. The pants fit weird. The stuff that’s not ugly is standard. I just can’t with her.

  • bellafigura1

    I would not have pegged this as SMcC, which means … I really like!

  • E2_Remote

    All of those sheer lace panels are just…no.

    • Carleenml

      I was going to say – oh gee, sheer lace panels. how original! meh.never like her collections.

    • Imasewsure

      Except points for her for putting them on the bottoms of her dresses instead of on the top…. don’t love but can’t rage against it either

      • E2_Remote

        I dunno, I am just really getting a “Sicilian Nana’s parlor curtains” or “Great Auntie Ida’s lace doilies” vibe off some of those overlays.

        • Imasewsure

          Yes I agree… I don’t like the lace pieces in particular… but I was just thankful that she hung the curtains low for the most part!

          • E2_Remote

            Thank goodness for small favors, right? LOL

  • Daisy Walker

    Even if I didn’t know who the designer was…yuck. Maybe the alligator print shirtdress. Maybe.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      The white one? I liked that one too, along with the simple black t-shirt and patterned skirt (it could be navy, it is hard to tell). The rest were definitely yuck.

    • CatherineRhodes

      I liked that one too.

    • Alloy Jane

      Yeah, that was the only thing I liked here. Everything else is a waste of resources.

  • Synnae

    I actually liked more than 1 item in this collection… Bloody hell.

  • Melvis Velour

    I love those glasses – haven’t seen anything that intriguing with eyewear since that amazing Marc Jacobs show at the train station

  • HVM

    Still not liking this…

  • Frank_821

    Problem I have is not the somber but the boxy, overly masculine feel of the clothes


    Stella, you are supposed to push the shower curtain aside when getting out of the bath, not just walk through it so that it catches on your body like a plastic grocery bag blowing around in the wind!

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Look number 15 is amazing. I don’t understand how everyone hates her so much. I love her. I have always loved her designs. Even when they’re “overdone”. And I also think most of her clothes look incredible on people other than models. (Not sure about this line, though)

    • demidaemon

      Well, somebody has to like her or we wouldn’t get new clothes from her to shred. 😉

      I mean, I can see the appeal (if I squint). But I think Stella is rather unoriginal–even for the current state of fashion–and kind of all over the place. Also, she picks horrendous textiles.

      • Sara Brams-Miller

        HAH! I dunno. I think she has been very original in the past. And look at the dress that the Kurylenko girl wore for that movie with Tom Cruise. The textile was a little bit upholstery, but it really worked with that dress.

        • Lori

          If I was pressed I’m pretty sure I could design one good dress. That does not make me a designer.

        • demidaemon

          True. I will give her that. I just wonder, as Lori posits below, if that was a lucky fluke.

          • Sara Brams-Miller

            I don’t think so. That was only one example. (Since it was fairly recent, I figured it would have stuck in people’s minds). I do think she is better at creating ready-to-wear styles. Things you’d see on the street. Again, not necessarily with this collection, but still.

    • Edmund Heng

      It’s that herd mentality on this blog where it’s cool to collectively hate on a designer. I pointed this out on the Burberry S/S 2014 review and my post got deleted lol.
      Although this collection is safe, there is alot to like. And it’s beautiful.

      • oklund

        I hadn’t read any of the other comments before posting mine, nor did I know that hating on Stella McCartney may be a “thing” here. I just often happen to cringe whenever I see a celebrity dressed in something she designed; and this collection doesn’t skew my overall impression back in her favour. But to each their own.

      • Alloy Jane

        It’s not herd mentality. It’s that most people here are of like mind on certain things, hence why the bks get along so well.

        I think when a post gets downvoted a few times, it automatically gets deleted. I wish that downvoting was disabled as I feel that downvoting is cowardly. If I have a problem with what someone says, I don’t downvote, I voice my opinion. Although I think it’s left so that issues can be resolved without a mod intervening. Not sure about that though.

        Personally, I think Stella’s post Chloé work kinda blows. It’s not all clunkers, but very few pieces appeal to me and that’s twice a bummer because I LOVED Chloé when she was there and because I’m veg. At least this granny bullshit is “on trend” with the rest of the nonsense that looks just like it. But there you have it, there’s already crap like this on the red carpet and there has been for some time.

  • Sabin

    It looks like second and third place Project Runway collections.

    • demidaemon

      I think that is being way too nice.

  • Fanny_Trollope

    The shoes, they are trampling on my heart.

    • E2_Remote

      I know! What is going on there? Did she take a page out of the Naturalizer playbook?

    • norseofcourse

      Seriously. Who wants shoes that look like duck’s feet?

    • ThesisMonkey

      I can’t get past the atrociousness.

    • fursa_saida

      RIGHT? I think there might be some clothes up there I could approve of, but I can’t tell because the shoes are just a series of actual nightmares and I can’t look away from them.

  • alyce1213

    Nothing to see here, folks, just move along.
    The orthopedic slippers are killing me (in a bad way).

  • filmcricket

    Didn’t someone already do that seams-splitting-at-the-thigh thing? Was it Dior? I have a mental image of JLaw during last season’s awards circuit, looking like she’d ripped her skirt, but it turned out to be a design feature.

    • GSMSF

      It’s got to be the most unflattering place to put a seam ever.

    • MissAmynae

      yep. that navy blue column/mermaidy one.

  • demidaemon

    I tried to go into this with no preconceived notions. It was very difficult, but I tried to look at this without thinking it was a Stella collection. My overwhelming reaction: This is hideous.

    With that out of the way, I feel like she swung the pendulum of design in the entirely opposite direction. If what she was doing before was over-designed, the majority of this is vastly under-designed. In addition, she chose some fugly fabrics and made them fuglier by pairing them together. There are maybe two looks here that I like, and both of them are so simple you would never peg them as a Stella. As usual, a total fail.

  • omg_dora

    You can’t learn skills like these in design school. You have to be BORN rich and connected.

  • mjude

    I would wear the baseball jacket dress back in the day with black tights & punk boots.
    surprised I wasn’t offended her collection!

  • Glam Dixie

    I would not buy any of this, even if I found it at the Goodwill. On the clearance rack.

  • MilaXX

    This is pretty good. I like the first half and wish the pieces with the sheer on the bottom were attached The second half gets a little night gown-y looking.

  • kimmeister

    The pantlegs that are attached with just an inch of stitching are weird. I am intrigued by the sort of utilitarian suits with the horizontal zippers though. They’d be tough to pull off.

  • Kent Roby

    I like everything after the detachable (?) sheer skirt extentions, until we get to the lace nightgowns. It’s a case of a show starting and ending weak (for me), but the middle being really nice.

    • Let it out

      Right there with you. I loved that first pantsuit.

  • Imasewsure

    Meh… I only like the plainer styles here and there’s nothing really all that interesting about them either. I like the red floral dress in the middle a lot though

  • E. D.

    Like the burnout pieces and the pink print items. The rest seems a bit – unorganized and disjointed.

  • decormaven

    Sheer must die. It’s almost a mantra now.

  • The lingerie inspired slip-dresses are so literal I want to wear them as legit nightgowns.

  • Good luck seducing anybody in those shoes.

  • VioletFem

    I really like the first white dress and the black body suit (#14 down). Some of the coats, actually look nice as well. The rest seems to difficult to figure out.

  • Garcia Loca

    Da hek are those shower-curtain-skirt hybrids? Are they flattering on anyone?
    I did like the faux croc textural stuff though.

  • Tracy_Flick

    When I think of a sheer, giraffe-print jumpsuit, “understated” is the first thing that comes to mind.

    The hair and makeup sure are pretty, though.

  • Dagney

    oh for fuck’s sake….are we doing slips as dresses again? really? because they were not ugly enough the first go-round.

  • boweryboy

    The first two photos I have no idea what I’m looking at. Although I kind of like the silohuette of the white thing.
    The rest is so…Stella.

  • Tigerfly

    Clothing by Stella; shoes by Walgreen’s.

  • imakeart

    Sorry – but I can’t hold my claws in on this. Can someone please tell me who first told her she had design talent? If her last name was Jones, would she have gotten anywhere? I realize fashion is subjective, but really?

  • VicD

    Some of this is reminiscent of Armani and Jil Sander in the ’90’s, except that …. Armani and Jil Sander did it better in the ’90’s. I do like the flower print fabrics, but could do without most of the “design.”

  • BrooklynBomber

    I realize I’ll be cast out from BK land for this, but there are several things I like a lot. First, I love that blue color in the first picture. And I really like the few solid color matching top-and-pant sets, especially the camel sweater/pants and the dark blue suit. And though I don’t know how one would actually wear the sheer panel outfits up near the top, I think they’re really pretty. (Do not like any of the lace stuff, though, at all.)

  • Kelly

    I really like a lot of the solid-color and snakeskin-patterned pieces. The last third of the collection has way too much sheer lace for my taste, and the bottoms of the early pieces look like badly-attached shower curtain liners.

    And the shoes are about as far from seductive as it gets, especially those orthopedic-looking crossed sandals. They’re the kind my grandmother used to disdain as “too old-lady” for her.

  • Trickytrisha

    Here’s a perfect example why I cannot take this woman seriously as a designer – 15th from the bottom, model looks like Hillary Swank in Boy’s Don’t Cry (who is she, BTW? – she’s been in lots of shows this season), floral jumpsuit or pant suit – can’t tell – which is probably the single most unappealing garment I’ve seen in a long time that wasn’t trying to be a novelty thing.

    It’s stiff looking, boxy, sleeves are weird, the print is just too much, the details are lost in the print, the pants are way too long and the outfit is just plain ugly. There are some not bad items in the collection including a couple of nice jumpsuits, and some other pretty awful ones. It’s designs like this one that give the whole shebang a bad taste for me. My opinion, of course, and some of you might like this particular garment and the collection. For me, though, Stella McC never disappoints. She delivers what I expect her to deliver.

  • Coolekat

    I hate the shoes.

  • Pennymac

    Well….. Its not eye-searingly bad?
    That’s about all of the positive I have towards this.

  • lrhoff

    Hate the shoes in this show, but the clothes are nice.

  • formerlyAnon

    That first pantsuit (dark blue, photo #3) is strangely oversized, and most of the pants’ crotches strike me as questionable. I VERY much like the off white zip? up knit sweater/jacket in the 28th photo. Lots of possibly nice but not exciting dresses, it remains to be seen if as worn off the runway they develop odd quirks of fit and sizing. I shall await their appearance on celebs and entertainers.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Usually Stella doesn’t do much for me; I’m surprised by how many looks I genuinely like in this collection. I would nix those numbers with the leg goiters or whatever those things are.

  • MissAmynae

    I….don’t hate it. I like this more minimalist Stella- she has the most trouble when she gets print-mixing-happy.

  • bertkeeter

    VERY confident…. Love it… Especially the lace pieces!

  • sleepycat

    BEIGE is not a color. This is almost too simple and some of the skirts are very awkward. I know this isn’t an in or out post, but O to the U to the T.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Hate the Pants that are Draperies at the Thigh. Like that first white dress. Some of the fleshy/tan colors make me sad.

  • Not as bad as usual.

  • hmatz

    I know Stella is almost universally loathed by the Bitter Kittens, but I think this collection is both pretty and subtle.

  • oklund

    I just don’t know, with Stella. Either it tends to be overworked and unflattering, or it’s too simple to be interesting. There are a few nice-looking pieces here, but the collection as a whole is underwhelming.

  • Diego!

    Very wearable collection, tough the last dresses make non-sense to me when compairing them to the first half. Anyway, I like it very much except the lace dresses as I mentioned before. Love the goggles!

  • CatherineRhodes

    A couple of really boring pieces thrown into an overall wacko collection.

  • Sweetvegan

    I love the looks in the first half of the show! The sheer lace stuff looks too much like lingerie for me.

  • oohsparkley!

    Barf! That was mean, there might have been 1 or 2 wearable pieces hidden in there, but I don’t care enough to look again.

  • yuck. okay, 95% yuck.

  • Shawn EH

    What mean things to do to pretty girls. Are those detachable pantaloons in the first few looks?