Runway Report- Stella McCartney’s Carnival-Themed Resort ‘13 Presentation & Backyard Bash

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New York City’s Lower East Side cemetery was given a cheery helping of fashion and celebrities swaying to the tune of a New Orleans brass band on Monday for designer Stella McCartney’s Resort 2013 collection presentation. McCartney who is an avid vegetarian and never uses animal products within her designs had guests like Anne Hathaway, Solange knowles and Amy Poehler munching on grilled black bean burgers at the laid back outdoor bash.

The informal presentation which asked models wearing the Resort ‘13 collection to mingle with everyone as they stopped by a kiddie lemonade stands and danced around among colorful balloons was a refreshing take on somewhat stuffy runway shows. "I love spring, spring's one of my favorite seasons," McCartney told style.com’s Matthew Schneier. "It's all about enjoying the new beginning, in a sense. This season I wanted to let it go a little bit."

One of the seasons popular hues which we have talked about before, yellow was a running theme in the collection. Matched up with loads of caramel brown, crème, white, baby blue and hot pink, it’s easy to imagine why the smile inducing collection was inspired by the infancy of garment making, calico and toile. A calico toile is actually a tool used by a dressmaker when making a handmade garment.

As per usual McCartney’s creations were variations of menswear for women, trousers fitted at the top and flared out on the bottom could have been worn by her father the baby-faced Beatle in the 60’s. Oversized blazers, lace dresses over layers of draped fringe, loads of brocades, leopard prints and flower printed looks rounded out a near perfect array of options for resort wear. If the shapes and prints recalled somewhat of a homage to yesteryear, holographic prints on clutches, stacked pointed heels and iPad cases brought everything into the current atmosphere. 

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