And yet, there's still something so real about Stella McCartney.
With truly wearable fluid silhouettes in denim, silk, organza and knit — her spring-summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection showcased this in droves.
Wide culottes in pastel shades of white, creme and vanilla came alongside slightly aggressive utilitarian oversize buckles.
Alongside these, large perforated holes, heavily stitched hemlines, oversize chain necklaces and leopard printed silk dresses added an edge of power.
Even the floral looks, of butterfly-like fluttery layers of silk and organza, came in bold patterning that evoked danger.
Indeed, McCartney said the show was about a "strong feminine attitude."
But this strong show was also about relaxed and effortless movement in the shapes.
Workmanlike denim shirts came with soft, billowing mid-calf pants gathered gently at the waists. And highly sensual column knitwear — which slightly exposed the flesh — was light and delicately brushed against the skin.
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