Photographs courtesy Neiman Marcus Westchester.
Embrace your femininity with “Stella” — Stella McCartney’s spring/summer lingerie collection, featuring silks, metallic prints, lace accents and pastel shades. Viewing lingerie as the basis for a woman’s wardrobe, McCartney designs for the modern female while remaining eco-friendly.
This season, she expands the concept of everyday lingerie by launching her first maternity style, “Reilley Adoring.”
“I think there is this kind of myth that shoes are the first thing that dictates your outfit,” McCartney has said. “But for me, it’s lingerie. …It has a big impact on how you wear your clothes, what you wear on top of your lingerie and how you feel in general.”
The Stella collection consists of mix-and-match pieces rather than traditional matching sets — a lingerie liberation for working women everywhere. Using recycled metals as well as organic cotton gussets to line the panties, Stella remains environmentally savvy while producing a supportive, yet barely-there fit.
“We have the sort of lingerie you can rely on every day,” McCartney said. “It fits you brilliantly and you can put it in the washing machine. Then, we have exciting ranges for those days where you feel you want to give yourself a little bit more…and then we have the very special occasion lingerie.”
The collection — a bouquet of delicate shades, including peony, pale lemon and dusty orchid — offers three bra styles, Stella smooth, Stella lace and Stella mesh. Stella smooth combines thin matte- and satin-finish microfibers to disguise the lingerie underneath the clothing completely, while Stella lace is an everyday option with added support and Stella mesh is a more modern look.
The collection is available in a variety of styles, including “Scarlett Weaving,” featuring Japanese leavers lace with wide, elastic accents; “Ava Dancing,” with vintage-inspired embroidery mixing French leavers eyelash trim with geometric mesh and a bow strap detail; and “Gwyneth Gazing,” a floral lace in one of the season’s hottest colors — turquoise.
“Reilley Adoring,” the maternity style, features a bra for pregnancy and breastfeeding with full support to accommodate the woman’s changing body.
The price range for the collection is $80 to $140 for a soft-cup balconnet bra, $28 to $80 for briefs, $105 to $200 for bodysuits, $55 for maternity briefs, $110 for a maternity bra and $40 to $300 for the bridal collection. Stella is available in Stella McCartney boutiques, Neiman Marcus Westchester and other select stores.