Food, drinks, kids, pets, music, philanthropy, and, oh yes, fashion ... just another Stella McCartney presentation where she exhibits not only her prowess as a designer but also a hostess with a flair for throwing “come one, come all, come as you are” style parties. This season, McCartney (in the rain, no less) drew editors, buyers, friends, and their children to the Jefferson Market Garden in the West Village for vegan treats like white peach and rose-petal popsicles, a little jazz courtesy of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchesta, an opportunity to adopt an adorable puppy via the ASPCA, and a look at her resort collection.
This one-of-a-kind painting of the Stella McCartney resort presentation has remained under wraps until today. Bid now, take it home, and support the ASPCA in the process.
By now, there are probably 6,000 snapshots (give or take) from last week’s Stella McCartney resort presentation on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. But there is one interpretation of the event that’s remained private until today. New York–based artist John Gordon Gauld’s painting of the scene at the Jefferson Market Garden, executed amid the madness, is up for auction on Charity Buzz. The one-of-a-kind illustration, both romantic and realistic, much like McCartney’s designs depicts six models on risers and a group of hot pink letters spelling out S-T-E-L-L-A. Bidding starts at $200 a fifth of its estimated value and proceeds benefit the ASPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (who were also on-site last week helping find homes for puppies). Winning Gauld’s watercolor not only earns bragging rights and a beautiful work of art, but think of it this way: You can also legitimately upload a picture of it to your Instagram.
Painting by John Gordon Gauld/Courtesy of Stella McCartney
Click here to bid until 9th July on the painting
Resort 2014 by Stella McCartney
As tempting as it is to write about how delicious the popsicles were, how irresistible those cuddly balls of fur were, or how equally great Naomi Watts and Amy Poehler looked in McCartney’s designs, it’s probably best here to stick to resort. Which, for the record, was a strong display of McCartney’s signature talent: creating real clothes that offer real fashion for real women. “It’s a celebration of actually living in clothes,” said the designer, dressed in a salmon-colored shift with red lace and pockets (a simple detail that, most women will tell you, can be a game-changer when it comes to the things that get the most wear). A nearby model was dressed in a similar silhouette though her frock had a giant pair of lace lips and a lace heart appliquéd to the front for a touch of surrealism.
Elsewhere the theme was snakes snakeskin-patterned jacquard, serpentine prints (everything but the real thing of course) done in mustard and black or varied shades of soft pink. “It’s about the harder image of a snake and moments of real beauty,” McCartney said. She could easily be referring to a sharp blazer with snake-print lapels worn with floral pants, or the beautifully tailored pale pink baseball jacket paired with sporty snakeskin-print shorts.
Across the street, another bevy of models shimmied about to the beat, dressed in easy evening pieces like a strapless, voluminous dress with a ruffle hem and geometric-print pants with a sleeveless black peplum top. It would not be difficult to envision any of those beauties walking out into the night and looking like some of the best-dressed women on the town.
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Photos: Courtesy of Stella McCartney (via VOGUE)
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