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June 16, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

Stella McCartney's Bright Collection

If this is London-based designer Stella McCartney‘s interpretation of what a carnival and backyard bash should be like, let’s just say it’s a party we hate to have missed. McCartney presented her 2013 resort collection this week in New York’s East Village at the New York Marble Cemetery. Atypical of most runway shows that feature bright lights, music, and models stomping out on a catwalk, McCartney’s fashion show was sweetly unorthodox.With a lemonade stand, balloons and a High Striker hammer game, this was one festive showing of sophisticated and stylish pieces from the designer’s latest collection. We’ll transport you to McCartney’s carnival block party, and the best part about it is there’s no admission fee or height requirement.

Models in pink florals and animal print (Photo courtesy of Stella McCartney)

Complete with croquet mallets, vegan snacks and ice cream, McCartney’s presentation boasted a collection of calming blue hues and pretty pinks. There were also bright yellow, white and lace dresses along with animal prints. Some of the snazziest pieces in the collection were the plaid suits, which played up the menswear trend with a modern silhouette and cut. Of course, it wouldn’t be summer without flowers; this resort collection was full of floral print dresses and separates in variant sizes and patterns. The models showed strength at hammer games and croquet, while managing to look poised and effortlessly chic in jackets, skirts, suits dresses, fringe and linen designs.

Solange Knowles and Anne Hathaway decked out in Stella McCartney

Of course, what would a fashion show be without celebrities? Solange Knowles took in the festivities with her son, Julez, wearing a maroon and blue paisley-print Stella McCartney dress with navy ruffles trickling down the center. Solange’s black and studded sandals were perfect for the occasion and complemented the dress really well. Anne Hathaway, in her new pixie cut, wore a bold, white Stella McCartney suit complete with nude pumps, Ray-Bans and a vintage t-shirt. Other notable celebrities in attendance among the 250 guests were actresses Greta Gerwig, Amy Poehler, Lauren Hutton and Emily Mortimer as well as funny man Jim Carrey.

Bright yellow and fringe designs in the resort collection (Photo courtesy of Stella McCartney)

McCartney told Andre Leon Talley of Vogue magazine that she wanted the event to be fun. Among models and celebrities sauntering around, the faux patent leather bags, wedges, pumps and flat desert boots were highlighted on stands placed throughout the garden.

View more of the collection at New York Magazine, minus the attractions, unfortunately. McCartney’s presentation appeared to be one fun-filled sartorial adventure. The only things missing were a few fashionable clowns and cotton candy, but we’ll take her version of sweetness in subtle sorbet shades and clown-approved brights.

Handbags and shoes on display at McCartney's showing (Photo courtesy of Stella McCartney)

What do you think of Stella McCartney’s collection? Was the presentation over-the-top or did she manage to infuse her ideas creatively with her designs?

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