>> You know when style.com gives you a bad review, you're in biiig trouble -- they're usually very diplomatic and generous with their good reviews. Stella McCartney, dear, I hope you're listening to this, because you got burned over at style.com:
Stella McCartney has had a lot on her plate this past year. New baby, a smash-hit gig for H&M, and a line of attention-grabbing activewear for Adidas. Well done for all that—but has she had enough in reserve to concentrate on her own brand? Her collection didn’t really look like it. What she showed—big cocoon cardigans with sloppy collars, skimpy printed jersey dresses, mixed with A-line smocks and swing coats—lacked the stylistic grip and polish expected from a player in the premier league of Parisian fashion.
Yikes. To be fair, there were some good basics -- a navy cape in particular. But Gemma's gown was so ill-fitting that it was exposing her. And well, new ideas much? The Stella for H&M version (circa Nov. 2005) vs. the Stella for Paris runway version (circa March 2006).