Stella McCartney's white, low-cut suits pay homage to Yves Saint Laurent.
PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 4, 2010) REUTERS - Stella McCartney may have dedicated her new collection to family and friends on Monday (October 4) but sartorially, she paid homage to Yves Saint Laurent with tuxedo-inspired tops and all-white suits.
The heavily pregnant British designer unveiled her spring/summer 2011 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
Models sashayed past her father, former Beatle Paul McCartney, in sleeveless, low-cut white satin jackets on slit, open skirts.
Stella McCartney is the latest designer to have been hit by the Saint Laurent fever, fashion critics say.
Looking at the trends for the next spring/summer collection, the iconic designer also influences Marc Jacobs' bright colours and Givenchy's black and white suits.
Saint Laurent's stylistic presence on the runway coincides with a series of retrospective exhibitions on the French designer and a recently released feature film about his love story with his long-standing business partner Pierre Berge.
Saint Laurent, who died two years ago, is widely regarded as having changed the way women dress by putting them into pants both day and night, into safari jackets and into what the French called "Le smoking," the tuxedo jacket.
But McCartney's new collection also included ample denim tops and outfits and as well as suits and dresses made with large citrus prints which drew praise from front-row guests.
Stella McCartney is part of the Gucci Group which is owned by the PPR luxury and retail group, headed by Francois-Henri Pinault, who was present at her show, together with his actress wife Salma Hayek.