The announcement of a new lingerie collection from Stella McCartney is always cause for excitement, even if it’s not, ahem, entirely new.
Stella’s parent company, Bendon, this week released the lookbook for what it’s calling the spring-summer 2012 collection, although a number of its styles showed up at retailers some months ago, billed as the fall 2011 collection. And Stella’s own website is still showcasing last spring’s set.
This may cause some confusion to people who keep track of such things, but does it really matter? What’s important is that Stella is back with another set of impeccably styled sets and garments, so women around the world can stop holding their collective breath.
And yes, much of the 2012 collection is new, while some style ranges from previous collection have been brought back with new colorways, detailing and additional pieces.
Altogether there are 14 style ranges in the collection, but that includes the bridal range Josephine Marrying that debuted this summer, and recent charmers like last year’s wonderful Elodie Hopping set and Sam Partying (with its to-die-for playsuit!)
Among the many highlights you’ll see below, we loved the very fashion-forward Anna Glowing range, the coral Jane Snuggling racerback bra, and the lovely vintage floral print in the new Ilda Driving range, which looks like it could double as beachwear. (The top photo above shows the nude Maria Bouncing bustier and lacey brief.)
Stella’s color palette for 2012 leans toward the understated, with a lot of rose, salmon, stone and nude hues — plus the perfect creamy blush shade of the Josephine bridal grouping.
As for styles, throughout the collection you’ll find garments for every occasion — shorts, bustiers, chemises, soft and wired bras and more. Whether your tastes run toward lacey feminine smalls or trend-conscious mesh-and-metal, you’ll find it here. Not bad for a label that’s barely three years old.
Let’s face it: you could fill your entire wardrobe with Stella McCartney. It’s fashionable without being too showy, pretty without being girlish or juvenile. And, of course, there are those silly-but-lovable style names that everyone loves to talk about!
Here are some images and style names from the 2012 collection, modeled by Belarussian beauty Katsia Zingarevich: