When the 'What's New For You' email (otherwise known as the 'What You Can't Afford' email) from Net-a-Porter drops in to my inbox on a Monday, I usually have a quick,admirable scroll and file it away for future fantasy shopping details. Signing up to receive new arrivals from my favourite designers is one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done - how can you not get excited by Christopher Kane, Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen and IRO in the same email?
But today's one was a bit of an eye-opener for all the wrong reasons. I'd seen the Stella McCartney SS11 collection before but, presented to me in stark packshots on a white background, gone was the designer allure. What replaced it? An inexplicable urge to dig out my Prisoner Cell Block H boxset.
|Stella McCartney Oversized Denim Dress £435|
|Stella McCartney Oversized Denim Top £265|
|Stella McCartney Mid-rise Wide-leg Denim Shorts £345|
|Stella McCartney Mid-length Denim Skirt £345|
How I haven't noticed the similarity between Freja strutting her stuff on Stella's SS11 catwalk and Bea Smith steaming the living daylights out of Her Majesty's linens on the press before today, I will never know. But if Stella didn't take some inspiration from the Wentworth women, I'd be mightily surprised.
Bea Smith may have been the 'top dog' in her denim tunic and grass green shirt combo, but I always thought the true style icon of the show was Erica Davidson, the long-suffering blonde goddess of a governor that was surely destined to parade her beehive and prim skirt suits in an altogether more glamorous environment than the shaky-walled prison.
So maybe next season Stella will look to 'Davo', as the legendary Lizzie Birdsworth affectionately called her? I think it's a far better look than Bea Smith, whose 'style' is one fashion crime I don't intend to commit this season!
Stella McCartney SS11