PARIS — Stella McCartney played with opacity and transparency in her sexy, lingerie-inspired 2010 winter ready-to-wear collection Monday.
McCartney, a dedicated vegetarian, also continued to highlight animal-friendly alternatives to fur and leather, sending out oversized rock star coats in piles of shaggy lambs wool and stiletto boot-cum-leggings treated to look like second-skin leather.
Pop star Pink _ one of a host of A-list guests that also included rapper Kanye West and McCartney's Beatle father, Paul _ praised her commitment to the cause.
"She proves that you can be wildly successful and creative and still have moral values," Pink told reporters at a post-show event organized by animal rights group PETA _ which has staged protests outside displays by other Paris labels, including Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Mostly, McCartney's collection hinged around delicate black lace panels that gave a provocative edge to light spaghetti strap nighty dresses and flowing ankle-length gowns.
The lace "is nice to remind you there's a human element underneath the clothes, nice to get skin," McCartney told reporters backstage. "It's a nice way of finding femininity and sensuality and delicacy, but when it's black lace, there's something a little edgy about it, as well."
Lacy details dressed up the necklines of breezy, bouffant-sleeve blouses while lace panels in a starburst pattern revved up a light silk dress.
Other standout pieces included a glam rocker coat entirely covered with thin, silver beads and cropped, swingy tuxedo jacket.
At the end of the show _ which was held in a glass-roofed former market in central Paris _ Paul McCartney leapt to his feet to give his daughter a standing ovation.
Another front-row guest, actress Salma Hayek, praised the collection as "so sexy and so feminine."
Asked whether she thought the naughty nighty dresses were wearable, she demurred, saying, "for some people, I think definitely."