Mood board: The last few months have been a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions drama for the fashion industry. More than ever in a competitive and commercial landscape, independent brands are looking to selling part of their stock in order to gain long-term stability and financial security. But Stella McCartney has always gone against the grain, and that goes for her business acumen too. The designer has freshly regained independent status after buying back her business from Kering. And although that puts her in a much freer creative position, it also comes with new responsibilities. For S/S 2019, this was no time for shock and surprise, but one for reasserting the brand’s easy, relaxed and versatile philosophy. Best in show: It was all about classic McCartney here, the kind of easy, super wearable pieces we can all do with: tie dye mini dresses and t-shirts, utilitarian bleached denim, unstructured dresses and silk-and-lace slips…Original sources