In light of the current political upheaval, it’s hard to occupy our thoughts with hemlines and prints. Nevertheless, the shows must go on. After all, fashion is, in itself, one of our most basic forms of free speech. And, on a larger scale, “Fashion makes people’s minds up about what is beautiful and acceptable,” to quote model Ebonee Davis.
With that in mind, who better to break the ice than Stella McCartney? (Need we remind you of the dancing models?) This Wednesday, the British designer debuted her first-ever menswear collection alongside her Pre-Spring 2017 womenswear collection. “I want someone of any age and from any walk of life to be able to come to me and find something that suits them, and that is something I strongly believe in for both the menswear and womenswear,” the equal opportunity designer told Vogue UK.
According to a press release, McCartney’s menswear designs “draw on iconic art and sub cultures across the eras to inject a new creative energy into timeless classics.” For inspiration, Stella looked to her husband, her dad (natch) and the “great men of the world, people who have had an impact, like artists and musicians [like her dad].”
In our humble opinion, the pieces are just as effortless and wearable as her womenswear. True to form, the collection is filled with playful prints, fantastic tailoring and unexpected shape and texture combos. Though many of the pieces are decorated with animals, the cruelty-free collection speaks to McCartney’s vegetarian philosophy, as does the fact that 45 percent of the clothing was made from sustainable materials.
Our favorite piece — which just so happens to be Stella’s pick, too — is the silk shirt with swallow detailing. “It’s very similar to a shirt that my dad used to own and I absolutely loved when I was growing up. I did the exact blouse in womenswear as well because when I was younger I actually thought it was my mum’s, but when I realized it was my dad’s I felt like I just had to include it in the menswear. It’s a very nostalgic piece for me,” the designer shared with Vogue UK. Artful and androgynous — a winning combo.
To fête her latest launch, the designer threw a party at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios. There were DJ sets and live performances by members of the Clash, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Gorillaz and more. A-list onlookers included Kate Moss, Salma Hayek, Orlando Bloom, Cillian Murphy, M.I.A, Damien Hirst and Twiggy, to name just a few. Models and partygoers ate pizza from Stella McCartney boxes.
Unfortunately, the pepperoni’s all gone, but the collection, below, hits stores this January. It’ll be available for pre-order starting November 11. See all the Stella McCartney Men’s Spring 2017 looks from the runway below.
Images courtesy Stella McCartney