Stella McCartney tapped into a menagerie of exotic creatures for this feathery, fuzzy, striped and spotted collection in her latest salute to the animal kingdom.
The designer, who’s been taking part in COP28, used this collection to showcase some of the sustainable fabrics, techniques and innovations she’s been supporting over the past years.
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McCartney introduced BioPuff, a type of insulation made from regenerative bulrushes instead of feather down, which filled out quilted handbags, and also turned to Nona Source, a platform offering deadstock fabrics supplied by the fashion houses at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
She worked them into designs such as Neoprene miniskirts with sliced-up strips meant to mimic feathers, and reworked taffeta, organza and wool to create birdie fluff on the hems and edges of dresses, knits and trousers.
Tiger prints roamed through this collection, too, covering silk dresses with fluttery sleeves, long trenchcoats, chunky knits and scarves. Even some of the denim featured laser-etched tiger prints.
The McCartney signatures — men’s style tailoring, lingerie details and statement outerwear — also had their moment.
McCartney paired a cool, double-breasted peacoat with over-the-knee ruched boots and added lace details to denim and to a breezy cantaloupe-colored gown. Overcoats were extra-long and sturdy to keep out nature’s chill winds, a grand and generous gesture to those of us without feathers or fur.
Launch Gallery: Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2024