Earlier this year, fashion designer Stella McCartney announced that she would be launching men's wear. Last night, at Abbey Road Studios, where her father famously recorded with The Beatles, McCartney finally launched the highly anticipated collection to a crowd of editors, buyers and fashion industry insiders. The designer successfully exceeded expectations.
Drawing on inspiration from iconic art and subculture across the eras, she created pieces that had a timeless, yet high-fashion aesthetic. The quintessential British pieces danced between formal wear and street wear. While the pieces are still luxury, they have an effortless feel to them. As always, McCartney stays true to her use of sustainable materials with organic cotton, jersey denim, regenerated cashmere, sustainable viscose and nylon.
Classical yet unusually proportioned suits – both single and double-breasted - come in black, ink and racing green. Styled with tailoring, these pieces have an effortless modern feel. Vintage shirt inspiration comes from an eclectic wardrobe; slim, oversize, short sleeved, granddad, dress and military styles. Trouser options such as cargo pants, creased chinos and striped pajamas complement drawstring shorts and loose boiler suits.
Outerwear played on proportion. Drawstrings and large sleeves were noticeable details on a bonded cotton mackintosh. Details like mirroring birds as a pattern added original flare to the collection. Trench coats come in standard colors like beige, taupe and and midnight with unique pastel linings. For those with more standout sartorial tastes, the collection also features velvet collars and Prince of Wales checks.
Knitwear offers a wide variety of styles. Striped knits are fringed and frayed. Slouchy jumpers feature extra large herringbone stitches and have elongated arms. Regenerated cashmere knits have graphic V fronts and slim ribbed polo tops layer easily underneath. Even shell suits are knitted, elevating them to a luxury look. Graphic t-shirts ooze cheeky charm. Slogans such as "Tomorrow," "Nice one" and "Members And NonMembers Only" rekindle the halcyon days of rave. Your name’s not down but you are coming in. Prints such as a King of Spades that turns into a Jack, a ‘bad cat’ mascot and a country camouflage - plus elegant swallow and trippy flower embroideries - ensure the collection reflects Stella McCartney’s signature playfulness.
If there was anyone who underestimated McCartney's ability to do a brilliant men's wear line, they are certainly eating those words.