Runway Report: Stella McCartney SS17

Cementing her place as one of the world’s most environmentally friendly designers, Stella McCartney showcased a collection full of organic cotton muslin, eco-friendly suede and vegan leather for SS17.

A loose silhouette dominated, while boiler suits covered with logos and skater T-shirts added some fun to the no-nonsense separates. She also used street wear to shout about her ecological philosophy, including slogan tops with the phrases “animal free”, “no fur and no leather” and “all is love”.

Sporty elements were put to good use – drawstring waist details on wide-cut trousers and hooded long sleeved track tops in imitation suede. At the other end of the spectrum there was news on the tailoring front, which made use of corsetry detailing yet didn’t look uptight or constricting thanks to the cotton fabric. Exaggerated sleeves came in glam day dresses and shirts with paper bag waists.

After the show, when questioned about the faux suede McCartney said: “The fact you have to ask goes to show why the f*** do we use real suede? Why are we killing so many animals just for something you can’t even tell the difference?” she asked. “And you can wash it in the machine, it’s very practical.”

The feel good show finished with a model flash mob, which was choreographed by Blanca Li and verified this was a collection that was designed to move in.

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