PARIS (AP) — It was as much an art fair as it was a fashion show for Stella McCartney, who presented an art-filled spring collection at Paris Fashion Week on Monday that vibrated with flashes of color.
Iconic Japanese contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara collaborated on the designs on display at the Center Pompidou Museum of Modern Art in Paris, while art megastar Jeff Koons casually dropped by to greet McCartney after the show, eyeing her comically through a workshop of world famous artists. sculptures by Constantine Brancusi.
The screen also pioneered the use of regenerative cotton.
Here are some highlights of the spring-summer 2023 collections:
STELLA GETS ARTISTIC
A runway carpeted in yellow, red and blue dazzled VIP guests at McCartney’s show in the open-air courtyard of Paris’ Center Pompidou, a set created in homage to the art museum’s famous colored structuralist exterior.
This vibrancy continued into spring food that was typically fluid and sporty, with moments of bright color.
This season, chic pieces like white asymmetrical bias cut mini dresses or tight pink neoprene tops with a scooped side silhouette would become the canvas for Nara’s vivid imagination.
In front of them, the Japanese artist had created striking images of wide-eyed girls and boys in animal costumes, which the house described as “sinister”.
The funniest looks were full color, like a stark-looking chalk yellow sweat top and pant look accessorized with bouncy black flip-flops and a puffy tote.
That made for a good look against the bright yellow runway and had fashion insiders reaching for their cameras.
ECO-MCCARTNEY MAKES REGENERATIVE COTTON
Speaking backstage after a brief greeting with her supportive Beatles father Paul McCartney, Stella said she was “delighted” that this spring collection set a house record for being 87% sustainable.
“It’s my most sustainable yet. I hope nothing has been sacrificed; you shouldn’t see any of the sustainability, it should still look luxurious,” he said, to the group of nodding editors amid the sound of champagne.
Since his home was bought by luxury giant LVMH, McCartney has also taken on a lobbying role within the company to be more environmentally conscious. This season, one of the fruits of that appeared on the catwalk. The designer said LVMH paid for a three-year pilot program to make regenerative cotton, grown in a way that maintains soil health.
She said the process “captures carbon in the soil” and “encourages nature instead of destroying it with pesticides.”
Delving into her advisory role within the world’s largest luxury group, McCartney described it as a “positive impact”, especially with CEO Bernard Arnault in the front row watching closely the success of eco-friendly ready-to-wear.
“He’s not stupid, it leaks,” he said. “He can look at all those bags and all those shoes and all those non-leather jackets and he can compare between his other houses and see there’s no sacrifice. visually.”