Stella McCartney Makes Art Wearable
The newest bold collection from the eponymous label reinterprets Frank Stella’s iconic artwork
Stella McCartney is known for eco-conscious, innovative designs, and her Winter 2022 collection proves as no exception. Entitled Stella By Stella, the range celebrates the iconic American painter, sculptor and printmaker Frank Stella, famous for his minimalism, abstraction and colorful intricacy. With a runway show held on the top floor of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the collection honors Stella women as creators and collectors, turning art into a wearable statement.
The spirit of creation and collaboration is felt through a series of garments that pair masculine and feminine, with bold prints and structures alongside lingerie and draped fabrics. Strong shoulders and oversized silhouettes meet silk dresses and encrusted lace. An air of sensuality accompanies delicate fabrics and twisted high-necks, with chain fringe and boxy overcoats adding a layer of depth and edge.
Graphic prints are directly inspired by Stella’s 1995 work Spectralia, emblazoned onto glossy lurex dresses and branded onto tailored suits fitted atop delicate bras. His V Series were depicted onto knitwear sets and structures jacquard wool coats. Stella’s eccentric shapes also inspired a series of limited-edition jewelery in bright 70s pop colors.
This season introduced a few new staples, including a monogram shoulder bag made from grape waste sourced from Italian wineries, and sneakers composed of a mix of repurposed and recycled materials. Other accessories include logo totes and puffed bags, air slides and vegan stretch boots.
In line with her well-known sustainable practices and efforts, this season’s collection was made with 67% conscious materials and remains free from animal leather, feathers, and fur.