McCartney presents menswear line

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The fashion world saw a refreshing take on menswear last month with the introduction of designer Stella McCartney’s environmentally conscious yet stylish men’s line. The line debuted at London’s Abbey Road Studios alongside McCartney’s pre-fall/winter 2017 womenswear collection. Abbey Road Studios also served as a recording venue for Stella McCartney’s father, Paul McCartney, and the Beatles throughout the 1960s. The composition of the new accessories and apparel are free of both fur and leather, partially stemming from Stella McCartney and Paul McCartney’s environmentally conscious beliefs. Unlike the fashion lines of most other competing men’s brands, McCartney’s apparel features boxy and striped designs with bohemian prints that have been described as seasonless. According to McCartney, many of the designs featured in her first menswear collection were inspired greatly by her father and Abbey Road Studios, which is where she spent much of her childhood.

stellaThe styles from McCartney’s new collection steal somewhat from the elements of sleepwear, consisting of everything from flowing, pajama-like shirts with large collars to shorts and drawstring pants. In the same vein, these pieces often feature elastic cuffs and hems. Some of the line’s other designs feature loud and expressive prints on plain backgrounds, such as a white oxford shirt emblazoned with several brightly colored flowers sandwiched between the phrase “Nice One” printed in a large font. The same design and phrase appears on a black varsity jacket with white stripes along the sleeves. Among the more conservative pieces in the collection are a regular-fit blazer.

However, a majority of the designs feature a tasteful blend between the conservative and the more outlandish. One model featured in a photo from the collection is seen wearing the blazer and a pair of matching dress pants. At first glance, the pants seem normal but, on closer inspection, the viewer will notice zippers located above the knee, as well as cuffs that feature a button closure. Another model is shown wearing a pair of plain olive pants with a purple dress shirt tucked in. The relatively conservative outfit is turned eye-catching by a pair of partially embroidered hummingbirds that appear on either side of the shirt’s center buttons. A third model is styled with an oversized khaki anorak layered under a yellow soccer scarf displaying the word “Members” in black.

The retro-style scarf is also available in a red and black colorway. Overall, the line further cements McCartney’s place in the fashion world as an environmentally conscious designer who does not struggle to keep her designs unique and modern. In past years, McCartney had hinted at possessing the ability to create a stylish men’s collection, despite having referred to herself as a “woman designing for women” in a 2014 Guardian interview. During the 2011 Met Gala, Paul McCartney was photographed wearing a tuxedo designed by his daughter. Just like in her debut men’s collection, McCartney combined the most important parts of conservative design with subtle aspects of a louder design, combining a classic tuxedo with a blue and green plaid design.

The fashion world was also given a glimpse of McCartney’s dabbling in men’s fashion during October’s Paris Fashion Week. McCartney’s husband, Alasdhair Willis, was spotted wearing a black peak-lapel, four-button, double-breasted jacket and trousers designed by his wife. Actor Orlando Bloom has also been seen wearing pieces from McCartney’s line. Other designers such as Christian Dior, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton have also attempted to transition from designing only women’s clothing to developing a men’s line. In these cases, however, male designers have been tasked with running the men’s fashion line of the company.

Only time will tell if McCartney will be able to continue to transition smoothly between designing women’s and men’s fashion, or if her being a woman will play a significant part in this transition. McCartney’s new line will be available in retail stores beginning in January 2017.

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