The designer's latest collection is called Lady Garden, and is filled with all sorts of animals, insects, flowers and vegetables.
Stella McCartney channeled her love of “The Secret Garden,” Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic, into a collection filled with nature-inspired patterns, cobwebby knits and materials made from a cornucopia of fruit waste.
She called the collection Lady Garden, and described it as “by women, and for a range of women” who accept their bodies and live in tune with the natural world.
Flower children will favor a long, one-shoulder dress with a single cape sleeve and perky orange marigolds drifting across the front. Take a step back and a women’s silhouette emerges from a sea of flowers: Mother Nature in trompe l’oeil.
McCartney looked to moth and butterfly wings for the abstract pattern on a tailored suit with a cropped jacket, and unleashed a menagerie of bears, owls and sheep onto denim in the form of a trippy, tie-dye style print.
Broderie anglaise flowers sprouted on the front of dresses with wide, fluted sleeves and an Art Nouveau vibe, while knitwear took its cues from spider webs — and from the McCartney lingerie collections.
One long, gossamer knit dress was as bright as a blade of spring grass, while a languid long underwear set was the color of pale rhubarb.
Although much of this collection was languid and breezy, there was a significant tailoring element, too, in the form of a white jumpsuit with a built-in corset; a sharp camel cape with ’60s military flair, and a tuxedo dress with McCartney’s signature broad, rounded shoulders.
McCartney said the vast majority of this collection was made with sustainable materials, including a load of food industry waste, such as apple skin and pulp; banana stalks, and organic leftovers from wine-making.
Per McCartney’s ongoing strategy, viscose was forest-friendly while the cotton she used for oversize, button-front shirts and T-shirts was sourced from farms using regenerative agriculture techniques which are meant to improve soil health.