It wouldn’t be a Stella McCartney pre-collection without a party. This time it was held Monday evening at the Harold Pratt House, a Park Avenue mansion, fully Stella-fied with pastel candy trays, cakes that looked like current-season handbags and models driving power wheels.
The scene was sweet and whimsical with a little bit of privileged edge befitting McCartney’s inspiration for the collection: She had been thinking about her childhood, specifically her eldest sibling Heather, who was heavy into London’s first-generation punk scene — friends with Billy Idol, a fan of 999 — when the younger McCartney children were born and their parents whisked the family away to an organic farm, Heather’s punky proclivities be damned. “I was thinking about the interruption for my sister and what that must have been like,” said McCartney, explaining the translation as “taking quite punky, black-and-white edgy stuff and softening it.”
The most literal examples were great jackets embroidered with graphic drawings by artist Gary Hume, geometric intarsia sweaters and oversize blanket coats with fringed details. More feminine styles included a sleeveless dress with giant off-kilter polka dots.
The collection also introduced McCartney’s sustainable wool partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI, through which her tailoring and knitwear will use wool from the sheep of Patagonia, produced in accordance with the conservancy’s new sustainability standards.