Man made: Stella McCartney’s debut menswear collection has mass appeal
When it came to launching her first menswear collection, Stella McCartney did more than dip her toe in. Rather than a unisex extension or a concise capsule, the British designer has invested in 37 full looks, including accessories, which will drop into department stores and key boutiques globally this November. You could say it’s almost like the line always existed, which was exactly the plan.
‘I wanted to create a collection where every type of man can come and find something,’ McCartney explains of the S/S17 debut that’s an inter-decade mélange of artistic sub-cultures. ‘The starting point is men that I find incredibly inspiring, and the kind of men I want to help dress. That’s the same thing I try to do with the womenswear,’ she adds. ‘I make women feel like they can be fashionable, and yet themselves. And I want to do the same for men.’
She blurs the boundaries between formal dress (courtesy of pushed proportions) and traditional sportswear (see sassy slogan tees), while also experimenting with new sustainable and recycled man-made materials. That said, her bonded cotton macs, handmade in the UK, are surefire winners.
As originally featured in the December 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*213)