Stella McCartney’s Faux Stance Broadens for Fall/Winter 2017

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By finally creating a supremely luxurious faux leather material, Stella McCartney can finally announce, "Mission accomplished!"

As one of the most recognized names in fashion, Stella McCartney enjoys all of the cachet that comes with creating a cool brand that is beloved by celebrities, “It” girls, and everyday women alike. However, McCartney’s raison d’etre is unlike most designers in that she has worked tirelessly since her start in fashion design to create alternatives to fur, leather, and other animal products. Having debuted faux fur coats for Fall/Winter 2015 that were so like the real thing that experts couldn’t tell the difference, McCartney has recently set her sights on leather. Namely, she was concerned with how to create faux leather that could be manipulated and structured like the real thing. For Fall/Winter 2017, McCartney can officially announce “Mission accomplished!”

Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2017
Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2017 Photo: Courtesy of WGSN

Since McCartney is used to occupying the role of “trendsetter” at Fashion Week, a quick look at her runway show will tell you that she, too, is favoring the suit and menswear tailoring for Fall/Winter 2017. Be prepared to see her soft felted wool, relaxed plaid versions everywhere come next season. McCartney also focused on prints, showing coordinated separates decorated with equestrian scenery, whose influence was felt in later Western-style leather separates and outerwear.

McCartney’s search for sustainable but-luxurious replacements for all types of animal products has finally been completed.

A tinge of streetwear also appeared in the form of track suits in camo-green nylon and suede, with asymmetrical lace evening looks to close. While she touched lightly on a dozen trends or so – from high-waisted velvet trousers to double-denim looks – the most impressive aspect of her runway was how natural her faux leather appeared. Her search for sustainable but-luxurious replacements for all types of animal products has finally been completed. Other designers, take heed: there is no place to hide now, and no more excuse to use fur and leather on the runway. McCartney has made sure of that.

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