Stella McCartney swaps models for animal mascots at fall 20 show

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly …

Stella McCartney highlighted animal welfare at her latest fashion show by swapping some of the models for furry mascots.

The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the industry, having committed to using eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials in all of her products.

On Monday, McCartney unveiled her fall/winter 2020 collection at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the presentation attracting the likes of Janelle Monae, Shailene Woodley, Caitriona Balfe, Ashley Benson, and Isabelle Huppert – though she stunned the crowd by having people dressed as cows, foxes, alligators, rabbits, and a horse walk the runway alongside the regular models.

“What we try to do here at Stella is to sugarcoat a powerful, meaningful message in a little bit of humour and fun, to make our point in a palatable and digestible way so that people listen,” the 48-year-old commented of the concept to The Guardian. “These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway. I wanted to make that point, but in a joyous way.”

Elsewhere, McCartney made efforts to reduce environmental impacts by reusing seating, sharing invites digitally, repurposing walls, and planting trees. As for the fashion, the designer took inspiration from the work of Russian-born French artist and illustrator Erte, with some of his archival works used for the first time as fashion prints.

“Erte’s artistic vision is translated into Stella’s aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring a compelling tension created by the feminisation of masculine clothing, sculptural silhouettes, and minimal embellishments are balanced with natural textures,” the show notes read. “True to Stella, the palette includes terrestrial tones of mineral, clay, sand, charcoal, walnut, and navy alongside punches of lilac and ginger.”

Highlights of the range included a dark dress with silver beading on the bodice, cosy coats, and oversized suiting.

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Lanvin channels retro glamour for fall 20 collection

Lanvin has gone for full-on retro glamour for its fall/winter 2020 collection.Creative director Bruno Sialelli, who was appointed to helm the French house in January 2019, presented his third line at La Galerie des Gobelins as part of Paris Fashion Wee…

Lanvin has gone for full-on retro glamour for its fall/winter 2020 collection.

Creative director Bruno Sialelli, who was appointed to helm the French house in January 2019, presented his third line at La Galerie des Gobelins as part of Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with the show attracting celebrities such as Isabelle Huppert, Yolanda Hadid, Tyga, Teyana Taylor, Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.

Regarding his inspiration for the line, Sialelli looked through the archives of label founder Jeanne Lanvin and contemplated the peak of the couture brand during its 1920s heyday.

To begin, a model walked the runway in a burgundy leather wing coat with matching boots and teal leather gloves. A number of similar silhouettes followed, all accessorised with either gold bracelets, gloves, and calf-length boots.

Coats were a big focus, with Sialelli offering up leather, check, and belted wool versions with oversized shoulder detailing, with Bella Hadid stepping out in a luxurious white number with gold buttons and fluffy collar.

“LANVIN!!! My dream coat, music, show … thank you to my dears,” the model captioned a snap on Instagram following the spectacle.

Elsewhere, the designer included long printed dresses, sheer black outfits with lace trim, knitwear separates and chic suiting, with the choice of beige and mint green fabric for the two-pieces referencing the signature pastel hues of the house.

To conclude, Sialelli unveiled a range of flapper-esque dresses, with Adut Akech in a black and silver beaded ensemble and Gigi Hadid sporting a shorter style alongside a navy coat and red gloves.

“Kicked off Paris closing the beautiful @lanvinofficial show yesterday. Congrats & thank you @brunosialelli,” she posted.

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Dior advocates for sustainability with tree-filled spring 2020 show

Dior has advocated for sustainability and the environment by holding its spring/summer 2020 show in an “inclusive garden”.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her latest line for the French luxury label at the Longchamp Racecourse as part of …

Dior has advocated for sustainability and the environment by holding its spring/summer 2020 show in an “inclusive garden”.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her latest line for the French luxury label at the Longchamp Racecourse as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle attracting celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Isabelle Huppert, and Chiara Ferragni.

Teaming with members of the Coloco collective of botanists and landscape designers, Chiuri had the venue transformed into a garden, featuring 164 trees that will later be planted in the French capital, with the idea to turn the “ephemeral” nature of a fashion show into an event which will have a second life.

“We have to educate ourselves. I don’t know if we can arrive at a point where we can say we are sustainable. But I think we can do our best to impact less,” the designer told Vogue.com of her inspiration. “We have to be transparent with our audience. Fashion can do a lot, because it has the power to affect the choices of its audiences.”

The show kicked off with a model sporting a blue shirt, black and white romper, black worker boots and black woven hat, with the look referencing relaxed gardening attire. A range of beige dresses with botanical-inspired prints, loose jackets with large pockets, belted crochet numbers, and striped knitwear followed.

Partway through the presentation, Chiuri introduced several flowing chiffon dresses with delicate floral prints, denim separates, and touches of grey tie-dye, with the outfits matched with espadrilles.

Emphasising the theme even further, many of the models wore pigtail braids, evoking the hairstyle of 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, while many of the floral designs on dresses and shirts were a nod to the work of brand founder Christian Dior’s sister, Catherine Dior, who had a passion for gardening.

To conclude the show, Chiuri had models parade the catwalk in tailored grey suiting, pretty white dresses with tiered skirts, and belted gowns that could also work for the red carpet.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Wednesday with shows from Lanvin and Mugler.

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Chloe Grace Moretz excited by way Greta subverts genre

Chloe Grace Moretz is thrilled by the way in which her new film Greta subverts genre.In the Neil Jordan-directed project, the actress plays Frances McCullen, a young waitress living a quiet life in New York City with her roommate Erica Penn (Maika Monr…

Chloe Grace Moretz is thrilled by the way in which her new film Greta subverts genre.

In the Neil Jordan-directed project, the actress plays Frances McCullen, a young waitress living a quiet life in New York City with her roommate Erica Penn (Maika Monroe), with the story following her as she befriends Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert), an obsessive piano teacher and former nurse.

While Chloe has appeared in psychological thrillers before, she has now shared how she was immediately intrigued by the unconventional premise.

“When I first read the project and saw that it was three women at the helm, it reminded me of (Jordan Peele’s 2017 satirical horror film) Get Out in the sense that it subverts the genre,” she said in a video interview with Collider. “It’s a story that’s attainable, that we understand, but being that it’s a separate lens and it’s a different cast it subverts the genre in a way that makes it more exciting, more innovative and something that feels more modern.”

Chloe went on to explain that she was pleased to know that Oscar-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey would be overseeing the production as she always likes to work with people who are at the top of their game.

And she emphasised that she took notes from the filmmakers as she is keen to direct one day, and is actually working on developing a neo-noir thriller

“Even from a young age – five years old, six years old, I was always obsessed with what everyone else was doing on set. I wanted to know why the prop master was doing that, why the set designer was doing that. I was obsessed with colour palettes as a kid… and now, my brother Trevor and I are going to co-direct together but we’re going to start small – we’re going to start with short films and then work our way up,” the 22-year-old added.

Greta is now showing in U.S. cinemas and opens around the world in April.

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Stella McCartney plays with vintage florals and tie-dye for spring 19

Stella McCartney has played with vintage florals and tie-dye patterns for her latest line.The London-based designer unveiled her spring/summer 2019 collection at the opulent Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (01Oct18), with …

Stella McCartney has played with vintage florals and tie-dye patterns for her latest line.

The London-based designer unveiled her spring/summer 2019 collection at the opulent Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (01Oct18), with celebrities including Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Isabelle Huppert and Carine Roitfeld all perched on the front row.

Opting for a very relaxed aesthetic, McCartney had the show open with a model sporting a romper with V-shaped neckline made from a ’60-style blue flower pattern fabric. A number of oversized suits worn over white T-shirts followed, as did a parade of floaty skater dresses made from stretchy materials.

The line also included low-slung satin trousers, utility jackets, tracksuits with pockets on the trousers, large knit jumpers worn as dresses and hooded coats belted with drawstrings.

Perhaps the most surprising element was the inclusion of a range of tie-dyed pieces that harked back to retro fashion styles, with standout garments including pale blue T-shirts, indigo trousers, and a blue and white tie-dye denim boiler suit which was modelled by Kaia Gerber.

As always, accessories played a big part in eco fashion advocate McCartney’s range, with the 47-year-old designer offering up white slip-on flats and sneakers made from sustainable materials as well as large leather-look tote bags and ladylike handbags with the brand’s logo printed in bold lettering on wide straps.

To conclude the spectacle, McCartney had models walk the runway in minimalistic trench coats, simple silk chemises and floaty floral print dresses, with the show ending with a model in a light purple satin jumpsuit with billowing sleeves.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Monday with shows from Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen.

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