For the Stella McCartney Resort 2020 collection, the line up featured hand-drawn bouquets were printed on light cloqué summer dresses in delicate tones of peony, wisteria and primrose.
For Resort, her approach has become more overt: “Normally you don’t see what we do in terms of manufacturing conscientiousness,” she explained. “All the efforts we make in doing what we do are IN the product, not ON the product. This season I wanted to make it more visible.”
For the season, Everything Is Illuminated’s best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer collaborated with McCartney to create the round pattern of a sun, which became Resort’s distinctive print: “It’s the circular weather, it’s the clouds, it’s the rain; the sun is breathing, blowing wind,” said McCartney. “But it’s also a little bit trippy, a little bit ’90s, a sort of dance-trance vibe.”
The “We Are The Weather” motif, together with Franzen’s handwritten statements, like “We Are Entirely Free To Live Differently” or “Be Leaving, Believing, Be Living,” were printed, knitted or embroidered throughout the collection, which is 60% made of sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, sustainable viscose, regenerated nylon, recycled polyester, Alter-nappa and the newly introduced traceable alpaca.
Resort offered great utilitarian pieces cut with clarity and emotional minimalism with roomy jumpsuits; imaginative textural knitwear; upcycled denim jackets and pants. Day dresses had effortless ease and inventive cuts, as did a circular cloqué number in a spectacular shade of red. Tailoring was a strong proposition, a standout being a sharp-tailored black tuxedo exuding a fluid ease, with a touch of whimsy in the loose flowing ribbons subtly embroidered with the “We Are The Weather” beaded handwriting.
Watch backstage as models mingle with a collective of young activists, performing a peaceful protest and chanting slogans on climate change awareness for the Stella McCartney Resort 2020 runway show.