For the Stella McCartney Resort 2023 collection, the designer was inspired by naturalist Miriam Rothschild and Knepp Farm in Horsham – who gave their land back to Mother Earth, allowing it to rebalance itself and restore wildlife without disturbance. She is working with ecologist and reintroduction expert Derek Gow to rewild her own farm, with native flora and fauna inspiring the collection.
Made from 85% responsible materials, it is the brand’s most sustainable collection to date. It is captured dichotomously in both natural and industrial settings, platforming this season’s mood-lifting palette of botanical shades of sunflower yellow, rose pink, poppy red and lime green.
Hand-drawn prints of British animals being rewilded are illustrated on forest-friendly viscose double satin separates, including deer, hedgehogs, badgers, hares and extinct lynx. English bird species like goldfinches, woodpeckers and king fishers also take wing on fluid jersey vests and screen-printed trousers. Evolving the lynx’s feline aesthetic, tiger prints feature on recycled polyester oversized coating, menswear tailoring and denim with circular hardware fastenings, while ocelot spots are blurred on PVC-free sequinned cut-out dresses, all-in-ones and Fur Free Fur coats innovated from a new wool alternative.
Fluid fabric wraps around rings on double-satin dresses with deep necklines bursting into petal-like cut-outs and sleeveless cape tops. Sexy bodycon dresses in sunflower yellow compact knit explode into silk bubble skirts. Compact knit and silky double-satin dresses are made of wide strips stitched together, descending and detaching into flowing bands.
Playful transparent windows on trouser hems are complemented by broderie anglaise, taking circular shapes encrusted into the busts of black all-in-ones, cream Alter Mat skirts and barely-there strappy dresses in poppy red and lily white. Hand-crocheted flowers are stitched together into patchwork dresses and knit jumpers, alongside naive graphic Tree of Life knitwear and plant-based light-wash denim with a vintage-effect floral digital print.
New glamour comes from gold lurex shirting wrapping over the collar and body-skimming dresses with vee necklines covered in sheer mesh. Marigold pleated dresses feature leg slits and chain hardware along the waistline, while double-satin black mini dresses have diamond belting. Outerwear includes navy wool cape coats and vegan Alter Mat cropped jackets with statement hardware buttons, zips and rounded collars.