Stella McCartney channels mushrooms in trippy Parisian show
Stella McCartney’s anti-virus show was shown to a fraction of the normal Parisian audience. But that didn’t detract from his energy or his attraction to stardom.
Paul McCartney surprised his creative daughter backstage amid a group of guests including Demi Moore and Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, who spoke to The Associated Press about his environmental concerns.
Here are some highlights of the spring 2022 collections from Monday to Paris Fashion Week:
To give an update on the environment, Stella McCartney used the idea of a mushroom, the valiant survivor of nature. It was also a springboard for a myriad of hallucinogenic looks.
This collection, one of the best of the season, was full of energy and vibrant design.
The mushroom theme has been used creatively. Plant prints on light organdy, alongside a palette mixing vivid natural hues and earthy browns. The durable leather bags were, according to the house, also made from mycelium, a fungal material that breaks down organic matter.
But the best parts of the display came when McCartney strayed from the plant theme. Judo belts snapped around loose white pants in looks that featured piping borrowed from astronaut cooling tubes.
The collection’s finale blossomed with ‘magic mushroom’ looks – sinister ’70s undertones and psychedelic patterns in skin-tight cut tops. Glittering suits glistened like the brilliant trails of slugs left in the forest at dawn.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH STELLA
The Anglo-American designer has eschewed the usual Opéra Garnier setting for a sleek venue this pandemic season – in the Espace Niemeyer, an iconic Modernist building designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Celebrities huddled in bizarre oval rooms, while reporters walked through winding hallways to meet the designer.
When the former Beatle surprised his daughter, backstage quickly became a family affair. Stella joked that photographers had better hurry with their shots with Paul McCartney because “I don’t want to keep him waiting too long. You can’t make your father mad at you.
Demi Moore, in a mesh jumpsuit, was there with her daughter, Scout Willis, 30.
The late King of Pop’s daughter, Paris Jackson, was also present. She told the AP that she loved McCartney and other designers who put the environment at the heart of their work. Jackson, 23, said she didn’t think the hallucinogenic parts of McCartney’s show weren’t the most important.
“It’s less about trippy stuff than saving the planet, which is so powerful,” she said.
Jackson praised McCartney for pioneering animal rights, cruelty-free fashion, and promoting alternatives to leather that aren’t made from plastic or animals.
Jackson also admired environmentalist Vivienne Westwood, whose show she also attended, because she too “was a punk at heart.”
GIVENCHY CORRIDOR NECKLACE
A silver necklace featured on Givenchy’s Sunday night show, which to some looked like a broken noose, has been criticized online for allegedly glorifying suicide.
A model at designer Matthew M. Williams’ debut show wore the accessory.
Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada pointed to the similarities between the collar and a controversial Burberry hoodie that also featured a fall / winter 2019 noose, prompting the CEO to the company Marco Gobbetti to apologize.
Diet Prada said on Instagram of Givenchy’s article: “You would think the industry would have learned not to put things that look like ropes around a model’s neck.”
Givenchy did not respond to AP’s requests for comment.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI SEES THE LIGHT
Lightweight, white, decorative. This is the winning formula of designer Giambattista Valli, who has created a typically feminine and flowery spring collection.
He also took the bikini top silhouette that was ubiquitous on the Parisian catwalks and possessed it.
The Italian designer cut off the shoulders for sex appeal, rounded them up for a regal touch. For a sporty and youthful side, he provided vests and crop tops. The designs were always delicate. Asymmetrical tiered dresses fringed with silk ruffles.
But this collection wasn’t just a uniquely themed wonder – the Fez-shaped hats and Ottoman vests added a nice quirk.
AGNES B. BECOMES PORTABLE
This French designer never does a show to shock, for better or for worse. Instead of pushing boundaries, Agnes B. produces soft, easy-to-wear clothes. And isn’t that the very definition of ready-to-wear?
So this season, she produced a typically clean-lined collection that went to the Wild West – at least, a very Parisian take on it.
Black hats, vests, oval buckle belts and suede heeled cowboy boots gave this spring a slight masculine touch. A crisp white shirt had a cowboy tie bolo with crisscross embroidery on the sleeve. A model did a country line dance, moving her heels to the opposite side for a touch of fun.
Later, pajama looks, striped and feminine, complete the collection.