London’s Abbey Road studio that was made famous by Paul McCartney and his fellow Beatles, played host to Stella McCartney as she unveiled her first menswear collection on Thursday. The designer referenced the strong connection that her father and his band-mates had with the studio. “It really means a lot to our family this studio… seeing and hearing what’s been created here, the best music in the world” said the designer. “It’s such an iconic place. So many people have recorded here,” she said.
Like the iconic band on its 1969 album cover, models at the show paraded over the same white stripes. The collection featured both playful casual wear as well as more formal tailoring. The designs included blue pinstripe pyjama-like shirts and bright yellow socks as well as a black suit with camel overcoat. Though McCartney has become a household name in the world of fashion, the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design trained designer has just entered the world of menswear.
“The challenge has been just to look at how men dress but also not over thinking it,” said McCartney. “We want them to be a bit freer and having more fun with their wardrobe and also have timeless beautiful pieces at the same time.” Apart from the iconic location, the show also saw several British creatives such as Anna Friel, rapper M.I.A, models Kate Moss and Twiggy enjoy the show. The collection was accompanied by music performances by Run-DMC, who played the well-known track “Walk this way”. McCartney also unveiled her womenswear collection for spring 2017 at the event.