De­signer Stella McCart­ney un­veils first menswear col­lec­tion

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Fash­ion de­signer Stella McCart­ney un­veiled her first menswear col­lec­tion on Thurs­day at Lon­don’s fa­mous Abbey Road record­ing stu­dio, where she promised men a more free and fun wardrobe.

McCart­ney chose to present the col­lec­tion at the record­ing stu­dio made fa­mous by her fa­ther, Paul McCart­ney, and his three fel­low Bea­tles when they named one of their al­bums af­ter Abbey Road.

His fash­ion de­signer daugh­ter re­ferred to the 1969 al­bum cover, which shows the band walk­ing across Abbey Road, by parad­ing mod­els over the same white stripes to pho­tog­ra­phers’ flashes. McCart­ney said the venue was spe­cial both for its mu­si­cal and fam­ily ties. “It re­ally means a lot to our fam­ily this stu­dio... see­ing and hear­ing what’s been cre­ated here, the best mu­sic in the world. “It’s such an iconic place. So many peo­ple have recorded here,” she said. Pink Floyd, Ra­dio­head, the Manic Street Preach­ers and Blur are just some of the other bands to have recorded at Abbey Road in re­cent years.

Trained at Cen­tral Saint Martins Col­lege of Art and De­sign, McCart­ney has built a rep­u­ta­tion as a de­signer but has only just de­cided to en­ter the world of menswear. The col­lec­tion shown at Abbey Road ranged from play­ful ca­sual wear, such as blue pin­stripe py­jama-like shirts and bright yel­low socks, to more for­mal tai­lor­ing in­clud­ing a black suit and camel over­coat. “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.”

The launch was at­tended by Bri­tish cre­atives such as ac­tress Anna Friel and rap­per M.I.A, as well as mod­els Kate Moss and Twiggy. Mu­sic per­for­mances in­cluded Run-DMC, who played the well-known track “Walk this way”. McCart­ney’s womenswear col­lec­tion for spring 2017 was also un­veiled at the event.

— AFP photos

Bri­tish fash­ion de­signer Stella McCart­ney (R) poses with her hus­band Alas­d­hair Wil­lis (L) ar­riv­ing for the pre­sen­ta­tion of her menswear launch and women’s Spring 2017 col­lec­tion pre­sen­ta­tion in Lon­don on Novem­ber 10, 2016.

Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can ac­tress Salma Hayek (L) poses with her hus­band French busi­ness­man Fran­cois-Henri Pin­ault (R) ar­riv­ing to at­tend the Stella McCart­ney menswear launch and women’s Spring 2017 col­lec­tion pre­sen­ta­tion in Lon­don.

Bri­tish rap­per and singer-song­writer M.I.A (Mathangi “Maya” Arul­pra­gasam) poses.

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