Stella McCartney kicked off her first menswear collection with a star-studded party at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios, which was transformed into an arcade full of activities and performances, an homage to music and fashion. The designer showcased 12 looks at the presentation—available for purchase this January— which blended her quintessential British style with motifs of iconic pieces of art across eras. “There was so much inspiration behind the collection. I of course looked to the men in my life, my husband, my father, my friends. I also thought of great men of the world, people who have had an impact, like artists and musicians,” the designer told Vogue UK. “We really drew inspiration from London as well, in particular it’s musical history; we wanted that feeling and spirit.”
McCartney also unveiled her women’s Spring 2017 collection, showcasing 18 looks, marking the first time both collections were presented together. “I think the two complement each other very well. I always try to have some humor in my designs, and a versatility in all of the pieces. I want someone of any age and from any walk of life to be able to come to me and find something that suits them, and that is something I strongly believe in for both the menswear and womenswear,” the designer added on marrying her menswear with womenswear.
Supermod Kate Moss came out to celebrate, as well as Salma Hayek, Orlando Bloom, Cillian Murphy, M.I.A, Jess Glynne, Anna Friel, Twiggy, Damien Hirst, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Professor Green, Darryl McDaniels (of DMC), John Cooper Clarke and Jeff Wooton (of Gorillaz) with Beth Ditto, and Sharleen Spiteri Mike D took the stage for live musical performances, as well as DJs Neneh Cherry, Paul Simonon (The Clash) and Dan Donovan (Big Audio Dynamite), Mike D (Beastie Boys), and Basement Jaxx.