Highlight: “We Are The Weather” Capsule
Titled ‘Force for Nature’, the Spring ‘20 collection projects a strong-hearted woman who cares about the future of our planet, sending a defiant message of activism with poetic phrases by author and environmentalist Jonathan Safran Foer. Recognised as a force for nature herself, Stella personifies this spirit of positive change and this season she urges everybody to join her.
Jonathan Safran Foer, renowned for his best-selling book ‘Everything is Illuminated’, leant his words to a sustainable capsule within the collection titled ‘We are the Weather’. Named after his upcoming novel about the climate crisis, it features pieces emblazoned with statements like ‘we are entirely free to live differently’ across men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, knitwear and accessories.
The palette is a fresh and revitalising step into spring that embodies the spirit of the wild, combining earthy hues like oat, cacao, ginger, stone, khaki and wolf grey with pulses of vivid colour like pink flamingo, violet, lilac, Bellini blue and lipstick red.
Stella’s eco ethos and hope for a circular future remain at the forefront, with over 60% of the collection made from sustainable materials. A new development for the brand, traceable alpaca wool has been introduced, while organic cotton, sustainable viscose, ECONYL® regenerated nylon and recycled polyester continue to be used throughout.
Stella says of the collection, “everything that we stand for in our industry seems to have landed in a place that is finally understood. It really felt like it was the right season to build on that and bring it into the collection in a bolder way”.
Standout pieces in the ‘We are the Weather’ capsule include a jumpsuit, utility dress, trousers and puffer coat decorated with our artful sun print. With countercultural, cult appeal, the print features handwritten messages from Jonathan radiating from a graphic sun illustration. This is reinterpreted as a rich intarsia on undone knitwear. For a more polished take, ribbons embroidered with messages are draped over sharp Savile Row tailoring.
Inspired interpretations of Mother Nature appear in many other forms. Horses dance across luxurious strong-shoulder dresses, shirting and coats, acting as a Stella signature that is symbolic of her love for animals. Botanical prints, inspired by psychedelic illustrated florals from the 60s, appear in energised, acidic hues and are punched out with modern colour-blocking. Fur-Free-Fur returns as a sumptuous blush pink leopard coat and a signature intarsia knit.
Functionality and a strong utilitarian silhouette are a staple for Stella and this season they are reimagined in bright new hues. Organic cotton denim jumpsuits are brought to life in yellow and light teal, and a lightweight workwear jacket and cargo trousers are beautified in soft, vivid shades of lilac. Heavily bleached cargo trousers with statement patch pockets are a fresh perspective on everyday denim.
Moments of powerful minimalism cut through the collection, adding clarity and modernity. A standout dress with an effortless silhouette splashes through in rich red, while a chic camel coat is a quintessential Stella classic. Sophisticated cocktail dresses are defined by sculptural, curving lines trimmed in gold.
For accessories, an upcycled patchwork hobo created from tonal blue panels of archival fabric is a standout piece that upholds Stella’s circular ethos, while bright pastel cylindrical handbags are enhanced with the iconic logo. Platform sandals ground the collection with stacked heels, strapped Alter-Nappa uppers and luxurious gold hardware. Sunglasses transition from sleek and vintage to powerfully feminine in both metal and bio-acetate frames.