The white suit in the opening look of Stella McCartney’s collection was informed by one worn by John Lennon in her favorite picture. “It’s of John and Yoko [Ono], and I’ve always loved how he looks in it. It’s the perfect cut, the perfect lapel, the perfect everything,” she said on a call from her West London home. In recent months, the designer has been absorbed in Get Back, the Peter Jackson-directed documentary on the making of The Beatles’ final album, Let It Be. As the daughter of Paul McCartney, Stella created a capsule collection in support of the documentary, which segued into this collection.
“Get Back is my favorite period of fashion. It was a period when I wasn’t born yet, but the fashion didn’t change much in the years after,” she said, referring to the late-’60s silhouettes that kicked off ’70s glam. When you’re a kid you don’t think about any of it, but it was definitely impactful. I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer very early on from the memories I had looking at my parents’ wardrobes and going on to Savile Row. For me, it goes beyond the look and the image, obviously. It’s what smells I associate with it… I had access to touching those suits. They were in my life. They’re very important memories for me,” she said, adding how she and her family would visit Lennon and Ono in New York’s Dakota building during the first 10 years of her life.
McCartney channeled her personal approach into a collection that was often devoted to the tailoring at the core of her fashion education. “It’s how I, as a woman, truly want to wear tailoring, still, to this day. I’ve been doing it forever and it’s never really come off-piste,” she said. “Everyone needs a great suit, and I think it’s an interesting moment to bring back the suit. They’ve gone out of fashion a little, but at the moment they’re very much back in the conversation, and I wanted to celebrate that.” In the process, she leaned into tailoring that cuts to the contours of the body, a contrast to what she called the “over-scaled impact suiting” of our current fashion moment.