Designer Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection personifies a collective desire for movement and connection with our bodies, nature, and art. Conceived during the Coronavirus lockdown, the brand explored how and why we do everything – returning to the world more mindful, grateful, and focused on what matters.
The collection was photographed in the UK, at the historic Houghton Hall and Gardens in Norfolk, by the creative duo Mert & Marcus, who are also personal friends of Stella. Fashion models wove through lush greenery and sculptures by Phillip King and Richard Long – captured in motion wearing instinctual, experimental silhouettes contrasting sportiness against historical shapes.
The garments are made with 65% sustainable materials and reflect the Stella McCartney brand DNA and core values.
Inspired by women using athleticism for escapism, Stella reconnected with and reaffirmed the importance of nature. Key looks played on BMX-style details alongside ultra-short bodycon dresses, tops, and cycling shorts made from repurposed lace. This form-fitting moment was continued by ribbed organic cotton yarn vests, voluminous trousers, and dresses that appeared sculpted onto the body.
Stella’s signature British tailoring included timeless menswear-inspired silhouettes made feminine worn over Stellawear; dichotomies of fitted jackets and billowing trousers, khaki safari jackets, and short skirts.
New this season are flip flops featuring an exaggerated outer sole in summery shades, created with 50% recycled materials. The Daisy clog sandal also had its debut – made distinctive by its vegan, cruelty-free upper with gold stud hardware and a chunky heel crafted from sustainably sourced wood.