The Spring 2024 collection by Stella McCartney is a journey into the Lady Garden – a surrealist sanctuary where ageless Stella women can exist away from society’s expectations, free to be themselves without judgment or compromise. It is an escape into a safe place in nature, bringing together a likeminded community around femininity, friendship and fashion.
A Vibrant Meditation on Womanhood, Nature and Animals
Celebrating women at every stage of their lives, the collection is a vibrant meditation on womanhood, nature and animals, and Stella’s American heritage and personal wardrobe – particularly from the early years of her career. A gentle palette of neutrals includes black, white, camel, raspberry, grey, oat, caramel, gesso and faded khaki green, contrasted with floral pink, sky blue, grass and tangerine, evolving Winter 2023’s ginger tones.
A surrealist Lady Garden floral print was hand-drawn in Stella’s London atelier, rendered on day-to-night halter dresses in ultra-light organic crinkled chiffon – matched by pussy-bow shirting and deconstructed skirts, falling into layers with effortless movement. It is inserted as unexpected chiffon patches on masculine organic cotton shirting. A bolder take includes dresses with asymmetric cape-sleeves and rouleau straps.
Broderie anglaise flowers are encrusted into the busts of airy linen-cotton dresses, masculine shirting and t-shirt mini dresses, while a daisy jacquard is rendered all-over on forest-friendly viscose lingerie halter dresses. Floral Cornely embroidery creates windows of skin, placed into the busts of black woven dresses with ergonomic lines of cut-outs.
Iconic Stella Animal Prints
An abstract jacquard references microscopic views of butterfly wings, blown up on cropped utility sets and trench coats in wearable grey tones. Iconic Stella animal prints are revisited as a Woodstock-inspired pattern of kind creatures in navy blue and off-white on fitted long t-shirts and flared trousers as well as organic cotton denim.
Pulling from Stella’s personal archive, day-to-night corsets feature metal front fastenings, back lacing and a nod to boning. Corsetry gives a hard edge to iconic white all-in-ones in organic cotton, bursting into slouchy trousers. The statement star cut-out trousers from the Summer 2023 runway show are revisited twice – as a low-rise slim tailored trousers and as wide-legged organic denim in a lightly frayed pale vintage wash, sitting perfectly on the hip.
New jeans in light vintage washes are cut in a fresh banana shape. Bi-tonal overshirts and shorts continue this pale aesthetic, in beige and cream. Organic denim contrasts light washes with beige woven inserts, across boyfriend jeans and jackets.
Preppy letterman jackets platform a new Stella “S” varsity symbol, with a responsibly sourced regenerative wool base and sleeves in Alter Mat – a butter-soft vegan alternative to animal leather. A casual American attitude is felt in men’s shirting, extended into crisp blue organic cotton poplin dresses. Sculpted blazers are styled over skirts with double slits.
Cropped jackets feature oversized cargo pockets, paired with belted trousers. Washed-out utilitarian all-in-ones in muted tangerines sit alongside cargo sets and voluminous parkas appear sun-faded, in soft shades of khaki green.
Knit Sets, Crochet Dresses, Iconic Capes, Classic Smoking Jackets and More…
Vibrant mouliné knit sets include roomy sweater vests with ribbed edges and double-slit skirts alongside lightweight sheer crochet dresses and separates, in grass and floral pink. This sexiness extends to V-neck ribbed styles featuring string-like strips across the bust, as well as semi-sheer lightweight plisse knit dresses and separates.
An evening edit includes floor-length t-shirt dresses with lead-free crystal chokers and asymmetric cape-sleeved gowns in raspberry forest-friendly jersey. Moulded tuxedo dresses sit alongside men’s formal shirting, cut from contrasting organic cotton piquet and silk chiffon. Evening tailoring continues with iconic Stella capes and classic smoking jackets.
Glamour is felt in lurex-striped and sequinned separates. Navy ribbed knits hug close to the body, whilst oversized cardigans in a fluffy cream alpaca yarn have cut-outs at the sleeves, allowing for a cape effect.
Accessories and Bags
Vegan accessories are seen in mirrored metallics alongside new Frayme mini bucket bag crafted from MIRUM – a plant-based, plastic-free alternative, circular alternative to animal leather. The Logo bag is revisited as a crescent mini hobo, whilst the iconic Falabella becomes a slouchy bucket style. Building on Winter 2023’s material innovations are new accessories in Appleskin cruelty-free crocodile and smooth VEGEA, respectively made from apple and grape waste.
New is the Elsa footwear family, characterised by sculptural heels inspired by archival Stella designs – across pointed pumps, mules and ankle boots. The Ryder fluffy pump returns in seasonal tones and as a ballet flat, whilst the Falabella over-the-knee boot is handcrafted in a sand woven vegan suede. Evening elegances comes from a new Iconics offerings, with crystal straps and mirrored metallics on sharp stilettos.
This season, 90% of the ready-to-wear collection is crafted from responsible materials. Spring 2024 is free from animal leather, feathers, fur and skins, featuring forest-friendly viscose, GOTS-certified organic cotton and silk, regenerative cotton, recycled nylon, GRS recycled cashmere, RAS alpaca wool, recycled polyester and RWS wool from traceable sources.