The show was dedicated to 'the ones we love in the past, present and future'.
British fashion designer Stella McCartney's latest collection was the talk of the town during Paris Fashion Week as models strutted below a majestic canopy of chandeliers while also championing a message of integral importance.
McCartney – known for her commitment to providing sustainable and eco-friendly fashion – designed for the focus of her show to be upon the ancient and endangered Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.
The designer is backing a campaign – run by the nonprofit organisation Canopy – to protect the endangered rainforest, which is home to 105 mammal species as well as to vegetation, an important source of oxygen.
Dresses made from sustainable materials sourced from certified forests linked the conservation message to the clothes on the catwalk – as well as the upcycling of vintage Stella McCartney fabric which promotes, once again, McCartney's rhetoric.
The 47-year-old also joined forces with her husband, Alasdhair Willis – the creative director of wellington boot brand Hunter – to create the chunky-soled boots, dubbed 'statement wellies', worn in the show.
According to the brands' statement, the new footwear – which will be available to purchase this autumn – “may be one of the most sustainable rubber boots ever made”.
Set on natural rubber soles, they are fitted with sock inserts in Yulex, a plant-based alternative to neoprene.
Invites for the show included vacuum-packed oak tree leaves, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and invited attendees to join the “There She Grows” campaign by dedicating a tree to the forest.
According to McCartney’s Instagram, the show was “dedicated to the ones we love in the past, present and future”.