Skin was in at Stella McCartney’s Autumn/Winter 2017 show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, but not in the way you might think. In a high-octane presentation at the vaunted Opera Garnier, the British designer presented a new material she dubs “skin-free skin.” The cruelty-free technical fabric, which comes in alter-suede and alter-nappa variations, is reputedly indistinguishable from the animal leather it mimics.
“Until recently, I avoided using fake [leather] because it never looked luxurious enough,” McCartney told the Guardian. “I am so excited that we have finally developed fabrics that look just as good as the real thing and therefore genuinely pose a question to the industry about why anyone needs to use leather any more.”
The equestrian-inspired pieces included “suede”-paneled shirtdresses, glossy black-“leather” trench coats, and faux-hide-bound trousers.
A noted animal-rights advocate, McCartney eschews fur and conventional leather. Together with forestry nonprofit Canopy, she also champions ancient-forest-free rayon, modal, and viscose fibers. “It was through Canopy that we found out the shocking figures that 100 million trees a year can be cut down solely for the use of fabric,” she said last June. “When Canopy approached me, I didn’t hesitate for a moment to be part of the solution.”
Via the Guardian