SAO PAULO - Stella McCartney on Wednesday launched an exclusive range for Brazilian consumers at Sao Paulo Fashion Week, saying she was targeting a ‘cool and sexy’ market.
‘For me, Brazilian women are cool and sexy I have to say, and they are definitely aware when it comes to fashion,’ the 43-year-old designer said. ‘I think they’re very much at the forefront of fashion,’ said McCartney, daughter of Beatles legend Paul, as she launched the apparel for C&A.
She added she was driven by a desire to take a sustainable and responsible approach to her work - values she said came from her parents. ‘I grew up in the countryside, on an organic farm, so I was very aware of the seasons of nature. ‘So for me, when I went into fashion, I wanted to be responsible, and have a different take on luxury fashion, where I would not work with fur or leather,’ said McCartney, adding she wanted her collection to be affordable options for the buying public at large.
‘I try to approach what I do in fashion in a sustainable and a responsible way, so not only in the materials that I use, but the way that I source and manufacture my product,’ she said of a range priced between $35 and $150 and made from fabrics including cotton, viscose, lame and lace.
Working on collaborations such as her current one with the C&A chain meant ‘pausing fast-fashion, just slowing it down for a moment, so that the consumer who maybe can’t afford our clothes can come and have a different experience with C&A.’
McCartney said she saw her range as ‘quite timeless, so it’s fast-fashion - but it’s meeting luxury in a way that you will have these garments, I hope, in the way they’re designed, in the way which we’ve sourced the highest (quality) materials we could with C&A. ‘I think what we have done here is a good example of what we can do with fast fashion. I think they will last you longer than normal fast-fashion,’ said McCartney, adding she was ‘emotionally attached to everything I create.’ She told reporters fashion was ‘not just about luxury,’ hence her collaboration with a high street store.
‘I also worked with a lot of sustainable and environmentally friendly fabrics in this collaboration, so for me, it’s about doing fast-fashion in a way that just slows it down a little bit,’ McCartney explained. ‘C&A is an incredible brand. It’s been really exciting as we’ve worked together once before. Much, but not all, of the collection is Brazil-made, with some items produced in Asia - primarily China and India - C&A vice president Paulo Correa said.  Correa noted McCartney had launched an exclusive Brazil range in 2011 ‘and it was very successful.’