Stars turn out for Stella McCartney's bid to save rainforest

British fashion designer Stella McCartney acknowledges the audience at the end of the Stella McCartney Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show in Paris. — AFP

Paris — Stella McCartney showed what can be done with upcycled clothes and fabrics in a classy Paris show whose front row was filled with celebrity fans led by Oprah Winfrey.

The British designer -- a vegan who used the show to launch a #ThereSheGrows Instagram campaign to save the Sumatran rainforest -- edged her big belted opening space samurai coat with her shiny "vegetarian leather", a trick she repeated with some style throughout the collection.

In a week when the Paris shows have been more attuned to what women actually wear than usual, McCartney used vintage fabric in a whole swathe of highly desirable dresses, although it was impossible to say what was new and what was not.

One multi-colored statement cord dress was made from vintage T-shirts that were stripped, knotted and then knitted.

The co-ed show also featured big burgundy fake fur coats worn with sawn-off wellington boots from the British brand Hunter, which McCartney claimed were the most sustainable rubber wellies ever made.

The designer daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney told reporters backstage that the English Northern Soul music and dance movement from the late 1960s was also an inspiration for the show. — AFP