With her debut swimwear collection, Stella McCartney pays homage to the female form.
Fans of Stella McCartney’s Miracle dress have cause to celebrate this summer—the famed UK designer has reinterpreted her curve-making, color-blocked design made famous by Kate Winslet into one of the seven “stories” in her debut swim collection. “It’s a celebration of a woman’s body,” says McCartney, 44, of the body-conscious illusion design. “As a house we really do cater to everyone—all women, all ages, all sizes. This collection is truly inspired by women, and for women to wear it.”
Rounding out the collection, available this July, are swimsuits in neoprene and mesh, Olympic-inspired stripes, crochet, the citrus prints first seen in Stella McCartney’s ready-to-wear collection, giraffe and other patterns, and “timeless basics.”
Neoprene and mesh black bikini ($100).
The one- and two-piece suits come in different styles such as one-shoulder, triangle, or bandeau tops, and high-waisted, fold-down, or tie-side briefs (prices for separates, one-pieces, and cover-ups range from $80 to $324). Says McCartney, “I just want to make women feel their best all of the time, so I sought to design pieces that tick all of the boxes, that give you confidence, that accentuate the most beautiful parts of every woman’s body and technically deliver on fit and durability.”
Swimwear was a natural next step for the always-in-demand Londoner, who has found enormous success not only in runway and ready-to-wear but with lingerie and athletic wear, too—namely her decade-long collaboration with Adidas. “I think it is an incredible area for us as a brand to work in,” says McCartney of her expansion into swim. “On a whole, it’s about all things summer, all things female, and just really loving yourself—taking the time to just celebrate who you are as a woman.” Saks Fifth Avenue, 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500
Photography by: Photography by Mary McCartney