The Beatles not only made tidal waves with their music, they undoubtedly sparked a fashion revolution, too, with their brave new world of ’60s style that encompassed everything from flowery shirts and collarless suits to John Lennon glasses, Chelsea boots, and beyond.
If you’re one of the many who will always and forever be following the Abbey Road, then you’ll be interested to know that your wardrobe for next spring could have a McCartney tie — one that doesn’t involve bell bottoms.
Stella McCartney, the London-based designer and daughter of Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney, recently confirmed longtime rumors of brand expansion into the realm of menswear. Her brush with the more masculine side begins with the spring 2017 collection, which will debut during Men’s Fashion Week in June.
This is big news for the label, as McCartney has primarily focused on cornering the women’s market with her signature looks since launching her fashion house in 2001. Her collections have since expanded to include ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eye wear, fragrance, and a kids’ wear line, which she introduced in 2010.
Stella McCartney is most known for an aesthetic that emphasizes classic yet trend-forward separates, slouchy tailoring, comfortable knits, and an overall effortless aesthetic, all of which will easily translate to men’s looks. Her menswear experience actually dates back to the early days of her design career, when she apprenticed for her father’s tailor, Edward Sexton, on Savile Row.
A lifelong vegetarian, she does not use any leather or fur in her designs, so don’t expect to see any black leather moto jackets or shearling-lined overcoats in the upcoming collections. But, we anticipate there will be plenty of other handsome options to take their place.
There’s little doubt that Sir Paul will be one of the first to wear his daughter’s menswear designs when they debut — so, in time, you really can literally echo the new look that he is donning. That said, if you aren’t in the business of waiting until until next spring to channel your Beatles man crush, then we have a few Sir Paul-style sartorial cheats that will tide you over until then.
Paul McCartney’s style has seen quite the evolution of the years. His mop-top, pop-star days where he had a penchant for skinny pants and psychedelic prints may be over, as those wilder fashion moments have taken a back seat to a more subdued rock-star-about-town look that’s streamlined and effortless.
You can steal his current style by first of all keeping things sartorially simple. A tailored jacket — preferably a handsome navy hue or a tweed blazer in a darker shade — and a pair of trousers will do the trick. Wear the sport coat over a crisp white dress shirt, or, for an added cool factor, throw it over T-shirt for just a touch of rebellious, rock-star edge.
Layers are essential to a good McCartney-inspired statement, too. It’s as simple as wearing a button-down shirt under a suit jacket and topping it off with a scarf or pairing a tee under a V-neck cardigan.
To really complete your Sir Paul statement, skip the polished dress shoes and lace up some sneakers — “trainers” as he would call them in his British lingo. Wearing a suit with, say, a pair of Converse kicks can be done, and you’ll only look all the more nonchalantly cool as a result.
And, finally, if you really want to embody the McCartney M.O., remember to always wear cruelty-free clothing. No leather and no fur — unless it’s faux, of course. With leather belts and shoes galore, not to mention jackets, this might be the toughest rule of all to follow.