Harlem’s storied Cotton Club is an unusual site for a fashion show (the 125th Street incarnation celebrates its 40th anniversary this year—the original one opened in 1923), and Jerry Seinfeld is an unusual guest at one, but that is Stella McCartney‘s world. It’s a world where Seinfeld (along with his wife, Jessica), art stars like Jeff Koons and Marilyn Minter, and actors like Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal sip champagne alongside fashion editors and McCartney-clad models—everyone dancing and singing (and Boomerang-ing) along to a surprise performance from Alicia Keys.
“The club is so iconic, so historical, and New York is one of my favorite cities in the world,” McCartney said of her location choice. “To come and explore Harlem and the musical fashion here in this venue really relates to celebrating women and the collection.”
The collection, which McCartney described as “celebrating bold color and movement, exploring volumes and linear silhouettes,” was a continuation of McCartney‘s codes: luxe, easy pieces for a woman who is always moving—and doesn’t take herself too seriously. And if McCartney intended the collection to be a celebration of movement, what better way to show off the fringe, the cozy argyle knits, the oversize ruffles, than on a row of models dancing along the balcony to Alicia Keys?
Elle Magazine asked McCartney about where fashion and politics intersect, if they do at all. Should fashion have a message?
“I think it’s important to create, but to create in a way that makes a bold statement,” McCartney said. McCartney noted that her last collection was full of love and optimism in response. “But I am always trying to consider the environment and trying to consider fellow creatures, not only humans but animals’ rights too. We are a house that is very sensitive all the time, as all fashion houses should be.”