Adidas by Stella McCartney has unveiled its latest AW21 collection and Earth Explorer campaign focused around multi-functional pieces for ‘next-gen explorers’.
Designed to support ‘wandering activists’, the collection beams to inspire wearers to reconnect with nature, with pieces designed to endure the outdoors. Joining Adidas technology with McCartney’s design style, the multi-purpose items give adjustable solutions that heighten versatility, whilst also combining a number of sustainable material innovations.
A highlight of the collection comprises the Sleeping Bag Puffer Jacket, complete with reflective panels, a mesh hood and removable sleeves. The jacket uses 100 percent recycled polyester and WIND.RDY fabric, designed to protect the wearer against weather conditions. Earth Explorer Overalls are another highlight, incorporating Aeroready technology and Gore-Tex, both used to keep the wearer dry.
Garments and footwear items in the line use either Primegreen, materials using a minimum of 40 percent recycled content, or Primeblue, a top comprising at least 50 percent parley ocean plastic.
McCartney’s collaboration with Adidas spans as far back as 2005, with the two bringing together a number of athleisure collections that fused their signature styles.
In a release, McCartney said on this new collaboration, “When creating this campaign, we really wanted to be able to support next-gen explorers on their adventures within nature through a multi-functional collection.”
“The drop includes some really tactical and versatile pieces, including the sleeping bag puffer jacket, all-in-one shiny bodysuit and winter Cold.Rdy boots that will support activists as they explore with its high-fashion, performance and protective qualities.”
As part of the campaign, the brand acted with a number of influencers and activists chosen as representatives of this ‘next-gen explorer’, including Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter and model Ella Emhoff as the face of the drop. She stars alongside R&B singer Audrey Chu, and activists Alima Lee and Yanece Cotto, each one clothed in the high-performance outerwear pieces while captured in the wilderness.
On working with the group, McCartney said, “It has been immensely exciting to have such incredible creatives and activists at the forefront of this campaign. Ella and Audrey, alongside Alima and Yanece continue to inspire me with how they care for the plant they inhabit, the legacies they want to leave, and how they’re using their platforms to uplift the communities around them.”