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Earth to Stella

December 09, 2007|Melissa Magsaysay | Times Staff Writer

Stella McCARTNEY, a designer who made vegan stilettos chic, has gone organic -- creating an 18-piece clothing line exclusively for Barneys New York.

No surprise here. McCartney was green before green was trendy, challenging her parent company Gucci Group to produce stylish shoes and bags without leather. And Barneys has done green collaborations in the past, not to mention its "Give Good Green" Christmas theme this year.

Naturally, you won't find any bad hemp drawstrings in the Stella McCartney Organic Collection. Think cuffed shorts, fitted blazers and oversized cargo-style jackets in nubby but soft organic cotton and cotton canvas. The color palette is (surprise!) earthy browns, tans and ivory; most of the fabrics are either untreated and remain the color they were when harvested, or dyed using a "low impact" process.

The overall look is similar to the anorak and trench-coat shapes that have become classics in McCartney's namesake line. In fact, she is even incorporating trims and fabrics from collections past to avoid creating waste.

Not that that means you'll be saving any of your own green. Prices start at $595 for denim and hit $1,495 for jackets. The line will be available through the spring-summer season.

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