It seems like every time we blink, adidas and Stella McCartney release a new collaborative collection. Less than a month ago, we reported on the partnership’s ICONS capsule, made up of some comfy leisurewear. The latest offering is their Spring/Summer 23 collection, called TrueNature.
It’s performance gear that takes the colors, patterns and landscapes of the world as its inspiration. In true McCartney style, expect all-over graphic prints, bright colors paired with subdued blacks, and some interesting takes on classic sportswear styles.
The collection is designed for exploring outside, and as such, takes inspiration from nature. Talking about the collection, McCartney said: “Connection to nature is an important part of my life and work, which is why the TrueNature collection is so special to me. When crafting this drop, we wanted it to embody the freedom and natural highs you feel when immersed in nature and symbolize how a different point of view can be so captivating.”
Hero pieces such as the long coat and all-in-one bodysuit take a look at Earth from above. Satellite images of weather systems are combined with contour and ley lines of maps. These are rendered in vibrant blues, capturing the imagination in a flurry of swirls and ghostly clouds.
Elsewhere, a typography print is used across items like the scuba shorts and coat. With phrases like “not a reset, but a restart” and “no compromise”, the pieces look to inspire journeys towards a better relationship with the natural world.
In the footwear department, the collection brings back an adidas icon: the Seeulater. Creatively named, the Seeulater first made an appearance in the early 90s as a hiking and trail shoe. It featured a sturdy, cleat outsole combined with a sneaker-like upper and a sock to support the ankle. It still has all these components, but now is made with Primeknit technology and a water-repellent upper made from at least 25 percent recycled materials. adidas also lists vegan leather overlays as part of the shoe’s construction too.
As well as reenlisting items from the past, this collection also introduces adidas by Stella McCartney’s first-ever sandal. The slip ons are made with a sugarcane midsole and are finished in a vivid neon yellow.
In keeping with the nature-inspired theme, adidas has called on Parley once again to provide recycled materials to construct this collection. Parley Ocean Plastic is manufactured from plastic waste collected from beaches and coastal communities. It’s great to see adidas continue to nurture this relationship which in turn helps fund the essential work that Parley is doing.