Adidas by Stella McCartney’s SS21 collection calls on us to protect our oceans Favorite 


Apr 1 2021



When we think about the protectors of our oceans, our mind is instantly drawn to the image of the lifeguard. Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff in bright red swimsuits, their enviable bodies on show, as they run along the coastline. As a result our concept of the role has an elitism about it. However, adidas by Stella McCartney’s SS21 collection calls on us all to protect our oceans and more widely the planet, making it a part of our everyday activities.

To bring this message to life, two films were made to showcase our personal relationships with the land and sea. Young changemakers wearing the latest collection exhibit their active lifestyles alongside the environmental causes close to them. In one of the films, London-based filmmaker Netti Hurley captured open water swimmer Seren Jones and spiritual creative -- and cofounder of the women’s self-defence classes, Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club -- Ayesha Tan Jones. As the two sit by the waters edge separately and practice their unique sports, both dive between expressions of pure joy and reflective serenity. In some ways it is a romantic film, a love for the water, the grass and the daisies running throughout.

In the film by Japanese photographer Monika Mogi, a glistening lake with an ethereal mountainous backdrop is the setting, as mineral water researcher Nagakura Nami and her son play in the lake, and Sawanobori practitioner Takigawa Ayaka abseils a waterfall. Close up shots of footsteps through the rocky grounds, waves slapping against skin and splashes landing on the camera lens bring us too into the moment.

In both films the athletes featured wear the adidas by Stella McCartney SS21 collection, Beach Defenders, a collection of garments designed for active lifestyles whilst also minimising our impact on the planet. As such, both the bikini set and the trisuit worn in the films are designed for high-performance on land and water with stylish and supportive racer strap detailing and comfortable mid-waist fits. As with all the garments, both are created with PRIMEBLUE, the high-performance material made from upcycled plastic waste found on beaches, coastlines and islands; catching them before they end up lost in our vast oceans, destroying habitats and interfering with wildlife.

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