She’s a vegetarian women’s and sportswear designer, daughter of a music icon, CSM graduate and all round super star. Who are we on about? Stella McCartney of course. You know the clothes, but do you know the story?
Stella was just thirteen when she made her first jacket, and by sixteen years old she was interning at Christian Lacroix, honing her skills. Clearly, this paid off, as she then spent a number of years working with her father’s (that’s right, Paul McCartney’s) tailor. During her time with Edward Sexton on Saville Row, Stella learnt the art of sharp tailoring, which helped to create her signature style seen in her collections.
Stella also studied at Central Saint Martins with her final collection being modelled by legends such as Naomi Campell and Kate Moss. They modelled for free, and naturally, made the front page. Stella’s first taste of success landed her entire collection at Tokio in London, with some designs being licenced to Browns and Joseph. Not bad for a fresh faced student, eh?
The Stella McCartney name grew from strength to strength, with Stella herself eventually being appointed the Creative Director of Chloe, following a less than impressed Karl Lagerfeld. Despite nay-sayers, McCartney enjoyed plenty of success, and in 2001 she launched her own brand, Stella McCartney.
The brand is a venture of The Kering group and has seventeen stores across the world, with stores in Mayfair and West Hollywood – perfect for dressing the world’s elite! Luckily, high flying fans of Stella can wear her designs from cardio session to cocktail hour, as she designs in collaboration with Adidas. ‘Adidas by Stella McCartney’ carries through her vision of clean, sharp lines with some pieces also featuring her trademark cheeky twists such as embroidery stating ‘Suitable for Sporty Vegetarians’.
So this probably begs the question, is there anything Stella can’t do? Well, no, as it happens. McCartney also takes care of the lesser seen essentials with her lingerie line, titled, you guessed it: Stella McCartney. Again, clean lines and soft femininity are the themes of choice across the line, making it all unmistakably Stella.
Of course, with this many feathers in her cap, Stella isn’t short of awards for her work. Perhaps most notably is her award for achievement in fashion and social awareness. Stella brings her personal animal rights beliefs in to her brand by neglecting to use any leather or fur in any of her designs. As well as this, she’s also an advocate of human rights and fair wages, meaning her entire brand is sweatshop free and safety in factories guaranteed.
Oh and one last thing – Stella can also take care of your face. Her skincare line CARE was released in 2007, and is all natural and organic (naturally). As if she wasn’t doing enough already?!
So there you have it; Designer of the Year, Green Designer of the Year, Woman of the Year and an OBE for her services to fashion. Is there any real reason that you don’t just love Stella McCartney?
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