Stella McCartney Inspiration
For those that think that Fashion is just about clothes, fabrics, looks and a futile industry… take a look and think again! Stella McCartney is one of those designers that makes it crystal clear that along with tones of natural talent you need brains to be in this industry; you need a heart to make a difference in this world; and you need vision and values to make your voice be heard. She stands for a fashion statement that I believe in and her designs show that creativity can go hand in hand with sustainability – plus they would be a perfect match to my closet ! So, I give you a bit of Stella McCartney‘s story to inspire you, because she certainly inspires me!
Born and raised in London and the English countryside, Stella McCartney graduated from Central St Martins in 1995. A signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection and after only two collections, in 1997, she was appointed the Creative Director of Chloé in Paris and enjoyed great success during her tenure.
Stella McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in a partnership with PPR luxury division as a 50/50 joint venture and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids.
Stella McCartney now operates 20 freestanding stores in locations including Manhattan’s Soho, London’s Mayfair and Brompton Cross, LA’s West Hollywood, Paris’ Palais Royal, Milan and Tokyo. Her collections are now distributed in over 50 countries through 600 wholesale accounts including specialty shops and department stores.
In addition to the main line collection, a long-term partnership with adidas was introduced in September 2004. In 2003, Stella McCartney launched her first perfume “Stella.” In November 2005, the hugely successful one-off collection “Stella McCartney for H&M” sold out worldwide in record time. In 2008, a new lingerie line was launched. In November 2010 Stella McCartney Kids was launched. In September 2011 Stella McCartney’s costume designs for the New York City Ballet’s Ocean’s Kingdom premiered in New York.
For the Olympic Summer Games in 2012, Stella McCartney was appointed Team GB’s Creative Director by adidas – the first time in the history of the games that a leading fashion designer has designed the apparel for a country’s team across all competitions for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. Also in 2012; L.I.L.Y, her latest fragrance launched. In celebration of London in 2012, Stella McCartney presented a one-off capsule evening collection during London Fashion Week.
Over the years there have been many awards recognizing Stella McCartney’s talent and achievements in fashion, as well as her social awareness; from Green Designer of the Year to Woman and Brand of the Year, time after time, she makes her print impossible to not notice.
This AW 2012 collections remind us again of why celebrities and us common mortals would go for a SMcC look without thinking twice. These are some of my favorite looks:
Shiny fabrics, pattern prints and bows make Autumn as dreamy and glamorous as we want it to be. The top with the red bow is simply beautiful, classic and one of those items that will make you stand out from the crowd. (click in the title for more looks)
Dark blue, embroidery, mixed patterns in perfect tailoring are key to success wherever you go during the cold winter days. If you are more of a dress kind of girl, that is covered too! With a great selection of short dresses combining colors and fabrics your body will get the movement and gracefulness it deserves. (click in the title for more looks)
Adding an edgy feel to classic designs, this evening wear collection takes us from Hollywood glamour days to the 1940’s and 1950´s in a heartbeat. With her signature all over each and every look it is hard to decide which one to take to that special event. If you have a red carpet invitation, SMcC is the look to go for. My favorite? The long dress. No doubt! (click in the title for more looks)
Photos and biography (adapted) from Stella McCartney’s official website.
Photo preparation by Confashionista.