Happy birthday, Stella McCartney!
“You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your style for the sustainability card” are the words of Stella McCartney, whom we are celebrating today, on her 51st birthday. The daughter of Beatles legend, Paul McCartney has succeeded in building her own name in the fashion industry, currently being one of the most recognized contemporary designers equally for her creations, environmental contributions, and innovations. The British designer graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1995, having her friends, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, famously walking the runway for her graduate collection. Two years later, she succeeded Karl Lagerfeld and got appointed as the new Creative Director of the French fashion house, Chloe, being assisted by Phoebe Philo. Stella’s period of 4 years at the helm of Chloe depicted her most risqué designs, in an early 2000s mix of playfulness and erotism, in the form of see-through chain tops, the lowest low-waisted pants, and crop tops with glittery ‘69’ prints. Following her most naughty years of creation and party girl days at the arm of Kate Moss, she united forces with the Gucci Group in 2001 into launching her eponymous global luxury label. 3 years later, she started a joint venture with Adidas, which has translated into a lasting ‘Adidas by Stella McCartney’ collaborative line. As an outcome, she was also appointed Creative Director of the Adidas sportswear line for the national Olympic and Paralympic teams at the London 2012 Games, being the first ever luxury designer to imagine equipment for the Olympic Games. When it comes to iconic A-listers moments, Stella is ‘responsible’ for many dramatic and elegant red-carpet appearances, dressing everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow, to Rihanna at the MET Gala, and Meghan Markle on her wedding day. Over time, she has extended her product range, including fragrance and cosmetics, childrenswear, accessories, and more. As a vegan and major advocate of sustainability, it is widely known that she is not using real leather or fur in designing her collections, while, together with her team, she is constantly researching and innovating with environmentally-friendly resources and processes, experimenting with new revolutionary fabrics, such as the ‘leather’ made of mushrooms. Her most iconic designs include the ‘Falabella’ chained bag, probably the most popular faux leather handbag ever made. Today, her creations are distinguished through the clear, wearable lines blending feminine and masculine codes into a fresh and neat visual language: “It's what it looks like on a real person that matters.”. In July 2022, her contributions to fashion and sustainability were recognized by Her Majesty The Queen.
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