Happy Monday! I recently had the pleasure of meeting Stella McCartney at a Saks Fifth Avenue Event in Boston and it was the highlight of my entire month. So Unreal!
While getting all jazzed up about meeting her – I discovered that most of the people I spoke to really didn’t know who Stella was, nor what she did besides the fact that she was born with the famous McCartney name. I felt it my duty to introduce you – my fellow 9-5ers to Stella. As we make our climb up the corporate ladder and discover new aspirational brands, we become her future generation of consumers.
So ladies (and gents) – a crash course about Stella….
Stella was born and raised in London and is in fact the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and Mrs. Linda McCartney. Even though her parents had such high profiles, she has definitely made her own name in this world and is just as chic as you can imagine in person.
Stella launched her own fashion house under her name in a partnership with Kering (previously Gucci Group) as a 50/50 joint venture and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. She undoubtedly earned her respect at this show and kicked off what is to be a very successful career in fashion. Stella shared with me that she became aware of her passion for fashion at a very early age. She was surrounded by so much creativity and visual stimulation that influenced her journey to where she is today. (Below are a few of my faves from the Oct 2001 show in Paris.)
Stella’s signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity exudes in all her pieces.
In addition, she is a lifelong vegetarian and therefore does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her luxury fashion label has prized itself on this core value of responsibility since its inception. The below bags shot by Michael Blanchard Photography (MBP) at the Saks Event are all made from sustainable materials. As eco-fashion evolves, the majority of fashion houses and brands may be averse to transitioning fully to sustainable materials but Stella has found her niche and is executing fabulously, don’t you think? (Personally her signature Falabella Bag is on my future must-haves list! )
Fun Fact: My nude basket weave bag from Sole Society is made of vegan leather!
Her collections today range from a plethora of women’s ready to wear, accessories, lingerie, eye wear, fragrance and kids including the launch of the Green Carpet Collection in 2014 – a collection of sustainable evening wear (pictures below). She has won numerous awards and recognition for her work and I am sure she will continue to do so in the years to come.
The Saks Fifth Avenue Boston event was charming and everything seamlessly complemented Stella’s collection. The room was overflowing with beautiful flowers, vintage decor, and chic accents that portrayed a beautiful garden courtyard. We watched as her beautiful models played musical chairs on the raised circular stage and the Boston University’s acapella group, The Dear Abbies, serenaded all the guests. Oh and did I mention that 100% of the ticket sales benefited MSPCA-Angell, how could you not fall in love with her already?
Stella stated that because she designs and works with her collections, she can get emotionally attached to each garment. However, if she had to choose her favorite collection to work on thus far – it is the Pre- Autumn 2015 collection she was showing at Saks.
It is a collection of effortless style. A combination of faux fur, opulent prints, metallic adornment, new textures, and a New Noma bag to join the Falabella family, this collection will surely please. Every detail was attended to – down to the elevated mules with serrated rubber soles and pumps with a sculptured and constructed heel. Statement made! (picture below – MBP) Yes please to having ALL of these in my closet.
What if you could ask Stella for business advice, what would she say? (Good thing I asked!)
“Stay true to yourself. Be comfortable in your own skin. Personally have responsibility in what you do and to have a moral compass in approaching business and your life in general.”
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about my amazing experience with Stella. I hope that you will keep an eye out for her collections or take a look at her website here! Special thanks to Michael Blanchard Photography and Vogue UK for the fantastic editorial photos and Saks Fifth Avenue Boston for being such gracious hosts.