WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Stella McCartney
Stella is the daughter of former Beatle's signer, Paul McCartney, but she has made a name for herself in the modern fashion world through her own talents. Of the many things we love about her, one of her most defining features is her commitment to animal rights like her mother, Linda.
Stella was born in Lambeth, London, and educated in East Sussex. Her parents attempted to give their children the most normal upbringing they could while traveling the globe with their group, Wings, whose name was inspired by Stella's difficult birth. Her career in fashion design started young when she designed her first jacket at 13. At the tender age of 16, she interned with Christian Lacroix and designed her first haute couture collection.
Later, Stella pursued formal education at Central Saint Martins, the alma mater of Alexander McQueen, and graduated in 1995. Her career blossomed after her senior collection show, where Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell modeled her clothing. That collection was eventually sold in local London boutiques as well as licensed to international retailers.
Following her graduation, Stella followed in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld as the Creative Director for Chloe and later launched her own eponymous line in collaboration with Gucci. In 1999, she was the British Designer of Year from Elle. Now, she operates 48 stores around the world and has expanded her line to perfumes and children's garments.
Following her early success, Stella has continued to shine in the fashion world. She has now had a longstanding collaboration with Adidas to produce athletic wear as well as served as the creative director for the 2012 Olympics in Great Britain. Not bad for a person Karl Lagerfeld once felt was not well enough known to helm a major French fashion house.
Stella has always been mindful of her roots as a lifelong vegetarian. She uses vegetable leathers or animal free products of her designs and seeks to make her collections green. To that end, she remains committed to ensuring minimal waste in the design and manufacturing process.
Stella's style consistent of sharp tailoring combined with romantic and sexy elements to create a unique and sustainable look. She never uses leathers or furs in her looks but manages to capture the sultry appeal of both materials in sustainable and animal free ways.
Just take a look at the timeline on her website. It is filled with all of the wonderful things that she has done in her continual effort to save the world and make sure that we are well dressed for it.