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Earth mother, and real life mother, Stella McCartney is in a category of her own in the fashion world.  The vegetarian designer strives to leave the smallest environmental footprint possible, while leaving a lasting impression in fashion with her earth friendly, yet completely chic and modern clothes.  I’m pretty obsessed with all things Stella, and this post was rather difficult considering all the things I wanted to talk about.  I’ve tried to tap on the essential things that everyone needs to know about the über talented designer.  The daughter of a famous musician (hmmm…I wonder who?), she in no way grabbed onto those coat tails.  Stella is a talented force to be reckoned with all on her own.  Just out of school, and after studying in the workshops of London’s best bespoke tailors, Stella became Creative Director of the legendary french house Chloe and stunned the world with her talent.  Years later, McCartney signed on with Gucci Group with coaxing from fashion mega star Tom Ford, to launch her namesake brand.  The rest is history, and now her brand looks toward the future with each new collection and collaboration.  Here are just a few reasons I love Stella.

a look from summer 2011

The summer 2011 collection offered all you would expect from McCartney.  Impeccably tailored jackets and perfect pants, the ideal blend of feminine and masculine, extreme wearability, agelessness, and modernity.  You can always expect the unexpected as well, like a graphic citrus print on dresses, both long and short, pants, and her signature bespoke-tailored blazer.  I don’t know what could say “summer” more than this!

Winona Ryder

Black Swan co-star Winona Ryder (her part was so vital to the story) wears a jumpsuit from summer 2011 for an Elle magazine shoot.  McCartney took inspiration from the 70’s, as she often does, and channeled Yves Saint Laurent a bit, a huge inspiration for many designers for spring/summer.  Another constant inspiration is her stylish mother, the late Linda McCartney, who had quite the collection of clothes for Stella to play dress-up with as a child.

Stella in one of her creations

Stella almost always will be found wearing her own designs, and is the perfect model.  The mother of 4 always looks impeccable, even in jeans and a t-shirt.

Stella McCartney Kids collection

Speaking of kids, McCartney launched a permanent collection for kids and baby at her shops after a very successful capsule collection for Gap.

Stella photographed by Bruce Weber

A whimsical image of Stella from Vogue last November, shot by Bruce Weber.  The earth-conscience designer is a Mother Nature of sorts.  Birds of course flock to her!

Stella for Disney

With the debut of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney approached McCartney to create some magic of her own in the form of jewelry.  Leave it to Stella to never enter the realm of cutesy for a collaboration with someone like Disney.  Fantasy can still be modern.

looks for the 2012 London Olympics

Stella McCartney is a pure-bred Brit (daughter of Sir Paul), so who better to design the Olympic gear for the London team for the London Summer Games in 2012?

Stella for Adidas

One of McCartney’s longest running collaborations is with Adidas.  Stella treats athletic wear the same as anything going down her runway.

a favorite look from summer 2010

The summer 2010 is still stuck in my brain, and is one of my favorite collections McCartney has concocted in the last few years.  The pale pink lace with the neutral pants and jacket is such a pretty combination.

Trey Speegle backdrop for the summer 2010 show

Great designers are often inspired by other designers and artists.  Stella worked with Trey Speegle on a special “paint by number” backdrop for the summer 2010 show.  Other great artist influences have been Ed Ruscha, who Stella appeared with on Sundance channel’s Iconoclasts series.

the new Las Vegas shop

The latest Stella McCartney outpost, and the third in the States, is in Las Vegas.  It is in the gorgeously designed Crystals at City Center, by Daniel Libeskind.  It joins her shops in New York’s Meatpacking District, LA, and locations around the world.  The Las Vegas shop features a stunning Swarovski crystal horse in the center.

playful display at a Stella shop

McCartney’s stores are purely modern, but never take themselves too seriously.  A Georgian marble fireplace is right at home next to a modern low sofa at her London flagship, mylar balloons spell out her name at another shop, and inflated animals meant poolside become a childlike, yet utterly cool window display.

Stella McCartney Los Angeles

A cottage in England?  No, this is her hip shop in the heart of Los Angeles.  Roses, boxwood, and ivy covered walls are the perfect representation of McCartney’s modern english aesthetic.

the Falabella bag

The Falabella bag has become the signature bag for Stella McCartney.  Each season new versions are debuted like the crocheted one above.  Botanical print versions came out for spring, and for summer, the citrus print I showed at the beginning takes over the beautifully shaped and chain embellished bag.

a Stella fragrance

One of a collection of lovely fragrances, Sheer is a tribute to gardens everywhere.

The Botanical collection
spring 2011

A favorite piece from the Botanical collection for spring 2011.  Dark skinny jeans and leggings have a new friend!

let’s take this outside

Don’t expect McCartney to present her collections only on the runway.  For spring 2009 (resort), Stella dressed her models and let them wander around a small New York park, while guests and editors took it all in.  McCartney is a rare designer that likes her models to smile and laugh if they like, on the runway, and in fun presentations like this.  She did a similar show for spring 2011.

Stella the green designer

In Vogue November 2010, McCartney was featured among other designers for her aim to create beautiful garments that are organic and eco-friendly.  This isn’t a new concept for Stella, who has always tried to use organic fabrics, and never uses leather or fur.

Kate Moss in a past Stella McCartney ad

A perfect picture of how important nature is to Stella, and how it inspires her work.  Kate Moss isn’t bad either!

Stella photographed by Bruce Weber
a tepee at Stella’s english home

A stunning portfolio of Stella McCartney at her english country home was featured in the November 2010 issue of Vogue, shot by the amazing Bruce Weber.


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