At the age of 25, in 1997, her first big break was succeeding Karl Lagerfeld at the French fashion house Chloe. McCartney left Chloe in 2001 to set up her own label in partnership with the Gucci Group. Stella was praised for capturing the imagination of ladies like herself with the sexy girliness of her designs. However, she was also criticized for collections that were uneven and creating a few pieces that had rather racy phrases on them; “Keep You Bananas Off My Melons” was printed on a tee for example.
No matter the controversy for some pieces, this designer is a favourite for many.
“When I was younger, I used to think that, if I left school and got a job, I would have everything figured out. Then, I left school and realized I was still trying to figure things out. Now, of course, I understand I’ll never figure it all out.”
“I’m so sick of this ‘my parents’ thing. It’s not my fault. It’s been that way my whole life. When I would make a good drawing in primary school, it was because my dad was famous. Or if I got a part in a school play, it was because Dad was a Beatle. What do I do? Do I become a smack-head and live off my parents’ fortune or do I have my own life?”
Credit goes to Wikipedia and Flare magazine September 2008 issue.
Pictures are of Stella’s Fall 2008 collection.