Stella McCartney first appeared on the fashion scene after studying under legendary designers such as Christian Lacroix and Edward Sexton of Savile Row, and completing a fashion design program at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Being the daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney certainly opened many doors, though her success isn’t based solely off connections.
In 1997, when she became the creative director of the Paris-based luxury brand, Chloe, she started to pave the way to her own personal success. Since then, she has worked to build her eponymous luxury brand, a true fashion staple of the 21-century, and work toward becoming a legendary fashion icon, herself.
We love McCartney’s designs for their class, high level of taste, and femininity which is translated throughout her lines. Her personal brand features her signature handbag collection, worn by so many celebrities and influential figures. The Falabella purses with chain detail have become one of the select signature designer handbags of the past decade.
She now designs not only for her own personal brand, but also has a collaborative sportswear line with Adidas, designs casual handbags for LeSportsac, and has her own perfume and lingerie brands.
Her animal-friendly ideals make us support her even more, as she has stood by them during the span of her career. Leading a vegetarian lifestyle, McCartney carries her animal-friendly ideals into her business as well. She manages to upkeep the success of her brand without using leather, fur, wool, silk, or any animal-based textiles/products. She is a supporter of PETA, and stands by that throughout all of her lines.
Alongside being honored by PETA, she was recently honored in 2013 by the the British Empire as the Officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her fashion contributions.
She solely wears her own designs, down to underwear from her lingerie line, and socks from her sportswear collection, so as buyers we truly know she stands by her line! Stella McCartney is definitely both a fashion inspiration and role-model for women worldwide.