Stella McCartney was born in London in 1971 to Beatle Paul McCartney and photographer wife, Linda. She graduated from St Martin"s in 1995 and her final year collection had the rare accolade of being bought by influential stores such as Browns, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. She launched her own line immediately on leaving college.
Her style of combining sharp tailoring with humour and sexy femininity was immediately apparent in her first collection. In 1997, after only two collections, she became the creative director of the house of Chloe in Paris. Chloe"s commercial success was stratospheric since her arrival and her collections and advertising campaigns for the house of Chloe were universally praised by both buyers and press.
Stella McCartney was awarded the VH1 / Vogue Fashion and Music 2000 Designer of the Year award.
In April of 2001 Stella McCartney resigned from Chloe and launched her own fashion house under her name in partnership with Gucci Group.
In October 2001 Stella McCartney showed her Spring/Summer 2002 Collection in Paris. Following the collection, Stella McCartney announced the launch of a perfume in 2003.
January 2002 Stella McCartney and Gary hume presented a collaboration of handmade t shirts and dresses at the Thaddeus Ropac Gallery in Paris. A silent auction was held on the night and the proceeds donated to RAWA.
Stella McCartney began her own label on graduating from Central Saint Martin"s in 1995. Her signature style of sharp tailoring and sexy femininity was an immediate success. After only two collections she was appointed Creative Director of Chloe in 1997. In 2001 she launched her own fashion house in a joint venture with the Gucci Group showing in Paris. A lifelong vegetarian McCartney refuses to use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women"s ready to wear, accessories, eyewear, fragrance and organic skincare. Her partnership with Adidas began in September 2004.
The following awards have recognized Stella McCartney"s achievement in fashion and social awareness: VH1/Vogue Fashion and Music 2000 Designer of the Year award (2000, NY), the Woman of Courage Award for work against cancer at the prestigious Unforgettable Evening event (2003, LA), the Glamour Award for best Designer of the Year (2004, London), the Star honouree at the Fashion Group International Night of the Stars (2004, NY), the Organic Style Woman of the Year Award (2005, NY) and the Elle Style Award for Best Designer of the Year Award (2007, London).
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo