There must be something in the water if a shop full of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s want to wear the same blazer, and often, come to work in the same outfit. Something in the water or just an extremely talented designer who is in touch with what we love?
This is our Stella McCartney. One of the fashion industry’s top female designers and businesswomen. We have to include the businesswoman angle because Stella is the only designer under the Kering umbrella (formerly The Gucci Group) to own an equal share in her company, have four children under ten years old and without fail, produce a line of clothing four times a year that maintains a fresh feel, beauty and femininity.
How does she do this? “I’m a woman designing for women, and there are so many layers to that,” McCartney says. “On the one hand, it brings an effortlessness but it also means that I think and over think every detail, whether it’s physical or mental or even – in some sense – spiritual.” (Quoted in an interview by The Guardian)
At 16, Stella McCartney interned at Christian Lacroix. She then honed her skills working on the infamous Saville Row – thankfully, because what would we do without our Stella blazer? Graduating from Central St. Martin’s Stella took a little while to warm up to the lime light as she took up the role of creative director for Chloé. Stella McCartney launched her self-titled label in 2001 in partnership with the Gucci group and is now one of our staples at Le Louvre.
A fierce advocate for animals and their welfare, Stella has built her empire on fur- and leather-free goods. Not to mention her swathe of besties and ambassadors for her brand including Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, Madonna and more recently, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna.
Still not convinced? There must be something in the water!
Stella McCartney is available at Le Louvre Melbourne in store and online.