Stella McCartney was born in London in 1971, the daughter of former beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, and photographer, Linda McCartney, who died in 1998.
As a young girl, McCartney decided that she loved fashion and could compete in the fashion world. She worked for the fashion house of Christian LaCroix when she was only 15 years old, designing her first couture collection.
She first hit the headlines herself in 1995, when she graduated from London's Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. Her graduation show, featured super model friends Yasmin Le Bon, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, who modeled her collection on the catwalk.
After graduating from Central St. Martins, Stella was named chief designer for Chloe, a French couture house. With this position, she set about designing Chloe's 1997 Autumn/Winter Collection, which was critically acclaimed and very successful.
Any doubts about McCartney's talents were immediately dispelled, making her a force in the fashion world, while lifting Chloe's profits.
Although there were reports that McCartney was talking with Tom Ford of the fashion house of Gucci, in April 2000, she renewed her contract with Chloe, but one year later, there was a confirmation from Gucci that McCartney had indeed signed with the company based on the view that she would develop her own luxury label.
In 2002, Stella did launch her first collection under her own label, which was very well received by fashion critics for it eye catching style which was fresh and exciting. She also opened a flagship store in New York City, showcasing her ready-to-wear, shoe and accessories collections.
McCartney was married to Alasdhair Willis in August 2003 in a celebrity packed ceremony on the island of Bute off the West Coast of Scotland. That same year, she opened outlets in London and Los Angeles and launched her first line of fragrances and cosmetics.
In 2004, McCartney was awarded the Glamour Award for Best Designer of the Year and in September of that year, she formed a partnership with Adidas to launch a new sports performance collection of gym wear called 'Adidas by Stella McCartney.'
'Adidas by Stella McCartney' includes sports wear for swim, gym, running, winter sports, and gym bags. The collection comes with a special reflector key chain which came in early 2006 in the shape of a pink heart, but later in 2006, was released in the shape of a gray wolf's head.
In January 2007, Stella McCartney announced that she will be adding a line called Gym Yoga to her sports collection for Adidas, which was inspired by ballet and dance uniforms. The collection features double-layered tank tops with deep necklines, low-waisted skinny trousers and lightweight rubber shoes.
In January 2008, McCartney's collaboration with lingerie label Bendon was released to department stores, specialty stores and Stella McCartney stores. The lingerie came in antique pink, blue, gray, and cream.
McCartney has plans to launch a line of handbags for LeSportsac. The collection ranges from 40 different styles and the price range is $200-$500. Her LeSportsac handbag collection will consist of travel bags, luggage, baby accessories and bags for mothers with infants and toddlers. The Stella McCartney for LeSportsac collection will be available in high end stores and specialty stores including Stella McCartney boutiques and LeSportsac stores nationwide.
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