Just 8 short days ago, fashion designer Stella McCartney (daughter of Paul McCartney of Beatles fame and the late Linda McCartney (singer, photograph, and animal rights activist)) came under heavy cyber-fire for posting an emaciated model on Instagram wearing a tank top from her Spring/Summer 2015 line. The photograph was snapped backstage at McCartney’s Paris Fashion Week show, 14 years after the debut of her first Paris week.
The image was accompanied by the caption, “Worn well!!! X Stella,” which was accurate in that the model was wearing a Stella McCartney shirt but “well”….well, that is subjective. To HauteAngel, she is pretty girl but doesn’t look healthy, however what runway model does. Instagramer’s decided to take it upon themselves to cyber-scold McCartney by proceeding to post cruel comments about the waifish model. The designer apologized for the picture a few days later, which must have made the model feel horrible, and then posted another, slightly-better fed model in the same shirt.
The year McCartney designed the line for the Olympic athletes of Great Britain, her choice to use “too little red” brought great her a bit of controversy. Red is the predominant color in the country’s flag.
McCartney was criticized by many tweeters on her Twitter account, calling the collection a total failure. She replied with class, saying the designs suggested the flag’s colors more than any other line made for the team from 1984 to date. Pretty logical comeback. She added that the flag was the primary source of inspiration, but she wanted to give the outfits a modern approach.
But McCartney is pretty unscathed in the fast and furious fashion business. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any fur or leather in any of her designs and has remained true to that. Stella McCartney’s commitment to sustainability is evident throughout all her collections and is part of the brand’s mission to being a responsible, honest, and modern company.
Some new additions to her recent collection follow:
$1,045.00, the pretty blue sweater is made of 72% Cashmere and 28% silk. It also come in a pretty melon color.
$610.00 Classic tailoring trousers in black featuring a tapered leg, a sleek line with narrow waistband and slant pockets, concealed zip, hook and button fastening at front ,made of 100% wool.
$1,440.00 Silk crepe de chine shirt in ink tone with swallow print embroidery features a concealed button fastening with a pointed collar and a curved hem, made of : 100% silk.
$ 1,095.00 Wide leg silk trousers in contrasting rugby stripes feature straight leg with a single seam on the front, side pockets and an elasticized waistband at the back, made of 100% silk.
$ 1,240.00 Silk crepe de chine shirt in contrasting rugby stripes with a stand collar with half button fastening through the front and long sleeves, made of 100% silk. I love the different colors in the back which makes this a much more versatile piece.
$ 2,125.00 Textured suiting tailored tuxedo jacket in ink tone featuring a triple layered, contrast grosgrain curved lapel, with a concealed hook fastening, long length and semi-fitted cut, it’s fully lined and made of 100% wool.
$ 1,225.00 Elegant form fitting stretch dress in black featuring cut-out detail below the bust featuring a sleeveless with concealed zip fastening, made of 64% rayon, 32% acetate, and 4% spandex.
$ 1,575.00 Super soft knit all-in-one in midnight tone featuring a low neckline, drawstring tie at the waist, long sleeves and ribbed trims, made of 70% Virgin wool and 30% silk.
Stella McCartney now operates 33 freestanding stores in locations including Manhattan’s Soho, London’s Mayfair and Brompton Cross, LA’s West Hollywood, Paris’ Palais Royal, Milan, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. Her collections are now distributed in over 70 countries through 600 wholesale accounts including specialty shops, and department stores, as well as shipping to 100 countries online.
McCartney was recently awarded the 2013 Best International Designer of the Year, The Elle Style Award, London.
Have a Happy Friday tomorrow! Love, HauteAngel