Stella’s fragrant tribute to Linda launches exclusively at Selfridges

They were one of music’s most iconic couples, the New York photographer and one-quarter of the most famous band in the world.  But in the world of Sex, drugs and rock and roll, the love of Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman was destined to be that rare thing, a romance that stood the test of time. And now, almost 14 years after Linda died from Cancer, her daughter Stella has launched a fragrant tribute to her parents love, L.I.L.Y, a beautiful eau de parfum that has launched exclusively at Selfridges this month.

L.I.L.Y was Paul’s nickname for Linda, the letters standing for Linda, I love you. Lily of the Valley was also Linda’s favourite perfume, adding double poignancy to this name. Stella herself says “It makes me think of my Mum. Her nickname from my dad was L.I.L.Y, Linda I love you.”

The perfume is the centrepiece to a ‘Stella’ takeover at Selfridges. From the 26th January – 14th February 2012, Selfridges is hosting “The World of Stella” throughout its flagship London store. Visitors to Oxford Street will be able to enjoy  dedicated areas and windows that celebrate the phenomenon that is the Stella McCartney brand including Stella McCartney ready-to-wear, accessories, sunglasses, lingerie, kids and an exclusive pop up store to celebrate the limited edition Adidas by Stella McCartney “My2012” collection on the ground floor. The worldwide exclusive launch of the new fragrance L.I.L.Y will be the crowning event, with the designer making a guest appearance on 8th February.

STELLA MCCARTNEY L.I.L.Y eau de parfum from £60.00 click to visit Selfridges

So what exactly does it smell like? Well, this is a perfume that will drag you kicking and screaming towards Spring. Lily of the Valley is often described as THE spring fragrance, with that freshness of bright mornings. But for those who like their perfumes to be less floral, there are notes of moss and amber to add an earthier tone. This makes it a very distinctive fragrance that is totally wearable every single day. Floral, yet earthy, these could be words to describe Linda McCartney herself, a perfect daughter to mother tribute.

L.I.L.Y is exclusively available at Selfridges until 14th February, going on sale nationwide on 15th February. Visit Selfridges.com for more information.

 

Nancy Shevell – one stylish bride!

The most stylish women of the past week has to be the new Mrs Paul McCartney. Last Sunday Paul made the American heiress Nancy Shevell his third wife, and she looked absolutely amazing. Wearing a knee-length, 1940s inspired dress created by her new daughter-in-law Stella, Nancy showed off the sort of ageless glamour that so many of todays starlets can only dream of. (Yes..I mean you, The Saturdays…)

I tweeted about how fantastic I thought Nancy looked in that simple yet elegant dress, and was amazed at how many other people seemed to be of the same opinion. Words like timeless, chic and sophisticated were used, and everyone seemed incredulous that this stunning woman was really 51. She sort of resembled the much older Middleton sister that no-one had ever heard of, with her thick  and shiny flowing locks and deceptively simple styling. I say deceptively simple, because so many women would have over accessorised this look by adding more jewellery, or a too  elaborate hairstyle. Nancy let the beautiful dress do all the work,  and quite frankly wowed me completely.

Many have commented that the gown had echoes of that worn by Wallis Simpson when she married Edward, Duke of Windsor. I can’t see that myself. The button detailing on the gown is similar, but the dress was ivory, not blue, it has an open neckline rather than the rather austere high neck that Wallis sported, and of course, Wallis wore a full length gown. Where they do seem to tally, is that both are fairly demure and ladylike, another step away from the Kardashian Meringue styles and busty bodices.

I have been searching the net to find dresses that emulate this new style, covered up on the arms, knee-length and demure, and I have found a great site called Lightinthebox.com, which sells some absolutely stunning dresses for those who like to keep things elegant and simple. Here are my key picks, and just look at those amazing price  points!

A-line 3/4-length Sleeve Knee-length Satin organza Wedding Dress 

A-line Scoop Tea-length Satin Wedding Dress £97.96 

There are also some other gorgeous white dresses around that could make beautiful wedding dresses. Just look at this Stella McCartney  gown currently available from Selfridges.

STELLA McCARTNEY Panelled dress £1,115 

 

 

Coast Rapunzel dress £115 

Reiss Lorna wrap front dress £189