Last week I had the most amazing email pop into the inbox. ‘Would I like to take part in a special question and answer session with Stella McCartney and the Vogue editor Alexander Schulman. This was taking place at Selfridges, London, as part of the Stella McCartney takeover to commemorate the launch of Stella’s new perfume, L.I.L.Y.
So last Wednesday I took my seat in the fabulous Ultra lounge with a glass of champagne to listen to Stella musing all about fashion, her wonderful career, and also a little bit about family life. Here are some selected highlights.
On her starting points for her collections
I take my last collection as my starting point for the next one. There is a lot less vintage now. I did love vintage clothes and wanted to rework them, but now feel I’ve got this out of my system!
This season there seems to be a show every week! Some seasons become inspired by a journey, watching a film, a colour in nature. Abstract things inspire. Lots of emphasis on colour.
On using herself as a template for designs
It is a great thing, to be able to wear the designs on a daily basis as you get to look at things properly – i.e these sleeves need tightening etc. But I am also interested in the psychological side of being a female – why do women feel they can’t wear certain things,when they most certainly can.
On wardrobe needs
All women need a great t-shirt, preferably an old one. I try to introduce one worn by my husband every season, but get told no. I think you need everything, great pair of jeans, a great shoe. And of course, great underwear. I always start an outfit with the underwear.
On the High Street
On one side it’s flattering when the High Street copy your stuff. You think ‘that’s my t-shirt’ and it’s a great compliment. But it can also be frustrating and irritating, they can often get it into the shops before you can. But that’s life!
I have a great fabric girl who sources for ready to wear. They have known from day one that I don’t use leather, so there is a challenge to find new fabrics to use.
I am a motivated person because I really love my job. I’m motivated by my point of difference, that I won’t use leather and fur.
I would love to dress Jodie Foster. I love her, but think Armani has got that one all sewn up. I always wanted to dress Meryl Streep, and now she has started to wear my clothes. It’s amazing.
At this point the microphone got passed to me and I was able to ask a question. My question was about current London Fashion, and who currently impressed Stella. She replied;-
London Fashion is very strong at the moment, but I don’t feel I have much time to keep abreast of all the collections in-depth. But really I admire anyone who works in the fashion industry, the designers, the writers, the editors etc. I don’t think I’ve really answered that very well, have I?
With that the interview was over and Stella was able to mingle with the crowd. I managed to grab a few minutes with Stella and she told me how much she misses her children during time away,and rushes to get back to them. She was absolutely lovely, very down to earth and really friendly.