Sunday, August 17, 2008

Collaboration Cohort 03 - Stella McCartney's fingers in many pies

In writing, we have prolific writers. They have 50 pen names and hundreds of books under those names. In fashion collaboration, we have Stella McCartney.

How many times has the designer known as "Stella Steel" or "Unstoppable Stella" collaborated with other parties? I'll account for people who has either worked with her or helped her along her relatively short fashion career, and I'll be fairly loose and inclusive here.

(1) In 1995, Stella's graduation runway show (from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) was modelled by friends and supermodels Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon, and Kate Moss for free. Her famous father (Sir Paul McCartney, a former Beatle) provided the original song, "Stella May Day", as background to the show.
(2) In 1997, Stella took the top designer helm at Chloé and her first collection for the house was said to have "quickly dispelled any doubts about her talent" - Vogue Magazine.
(3) From 2001-2005, Stella opened three stores in a joint venture with Gucci.
(4) In 2004, Stella designed clothes for Madonna's Re-Invention Tour.
(5) Same year, Stella designed for Annie Lennox's summer tour.
(6) Same year, Stella designed costumes for Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in the film "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"

(7) Same year, Stella started a long-term partnership with Adidas in making a sports performance collection for women called "Adidas by Stella McCartney" (which includes apparel for swim, gym, yoga, running, tennis and wintersports, as well as bags). This will last at least until 2010. (chibi and I really like what she did with Adidas!)
(8) In 2005, Stella designed a one-time collection of clothing and accessories for H&M, which sold out immediately after launch.
(9) In 2007, Stella created a limited edition 42-piece line released to 100 Target stores in Australia. Everything was sold out in an instant, but some were returned due to "non-standard, overly forgiving sizes", and subsequently, those remain neglected on the shelf.
(10) In 2008, Stella made lingerie with Bendon.
(11) Same year, Stella worked with LeSportsac to make a range of travel bags, luggage, baby accessories, and bags for mothers with infants and toddlers.

In case you were wondering, I thought the travel bags were HUGE and also very cute when I saw them in person. They are made of 100% recycled eco-polyester body fabric, as you would expect from the eco-friendly Stella Steel. The quality of the material and seaming seems sturdy enough, but the price tag isn't on the cheap side. For example, the posh print 22" Carry On Case (pictured here) costs $420 and the 26" costs $475. Therefore, you'll be happy to hear that all Spring & Summer Stella McCartney for LeSportsac products are 50% off if you enter promo code "STELLA50" at checkout. Also, you can find some other choices on sale at Azalea Boutique.

In addition to juggling the collaborations on the list and her own label, "Unstoppable Stella" also gave birth to 3 children between 2005 and 2008. Only 37, Stella McCartney is already an established designer, not without her share of criticism, but certainly an inspiration to many. Check out her new stuff being sold on Bergdorf Goodman.

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