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Stella’s stratospheric success story has only a little to do with her fabulous connections. The daughter of a Beatles’ bassist and a veggie food queen, Stella McCartney OBE graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1995. Her graduate collection, modeled by friends Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, was snapped up by both Browns and Bergdorf Goodman, and a mere two years later she got the top job at Chloé. In 2001, Stella Left Chloé and relaunched her own eponymous line, this time backed by the Gucci Group. The first Stella McCartney store opened in New York’s Meatpacking District in 2002, followed a year later by additional shops in London and Los Angeles. Like her late mother, Linda, Stella is serious about animal rights and refuses to use leather or fur in any of her designs. She was the fashion force behind Team GB’s gold Adidas tracksuits at the Olympics, designed Madonna’s wedding dress and in 2011 was named in the Telegraph’s list of the most powerful women in the world alongside Phoebe Philo, Vivienne Westwood and Alexandra Shulman.


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