Everything You Need to Know About Stella McCartney: Meghan Markle's Second Dress Designer
The new Duchess of Sussex has changed into a gown by Stella McCartney for the evening reception at Frogmore House.
Meghan looked sensational leaving Windsor Castle in the slim-fitting halterneck gown, which she wore with Aquazurra heels—the soles were painted baby blue, the same hue as the electric Jaguar in which she and Harry drove to the reception.
It is not the first time Meghan has worn Stella McCartney. Last month, she chose a navy cape dress of McCartney’s design for the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
McCartney, 46, is best known for her sustainable and ethical approach to fashion. She uses no leather or fur, and has pioneered luxurious vegan alternatives in her designs. Her understated, minimal asthetic is underpinned by impeccable tailoring.
The designer daughter of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and the late animal rights activist Linda McCartney was trained at Central Saint Martins, and apprenticed under the Savile Row tailor Edward Sexton. McCartney was creative director of the French fashion house Chloé from 1997 until 2001, leaving to start her own label. Interestingly, it is the same position held by Meghan’s first wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, between 2011 and 2017.
The Stella McCartney label was launched in partnership with the French luxury conglomerate Kering, which also owns Gucci. Last year McCartney was successful in persuading the entire group to ban the use of fur.
Earlier this year, the Stella McCartney brand split from Kering, with McCartney buying its 50% share in the company.
McCartney has a successful ongoing activewear partnership with Adidas and is also the designer of the British Olympic team’s uniforms. Throughout her career McCartney has designed collections of lingerie, childrenswear, ready-to-wear, custom eveningwear and, not surprisingly, bridal.
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