The daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, Stella McCartney was already working with fashion heavyweight Christian Lacroix in her teens. She later went on to study fashion design in London, garnering plenty of attention at her graduation show for employing friends Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss as models.
After launching her own line, McCartney signed on as chief designer at Chloé. Her collection of delicate, feminine clothing was positively received by the fashion world, boosting the brand's sales and reputation and proving that McCartney wasn't just gliding by on her name. She left Chloé, however, in 2001 to develop her own label as part of the Gucci group and opened her New York store in 2002. Eminently wearable and at the same time directional, McCartney's line blends sweet elements like pastel silks and ribbons with street-worthy rocker accents, like slasher tees and industrial zippers. All clothes are animal-free, including the shoes, which are outfitted from a leatherlike plant derivative.