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Stella McCartney discusses ‘having no money during her down to earth upbringing’

Stella McCartney flaunts her style credentials in a chic photoshoot as she discusses ‘having no money during her down to earth upbringing’

She has ventured out on her own with a career as a hugely successful fashion designer despite growing up with her famous father, Paul McCartney. 

And Stella McCartney, 47 showed off her style credentials for a shoot with Net-a-Porter’s Weekly Digital Magazine, PorterEdit

The fashion icon discussed her ‘down to earth’ upbringing – revealing that her iconic musician dad and mum Linda ‘never gave her a load of cash’ and as a result she would always shop in vintage and second-hand shops. 

Work it! Stella McCartney, 47, showed off her style credentials for a shoot with Net-a-Porter's Weekly Digital Magazine, PorterEdit

Work it! Stella McCartney, 47, showed off her style credentials for a shoot with Net-a-Porter’s Weekly Digital Magazine, PorterEdit

Stella proved to be flawlessly dressed for the photoshoot as she clad her slender figure in a chic white blazer and matching wide-leg trousers. 

In another snap, she crouched against the railing of the balcony while dressed in a grey and white tartan ensemble. 

And in another she looked fantastic as she posed with her hands in the pockets of a black utility style jumpsuit. 

The star, who has commented her status in the fashion industry, admitted surprisingly that it wasn’t a smooth ride to the top. 

In her element: The fashion designer proved to be flawlessly dressed for the photoshoot as she crouched against the railing of the balcony while dressed in a grey and white tartan ensemble

In her element: The fashion designer proved to be flawlessly dressed for the photoshoot as she crouched against the railing of the balcony while dressed in a grey and white tartan ensemble

Humble: The fashion icon discussed her 'down to earth' upbringing - revealing that her iconic musician dad and mum Linda 'never gave her a load of cash'

Humble: The fashion icon discussed her ‘down to earth’ upbringing – revealing that her iconic musician dad and mum Linda ‘never gave her a load of cash’ 

Discussing her upbringing, she confessed to the digital publication: ‘I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t chuck stuff away. And it sounds silly, but I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid. 

‘My mum and dad were really clever; I went to a comprehensive [school] and I wasn’t given a load of cash, so I would go to vintage and second-hand shops and markets to buy clothes. 

‘I think that’s kind of the future, and I would encourage kids to rent clothes and buy second-hand because you don’t have to always go for that quick fix. It’s way more exciting and cooler,’ she noted. 

Stella also spoke sweetly of her late mother Linda, who passed away in 1998 – confessing that she was her ‘biggest style inspiration.’    

 

‘I think she had the coolest sense of style ever, but for me it was cool because it was her. It was a true reflection of her really not giving a s**t what people thought and, being the wife of a Beatle, I think that’s pretty impressive. 

‘It’s not that she was overtly confident, it’s just that she really knew herself and wasn’t afraid to be herself. So I admire women who have a real level of honesty through what they wear.’

Linda was an animal rights activist, and Stella – who has been a life long vegetarian – spoke of the art of inspiring people rather than lecturing them when it came to activism. 

‘When I was younger, being a vegetarian and an animal activist was a very delicate subject matter and it was always met with a lot of defensiveness or quite a bit of aggression. 

 

‘It was never an openhearted conversation that you could have with people, so I had to be mindful of how you could plant a seed of change in people who maybe didn’t have that upbringing or the same point of view. 

‘It’s never been my way to tell people off and make them feel bad, because I think it’s an overwhelming and daunting conversation. So I try to give information that’s honest but not too terrifying,’ she confessed.

While she runs a high-flying fashion empire, on the personal front, Stella has been married to husband Alasdhair Willis since 2003 and they share four children.

To see the full interview, read PorterEdit at or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Search for NET-A-PORTER on the App Store and Google Play

 

Daily Mail UK

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