The offspring of music legends, designers Stella McCartney and Jade Jagger straddle two of the most glamorous worlds.
Don’t call them the rock ’n’ roll kids.
Stella McCartney, daughter of Sir Paul, and Jade Jagger, daughter of soon-to-be Sir Mick, are trying their hardest to shed the celebrity brat rap and make names for themselves in fashion. Of course, growing up in a family where mom and dad were busting molds, setting trends and partying with the pop icons du jour has its perks: golden — or rather platinum — connections, financial security and a magical surname.
Still, fashioning a separate identity isn’t easy.
"I’m so sick of this ‘my parents’ thing," McCartney, who burst onto the fashion scene in 1997 when Chloé tapped her to become its chief designer, told W, WWD’s sister publication, in 1999. Last year, she formed a 50-50 joint venture with Gucci Group to reestablish her own label. "It’s not my fault. I was just the sperm that went to the egg. I don’t preach about it, and I don’t brag about it. Maybe one day people will realize that, yeah, I’m a designer, and my dad’s famous."
Jagger, whose mother is fashion icon Bianca Jagger, has always tried to keep her career and her personal life as separate as possible.
"She rarely even talks about her father," said a friend. "It’s important for her to keep those two worlds apart." Jagger, who set up a jewelry business, Jade Inc., in 1998, is the new creative director of the British luxury brandGarrard. Her first Garrard collection makes its debut in September.
The media — and even colleagues — speculate about where they’d be without those famous monikers. And even as they battle for their independence, neither McCartney nor Jagger has forgotten their roots. McCartney’s signature style — tight, low-slung jeans, skimpy printed Ts and tanks and a little tailored jacket — is pure rock chick. And, of course, her shows have all the musical trimmings. And ever since her days at Chloé, her front rows have been packed with the pop-and-celeb set including, of course, Papa McCartney, Liv Tyler, Jerry Seinfeld, Chrissie Hynde, George Martin, Richard Branson and Sean Lennon.Jagger, too, flies the rock ’n’ roll flag. Back in January, she was spotted wearing the Stones’ tongue-and-lips charm around her neck — which she designed herself — and she has said she’s proud of her parents’ different styles.
"Growing up around parents with such definite ideas about style has obviously had a huge influence on my own," she told W in 1998. "My mother is very into beautifully tailored, elegant clothes, whereas I’m a bit more offbeat. Luckily, I’ve inherited her good eye for well-cut clothes. As for my dad, I love his stage clothes; I think they’re great."
But having celebrity parents isn’t all about aesthetics. They can also bestow the sort of wisdom on their children that other parents who are bankers, butchers or elementary school teachers would not necessarily be able to offer.
Just ask McCartney, who once said: "When I said I wanted to do [fashion], my parents were like, ‘Are you sure this is what you want to do? Fashion is the bitchiest industry in the world.’ And I was like, ‘Well, it can’t be any more bitchy than the music business.’ I’m still sticking with that philosophy, but the more time I spend in this industry, the more I’m in danger of falling into their camp.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)