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Stella McCartney Quotes

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Stella McCartney quotes: on being born into a famous family, the next big thing in fashion, building a business that lasts, and more.

“Success financially is a measure of creative success, it is the same in all arts.”

“It’s incredibly important that if you have the dream of having your own house, you don’t pretend to be something you’re not. Ultimately, it’s unsustainable and people will see through. You have to work; you can’t expect your dreams to be handed to you on a plate.”

“I didn’t want to be thirty-something and not know what I was going to do. I was quite afraid of that, there were quite a lot of aimless kids around, in that ‘other’ side of my life, who didn’t really know what to do because they always had a bank balance to fall back on and they were quite lost.”

“People work better when they are afforded to be themselves.”

“Being effortless is the coolest thing in the world.”

“I’d rather people turn up than not. And of course I’d rather have people be enthusiastic.”

“It’s a battle between good intentions and realistic expectations. It’s how life should be. I’m reacting to realities. You just don’t try to pretend that life doesn’t have its ups and downs. The interesting thing for me is that you learn.”

“You would think it’s always easier than it really is. Rule number one: we’re not perfect. That’s the most important thing to get across.”

“My mum taught me to have a soul.”

“My mum had a massive influence on me, not just in what she wore and how she looked, but in her spirit. She was married to one of the most famous men in the world.”

“Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.”

“I’m a real believer that just doing a little something is a lot better than doing a lot of nothing.”

“We try to make earth-friendly decisions whenever we can, as it’s part of our brand DNA.”

“We’re always setting tougher goals for ourselves and exerting more fierceness in how we want to make changes.”

“If you believe the good stuff, you’ve got to believe the bad stuff, too.”

“I was never drawn just into fashion. I was drawn into it because I am really interested in serving women and providing women with solutions, trying to figure out what we need and why we need that and why we wear stuff, how it makes us feel. That was always my starting point.”

“I used to get embarrassed about the fact I liked fashion. I still get a bit cringe-y.”

“I think the fact that my parents weren’t conventional—especially considering their position—had a big influence on the way that I conduct myself now in design and business. It had a huge impact on my wanting to do something a bit more than just designing a pretty dress and putting it on a runway and making it glamorous.”

“I am a fashion designer. I’m not an environmentalist. When I get up in the morning, number one I’m a mother and a wife, and number two I design clothes. So the main thing I need to do is create, hopefully, exquisitely beautiful, desirable objects for my customer.”

“From an early age, I was very interested in all things fashion, and the change from tomboy to ultra feminine glamour in old films. There was a Doris Day film I loved: Calamity Jane.”

“I get really turned on about what I do, because we’re problem-solving every day.”

“We’re a fashion house trying to deliver on the promise of desirability. Without that, I can’t even have this conversation. So I have to try and find a healthy balance, and doing both jobs is a balance. It’s the same as being a mum. My other ‘family’ is work. And I have to find the balance between this conversation of fashion and the conversation of consciousness—and they have to complement each other.”

“It’s the biggest compliment for your product to have an afterlife—to me, that’s luxury. I look at luxury fashion as an investment. The key to all of these sustainable solutions is that they can be inspiring, they don’t have to feel like a punishment. There’s $500 billion worth of waste in the fashion industry every year, and that, to me, is a business opportunity. The next generation will look at all this waste and say, ‘Let’s create something new out of it.’ That’s going to be the next exciting thing.”

“I just think it’s time to man up and have an element of honesty. If I could have more people join me in creating solutions, and there’s more demand, then we’re going to succeed. It’s just that I do need a few more colleagues linking my arm and standing shoulder to shoulder with me, because that’s how we can make significant change.”

“I think I always dreamt of having a brand that really was represented globally, that had a voice, that had a clear voice and a clear vision that made women feel great about themselves. That really spoke to women on a personal level.”

“If you try to create something people enjoy, and it happens to be made in a responsible way, then that’s when you can really strike an incredible balance.”

“My biggest surprises in my everyday job have to do with the challenges of trying to be slightly more responsible as a brand.”

“My main thing with the brand, and as a human being, is to have staying power. To not disappear.”

“It is about the legacy and the long term. As my grandfather always told me, it is all about ‘staying power.’ Or in other words, sustainability.”

“I think personal style starts from within because it’s a philosophy and an attitude. If you’re honest and true to yourself, you will have the best sense of personal style.”

“If people stop liking my clothes, I’ll make a record.”

“For me, singing is the most natural thing in the world. I’ve grown up with it and I know I’ve got that gift.”

“I never wanted to make it too easy for people to sum me up.”

“The way my parents brought me up to see the world is still absolutely key to what I am about.”

“It wasn’t easy navigating publicity when I started, because I grew up with being famous, and I’m just not into it, and I guess defensiveness gets read into that. And I didn’t get an easy ride at the beginning.”

“You just sort of accept the next day of your life.”

“I am very aware of my family name. I’m very aware of the legacy that that kind of carries with it. And I think that I didn’t want to lose any kind of hold of that. And I think once you’re born into something that you’re proud of and that you’re aware of, you don’t take it lightly.”

“My mum and dad had creative jobs, but our family was a working family, so there wasn’t an option of, ‘Oh, when you’re older, you’re not going to have to work.'”

“You feel like everyone hates you if you’ve got a good life, now I feel maybe it’s allowed because I’ve had my share of sadness.”

“At the end of the day I separate things; my life is my life and my work is my work.”

“You want to be confident when you work out because it takes a lot to make you work out. So many women really enjoy it, but it’s a hard thing and you have to make yourself do it most of the time. I think you want to feel that you look good to make you want to work out a little bit more.”

“Obviously, we live in a society where aging is feared. But, to me, the alternative to getting old isn’t that great. I’ve got friends much older than me and much younger, and I love that. It means you get to teach as well as learn.”

“I’m a great believer in going with the flow. But I believe in luck, too. I feel very lucky. But at the same time, I do work hard. I think deep down I’m spiritual, but there’s nothing I practice.”

“I have never felt like this before. It’s just fantastic, an absolute dream.”

“As a working parent I’ve always wanted to just be living in the country with my kids and my horse and just being a mum and everything that involves, and cooking. I’m so blessed.”

Laugh my friend, for laughter ignites a fire within the pit of your belly and awakens your being.”

“Now, get out there and kick ass!”

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