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Stella McCartney

Well-suited to a life in the spotlight, Stella McCartney, daughter to Beatle Paul McCartney and the late photographer Linda McCartney, began making her own clothes when she was only 13 years old, graduating to an internship with renowned designer Christian Lacroix at 16 years of age. The British designer formalized her training at the London Art & Design School Central Saint Martins, going on to succeed fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld in the position of creative director for Chloé in 1997.

The mother of four is also an animal rights advocate, and specifically stays away from the use of leather or furs in her designs, as well as adopting a sustainable attitude towards her business–her employees drive hybrid cars, and the stores are built using as many eco-friendly materials as possible, from carefully sourced antiques to wood pulled from sustainable forests. McCartney is especially known for the level of empowerment that her clothes provide for women, most notably through her billowing silhouettes. For the SS/15 season, the young designer’s line-up featured statement buckles and gorgeous silk trench coats, not to mention the season’s hottest trend: denim.

Staying true to her mandate to stay clear of using animal skin in her collections, the Snake Espadrille is a beautiful platform sandal featuring faux snakeskin in a striking taupe shade, coupled with a side buckle closure. The casual attitude of this sandal makes it a perfect piece for summer, well-suited to pair with the staple maxi dress or any of the denim that was prevalent on the runaways this season.

A complimentary piece for every wardrobe this season, Stella McCartney’s Lace Up Platform features a piece that is as edgy as it is basic. Made with faux leather, the shoe features a rubber and wooden platform, making it a truly neutral piece suitable for everyday wear.

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