Christmas With Stella? Fabulous!
Christmas in London wouldn’t be the same without Stella McCartney’s annual lighting of the Christmas lights at her Mayfair store. Apart from the comfort food and drinks always on offer—mince tarts, Santa biscuits, marshmallow lollies, mulled wine, and Guinness—equally comforting is the company: A musical Santa, a hawker of roasted chestnuts, and, every year, a switch-flicker of honor. In the past, these have included comic Catherine Tate and the men of Little Britain; this year’s was a double-header doozy: Ab Fab‘s Edina Monsoon (a.k.a. comedienne Jennifer Saunders, in character) and her “client,” Spice Girl Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton. (A video of their lighting goes up today at StellaMcCartney.com, and McCartney herself will return the visit with a cameo when Absolutely Fabulous returns to TV for three episodes this summer.)
The designer has plenty to celebrate. The day before, she’d scooped up the Red Carpet Award at the BFAs (“I am still walking on a cloud over here!”), and in the past year, debuted designs at the New York City Ballet. Next year sees a new store opening in Kensington and a commission to outfit Great Britain’s Olympic Team in her Adidas garb. What could possibly be next—menswear? On that she is sanguine: “The idea of menswear has always brewed in my head. But it has to be done properly and deserves a lot of time and attention. We’ll see.”
In the meantime, guests like Kate Moss with daughter Lila, dad Paul with new wife Nancy, Alexa Chung, Pam Hogg, and i-D‘s Charlotte Stockdale all joined in the fray. Talk was all about Stella’s 2012 debut at London fashion week: a presentation of a one-off capsule collection tied to the Olympic Games. “It’s about coming home, about celebrating London, the Olympics, and the city’s vibe,” McCartney says. “I can’t wait.”