Stella McCartney’s annual Christmas lights party at her Bruton Street flagship has become a firm London tradition. And last night’s fête, which featured a trunk show for private clients as well as the usual McCartney touches like spiked hot chocolate, kooky Christmas cookies, kitschy light-up brooches, and illuminated Santa hats on the very attractive waiters (thank you, Stella), lived up to expectations. As it has been in years past, the holiday gathering was a genuine family affair. McCartney’s brother James, sister Mary, husband Alasdhair, and friends like Natalie Massenet, Twiggy, and artist Peter Blake (who designed the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album) all turned out to watch English comedians Vic Reeves and Paul Whitehouse (whom Johnny Depp once called the “greatest actor in the world”) turn on the lights.
Between greeting family and friends, McCartney told Style.com that 2012 was indeed an epic year, given the Olympics and the double British Fashion Awards (not to mention she was named Google’s “Most Searched Designer of the Year” this morning). But the designer shows no signs of slowing down in 2013. “Since winning the BFC awards, it has been nonstop. I’ve just returned from Basel Miami and now it’s full on preparing for my January show in New York,” she says. “Yes, it’s hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The truth is that once you allow yourself to, once you give yourself permission, there is nothing that we girls cannot do.”