Stella McCartney has gradually been building her brand of cool, calm and collected sports luxe looks since 1996, and hit a particularly rich vein of form this autumn when tailoring peaked as a key trend and versions of McCartney’s boyfriend blazer lined the high street’s rails. The UK-based division of the brand saw sales rise from £11.2m to £13.4m for the year to December 31, 2008.
Not one to rest on her laurels, the inspirational mother of three also paired up with Gap to launch a range for Gap Kids and Baby Gap, which will go into its second season in the new year. She also topped Harper’s Bazaar’s magazine’s poll for the best-dressed women in the UK. With a clothing tie-up rumoured with fellow vegetarian, pop star Leona Lewis, for 2010, next year looks set to be equally fruitful.