When Stella Met Madonna
British fashion designer Stella McCartney joked about Madonna‘s “fat ass” when she first met the Queen of Pop.
Stella – daughter of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney – revealed how she had a disastrous first meeting with the American star.
The pair are now best friends but things didn’t go according to plan when Madonna turned up at Stella’s London studio.
She said: “I knew Madonna was coming, so I was understandably very nervous. It isn’t every day that you get to meet Madonna.
“The doorbell went at my studio while I was doing some washing in the sink. I didn’t have an intercom so I had to run downstairs and let her in.
When I opened the door, there was Madonna and a huge group of paparazzi. There was nothing she could do about it because I had left her standing there.
“Then when we went upstairs, the sink had overflowed because I left the tap running. There was water everywhere.
“It was just such a drama. To cap things off, I then proceeded to tell her that she had a fat ass!” McCartney’s New York store has been such a success that she is hoping to open similar ventures in London and Los Angeles.
Her unlikely choice of boutique location – which opened last month in the meatpacking district – stunned animal rights activists and vegetarians.
She said: “The New York store is great. It’s completely animal free but in the middle of the meatpacking district. We are sticking right in their faces.
“But it’s amazing. It must be one of the only fashion stores like it in the world.” McCartney’s infiltration of the meat-packing district seems to be working – boutiques and wine bars are slowing replacing the factories.
Fellow designers Yigal Azrouel and Alexander McQueen have moved into the area, which is fast becoming New York’s latest trendy neighbourhood.
McCartney‘s boutique includes lots of personal touches from the designer herself – with a little help from her mother, the late Linda McCartney.
“I really got involved with this store,” she said. “It reflects what I like to do in my work. The hummingbird panels were my mum’s favourites.”