Stella McCartney: Bonjour Philip!
Numéro: Coucou, ça va?
Stella McCartney: Bien merci...
Numéro: How was the Met Ball last night?
It was the Met! The Met was the Met.
Pardon me? I didn’t quite catch that? The Met was a mess?
Who was the hottest mess of them all?
Do you mean physically, visually or emotionally? What level of mess are we looking for here exactly?
Oh goodness, it’s all one big hot mess in that department. I don’t even register the dresses at the Met Gala, because it’s a sea of proper ball gowns. It’s not like anyone ever goes anywhere else in a ball gown. You end up navigating your way through endless trains, it’s crazy. You wind up spending the whole night staring at the ground whilst trying not to step on someone’s bloody ball-gown train.
Surely you trampled Rihanna’s yellow number last year? It was all over the bloody joint!
Argh. The Met is the gift that keeps on giving, as far as trains are concerned.
What did you wear this year?
Well, you’re just going to have to Google it, aren’t you now darling? Just kidding. I wore a Stella McCartney dress, believe it or not, without a train. It was a green... You know what I tend to do? I try to find something I can actually sit down, walk around, breathe, move and lift my arms in. So I usually wind up with my little gang of people, and we gen- erally feel like we’re not compromising who we are too much for the evening.
Does everyone need to have their outfits approved by Anna Wintour prior to the gala, or is that an urban legend?
[Long silence.] I can’t believe you’re asking me these questions. Are you really asking me that question? Is that why I got on the phone with you: so that your readers can find out whether everyone gets their dresses approved by Anna for the Met Gala? I have no idea. I certainly didn’t. Now let’s please move on to something a little more important.
You’ve always been a very vocal animal rights activist. Is that something that you inherited from your late mother?
I definitely inherited a certain mindfulness from my father and my mother, who both taught me to treat my fellow creatures with respect. And by respect, I mean not eating them or wearing their skins.
What’s the difference between veganism and vegetarianism?
[Laughs.] You’re brilliant! What is the difference between vegan and vegetarian?! Being a vegan means that you don’t eat any animal products whatsoever, so you don’t eat cheese, you don’t eat eggs. Being a vegetarian means that you don’t eat dead animals, or dead fish, which are animals, essentially, in my mind.
Which are you?
I’m a vegetarian, but I’m moving more and more towards being a vegan.
I really don’t know anything about veganism or vegetarianism, so you’re going to have to help me out here...
I’m going to. Absolutely.
“I find it fascinating that leather and fur are so often associated with the top luxury level of fashion. And yet leather, in this day and age, is probably cheaper than a piece of cotton.”