In an interview published in today's London Times, Stella McCartney told interviewer Sean Macaulay:"I'm sorry. I'm terrible. I'm really boring. You must be thinking this is so dull. I'm not a fashion junkie. I don't read the magazines. I just get on with my work."The interview was conducted at the Los Angeles Chateau Marmont hotel. Stella told Mr. Macaulay that she is looking for a site for her Los Angeles shop. She is also working on the production of Stella McCartney perfume:"I've learnt that you start with the packaging and then you create the scent."The interviewer notes that Stella speaks with a comprehensive school accent, however she can switch into perfect Scouse on cue:"It comes back when I'm with me dad."Stella was in Los Angeles for the launch party for Absolut Stella, a series of magazine advertisements for vodka featuring drawings of her clothing designs (see October 20). As part of the campaign, Stella has even had a cocktail created in her honor - a vodka variation of the rum and mint mojito:"They were going to have a big, flash party, but I thought, that's not me. Don't want that. I can't stand the idea of VIP rooms. I'm really normal, I am. I'd be much more impressed meeting a surgeon.Although she wouldn't talk about her father's wedding, Stella did have a few things to say about Alasdhair Willis:
"I'm not shy. I'm just afraid I'm really boring.
"Most people want to prove themselves on their own, don't they, regardless of who their parents are? I remember when my graduation show at college appeared everywhere. I had always thought that you had to work really hard to get your designs into magazines. Suddenly I realized the difference in being the child of someone famous.""We are just a normal couple. We're dating. I'm very content."There has been no formal announcement or photograph of their engagement:"I think it's naff to do that stuff. I have never been one for having my picture taken, holding someone's hand for the press."She and Alsdhair had just returned from a two-week walking, riding and swimming holiday in Ireland she described as:"Bloody freezing, but I'm used to it from my holidays in Scotland. We had a loch and I'd always be the first one in."Other facts revealed in the interview: Stella is a "sociable smoker, she loves to ride horses, she has a 17-year-old dog, and her favorite meal is baked potato, beans, sour cream and lots of butter.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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