Stella McCartney on Olympic milestones and the loss of her mother Linda

'I feel like a different person since my mum passed away': Stella McCartney on how the loss of her mother changed her forever

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14:21 GMT, 6 April 2012

Olympic hope Stella McCartney

Olympic hope Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has the world at her feet.

In a couple of months time, the Olympics kit she designed for Team Great Britain will be worn by 900 athletes taking part in myriad sports.

With worldwide television coverage beamed to some 750 million people, this will be the biggest fashion show the world has ever seen.

'The magnitude of that is way out of my comfort zone,' she told Interview magazine.

'What's most mind-blowing about it is I'm serving the nation a bit, serving the team, trying to bring them together.'

Stella feted the tenth anniversary of
her eponymous brand last year.

She is due to celebrate her tenth wedding
anniversary with husband Alashdair Willis in 2013 and has four model
children.

However,
alongside babies and marriage, another important milestone in her life
was the death of her mother Linda McCartney who lost her battle with
breast cancer in 1998.

'Losing
my mum. That was a punch-me moment,' she observed.

'I feel like a
different person since my mum passed away, like I'm driving a ship with
my husband alongside me and we're leading these four children into
unknown waters.'

She continued, 'I feel like I'm in the thick of it. I mean, the eye of
the storm.'

Linda McCartney's influence courses
deep through the veins of her brand to its very ethos: 'I think the
moment that I'm very proud of is building a business without using
animals.

'And, hopefully, changing people's perception of how you can do
luxury fashion.'

Stella McCarthey with Paul and Linda McCartney in 1973 with siblings Mary, and Heather

Stella McCarthey with Paul and Linda McCartney in 1973 with siblings Mary, and Heather

'It's not
about just designing a bunch of organic jumpers. I have a balance within
the brand. If you try to create something people enjoy, and it happens
to be made in a responsible way, then that's when you can really strike
an incredible balance.'

Her
reasoning behind going into partnership with Gucci Group – which, by her
own admission, uses a lot of leather in its products, was partly that
she 'wanted to infiltrate from within' but also because she is 'a real
believer that just doing a little something is really a lot better than
doing a lot of nothing'.

Where Stella McCartney is concerned, there's certainly no danger of doing nothing.

Stella McCartney with team GB her her Olympics kit

Stella McCartney with team GB her her Olympics kit