Paul McCartney releases collection of cashmere sweaters

Paul McCartney has teamed up with sweater brand Lingua Franca to create a line of limited-edition cashmere jumpers.The Beatles legend, whose daughter is fashion designer Stella McCartney, was hands-on throughout the design process for his collection of…

Paul McCartney has teamed up with sweater brand Lingua Franca to create a line of limited-edition cashmere jumpers.

The Beatles legend, whose daughter is fashion designer Stella McCartney, was hands-on throughout the design process for his collection of luxury sweaters, which are embroidered with slogans such as ‘People Want Peace’ and ‘Do It Now’ – references to two songs from his 2018 album Egypt Station.

Lingua Franca founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson told Billboard that she was blown away after his team approached her with the idea of a collaboration, and found the music icon’s personal involvement really exciting.

“He was really involved in the process, which was so beyond cool. Paul’s team asked if it would be possible to get a selection of designs mocked up. They had some potential slogans from Paul’s recent album. We showed them 15 mockups, and Paul picked six. We really trusted Paul’s judgement on colour combinations,” she explained. “The fact that Paul was picking all the colours was exciting.”

Longtime Beatles fan MacPherson felt that the partnership with McCartney made sense because of their shared love for sustainability – a movement also championed by the musician’s daughter Stella.

“His music transcends generations. We’re trying to build around this concept of connecting people. Also, I think our sustainability and our handmade quality really spoke to him,” she shared.

The limited-edition cashmere sweaters are available online for $400 (£310) each in McCartney’s official merchandise shop.

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Paul McCartney impressed by Yesterday film

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to sudd…

Paul McCartney has given Danny Boyle’s Beatles film Yesterday a big thumbs up, confessing he felt sure the movie would be a huge flop.

The flick focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Now, McCartney has told Billboard that he lied to writer Richard Curtis when he first suggested the idea for the film, and told him he loved it, while secretly thinking to himself it was “terrible”.

“I couldn’t tell him, so I said, ‘Well, that sounds interesting – good luck,'” he recalled. “I didn’t think anything more of it.”

Then the singer heard Boyle had signed on to direct, and he started to think the film might have legs. He stated: “I thought, ‘They must think they can pull it off.'”

McCartney was in New York with his wife Nancy Shevell over the summer when the film was released and decided to check it out.

“We said, ‘Let’s go, you and me, on a date to the cinema,” the 77-year-old told the publication. “We got two tickets and walked in when the cinema went dark. Only a couple of people saw us. We were in the back row, giggling away, especially at all the mentions of ‘Paul McCartney’… We loved it.”

Boyle previously revealed that he wrote letters to McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono – the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he said in a chat with Billboard.

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Stella McCartney serves up stripes and suits for spring 2020

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, An…

Stella McCartney has played with stripes and relaxed suiting for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday, with celebrities including Paul McCartney, Anna Wintour, Natalia Vodianova, Maisie Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Vivienne Westwood in attendance.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, Stella explained that she wanted to honour “fierce women” who aren’t afraid to make the world their own.

“The free-spirits, the wild ones, the artists and the risk-takers,” the 48-year-old shared in her show notes. “True individuals with strength of character who shine their light bravely. As natural beauty meets modernity, fluid meets graphic and eccentricity meets simplicity, structure is built up and broken down, expressing strength of heart and the duality of the modern woman.”

The spectacle opened with model Krini Hernandez walking the runway in black and white striped trousers, a beige shirt, and a boxy beige blazer, with the look accessorised with gladiator sandals and bio-acetate sunglasses hanging off of oversized artful chains.

A line-up of separates in a palette of white, brown, and Oxford blue followed, while pops of colour were apparent in an orange dress sported by Anok Yai and a teal coat worn by Amber Valletta.

In keeping with Stella’s eco-friendly ethos, items were made from organic cotton, sustainable viscose, hemp, and sustainable raffia, while many of the suits were manufactured from Japanese recycled polyester fabric.

Alongside pieces with petal edging and denim-on-denim ensembles, the fashion star also introduced a series of floral dresses, with the prints inspired by photographs she had taken during bike rides through the English countryside.

Highlights included a floral print suit and shirt combo worn by male model Khadim Sock and a two-piece outfit made from the same fabric which was modelled by Kaia Gerber.

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Danny Boyle wrote Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr letters after landing Yesterday directing gig

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s …

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.

The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Music from the iconic musicians features heavily in the film, and before Boyle began filming he wanted to notify the surviving members of the band – and the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“Once I got involved, I wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the two widows, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, respectfully laying out what I intended to do with the film. There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he told Billboard.

However, there was one moment in the movie that divided fans, and Boyle himself called it a “Marmite moment”.

As the film takes place in an alternate reality in which the foursome never become the iconic Liverpudlian band, Boyle explored the possibility that Lennon would still be alive, as he wouldn’t have become famous and later assassinated by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle plays the musician in the controversial scene, and the Oscar-winning director recognised that audiences would either love it or hate it.

“When we came to test the film, yes, there are some people that don’t like it at all. But other people like it enormously. We call it a ‘Marmite scene’ in Britain. It divides people very clearly,” Boyle told USA Today.

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Drake commemorates beating The Beatles’ record with new tattoo 

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo. Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top…

Drake has cheekily commemorated beating a chart record previously held by The Beatles with a new tattoo.

Last year, the God’s Plan rapper surpassed the British band’s record for the most songs simultaneously listed in America’s Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, with seven tracks from his 2018 album Scorpion.

In October, Drake secured 12 tracks on the Hot 100’s Top 10 in a calendar year, surpassing The Beatles’ record of 11, and this June, he passed the Fab Four to claim the second-most Hot 100 Top 10s ever, following Madonna.

The Canadian star has already marked the record-breaking feat in his music, and it appears he has now also celebrated the achievement in a more permanent way.

New pictures posted of Drake on social media showed him with new body art on his left forearm, and the rapper’s official fan account @WordOnRd shared images with the caption, “Drake has a tattoo of himself in front of The Beatles on his arm.”

The black and white tattoo is inspired by the band’s famous 1969 Abbey Road album cover, which shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr walking in a line at a pedestrian crossing. In the tattoo, Drake has been added as a fifth figure, who is seen standing in front of The Beatles and waving at them.

The tattoo had a mixed response on social media, with some Drake fans finding the new ink funny, and others commenting, “I love Drake but that’s so tacky and cocky lmfao (laughing my f**king a*s off) it’s not that deep,” and “Drake tats are like a college students laptop with stickers all over (sic).”

Drake had previously celebrated beating The Beatles’ record in his rap on Meek Mill’s track Going Bad, which featured the lyrics: “I got more slaps than The Beatles.”

His other tattoos include homages to Aaliyah, Sade, Lil Wayne, and Denzel Washington.

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Billie Eilish tapped to model Stella McCartney’s Beatles-inspired collection

Billie Eilish has been tapped to model Stella McCartney’s The Beatles-inspired collection. The 17-year-old, who is known for her baggy, androgynous clothing, has been making waves in the fashion world since she burst onto the music scene earlier this …

Billie Eilish has been tapped to model Stella McCartney’s The Beatles-inspired collection.

The 17-year-old, who is known for her baggy, androgynous clothing, has been making waves in the fashion world since she burst onto the music scene earlier this year, scoring collaborations with the likes of Calvin Klein, leather goods brands MCM, and streetwear company Freak City.

She has now been chosen to model McCartney’s All Together Now collection, which features pieces inspired by George Dunning’s 1968 animated musical Beatles film Yellow Submarine.

In an interview with i-D, the fashion designer, the daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney, explained that Eilish was a natural fit because they share similar beliefs.

“Billie, her brother and her whole family have a musical story which completely fits with my own upbringing. We’re all vegetarians, vegans and animal lovers; she’s a big horse lover, for example,” McCartney said. “We spent a lot of time talking about our obsession with horses and how they are completely healing and save our souls… It’s important for me to align myself with people that believe in the same things as I do, so I can have honest and true conversations.”

The 47-year-old also shared that Eilish, a lifelong vegetarian, is a huge fan of the Fab Four and is inspired by their songwriting.

“(She has) a strong message of identity and staying true to yourself, never compromising. That’s something The Beatles did too,” she added.

Their collaboration has been in the works for some time, as the Bad Guy hitmaker wore an outfit from the collection when she made her debut at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury Festival in June. She wore a baggy T-shirt and shorts adorned with cartoons of the Blue Meanies – the main antagonists in Yellow Submarine – and McCartney’s name.

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Stella McCartney encourages young people to buy second-hand clothing

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’…

Stella McCartney wants to encourage more young people to buy second-hand clothing.

With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and activewear.

Now, McCartney has shared that she is determined to pass on her ethos to the next generation and is a great advocate of scouring charity and vintage stores for great buys.

“I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t chuck stuff away,” the 47-year-old, who is the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda McCartney, reflected in a chat for Porter magazine. “And it sounds silly, but I didn’t have a huge amount of money as a kid. My mum and dad were really clever; I went to a comprehensive (school) and I wasn’t given a load of cash, so I would go to vintage and second-hand shops and markets to buy clothes. I think that’s kind of the future, and I would encourage kids to rent clothes and buy second-hand because you don’t have to always go for that quick fix. It’s way more exciting and cooler.”

McCartney, who confirmed she has signed a new deal with LVMH Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, a year after departing rival conglomerate Kering, earlier this week, also spoke about some of her celebrity clients, such as Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

And she is certain the secret to her success is creating garments that fit well and give women confidence.

“I try everything on because the tiny details make all the difference. If a pant is sitting on my waist rather than my hips, I feel like a completely different woman; I hold myself completely differently if I’m wearing a heel or a sneaker. It all makes me feel like I tap into different parts of my personality and being a woman,” she added.

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Stella McCartney: ‘I’ve always tried to distance my career from The Beatles’

Stella McCartney has finally created a fashion collection inspired by The Beatles after spending years trying to keep her career and personal connection to the group separate. The fashion designer, who is the daughter of Paul McCartney and late photog…

Stella McCartney has finally created a fashion collection inspired by The Beatles after spending years trying to keep her career and personal connection to the group separate.

The fashion designer, who is the daughter of Paul McCartney and late photographer Linda, has directly drawn on her musical heritage for the first time to create the All Together Now collection, which features pieces inspired by George Dunning’s 1968 animated musical Beatles film Yellow Submarine.

Stella explained to The Hollywood Reporter that she always tried to keep her fashion venture distant from her connection to the Fab Four but was inspired to do the opposite after re-watching Yellow Submarine.

“Last summer, I went to a screening of Yellow Submarine and seeing it for the first time since I was young affected me deeply; it blew my mind,” she said. “I started looking at it from a fashion perspective. I felt like it was so modern, and it was for everyone. In my career, in a way, I’ve tried to distance myself from my personal relationship with The Beatles; with it being family, it felt important to do that for many reasons. But it really felt like the time to come together, it was the right time to use that excellent wealth of extraordinary expression.”

The 47-year-old, who founded her eponymous label in 2001, said the colours and psychedelic prints in the film “hit me hard creatively” and influenced her decision to create some obvious “in your face” pieces, while others are more subtle.

The 85-piece All Together Now collection, named after a song from the film, was released on Monday and features clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Pieces feature bold patterns and graphics of yellow submarines, and range in price from $295 (£237) to $6,840 (£5,490).

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Stella McCartney ‘not a fan’ of cleaning clothes

Stella McCartney is “not a fan” of cleaning her clothes too often.With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and a…

Stella McCartney is “not a fan” of cleaning her clothes too often.

With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children’s clothes, and activewear.

But while McCartney always appears impeccably dressed whenever she makes an appearance at an event, she has now shared that she does her best to avoid over-washing her garments.

“Basically, in life, rule of thumb: if you don’t absolutely have to clean anything, don’t clean it,” she said in an interview for The Observer. “I wouldn’t change my bra every day and I don’t just chuck stuff into a washing machine because it’s been worn. I am incredibly hygienic myself, but I’m not a fan of dry cleaning or any cleaning, really.”

McCartney went on to explain that she learned about the care of luxury fabrics during a stint studying the work of tailors on London’s Savile Row.

“And the rule on a bespoke suit is you do not clean it. You do not touch it. You let the dirt dry and you brush it off,” the 47-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, McCartney spoke about her new company headquarters on Old Bond Street and the launch of her All Together Now collection, which was inspired by her father Paul McCartney and The Beatles’ 1968 film Yellow Submarine.

She also emphasised her commitment to sourcing eco-friendly materials, though confessed the process can be quite the challenge.

“If everyone else was sustainable, we could have a level playing field, so it does feel unfair – but it’s my choice and I believe very much in my reasons for working in that way. You know what? It’s not like I’m here for an easy life,” she added.

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Paul McCartney’s unreleased The Bruce McMouse Show to get cinema screening

Sir Paul McCartney’s never-before-seen concert film-come-animated feature The Bruce McMouse Show has landed a special theatre release for one day only. The movie focuses on music impressario Bruce McMouse and his family of mice living under a stage wh…

Sir Paul McCartney’s never-before-seen concert film-come-animated feature The Bruce McMouse Show has landed a special theatre release for one day only.

The movie focuses on music impressario Bruce McMouse and his family of mice living under a stage where McCartney and his band Wings perform during their 1972 European tour, with real concert footage interspersed with animated scenes.

The film, directed by Barry Chattington, was born out of a series of sketches the Beatles icon had made of the rodent characters prior to hitting the road 47 years ago, with animator Eric Wylam developing the drawings for the unique project.

Paul and his late wife and Wings bandmate Linda McCartney helped to record the voiceovers for the McMouse family, alongside actors Deryck Guyler, Pat Coombs, and Derek Nimmo, back in 1973, but the movie was left in limbo upon its completion in 1977 and languished in the archives of the veteran rocker’s MPL firm.

It has since been fully restored, mixed, and mastered, and will now be screened in movie theatres around the world on 21 January (19).

In a statement, Evan Saxon, from the film’s media distribution company Abramorama, shares, “There’s no greater compliment than to be entrusted to oversee the global release a Paul McCartney film and continue our long-standing relationship with The Beatles family.

“Fans attending these special screenings of The Bruce McMouse Show will be transported to a Paul McCartney & Wings concert with the best seat in the house, just above Bruce McMouse and his family.”

Abramorama officials also previously worked on Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years.

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