LEADING designer Stella McCartney has chosen a secret location in the Highlands as the backdrop to a fashion shoot for her 2015 winter collection.
The shoot, starring Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova and styled by McCartney will appear in the prestigious September editions of the world’s leading fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. The photographer was fashion favourite Harvey Weir.
With Scotland recently voted one of the top destinations for shooting films, including recent James Bond movies, and music videos, McCartney’s campaign has now boosted its fashion credentials.
She told Scotland on Sunday that she selected her shoot location near Inverness because she loves the country.
“This is not the first time I have been drawn to Scotland. It is a place that I feel really close to,” McCartney said.
“I was brought up there as a child and spent so much of my life there, and then I got married there too. It is one of the most magical inspiring places on the planet and I just feel completely at home and at one with nature there.”
She said she was drawn to the Scottish landscape for the latest shoot because of the scenery which she described as “truly spectacular”.
The daughter of former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, added: “It has a sense of history, heritage and a defining British strength but at the same time a sense of fragility. The nature is raw and real – setting Natalia within that created a fragile, gentle sensibility amidst the overpowering and impressive land.
“There is a masculinity to Scotland that complimented the femininity of the images we created. It is a very honest place and to be outside within all of that nature brought a beautiful gentle side to the photographs. The collection, Natalia, the place, the mood, the team – it all felt very natural working there together. We had a lot of fun in Scotland.”
The shoot was organised by Scots production company LS, which recently oversaw filming of a video for the pop band Florence and the Machine.
Marie Owen, managing director of LS, said: “We were delighted to work with Stella McCartney on her Winter 2015 campaign earlier this year.
“To see Scotland as the backdrop for this high-profile campaign truly is recognition of the beauty that this country naturally exudes.
“We know Stella has a long history and love of Scotland, and the LS team were able to show her aspects of natural beauty and dramatic landscapes that suited her brief perfectly.
“We admire the way Stella styled the shoot, literally turning Scotland on its head. The fusion of the rugged country background with the feminine pieces worked incredibly well and we can’t wait to see the final result in the September issues of Vogue, W, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar to name a few.”
In 2003, McCartney married magazine publisher Alasdhair Willis at Mount Stuart House on the isle of Bute.
In a touching tribute to her late mother Linda, her father Sir Paul had booked the Campbeltown Pipe Band.
The band, which played on Sir Paul’s 1977 number one hit Mull of Kintyre and was a favourite with Linda, performed to guests as they finished their dinner.
The Highlands have played a major role in many James Bond movies, including the most recent film Skyfall. Daniel Craig as 007 and his MI6 boss, played by Dame Judi Dench, were in scenes on the A82 near the peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag.