Here at Grazia Daily, we’ll admit to loving Morrissey a little bit too much. Recent dramas aside (collapsing on stage and being rushed to hospital, walking off stage after a bottle hit him in the face, suggesting suicide is ‘honourable’ while appearing on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. etc), Moz remains the hero our teenage years (fyi: our favourite recent discovery is a club called Sway in New York, that only plays music by the Smiths, oh sweet melancholy..)
So we were kind of eaten up with jealousy to hear that Stella McCartney - fresh from playing with those beyond cool Mighty Boosh boys at her store-lights switch-on last week (seriously, how does she do it?) - is set to team up with the notoriously vegan former Smiths frontman to launch a range of leather free footwear.
The man whose 1985 album Meat Is Murder, bans any food that ‘used to have a face’ from his tours, and earlier this year stormed off stage at a US music festival because he was so disgusted by the smell of cooking meat from a nearby burger stand, seems like the perfect collaborator for the equally uncompromising Stella, who has never used leather in any of her designs since starting in fashion 15 years ago.
But Morrissey has a less consistent track record. Despite being a staunch supporter of animal rights, the singer was often spotted wearing leather and suede footwear, and once said of his favourite shoes, (a pair of suede moccasins that were a gift from Pete Burns) ‘I find shoes difficult to be ethical about - one just can't seem to avoid leather. One is trapped, ultimately.’ Although in 2006, Spin magazine reported that he had ‘gone leather-free’.
The news of the collaboration follows unlikely rumours circulating on the web last week that Stella was planning to collaborate with X Factor superstar (and fellow vegetarian) Leona Lewis on a range of ‘animal friendly’ clothing, apparently after the couple had got talking backstage at a recent Children in Need gig.
That story was soon squashed by Stella herself, while switching on the lights at her Mayfair store, who told Grazia: 'I’ve never heard anything about it – it’s news to me!’
Seems the project was nearly right, but the collaborator was wrong. ‘I’m working with Morrissey on a line of leather-free shoes which I’m really excited about,’ Stella told the Daily Mail last week ‘we are still in the early stages but the shoes could be launched next year.’ We predict; shoplifters of the world uniting...
- Angela Buttolph, Editor, Grazia Daily