The first sighting of Stella McCartney was of her hobbling over the cobbles at the Tower of London, clutching her PRs arm. She was wearing those navy paisley pyjamas from her spring summer 12 collection, and possibly the most lethal heels shes ever made.
We were then shown into a large black tent, with the words GREAT BRITAIN TAKE THE STAGE writ loud. Inside, a stylish film played on the white Olympiad stage set, a film that had McCartneys hand all over it, showing adidas-decked athletes of the past from Daley Thompson to Seb Coe and with thumping music, the type McCartney might play on her Paris catwalk, the lyrics heart beating like a drum in your chest.
Then came the athletes, 30 in all, including heptathlete Jessica Ennis, swimmer James Goddard, gymnast Becky Downie and triple jumper Phillips Idowu. The kits, creatively directed by McCartney for Adidas, are the most comprehensive range that has ever been supplied to a national team, that is 590 individual articles of kit which equates to 175,000 items, combining the best in performance technologies and for the first time great British style.
They were of course red, white and blue McCartneys starting point the Union Jack. For me its the most beautiful flag in the world and it was important for me to stay true to that iconic design but also to modernise it and present it in a contemporary way. Ultimately we wanted the athletes to feel like a team and be proud with the identity we created.
British triple jumper Philips Idowu said: With a global audience watching London 2012 every little detail matters. I love what Stella has done with the design. Looking good is psychologically important but my sprint suit i More