Designer Stella McCartney, center, and her models pose backstage after the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016.
Stella McCartney whips out her cellphone to snap a selfie in front of the Tom Ford store at River Oaks District.
She's tickled that she and Ford, a Dallas native and a close friend, have storefronts in the luxury retail development within walking distances of each other. She texts him the photo.
"I'm seeing people walk around with my bags, and I love it," says McCartney, who was in Houston last week for the official grand-opening party for her store. "It's funny ... you don't realize how fortunate you are to open a store. There's so much that goes into it. It has to be the right timing, and everything has to line up. This was the time that everything lined up to have our store here."
McCartney's first Houston outpost, which had a soft opening in October, is her seventh U.S. store and one of 45 locations worldwide, including London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan and Tokyo.
McCartney, 44, says her busy home life with husband Alasdhair Willis and their four children - ages 5, 8, 9 and 11 - means she doesn't do many "road shows," but she tries to visit when she can. (One of her favorite things to do with her children, she says, is to "look at them and smell them. I'm obsessed with their breath in the morning, which is terrifying.")
Before the Houston visit, McCartney was in Los Angeles and decided to check on things at the store there.
"Sometimes I go in (unannounced) and say, 'Hi' and everyone freaks out," she says.
It's that unassuming quality - and her unbridled talent as a designer - that McCartney is known for. She's not caught up in celebrity; her dad is a music legend, after all. For her, life in the spotlight comes with much humility.