Born in 1988, Petra Ecclestone is a Croatian-British heiress, socialite, model and fashion designer from Westminster in London. She is the daughter of Slavica, an Armani ex-model and Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One billionaire. Petra is fluent in Croatian and understands Italian and French. Petra studied at Trevor-Roberts School, followed by Francis Holland School in London. Although she won a place at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, she didn’t accept the offer.
At the age of fourteen she contracted Meningitis, a viral disease. Consequently, Petra became highly obsessed with vitamins, cleanliness and her health – a hypochondriac. This episode changed her attitude towards life and herself, she became Meningitis Trust‘s ambassador.
As Petra was growing up, she desired to become a part of the fashion industry. Since money was not a big deal for her in any way, it was easy for her to join the market with her collections. She decided to start off with a menswear line because it was a larger niche and the other reason was that several designers were already into women’s wear. And so when Petra was nineteen, she launched the fashion label FORM. The range was sold at retailers like Harrods. In 2009, Petra collaborated with a clothing manufacturer, named Siscia. Later on, it was becoming hard for the young woman to manage the brand she created and eventually the company was liquidated.
Despite this failure, she did not lose hope in the fact that she had the qualities of a designer and businesswoman in her. Keeping this in mind, in 2011 she opened a line of accessories, titled Stark. The collection consists of an array of handbags that are elegant, fierce and versatile at the same time each one is a statement piece. Stark was launched to reclaim clutches as an accessory queen. The bags are manufactured by hand in Italy and are exquisitely luxurious because they are embellished with 24 carat gold, Swarovski crystals and imprinted leather. Petra has always loved carrying handbags, and it was her idea to create something exotic which isn’t available in the market. Bags that are made with utmost attention to details and quality, aiming at any woman who is edgy, sexy and chic. For inspiration, she studies architecture and keeps herself updated about her favorite designers and their work. Several Celebrities love Stark bags including Jessica Stam and Jessica Alba among others.
Petra dated James Stunt, the billionaire, for four consecutive years prior to marrying him in 2011 at Odescalchi Castle outside Rome. The wedding ceremony was attended by celebrities, socialites and royals. It was reported on media that the occasion was extremely high on expenditure and as if this was less for Petra, her Vera Wang gown cost £80,000. Before her wedding, the rich heiress bought The Manor situated in the Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. The mansion cost her £85 million. The former owner of the house was Candy and Aaron Spelling. It is the largest house in the Los Angeles County. In February 2013, Petra Ecclestone Stunt gave birth to their child, Lavinia Stunt.
This young woman has more than everything anybody can ever need, however she is not just enjoying what she got from her parents, instead is trying to make a name for herself in the world through fashion.