Jeff Banks has launched a stinging attack on rival British clothes designer STELLA McCARTNEY - claiming she's only successful because of her famous dad SIR PAUL.

The fashion industry veteran, who has twice been named BRITISH DESIGNER OF THE YEAR and is a former husband of singer SANDIE SHAW, believes the GUCCI designer's fame is solely down to the fact her father is a former beatle.

He says, "In my opinion Stella's clothes are very amateurish, but then, possibly because of who her old man is, it doesn't seem to matter.

"She's still very young and has been lucky enough to land a few plum jobs but is she one of Britain's great designers? Had it not been for having a rich father I wonder if she would be getting all this praise?"

29/09/2003 13:54