Update! Sir Paul and Heather Mills were in Paris today to attend Stella's second fashion show under her own Stella McCartney label. Stella presented her Autumn/Winter 2002-2003 ready-to-wear collection at 9:45 this morning the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts at 14, rue Bonaparte. In keeping with this year's Paris Fashion Week's theme of "rebirth", Stella presented her collection in a hall draped in white. Guests received witty invitations to the show with their seat numbers affixed to the backs of joke shop novelties, such as a box of itching powder or a fly encased in a plastic ice cube.
Sir Paul and Heather Mills arrived five minutes early for the show. They were promptly ushered backstage until the world's fashion press and buyers were seated, but not before Heather gave the paparazzi a bit of a preview of the show. She was wearing a black trouser suit and pale peach camisole top from Stella's new collection. After they took their front row seats (along side fashion designer Giorgio Armani, rocker Chrissie Hynde, artist Sam Taylor-Wood and actress Kristin Scott Thomas) the fashion show opened to the sound of George Harrison's song Something. (Throughout the show, Sir Paul was seen singing along to the soundtrack.) In Stella's words, her show was dedicated "my mum, family, and George".
After the short program (it lasted only 10 minutes), Sir Paul joined his daughter in a narrow corridor backstage, grabbed her by the arms and told her, "Stella, listen to me: now THAT was (expletive) great!"
While he was backstage, Sir Paul snatched the notebook of the fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, Suzy Menkes, and added his own adjectives to her notes. He wrote, "Classy, elegant, chic, amusing, sexy".
Six months ago, the fashion critics panned Stella's first solo effort as vulgar and cheap. For this collection, Stella changed to a more graceful, versatile conservative, confident and sophisticated look that even impressed Giorgio Armani who viewed her work from a front row seat. After the show, he commented, "I really like the idea of these jackets that are very masculine in cut but very feminine in color. Also the mix of classic jackets with these very special skirts with the lace that moves, but with very sophisticated colors, not vulgar at all. Armani colors, but with Stella's spirit."
For a look at Stella's last collection, you may wish to visit her new web site at stellamccartney.com.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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