Security is tight this year for Paris fashion week, but that didn't prevent Sir Paul from being there today to support his daughter, Stella, as made her eagerly awaited solo debut with an energetic Spring/Summer 2002 ready-to-wear show, her first collection under her own name since she became part of the Giucci fashion empire earlier this year. Stella dedicated this first collection to "all those touched by the tragedy of September 11".
The show took place at 9:45 this morning in the Entrepôt de la Sernam ( 8, rue Rambuteau, Paris 4e), a warehouse near the Georges Pompidou Center. Sir Paul, with Heather Mills and Chrissie Hynde at his side, showed support for his daughter by raising his hand and giving the peace sign from the front row. Security guards blocked photographers so that he and Heather could enjoy the show. (Chrissie Hynde's reactions to the show were philosophical: "I think it's a very superficial thing, fashion, but I think it's a bit of fun. Some people can afford it. For me, it's always in perspective.'') Other front-row guests included actors Dennis Hopper, Sadie Frost and her her actor-husband Jude Law, and artists Damien Hirst, Nan Goldin and Sam Taylor-Wood.
Stella's show is said to have pulled the Paris fashion crowd out of their depression. Her models strutted down the warehouse runway to the sound of hip-hop and reggae music wearing masks, veiled satin top hats, lacy body suits under long tailored trench coats, T-shirts bearing provocative slogans, mini dresses with science fiction and monkey motifs, and carrying handbags in the shape of a Paul McCartney guitar. The show closed with all the models standing on a revolving podium in darkness under swirling laser lights bathed with the music of John Lennon's classic Give Peace a Chance. Stella stepped out on to the runway, flashing peace signs with both hands, and said, "There is forever hope to build for peace."
Later backstage, humming Give Peace a Chance, Sir Paul paid tribute to his daughter:"She's my baby and she just gets better and better. The clothes were beautiful and Stella is as ballsy as ever. The ending was moving -- there couldn't have been a better choice at this time."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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