The stars come out for Stella McCartney

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  • Paul McCartney brings his new girlfriend along to see daughter Stella's show in Paris

    Stella McCartney‘s show ran almost an hour late on Monday morning, but when you’ve got to find seats for the likes of Thandie Newton, Salma Hayek, Beth Ditto, Kanye West, Pink and Twiggy, not to mention Stella’s father, Paul, and his new girlfriend, Nancy Shevell (making her fashion week debut), it’s hardly surprising things ran a little over schedule.

    Bringing a plus one was a popular choice with the star-studded audience – newly married Salma was also accompanied by her better half, Francois-Henri Pinault; although given he’s the CEO of the company which owns Stella’s label, PPR, he arguably had more reason to be in attendance than his Hollywood wife, even if his presence didn’t generate quite so many exploding flashbulbs.

    Thankfully, the people at Stella McCartney had thought ahead and left little heart-shaped hand warmers on every seat in the cavernous Carreau du Temple where the show takes place each season, which kept moaning to a minimum.

    If we were being really picky, we’d have liked one of the cashmere coats which made its way down the runway just minutes after Paul and Nancy had taken their seats even more, but even in Paris the front row goody bags aren’t quite that generous.

    Less covetable right that second with the wind blowing through the old market hall, were Stella’s darling negligee-style dresses, with their oh-so-delicate lace hems, and some stunning sheer blouses with billowing sleeves, although we’ll be fighting over them with the rest of the fashion pack come the warmer months.

    Striking a happy medium between showing off the feminine form, but keeping it cosy in the process, were a series of hounds-tooth jumper dresses and some gorgeous tailored pencil skirts with lace inserts down the sides.

    For the accessories, Stella towed the coming season penchant for thigh-high boots, while also adding more traditional stiletto pumps and ankle boots for those not quite confident, or young, enough for what looks set to be the biggest footwear trend of autumn/winter 09.

    Finally, oversized clutches completed the look, in the same ‘winter berry’ shades which coloured most of the show.

    While the temperature in the room might have been cold, something tells us the coffers at PPR will be warmed nicely once this collection hits stores.



    Report from Carla Bevan in Paris

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