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THIS IS FOR YOU MUM; Macca's girl dedicates her fashions to brave Linda.

JUBILANT Stella McCartney wowed Paris yesterday with a vibrant fashion show dedicated to her late mum.

Sir Paul's designer daughter punched the air in triumph as she was given a standing ovation - then paid a moving tribute to cancer victim Linda.

In a brief but poignant statement, she said: "This collection is dedicated to my mum. Everything. Also to my dad, brothers and sisters, who have kept me strong."

Paul, flanked by son James and Ringo Starr's wife Barbara, gave 26-year-old Stella a "you did it" kiss as she soaked up the applause at the "Frock Exchange".

It was a year to the day since Linda jumped up and down clapping as Stella made her debut for the fashion house Chloe.

That moment of joy was Linda's last public outing before her tragic death in the spring.

This time it was left to Paul to lead the family applause - and he did Stella proud.

Sitting in the front row, he leapt to his feet at the finale, giving her a "high five" as she took her bows.

And everyone knew who Paul and Stella were thinking of as they hugged to celebrate her success. Actress Beatrice Dalle and musicians Mick Hucknall and Neil Tennant turned up to support Stella with her third collection.

And she did Chloe proud with her range of feminine, figure-hugging dresses and cute girly frocks in every candy colour imaginable.

There were stylishly tailored grey trouser suits that were a cross between traditional Savile Row and funky San Francisco in the Seventies.

Heavy, silky knitted dresses were decorated with trailing flowers, while romantic tops and skirts were given uneven hem-lines that moved like butterfly wings as the girls walked.

Sheer chiffon tops were delicately printed in pretty pastels or frilled and pin-tucked in pure silk, and all worn with slinky long satin bias- cut "tulip" skirts.

There were dramatically fitted frocks and wenchy corsets that created an enviable hour-glass figure, as well as cheeky little hot-pants and funky bikinis for summer days next year.

Paul said: "I thought it was a great show, and we'd like to thank everyone for being so supportive."
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Author:Fashion, OLLIE PICTON-JONES
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 15, 1998
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