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McCartney hits high, pays tribute to George Michael in Paris

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/6/2017 By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press
A model wears a creation for British fashion designer Stella McCartney's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for British fashion designer Stella McCartney's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — The rocking soundtrack blasting out the lyrics "Stella's On" had guests including Pamela Anderson and Salma Hayek tapping their feet at the gilded Opera Garnier venue in Paris.

A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

It was a knockout, energy-filled show for Stella McCartney — who headlined Monday's installment of Paris Fashion Week — and ended with a tribute to the late music icon George Michael.

A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Here are some highlights.

British fashion designer Stella McCartney waves after her Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press British fashion designer Stella McCartney waves after her Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

STELLA'S ON FORM

A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Could it be the strongest show so far this season?

A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

McCartney styled sublime, unexpected twists on her classic fashion repertoire of utilitarian-meets-sexy.

A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The British equestrian look and checks infused tailored dresses with exaggerated proportions in the sleeves, while, inventive "secondary lapels" — a lapel repeated several times in parallel — had a surreal quality, and evoked how a jacket might be seen in blurred vision.

A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Giambattista Valli's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The collection perfectly fused high and low.

A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The high — an oil painting masterpiece, "Horse Frightened by a Lion," that made an appearance in knit and silk crepe de chine, framed like a real canvas with square check sleeves. The low — a sexy provocative, stitched pointed-breast.

A usher removes the placement letter prior to the presentation of Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A usher removes the placement letter prior to the presentation of Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Sensual, yet cerebral — sheer lace nighties on the high-necked looks twinned with thick wintery, high-waisted baggy pants.

A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Hermes' Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented Monday, March 6, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

It was an ironic touch that nicely defined the stellar show's spirit.

GEORGE MICHAEL TRIBUTE

The soul of George Michael, who died last year aged 53, lives on at Paris Fashion Week.

In a touching tribute, the British singer's hit song 'Faith' was pumped up for the finale of Stella McCartney's collection — that saw models dancing together on the runway to rousing applause.

The models congregated in a circle, with arms raised in the air, repeatedly chanting "Faith. Love."

It had model Natalia Vodianova dancing in her front-row seat.

Michael was particularly highly regarded in fashion for promoting the industry in music videos such as "Freedom" that famously featured models Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista.

It was a rousing ode — energetic, vibrant and free.

DETOX AND RETOX

The daughter of late animal rights activist Linda McCartney, Stella famously is a vegetarian, never uses fur in her shows, and promotes healthy eating.

This mantra is now trickling down to the pre-show provisions.

Inside Paris' gilded Opera Garnier venue, bleary-eyed guests were deprived of the coffee normally served ahead of the early morning display. Instead of espresso, it was roasted herbal tea.

Monday also saw detox drinks on the menu — one humorously promising a "botox" effect.

But whatever effect the detox drink has on the fashion crowd, will surely be undone come Stella McCartney's alcohol-fueled after-party at David Lynch's Silencio club — featuring a surprise performance.

MET GALA PREVIEWED

The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute has previewed parts of its highly anticipated exhibit honoring Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo during Paris Fashion Week.

Kawakubo, 74, attended the Monday sneak-peek alongside Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

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Wintour will co-chair the May 1 Met Gala that inaugurates the exhibit with Katy Perry, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen and Pharrell Williams.

The preview showcased five dramatic, flame-red Comme des Garcons creations framed in a neon-lit structure — designed by the Tokyo-based designer who founded the lauded house in 1973.

It has been showing collections in Paris since the early '80s.

It's the first time the famed gala, and accompanying exhibit, will focus on one living designer since 1983, when it was Yves Saint Laurent.

"Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between" runs May 4-Sept. 4.

L'OREAL PARIS FASHION AWARD

It was a mini-coup for Giambattista Valli to dress Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore at Sunday night's L'Oreal Paris' fashion grant awards ceremony in Paris.

Moore wore an embellished pastel couture gown with a high neck as host of the event that awards a starting designer 10,000 euros ($10,600) to help launch their brand.

Young female designer Coralie Marabelle was this year's winner.

The awards drew a host of VIPs including Oscar-nominated actress Isabelle Huppert, model Doutzen Kroes and Gabriel Kane Day Lewis, son of Daniel Day Lewis.

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