Ten years after her first solo show, the British designer crystallises the season's trends from a position of power.

  

This article titled “Stella McCartney joins the dots at Paris fashion week” was written by Jess Cartner-Morley, for The Guardian on Monday 3rd October 2011 13.04 UTC

Anyone observing Stella McCartney backstage after her Paris fashion week show would find it hard to believe that this is the woman who once had such a spiky relationship with the fashion industry that her first solo show was dubbed a “car crash” by the critics.

Ten years later, almost to the day, McCartney holds court from a position of power. The polka dot cocktail dresses from her current collection have been the red carpet hit of this year so far, seen on Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda and Liv Tyler. Latest figures show profits at the UK arm of her fashion house rose 34.4% to £2.8m in 2010.

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