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Words were almost inaudible amid the screams when Stella McCartney showed off her collection, which toyed with draping and upcycling, at the Paris Fashion Week Monday.This time it was McCartney herself who caused the commotion when global entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey appeared backstage at her show.Meanwhile, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen traveled for winter inspiration to the textile mills of her native northern England.McCartney, a global icon in the world of fashion and the daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney, was evidently humbled as she was jostled backstage while standing alongside Winfrey.Winfrey, who's rarely seen on the fashion circuit, smiled as McCartney lavished praise.A STELLA COLLECTIONStrong shoulders with draping spilling down and pops of vivid color made up the style formula for McCartney's show at Paris' ornate Opera Garnier.The British-American designer said she aimed this season to project a "powerful persona". Her chicly deployed collection succeeded in towing the line between this strength and a softness that has come to be synonymous with McCartney's designs.British designer Sarah Burton traveled back to where she grew up to inspire the fashion house's wintery looks.Burton and company returned from their travels with a sharply tailored collection.Valli's signature floral prints and unfurling short silk gowns were ubiquitous and mixed in with the season's top trends -- like emphasized shoulders.
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