Magical Mystery Couture

updated 07/03/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/03/1995 01:00AM

I WANTED THIS TO BE ANONYMOUS," said Stella McCartney after the debut of her student-fashion collection last week. Well, we can't always get what we want, but the 23-year-old aspiring designer did earn an A for media savvy. Front and center at the Graduate Fashion Week show, hosted by the highly regarded Central Saint Martins design school in London, were her superstar parents, Paul, who wrote a song, "Stella Mayday," for the occasion, and photographer Linda. Upstaging them were über-models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, who showed up, free of charge, to strut in McCartney's '40s-style creations. "Stella's a friend of mine," said Campbell. "I wanted to help her out on this."

The Stellabration, which drew a horde of photographers, left McCartney's classmates feeling upstaged. "The press completely forgot there were 70 other students in the show," said one fledgling designer, who asked not to be identified. "They left after Stella's collection."

"Her parents delayed the show getting front seats," griped another student. "Ours waited an hour to get in."

Still, McCartney, the third oldest of Paul and Linda's four kids, had not designed in vain. "It's a strong collection," said Hilary Alexander, fashion writer for the Daily Telegraph. And according to Linda, Stella has been offered a job with Ralph Lauren. "But I don't know if she'll take it," said Mom. "She might want to do her own thing."

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