A family affair as Costelloe's girl steals show
Daughter models his new collection
FATHERS doting on their daughters will surely never go out of fashion.
The opening day of London Fashion Week was dominated yesterday by two style-conscious Irish dads and their fashion-forward girls.
Designer Paul Costelloe was pushed into the shade somewhat as his opera-singing daughter Jessica (24) led out the models in his autumn-winter 2011 show at Somerset House.
Just hours later, former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan took front row seats as his designer daughter Zoe hosted her first ever catwalk show at the high-profile event, with celebrity fans, including singer Natalie Imbruglia and model Poppy Delevigne, also pulling up a pew.
For Costelloe, it was a case of the show must go on.
The 'Signature Brand', which owned the licence for his womenswear collection, went into administration last month. But, with a new backer on board, he was able to push on with his theme of "positivity" and "homegrown fashion", showcasing a well-tailored collection featuring plaid and herringbone wools sourced from Hanleys in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
But Jessica almost stole the show. The flame-haired model, who stood at 6ft 1in tall before stepping into her mushroom patent Aldo heels, turned heads as she strided out in an A-line, fuchsia dress in a 'blistered' metallic fabric infused with shimmering threads.
"It was surreal modelling for papa," she said afterwards.
"I'm very used to walking out and starting to sing so it was wonderful, a complete honour to be in his creations."
She was cheered on by her mum Anne, and five of her six brothers, all of whom lined out for their dad last season, wearing his menswear which next season is very colourful with a mix of Bohemian and Rococco.
Relaxing backstage after opening London Fashion Week (LFW) for the 10th consecutive season, Costelloe admitted his next target was the US. "I would really like to try and hit America. I think this range is very good for that market but, first of all, we have to get everything right on the home front."
Meanwhile, Marie Jordan made it back -- with just an hour to spare -- from a 300km charity cycle in India to see her daughter Zoe's first LFW show.
Zoe previously worked as a trader in New York before she moved into fashion and her collection references Wall Street chic, vintage jewels and military heritage.
It was a fast-moving show at the Haymarket Hotel and it spelt out Zoe's vision for understated glamour.
The masculine and feminine touches pleased the audience, including her dad who is recovering from an ear operation last Wednesday.