Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best shows and parties at London Fashion Week around the country
Paul Costelloe's London Fashion Week show was a packed affair and sitting on the FROW, I caught up with Storm Keating and her hubbie, Ronan - pictured here with TV/radio presenter Olivia Cox - who were besieged for photos.
The couple's first baby is due in early summer and Storm looked the picture of health and très elegant wearing Helmut Lang, Burberry and Chanel, while Ronan was equally designer-clad in Hugo Boss, Tom Ford and Gucci.
At seven months' pregnant, Storm said she isn't having any cravings for things like chocolate ice-cream. In fact, she told me her diet has "gone in the opposite direction to usual", with lots of carbs in the run-up to the birth, which will take place in London.
"We're throwing names around - the kids have given us some name options, and we have some too, but we just can't all seem to agree on which ones we all like the best. There's always one person who doesn't like one of the names… it's a bit tricky. There are some Irish names - of course there are - and that's why we are here tonight. I only picked one show this year and it was Paul Costelloe," said Storm, who had an eye on the catwalk for a ball she is attending this week.
Backstage at the Waldorf, Paul's six sons, (above) Gavin, Robert, Paul-Emmet, Justin, Nicholas and William, arrived in from a photoshoot with their dad on Waterloo Bridge, all wearing suiting from his new Cheltenham menswear range. He launched the collection on the opening day of LFW, taking advantage of his opening-day spotlight to send his sons across to the Strand, where their arrival en masse was seized upon by a happy phalanx of 200 snappers.
Paul was quick to point out that womenswear tends to get the lion's share of LFW publicity and he believes the womenswear and menswear shows should be merged into one major event. Among the hit shows was Alice Temperley, below, who is one of the leading names tipped to make Pippa Middleton's gown for her wedding in May.
It was a case of chopstick chic in Dublin as COS marked its 10th anniversary with an intimate dinner by Katie Sanderson. Guests enjoyed a Japanese-inspired tasting menu - featuring Katie's signature fermented ingredients - which reflected the brand's 10-piece capsule collection, due to land in stores on March 24.
The hottest ticket at LFW on Saturday was Simone Rocha's show at Lancaster House in St James's, where guests included Alexa Chung - who was, of course, wearing Simone. I caught up with the designer's dad, (above) John Rocha, who told how model (below) Cecilia Chancellor walked for him at LFW back in 1993.
What a superstar - now 50, she was once a muse to Mario Testino and Helmut Lang's go-to model. A big year, 1993 was when John picked up the British Fashion Council Designer of the Year Award, which set his career on a global trajectory. In December, Simone completed the double and scooped Britain's Womenswear Designer of the Year. Cheering her on last Saturday was Nikki Creedon, whose chic Donnybrook store, Havana, is the only stockist of Simone Rocha in Ireland.