Monday 24 April 2017

Costelloe struts his stuff on catwalk in London

Paul Costelloe on the catwalk after his show at the Palm Court in London’s Waldorf
Hotel Picture: © Debbie Bragg / Paul Costelloe
Paul Costelloe on the catwalk after his show at the Palm Court in London’s Waldorf Hotel Picture: © Debbie Bragg / Paul Costelloe
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A spot of catwalk jiving on the opening Friday night of London Fashion Week AW17 came courtesy of Paul Costelloe.

The Irish designer explored a road from Tudor theatricality to modern, sheer glam, with a little Sam Cooke thrown in for good measure.

Paul grooved down the white catwalk at the Palm Court in London's Waldorf Hotel with his model, to the strains of a Cooke classic.

Waves of congratulations poured in after the show for a collection very strong on tailored silhouettes, exaggerated sleeves, sexy silver sheets and contemporary shirting.

Upbeat

Maybe it was the proposition of being streamed live to the Fashion Week audience that sparked Costelloe into a dance but he was definitely very upbeat before his two teatime shows.

The collection was described as "bold in spirit" and with a nod to the style notions of the courtesans of Henry VIII's court.

The show opened with a sequence of olive, fluted sleeved quilted numbers in English latex and in a runway first, Paul did camouflage with a slim, long dress boasting a generous sized hood a contemplative monk would love.

There were lots of deep hoods, some trimmed with faux fur, a textural addition which transported an addictively plain, long-sleeved wool dress to a whole new plain.

The rich, old gold silk jacquards and cashmeres from Como were mesmerising but it was richly woven Irish tweeds from Magees which were a particular highlight.

A generously cut, long statement coat with great swing and wide lapels attracted lots of love on the night as did a high-waisted, pencil skirt in the same tweed, worn with a ruffled white shirt.

Mum-to-be Storm Keating prioritised Paul Costelloe as her only show to go to during London Fashion Week.

Irish Independent

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