Monday 25 September 2017

On the catwalk: Irish designer Paul Costelloe opens London fashion week

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Models walk the runway during the Paul Costelloe show at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 on September 16, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Models walk the runway during the Paul Costelloe show at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 on September 16, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 16: A model walks the runway at the Paul Costelloe Spring/Summer 2012 show at London Fashion Week at Somerset House on September 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 16: A model walks the runway at the Paul Costelloe Spring/Summer 2012 show at London Fashion Week at Somerset House on September 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)

Designer Paul Costelloe has opened London Fashion Week. The designer has secured the first slot at the style event for the last three years.

He initially admitted he wasn’t sure he wanted the responsibility, but is now happy to be kicking off proceedings.

Paul Costelloe spring/summer collection gallery

Although New York Fashion Week finished late last night with Marc Jacob’s 8pm US time show, Paul still drew a strong crowd.



His collection was inspired by the 60s, especially movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? about a former Hollywood star who lives in isolation with her sister.



It’s a look which was also drawn on in New York, although Paul offered something a bit different. Dresses were short, but given bubble skirts as the designer played with volume. The fabric choice also injected some fun into proceedings, so clothes came in pretty pink, gold and green brocades.



One baby doll dress featured a chest piece and high neck made from lace, while the long sleeves and rest of the frock were cream punctuated with an embellished circle pattern.



A monochrome stripped minidress with short sleeves and plenty of volume was another key look.



“Hair was piled up onto the head in a variation on the bun and eyes accented with turquoise sweeps to enhance that youthful edge,” reports vogue.co.uk.



Orla Kiely also showed her Spring/Summer 12 line. The clothes were pretty and wholly wearable. So navy shorts were coupled with an orange-and-white striped T-shirt and minidresses boasted Peter Pan collars.



Shoes were kept high but not impossibly so, while patterned skirts and dresses injected a bit more life into proceedings.



London Fashion Week continues over the weekend with collections by Julien Macdonald, Jasper Conran, Henry Holland and Matthew Williamson. The big talk of the event will come on Sunday, when Tom Ford is showing his latest line of womenswear.

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