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Designers enjoying new lease of life

There's life after womenswear fashion as Paul Costelloe and Carolyn Donnelly have discovered.

Costelloe, who famously designed for Princess Diana in the 1980s, saw his ladies range vanish off rails last year.

Donnelly was half of Quin & Donnelly, an award-winning label whose production ceased in a dispute with a manufacturer over trademark.

However, both the designers are now driving successful lifestyle brands, and today Dunnes Stores will open a large interiors store in South Great George's Street fronted by Costelloe and Donnelly.

"It's going to be the most interesting and different homewares store in Dublin," declared Costelloe who pulled out of London Fashion Week in January but still harbours hopes of re-introducing a womenswear range in 2013.

This season, the Dublin-born, London-based designer introduced an affordable menswear range for Dunnes and it will be sold alongside his homewares range in the new store.

Donnelly, a mother of three from Howth, predicts that the new store will become a "real destination shop for people who want something a bit more individual and stylish".

While Costelloe has been collaborating with Dunnes Stores on a homewares range for a number of years, Donnelly is a recent sign-up, launching her quirky Eclectic range in the autumn. She is also creative director at Dunnes and oversaw signature pieces for the new Savida and Gallery womenswear ranges.

Irish Independent