Monday 24 September 2018

'I wouldn't say she'll be taking instructions' - Irish designer Paul Costelloe on Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, left, and Paul Costelloe, right
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, left, and Paul Costelloe, right
Princess Diana in Paul Costelloe
Britain's Prince Harry and his girlfriend actress Meghan Markle watch the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle applaud as they watch Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Vogue Williams attends the Paul Costelloe catwalk show during London Fashion Week at The Waldorf London on September 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish designer Paul Costelloe has long-standing links to the British royal family: he was one of Princess Diana's favourite designers in the '90s and his pieces attract an elite clientele.

And the outspoken designer always has something interesting to say regarding the world's most famous women, in particular blue blooded ones. So when we caught in Dublin, I had to ask his thoughts on Meghan Markle, whose public debut with boyfriend Prince Harry earlier this month, was overshadowed by her - gasp! - ripped jeans and hand holding, which is proof enough she is ripping up the modern royal rulebook.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle applaud as they watch Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle applaud as they watch Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"This lady isn’t for turning as Margaret Thatcher would say," Costelloe told Independent.ie Style.

"She's a self-made woman, therefore it has the potential to be good and bad. I wouldn't say she'll be taking instructions; she has her own business and career that has worked out. She is an attractive girl and I think they'll be a fun couple. People are now going more casual, it's comfortable. People want comfort and she’s the example of that, she's not particularly standing out wearing that."

As for Pippa Middleton's May nuptials, the popular designer, who previously said her sister Kate was "no Princess Diana", praised her delicate Giles Deacon gown.

"I think it was very simple, I quite liked it," he said.

Princess Diana in Paul Costelloe
Princess Diana in Paul Costelloe

"I honestly think that what she wore for her sister’s wedding was more fun, a little raunchier. This was very feminine, very simple, got a good figure, delicate wasn't over the top, she wasn't trying to compete with her sister. It was playful, there was no shocks about it. That's what Pippa is -  pretty low key."

Costelloe has been at Dublin's Sandymount Hotel all day promoting his latest jewellery collection Aurora, inspired by the Goddess of Dawn, meaning new opportunities, which is fitting as she has aspirations to expand his impressive line into off-the-rack bridalwear and hosting his own art show, to publicly display her personal passion for painting.

Vogue Williams attends the Paul Costelloe catwalk show during London Fashion Week at The Waldorf London on September 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams attends the Paul Costelloe catwalk show during London Fashion Week at The Waldorf London on September 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

"I'm looking at evening gowns, off the rack, they wouldn't be made to measure, and wedding dresses. In particular, working in linen has proven very successful and I quite enjoy evening wear. My favourite part is the designing and the creating, not the business side...if I can do that, without burning any bridges!"

He's fresh from a successful showcase at London Fashion Week in September and is preparing for another turn in February. At last month's show, he featured Irish model-of-the-moment with her own tenuous royal connection, Vogue Williams, on the runway.

"She's a very good supporter of the brand," he explained.

"I asked her would she like to be in the show, I thought she might prefer not to, but it was great to have her on board. She's a gracious, humble and charming girl." As for any other 'it' girls, he's inspired by, he says: "Vogue is the one, she’s the name. I’m not sharing with anybody else! She's the person of the moment."

But his jewellery line, which he describes as "very feminine" features on-trend sheer designs and and proudly says it's "very discreet, sort of like mist walking through".

The 37-piece collection is available at www.paulcostelloejewellery.com.

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