Costelloe's design for life - forget nine to five
IRISH people need to change their work ethic and lose their nine-to-five mindset, leading fashion designer Paul Costelloe warned yesterday.
The Blackrock College boy -- whose straight-talking style has landed him in controversy with the fashionistas before -- says he is inspired by the attitude of some small Irish companies in recessionary times.
"The Irish work ethic is nine to five and I think we have to be prepared to look at our hours and not grumble. I won't be very popular saying this, " said Costelloe who was one of Princess Diana's favourite designers.
He was speaking as he launched his latest lifestyle venture -- a sterling silver jewellery range produced by Emarno, a company based on Dublin's Mount Street.
"This is a small, proactive, market-orientated company who are doing a professional job and they are competing directly with multinationals. They are proof that it can be done, even if you are small," Costelloe said.
It was a spilled pint in a Dublin pub that led to a conversation between Costelloe and Pearse Curran of Emarno.
"I spilt a pint of beer over him in Grogan's pub and we got talking.
"The collection was inspired by a visit to the V&A in London and an exhibition of iron and metal and tudor crosses. I've used a combination of pearl, stone and crystal.
"I keep referring to it as the new Ireland range for the new Irish woman who is more discreet, more discerning, more subtle, elegant and we even use the word modest.
"She is feminine and does not gild the lily," said Costelloe.
"We have gone through a decade of flamboyance and I'd say this is a salute to the future," said Costelloe, whose next project is an art exhibition of his watercolours at the Sol art gallery, Dawson Street on November 8.
"They cover my travels from Shanghai to Hong Kong, Italy to France and Ireland with some fashion illustrations as well."