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Fashion designer Paul Costelloe with his models at his show at London Fashion Week yesterday. Photo: Tim Griffiths.

Fashion designer Paul Costelloe with his models at his show at London Fashion Week yesterday. Photo: Tim Griffiths.

A model wears a creation by Paul Costelloe

A model wears a creation by Paul Costelloe

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Fashion designer Paul Costelloe with his models at his show at London Fashion Week yesterday. Photo: Tim Griffiths.

FASHION designer Paul Costelloe's latest collection to hit the catwalks of London Fashion Week was inspired by an unexpected stopover in Korea due to a visa problem.

After an absence of 12 months, the Dubliner returned with a 36-outfit collection for Spring/Summer 2015, with a distinctive modern silhouette and comprised of a blend of luxurious textures and metallic fabrics.

The hemlines were shorter than the classic ones that Paul's royal fans ­- such as the late Princess Diana, and the Middletons - have sported in the past as he took over a ballroom at the elegant Simpson's in the Strand to launch his 'Angel in the Fields' collection.

Pretty empire-line dresses in luxe metallic threads featured generously pleated skater skirts, as the reinvigorated range smacks of new energy and direction.

"I think this is definitely a show, it's done to reinvigorate the Costelloe brand, and Costelloe can still compete with any designer," said Paul, who is aiming to push his brand "to new frontiers encompassing the new global influence of Asia".

The designer confirmed that next month, he will be launching the Paul Costelloe 'Studio' capsule collection for Dunnes Stores, with which he already has a menswear, interiors and communion dress range. Margaret Heffernan and members of the extended Dunnes family travelled to London for the show.

The creative streak certainly runs deep as Paul also announced that he is holding a joint art exhibition with three of his six sons, Paul Emmet, William and Nicholas, at the Sol Gallery in Dublin's Dawson Street on September 19.

Irish Independent