Costelloe takes his 'sexy heritage' look to London
Paul Costelloe still believes in taking risks as he mixed shiny latex with traditional Magee check tweed for his AW18 collection unveiled at London Fashion Week yesterday.
Quite what tweed purists might make of his sexy-meets-heritage move is one thing, but the modern combo certainly appeared to work with the packed London audience.
The veteran designer took inspiration from Ellis Island, where his maternal Curran grandparents from Kilkenny landed on their way to start a new life in America.
Paul explored leaving the homeland and searching for a new identity - old world to new world, juxtaposed textures and played-up contrasts. There was hard with soft, and short hemline facing long in the same dress.
Long plaid maxi coats over sequinned minis and over-the-knee boots resonated with the heavy sprinkling of 'Made In Chelsea' gals on his 'frow'.
Playing to his strengths in tailoring, Paul dressed several types of woman.
For the business woman, there was a rich tan tweed jacket worn with a narrow leather belt over a long pencil skirt.
The same tweed looked terrific in a cinched-in jacket over floaty layers of chiffon and also in a flattering A-line dress with contrasting top with peplum.
Paul's artist son William - second youngest of his six sons - designed several prints for his dad's collection.
William was responsible for the striking yellow and blue fabric in the generous oversized formal skirt which close the 60s-look show.
The menswear was very strong with great windowpane checked suits, high-waisted trousers and full-length tweed coats in which a fella can stride out in style.