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Models on the catwalk during the Paul Costelloe show at the London Fashion Week February 2020 show at The Waldorf in London

Models on the catwalk during the Paul Costelloe show at the London Fashion Week February 2020 show at The Waldorf in London

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An eye-catching design from Paul Costelloe at London Fashion Week

An eye-catching design from Paul Costelloe at London Fashion Week

Changing times: One of Simone Rocha’s compelling bridal designs

Changing times: One of Simone Rocha’s compelling bridal designs

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Models on the catwalk during the Paul Costelloe show at the London Fashion Week February 2020 show at The Waldorf in London

High-tech bodysuits might not seem, at first, to be Paul Costelloe's style.

This is the Irish designer who dressed Princess Diana and made Vogue Williams's wedding dress but yesterday, showing at London Fashion Week, he unveiled a whole new element in his AW20 collection.

Yes, there are still wow dresses in silks and handsome blistered jacquards from Lake Como, cute, gold metallic tailored blazers, chunky knits and cropped hooded jackets.

However, it was the bodysuits and leggings with original prints, some devised by his artist son, William, which took the audience by surprise.

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An eye-catching design from Paul Costelloe at London Fashion Week

An eye-catching design from Paul Costelloe at London Fashion Week

An eye-catching design from Paul Costelloe at London Fashion Week

"It's an area I haven't been developing so I'm going down this new route because fashion is changing," said Paul.

His philosophy is to make life easier on the treadmill of fashion and he opened his catwalk show with an oversized coat in Scottish tweed under which the model wore the graphic print bodysuit.

A wrap-front tweed skirt looked equally as well over the bodysuit and consolidated this marriage of athleisure and tailored couture.

His dramatic evening wear pleased the celebrity clients who attended his two fashion shows in the West End.

Meanwhile, here comes the bride - and, courtesy of Simone Rocha, she is a modern romantic and utterly compelling.

The Dublin-born designer opened and closed her London Fashion Week show with looks which will send women on the hunt for bridal alternatives into paroxysms of delight.

Simone's woman demands an independent way of achieving her look whether it's a long puffball in lace or a more casual button-through smock dress trimmed with broderie anglaise.

For sheer drama, it was hard to ignore the tactile beauty of her short, full-skirted dress, styled with knee-high socks, pearl-embellished flat shoes and a veil of Chantilly lace to add a touch of mystery.

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Changing times: One of Simone Rocha’s compelling bridal designs

Changing times: One of Simone Rocha’s compelling bridal designs

Changing times: One of Simone Rocha’s compelling bridal designs

Gleaming oyster satin shimmered seductively under the lights of Lancaster House, a former palace in St James's which has featured in many episodes of 'The Crown'.

Simone's 43 looks included ivory coats with satin ribbon shoulder detail and whisper-soft tulle skirts with shoulders wrapped in pleated satin.

Irish Independent