Una Foden and Corrie's Michelle Keegan take FROW at Paul Costelloe's AW15 show
Paul Costelloe's AW15 show stood out on the opening day of London Fashion Week for his jewel colours, rich textures, constantly changing shapes ....and for his impressive, celebrity filled frow.
Respected style icons like Yasmin Le Bon, Donna Air and Millie Mackintosh were joined by Saturday's star Una Foden and former Corrie star Michelle Keegan, both wearing Paul Costelloe coats at the packed show in the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria.
But it wasn't the hotel's proximity to Somerset House, HQ for London Fashion Week, that brought out the crowds.
There's genuine interest in the Irishman's return to the LFW show schedule and Paul treated the audience to visual eye candy with a myriad of silhouettes after finding inspiration across the decades, from Tudor to pre-revolution Russia and the 50s hostess who likes her fit-and-flare, diamond-buckled dress to look sexy and sophisticated.
Costelloe isn't banking on one type of customer so he relished the opportunity to dress three generations. The show opened with youthful, short, tiered dresses and coats in attractive, metallic, blistered jacquards in emerald and mulberry.
Strapless dresses with metallic bodices over full, tartan wool skirts made the audience sit up and take attention. And when the rich, Italian, blended tweeds emerged in bittersweet orange, purple and pink, necks strained to see the flirty, flared coats and pretty dresses with matching bags.
Liked the colours, silhouettes and fabrics, the hemlines oscillated too- from a long black military coat with a velvet collar to super-short tweed coat with bib fronts in plain wool.
The models marched to the beat of The Corrs singing 'I Know My Love' and Irish touches included a 3D, cream, crocheted wool band around the hem of a saffron herringbone, swing coat with asymmetric buttoning.
Among the guests were broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan who attended with her daughters Alannah, Clara and Jessica to support Jessica's twin sister Georgia who has been interning with Paul for LFW.