Tuesday 16 July 2019

Designer Paul Costelloe wants to give Enda Kenny a 'Savile Row' makeover

Paul Costelloe and models Abby Harris and Grace Connolly pictured at the launch of the Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Store
Paul Costelloe and models Abby Harris and Grace Connolly pictured at the launch of the Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Store
Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alanna McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde during a meeting between at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde during a meeting between at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Leading Irish designer Paul Costelloe has volunteered to give Taoiseach Enda Kenny some style tips.

The London Fashion Week veteran said that he would be happy to escort Mr Kenny to London's Savile Row and get him the perfect fitting suit after he gave him the thumbs down on his look as he accompanied IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Dublin earlier this week.

Costelloe, who has been designing clothes for more than 30 years, said that even he takes a style misstep, but he emphasised the importance of a form fitting trouser for men.

"Enda still looks young and crisp, but it wouldn't do anybody any harm to spend more time on themselves when they are in public would be noticed for your clothing - this includes myself sometimes," he told the Irish Daily Mail.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde during a meeting between at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde during a meeting between at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"It's the trousers that people keep forgetting. The cut of the trouser is absolutely as important as the jacket. Sometimes we spend too much time on the jacket and not enough on the trousers."

Costelloe suggested that Kenny should try a tailor made suit, which costs at least €1,000, in order to make a fashionable  impact. And he even offered to guide him on Savile Row on finding the perfect piece.

"Mr Kenny is not that tall, which doesn't help, but I would think he should get his suits tailor made. It might cost up to €1,200 or €1,500, but for occasions like that, off the peg might not be the best option. I think it would be a good investment," he added.

"I would happily escort him down Savile Row and give him a helping hand."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde during a meeting between at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde during a meeting between at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Paul Costelloe and models Abby Harris and Grace Connolly pictured at the launch of the Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Store
Paul Costelloe and models Abby Harris and Grace Connolly pictured at the launch of the Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Store

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