Saturday 25 November 2017

'Kate Middleton is no Princess Diana,' says Irish designer and royal favourite Paul Costelloe

Diana, Princess of Wales, smiling during her visit to Sudbury, part of her official tour of Canada, The Princess is wearing a pink suit designed by fashion designer Paul Costelloe (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
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Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a Paul Costelloe outfit, offers comfort to a hospital patient on March 04, 1993 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess Of Wales, Patron, The Institute For The Study Of Drug Dependence, Stepping Out Of Her Car As She Arrives At The Queen Eliziabeth II Conference Centre In Westminster For The Isdd Media Awards Lunch. The Princess Is Wearing A Blue And White Polka-dot Outfit Designed By Fashion Designer Paul Costelloe. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Rose Gold 'Hope' pendant, €95 by Paul Costelloe Jewellery
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Paul Costelloe was one of Princess Diana's favourite designers, but he won't be courting Kate Middleton's attention anytime soon.

The late princess Di was often spotted in creations by the Dublin designer and raised his international profile in the 1990s and he still works with members of the royal family, including Zara Phillips and Princess Anne.

But the Duchess of Cambridge is "no Princess Diana", according to Costelloe.

"She’s low key at the moment," he told Independent Style when asked about his thoughts on the Duchess.

Diana, Princess of Wales, smiling during her visit to Sudbury, part of her official tour of Canada, The Princess is wearing a pink suit designed by fashion designer Paul Costelloe (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales, smiling during her visit to Sudbury, part of her official tour of Canada, The Princess is wearing a pink suit designed by fashion designer Paul Costelloe (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

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"She started off as another Princess Diana, but I think I got the right one. I was lucky to have Princess Diana as my epitaph. Kate is lovely, but she’s no Princess Diana.

"Different backgrounds, different everything. She's obviously very obedient and carries out the royal message. She won't be running around and hanging out with Elton John anytime soon."

And he explained that he doesn't court high profile clients but is more than happy to work with anyone.

Paul Costelloe
Paul Costelloe

"I would love to with anybody whose relevant, if you feel like coming to my little studio in Baker Street," he explained.

"I haven’t been received any phone calls. My main concentration is working on my catwalk show for next September, my Dunnes [Stores] winter collection and I'm just back from Portugal last night."

Paul has just launched his Spring/Summer Pembroke Jewellery collection, which he describes as "not aggressive" and in keeping with his signature elegant style.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she leaves the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south east London March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she leaves the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south east London March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

"It’s still carrying a very specific look, it's very feminine, it’s certainly not aggressive," he said. "It's very discreet really. It has a lovely attitude.

"I find it hard to talk about jewellery, it's how it's worn. The simplicity of its shape is part of its success. It's pretty reasonably priced for proper jewellery - it's not costume jewellery.

"It’s very sensitive socially to the Irish market, where it's mainly sold. You won't be attacked on your way home from the DART for your diamonds. where it’s mainly sold

"There are a lot of safety factors involved too."

His career may have spanned three decades, but the successful designer said he prefers to walk the streets of Dublin to always keep his perspective on reality fresh.

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"Paul Costelloe products are never outrageously overpriced or luxurious, I’m still a ready-to-wear designer and I enjoy doing that. I enjoy dressing people of many ages and not depending solely on income.

"I feel that’s what given me the most enjoyment. or Moore Street, I don't walk down Grafton Street...I'm in touch with reality of lives and I enjoy that part, it suits my personality.

"I don’t travel premier class or stay at luxury hotels. Having a large family keeps you focused on how we have to survive. It's tough out there."

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