LFW SS16 - Paul Costelloe

LFW SS16 - Paul Costelloe

The venue, in my opinion, was unmatched. The Café Royale Hotel, which sits in the heart of cultural London, is a place so timelessly opulent that anyone associating themselves with it would have to live up to the standards set before them. (As a designer’s collection is an extension of his soul.) The 1960s-inspired Spring/Summer line did just that – for the most part. The Costelloe collection modernised old school girlish-ness by tailoring neoprene fabric to an A-line silhouette. This was not as much of a hit with the FROW crowd as the looks from the latter part of the runway show.


Costelloe’s use of “delicate jacquards” added a luxurious touch to the feminine line, as dresses came out in crushed pinks and duck egg blue. This was contrasted by the short lengths of the garments; from dresses, to two-piece skirt suits to “playful jumpsuits,” it was as though that young woman in 1960s cosmopolitan London stumbled into the 21st century and cut the hem of her skirt to fit in with our liberated view on fashion. The juxtaposition was spot on. The belly button revealing cutouts, not so much. Only one or two pieces hosted this innovation in feminine tailoring. Despite this, the charm as a whole was not lost.


One more reason to love Costelloe’s SS16 line: his garments are made either in Corinaldo Italy, or north London. In other words, guilt free.


Written by Patricia Yaker Ekall

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