Paul Costelloe


London: Paul Costelloe’s runway show opened London Fashion Week for the fifth consecutive year and with a new financial backer. The Irish-born designer’s clothes – occasionally worn by Kate Middleton – are now supported by Portuguese company Calvelex. Costelloe offered up “Home Grown Fashion,” an homage to late 1960s Mod silhouettes and produced almost entirely from fabrics sourced in the UK. Scottish Harris and Irish Tipperary tweed were fashioned into cropped suits and coats that brought to mind the playful sensuality of Bridget Bardot. Dresses ranged from high-necked brocade babydolls to drop-waist minis with plunging necklines. Almost every look was paired with colored tights in a palette of bitter earth tones that conjured the rugged landscape of Windsor.

Color: Earth tones of Fern, Moss and Bark / Pops of Emerald, Mustard and Fuchsia

Key Items: Short skirt suits / Baby doll dresses / Double breasted tailored swing coats / Dropped waist princess dresses / Skater skirts

Materials: Harris and Tipperary tweed / Herringbone / Foiled and metallic fabrics / English cashmere

Print + Pattern: Exaggerated florals / Blown-up plaids / Geometric prints, Multicolored metallic abstracts / Herringbone

Details + Trim: Oversize pockets and buttons / Menswear-inspired tailoring details / Pleating on back on coats and dresses to add volume

Accessories + Footwear: Early 1970s inspired high-heeled platform pumps in shiny tan / Suede gloves in earth tones

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