Well, what a show! Paul Costelloe has been a leader in the British fashion industry for the past 30 years and definitely did not disappoint with his S/S 12 collection at LFW. The designer has presented his S/S and A/W catwalk collections at London Fashion Week every season for the past 15 years. Due to Paul Costelloe’s popularity, he has opened the week for the past six seasons bringing originality and flair. The label is primarily focussed on women’s wear, but has recently become more diverse with strong men’s wear collections. This famous designer has previously stated his typical client would be an "international, modern woman, aged between 27 and 97. She is discreet; she wants to be seen but not screened” (Costelloe, 2009, www.londonfashionweek.co.uk).
The S/S 12 collection was showcased at Somerset house and was based on current season trends such as nude tones and feminine silhouettes. The women were dressed in pretty, flirty and flattering baby doll dresses made from rich brocade fabrics. Pastel colours were prominent such as creams, candyfloss pinks and peaches, giving the structured pieces a soft, romantic feeling. In contrast with the nude tones in the outfits, the models wore pea green eye makeup which acted as a bold, flirty colour contrast. The fitted dresses featured balloon skirts and puffed sleeves, distinctive of 1960s mod fashion. Empire lines were big news as were high waists and short hemlines. Rich silks and frill detailing also added to the sweet and innocent portrayals. Costelloe pushed the boundaries by adding heeled sandals and socks to his runway looks, and we just couldn’t complain at the end result.
Similarly, the male models wore muted tones but the designs were stylish, fresh and slick. The tailored suits were in charcoals and greys and were perfectly cut. The outfits could be taken straight off the catwalk and into a business meeting and would appeal to a professional wishing to look dapper.
The show received a great reception as it delivered Paul Costelloe’s iconic style. The looks were effortlessly chic. There was much anticipation and hype for Costelloe’s S/S 12 collection and he certainly did not let his fans down.
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