Although a somber tone was felt in the Somerset House venue (many had visited the wall dedicated to the late Alexander McQueen prior to walking in), the fashion pack was eager to feast their eyes on Paul Costelloe’s latest contribution to British fashion.
Citing ‘the Assassination of Jesse James” as the defining inspiration for the collection, jackets with buttons down their sleeves and crinoline-esque short skirts swayed as the models sauntered down the catwalk. Asymmetric-fastening jackets and check pencil skirts were focal points of the collection, while a strong emphasis on tailoring kept the collection looking distinctively Paul Costelloe, despite the edge to this collection.
An iconic look for the collection was a black and gold brocade dress adorned with a zip on the front of a playful skirt, which splayed into a longer length. Contributing to his defining inspiration, an 80’s element is shown with pronounced shoulders and power jackets, yet underlying tones of country are also shown through check skirts teamed with a sheer ruffled blouse. Cheeky sequined shorts and daring leather arm and leg warmers also made an appearance. The models’ hair was wildly backcombed, and eyes had received lashings of heavy black eyeliner.
An exciting mix of modern tweeds, leather, black wool, and silk with interesting period-inspired silhouettes added character to the collection, and made the finishing looks distinctively Paul Costelloe, with fresh tailoring and structured heavy designs.
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