On Friday February 20th, the crowds gathered outside the entrance to the Waldorf Hotel off the Strand in Central London, queueing for a coveted seat at the Paul Costelloe Autumn/Winter 2015 catwalk show on the opening day of London Fashion Week.
The exquisite Palm Court of the Waldorf was the perfect setting to present the elegance, cutting-edge style and unique tailoring that are trademarks of Paul Costelloe. The designer delivered volumes in creativity and innovation in the collection – elements that have placed his brand at the forefront of British and Irish fashion for more than 35 years.
Titled ‘Jewels in the Mist’, Paul’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection is an experiment in form and texture that has reinvented lengths and shapes from a range of periods across history – from Tudor England and pre-revolution Russia to the ‘no rules’ and style of the 1950s and ’60s – and combined these with the most luxurious and intricate fabrics and modern styling.
Strapless dresses with metallic bodices combined with tartan wool skirts reflected the meeting of past and present for Costelloe. Vibrant colours in rich, blended Italian tweeds combined with matching Paul Costelloe bags created a kaleidoscope of cutting-edge fashion paired with the traditional crafting techniques used for every piece of the collection.
Paul Costelloe is known for using a range of small, independent but world-leading mills, fabric suppliers, pattern-cutters, toile-makers and machinists from Ireland, the UK, Italy and elsewhere to produce his exquisite collections. The rich collage of the Autumn Winter collection was inspired from the views at his small, family-run factory in the village of Corinaldo in the central Italian region of Le Marche – a region famed for being the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Speaking of the collection, the designer himself said it “reflects my passion for colour, texture and femininity to flatter and celebrate the female form”.
The Paul Costelloe name continues to gather pace both at home and abroad and evidence of this was seen by the high-level international representation at the show.
As well as the show being attended by respected style icons like Yasmin Le Bon, Donna Air and Millie Mackintosh, the presence of many retailers, buyers and fashion businesses from the USA, Europe, China, Japan and elsewhere is testament to the growing global interest of the Paul Costelloe brand as it takes major strides in international markets outside its traditional base of Ireland and the UK as well as a growing presence online.
2015 will be a crucial year for the Paul Costelloe brand as we work with new partners in new product and industry areas during this Year of Irish Design and Year of UK-China Cultural Exchange. The fashion industry is a major route for nations and cultures to build understanding and cooperation. It also plays a key role in enhancing creativity amongst the younger generations and inspire future industry leaders. The Paul Costelloe team is working hard to deliver new initiatives and programmes that contribute to these global conversations.
Our deepest thanks go to all our sponsors and supporters including the wonderful John Walford and Chris Yates, the team at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Dunnes Stores, Berwin & Berwin, Lloyd Baker London, NJO Designs, Dunelm Optical, Yin Lee, AOFM, Bobbi Brown, Dermalogica, Toni & Guy, Label.M, Trace Publicity, Rafferty Hospitality Products, Sugartables London and NICG. Without their commitment and support, the show could not have been the success it was.
You can watch the Paul Costelloe London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 show in full on our website www.paulcostelloe.com
For buyers, retailers or fashion businesses that are interested in working with the Paul Costelloe brand in the UK, Ireland or internationally, please contact Robert Costelloe here on the LinkedIn platform or our London team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul is holding exclusive viewings of the Autumn/Winter 2015 womenswear collection at our design studio in central London in March and early April 2015. Buyers or businesses interested in working with Paul Costelloe can organise visits to see the collection and should contact Robert Costelloe or the Paul Costelloe London team to arrange.