Those who feared a lacklustre kick-off to London Fashion Week due to Marc Jacobs’ closing spot on the New York schedule on Thursday night, which meant fashion’s finest were still in transit somewhere over the Atlantic rather than the F-row, need not have worried. Neither did Paul Costelloe who, three years ago, likened the opening spot to a poisoned chalice. London Fashion Week kicked off with a dazzling start with Costelloe’s opening show to a full house.

Sixties was very much the era Irish-born designer seems to have hearkened back to with delicate baby doll dresses, shifts, puff skirts with leg-bearing hemlines, romantic ruffles creating soft silhouettes, styled with sandals, and dainty, bare;y there ankle socks. What ensued was a romantic, girly feel with soft grays, silvers and off-whites at first crescendoing into sumptuous sherbet hues of mint green, sky blue and bubblegum pink.

This wasn’t an all-women’s affair though as Costelloe also catered for the male of the species with crisp classic tailoring and loose-fit suits.

Feminine, romantic and wearable while maintaining an air of luxe, we do hope Costelloe’s visual treat is a sign of things to come next spring.


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Report: Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo

Video and Images Source: London Fashion Week website

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