London Fashion Week presented a wonderful array of stunning collections this season, proving that British fashion is still one of the most desirable markets in the world. Among our favourites for autumn/winter 2017 were House of Holland, Julien Macdonald, Peter Pilotto, Mulberry and… Paul Costelloe.
Costelloe started his career at the Chambre Syndicale de la Houte Couture in Paris before launching his own brand, which has been a sequence of successes. The Irish-American designer’s AW17 collection, awaited by hundreds of people, was presented twice at LFW, and the FMS fashion crew were lucky enough to watch the second show. Autumnal hues of olive green, plum, deep blue and taupe were highlighted with the glimmer of silver and gold. Tartan printed dresses were worn with red and claret tights and heavy heeled shoes, while long black coats were presented with khaki coloured leggings.
Eveningwear came in the form of shiny gold dresses with innovative cuts, along with classic minimalistic options in black, white and beige. Sleeves were given a medeival twist with flares and gathers, while dresses sporadically gave a nod to the sixties, with low slung belts on shifts. The most photographed and eye-catching piece was a short black poncho with a big faux fur hood. It looks like wearing ponchos is back! We almost regret having to wait so long for Autumn…
Paul Costelloe not only presented an amazing collection, but with models stomping onto the catwalk with slicked-back hair and lots of attitude, he also left women with the courage to rule the world!
Words: Dobrawa Zowislo