Paul Costelloe SS16 – New Reflections

During London Fashion Week, Paul Costelloe presented his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, ‘New Reflections’.

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Set in the prestigious Hotel Cafe Royal, this catwalk show was never going to be anything other than glamorous.

The show started with bright tailored coats and short full-skirted dresses.  With a nod to the 60’s, Costelloe has experimented with neoprene fabrics in bright, bold colours.  The fabric brings a new element to the 60’s look.  Feminine A-line dresses seemed to kick out more, tailored coats seemed sharper and jumpsuits seemed to have more jump.

I wasn’t overwhelmed by the white wedge trainers (which were not by Paul, so why bring them in?) or the cutout tummy sections on some dresses (Surely a hard look for anyone to pull off).  All in all these were two tiny things in an altogether fantastic collection.  I loved the brights, the neoprene, the overly shorter length in skirts and the exaggerated puffed sleeves and necklines.

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The dresses changed in fabric, for the evening, and the fairy tale ending.  Jacquards were light and floral and skirts were super romantically short.

The Collection was a delight and ultimately made me long for Summer nights in Italy.  I guess if anyone wants to do an Audrey Hepburn, 1960’s inspired collection I can’t think of anyone more qualified and capable than Costelloe.

Love DSB X

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