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London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: Paul Costelloe

Slams Sienna, shows shiny selection at Somerset House.

Written by Satu Fox

katy2Hello Folks! My name is Katy and I am an artist and illustrator.

Born in Brittany near to the ocean, cheapest  I live in the rainy east of France now, ask with my lovely & freaky family.  I cut and stick precious papers since a long time, pharmacy try to create a harmonious and warm place.  I draw my inspirations mainly from Music; actually I am completely obsessed by Music. 

Also, I would never be able to stop collecting old porcelains & vintage dresses; I love coffee, tulips & greens; and Doris Day is my heroine.

You can find more of my work on my blog here.
katy2Hello Folks! My name is Katy and I am an artist and illustrator.
Born in Brittany near to the ocean, remedy i live in the rainy east of France now, medicine with my lovely & freaky family.  I cut and stick precious papers since a long time, try to create a harmonious and warm place.  I draw my inspirations mainly from Music ; actually I am completely obsessed by Music.  Also, I would never be able to stop collecting old porcelains & vintage dresses ; I love coffee, tulips & greens ; and Doris Day is my heroine.

http://katygromball.blogspot.com/
katy2Hello Folks! My name is Katy and I am an artist and illustrator.
Born in Brittany near to the ocean, medical i live in the rainy east of France now, with my lovely & freaky family.  I cut and stick precious papers since a long time, try to create a harmonious and warm place.  I draw my inspirations mainly from Music ; actually I am completely obsessed by Music.  Also, I would never be able to stop collecting old porcelains & vintage dresses ; I love coffee, tulips & greens ; and Doris Day is my heroine.

http://katygromball.blogspot.com/
katy2Hello Folks! My name is Katy and I am an artist and illustrator.
Born in Brittany near to the ocean, see  I live in the rainy east of France now, and with my lovely & freaky family.  I cut and stick precious papers since a long time, sale try to create a harmonious and warm place.  I draw my inspirations mainly from Music ; actually I am completely obsessed by Music.  Also, I would never be able to stop collecting old porcelains & vintage dresses ; I love coffee, tulips & greens ; and Doris Day is my heroine.

http://katygromball.blogspot.com/
 paul costello2 - lfw2010 - jenny robins

Illustrations courtesy Jenny Robins, symptoms photos courtesy Catwalking.com.

Mr Costelloe nearly kicked off a fashion feud this weekend when he slagged off celebrity designers: “I object to celebrities sticking their toe in and stepping out again, like Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller’s sister – they’ll be here for a couple of seasons and then they’re off and we’re still hanging around.”

Sienna Miller cooled the fire by simply sounding a little down about the negativity, as befits her easy-going image: “We never intended to set ourselves up against Christopher Bailey. That would be ridiculous. I don’t claim to be a designer, and I think people were misinterpreting our intentions.”

 paul costello - lfw2010 - jenny robins

Microdrama aside, it’s easy to see why a veteran like Costelloe would be feeling a little snide about easy-come-easy-go labels. He’s been patiently going first at LFW for six years, and his collections are the sort of timeless, self-confident clothes that often fly under the radar of a public more interested in trends than quality.

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But there’s shininess aplenty in the new collection, and pencils were sharpened and iPhones at the ready as the models stomped out, in gold, devoré velvet and finally silver. Yes – velvet. I was primed for any sign of the fabric of childhood party frocks, with which the catwalks of New York were awash, and straight out of the blocks there was lovely patterned velvet on swishy lampshade skirts.

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There were also ra-ra skirted dresses that were fun but somewhat random when mixed in with the tailored suits, all in the same check or shimmery black. The menswear was hilarious – handsomely hirsute gentlemen were done up to look like the BBC version of Robin Hood, and it was very nice.

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The hair on the girls was the now-ubiquitous schoolmarm style, a frizzed updo. Other popular motifs included skintight over-the-knee boots and if at times the looks seemed a little bit too accessible (one dress looked a bit Miss Selfridge from my admittedly rather distant viewpoint) it was all done with panache and seemed to be well-received.

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A highlight of getting up in time for the Paul Costelloe show was discovering oneself in the middle of the action upon exiting the venue. Sarah Brown unexpectedly appeared to officially open the week, wearing butterfly-printed blue Erdem. I took a sneaky picture of her while standing in the press room afterwards, which went straight up on Twitter. Felt a bit bad about that but at least she looks quite hot from the back.

sarah brown

Madame Brown gave a lovely speech, name-checking McQueen and stating her support for the British fashion industry. Well, it beats showing support for the British ham industry, fine upstanding bunch though I’m sure they are.

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2 Responses to “London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: Paul Costelloe”

  1. Esani says:

    The bearded irish guy is reminding me that fashion is all satire. And irony, so to speak. There’s nothing like a bearded guy in a catwalk in showing what’s avant-garde.

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