Saturday, 19 February 2011

LFW - Paul Costelloe Opens Fashion Week

Paul Costelloe AW11 at LFW

It's that time again, London Fashion Week returns. I'll be juggling the day job with blogging but hope to capture some of the excitement and previews of what to expect come Autumn/Winter 2011. For some fashion week is about the extreme, about pushing boundaries and doing something completely different. For me, I love the craftsmanship and the tailoring of it all. An interesting cut or idea doesn't have to be ground-breaking to be beautiful.

Paul Costelloe kicked things off for this season's shows with his daughter taking to the runway (thanks to The Telegraph for that info, I did wonder). It was refreshing to see such a vibrant colour palette for an Autumn/Winter collection, even in comparison to Costelloe's past work the colours were bright. Greens and pinks were used in block punctuated by tropical prints, checks and tweeds with accents of mustard and orange.

Paul Costelloe AW11 at LFW

The silhouette was a mixture of fit and flare with short skater style skirts and more voluminous dresses hanging straight down from the bust. Not a shape that would suit many, but the garments moved beautifully on the models.Throw in some metallics and opulence and the catwalk was complete. Although pairing the tartan jacket with brocade skirt didn't seem quite right to me.

Clothes aside for a moment though, the make-up for this show was so beautiful and incredibly easy to copy. The models wore a pretty blushed cheek and fuchsia pink lip, all teamed with those brightly coloured bobs. All in all a striking collection with an element of playfulness about it. The garments that were fitted at the waist were my favourites, purely because they showed off the female figure to perfection. I for one am always grateful for clothes that do that.

See more pics at the LFW website

Paul Costelloe AW11 at LFW
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