Baby Jane and 70s Inspiration At Paul Costelloe London Fashion Week S/S 2012
It’s day one of London Fashion Week, I am crying right now, staring at the untidy pile of colourful mismatch of invites lining the living room table, having missed the Paul Costelloe show due to a important hospital appointment and under strict instructions by the doctor to rest, which always falls short in my vocabulary. I have been forced to swop the white show space seating area for an L shaped living room sofa and a stream on my computer (thanks to the LFW team). Hardly the fashion showbiz glitz and glam but non the less comfortable and warm.
So let’s talk fashion…
Paul Costelloe triumph once again showing the fashion industry why he has been a leader in British and Irish fashion for 30 years, as he opens the show at London Fashion Week 9am this morning with breathe taking designs.
The collection this morning would have made Betty Draper leap out of her seat (if she were real), at the 1960s inspired cuts, trench coats, caped collars and smock baby doll style dresses which screamed femininity with pastle pinks, creams and greys. I was in awe of the pink floral mini bubble dress. The collection had a playful feel with short hemlines and 70s loose tailoring.
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Paul Costelloe – “I found a lot of inspiration for my SS12 collection in the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring Bette Davis. The collection is innocent yet dangerous, with a neutral colour palette emphasising the 1970s Paris-inspired silhouettes.” (LFW.com)
The make-up was minium expect for the smokey striking blue eye shadow which leaped out. The hair pined up and back of course, as the models floated down the catwalk with proud looks on their faces, as if they could read the excited minds of the room.
The men’s purple suits were a very bold statement with elements of the colour blocking trend which I am glad to see still filtering through to the Spring Summer season and staying strong, which proves it is not just a passing phase but a trend which could stay long enough to see the Costelloe A/W 2012 in February fingers crossed.
A special thank you to Lord Jason Scott, Lady Robin Budd and Mr Darkwah who all updated me on the show.