Updated: Aug 20, 2018

Paul Costelloe AW18

Paul Costelloe’s AW18 collection was presented as a beautiful story depicted from the Irish perspective as they left homeland in order to start a new life, full of adventure and excitement. The connection between the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean was represented through a very diverse pallet of textures, while the vision of the Irish population seemed to be the same as Costelloe’s: to find a new identity and to create a culture of diversity.

The full length coats and high-waisted trousers constituted a parallel with the classic American style during the ‘50s, while the custom design prints have been created by the second generation of the Costelloe design house, William Costelloe. This contrast between past references and modern times was visible in the collection as plaid tweeds from Magee of Ireland’s County Donegal, were placed alongside knitwear with oversized sleeves. The garments were linked together by hand-embroidered details in tones of creams, dark burgundies and chocolate browns, defining the Costelloe DNA.

The floral pattern find on dresses was translated into autumnal elements of the collection alongside the tartan wool scarfs in hues of navy from the menswear collection. Moreover, the velvet double-breasted menswear waistcoats accessorized with the traditional Irish Claddagh rings triggered a luxurious aura to the collection.

Jewellery created the same effect on womenswear, with oversized ivory pieces, which complemented the over-the-knee black boots, garments that metamorphosed into an unstoppable force.

The show alighted at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, the familiar location of the Costelloe Designs, where the atmosphere was enriched with a contagious energy, common to the designer himself who danced with the models, took pictures and discussed with his guests in a friendly manner.

During the past few years we managed to see a transformation of the classic Irish designer towards bolder designs, voluminous details and a striking colour palette and we expect this adaptation to extend into even more striking designs.

Photograph Huw Jenkins/ Article written for The Upcoming Magazine/