Paul Costelloe spring/summer 2017 collection presentation for LFWLondon Fashion Week SS17
“The Rejuvenation of Linen” – such was the title of Paul Costelloe’s Spring 2017 catwalk presentation, and what a rejuvenation it turned out to be.
As the name suggests, the designer was hoping to restore one of our most versatile fabrics, linen, with some of its historic prominence and symbolism. Linen pieces dominated the collection in the form of white and sand-hued dresses and coats, their structured tailoring and sharply fitted shapes softened by the natural, breathable material.
To create such a wide variety of looks using just one fabric, Costelloe used a combination of both Belfast and Wexford linens, which is also the designer’s subtle way of questioning the current political landscape. A long-time advocate for a good relationship between the UK and the Republic Ireland, Costelloe’s use of mills from both sides of the border is a gentle hint at the benefits of the enhanced creative possibilities offered by a more united world.
Whilst the cleverly minimalist cuts and easy wearability of the linen pieces were undoubtedly the highlight of Costelloe’s latest offering, linen was by no means the only fabric in the mix. Metallic printed cottons and PVC in vibrant salmon pink folded and elevated themselves into the bubble skirt and dramatic neckline of a dress.
This was an effortlessly creative, confident collection from a designer who is assured in himself and what he is doing – and if Paul Costelloe thinks that linen should make a comeback, it probably will.
Photos: Krish Nagari
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