Fashion Week: Q&A with Paul Costelloe

February 18, 2011

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Fashion Week: Q&A with Paul Costelloe

Pictured: Jesssica Costelloe on stage with her father, designer Paul Costelloe. Prince Cassius, voted Britain’s Best Dressed Men by GQ & Esquire Magazine, who was front row today at Paul Costelloe Autumn Winter 2011 at London Fashion Week

To celebrate being at LFW for the first time, I am rolling out a series of exclusive Q&A interviews with some of my favourite designers sprinkled with some lifestyle delights too – where I’m staying, what I’m doing and who I’m seeing!

You can get a sneak peak from London Fashion Week Day 1 on my Twitter, where I’ve been tweeting from behind the scenes (to the point that my iPhone has died after today alone!).

Diving right in, please read on for my chat Paul Costelloe, where his Womenswear Autumn Winter 2011 Catwalk Collection opened London Fashion Week for the 10th consecutive season!

Q1. WSW: What’s the Paul Costelloe Autumn Winter 2011 Collection all about?

PC: Think of Paris in the late 60s and 70s. Simple and chic, as Paris once was. The femme fatal has returned.

Q2. WSW: What’s been your inspiration behind this colourful womenswear collection?

PC: I’m calling it Home Grown Fashion. I’ve sources Harris tweed from Scotland, more tweed from Tipperary, luxury plaids and herringbones from other parts of Ireland and bright cashmere wool from England. I wanted to create something that encapsiulates belief and fortitude!

Q3. WSW: I love that you sent your models out to the Rolling Stones, in pink wigs, swing jackets and oversized buttons

PC: I’ve added a twist to the heritage trend – this is 60’s/ 70’s mixed with tweeds, tartan and herringgbone with popping emerald, mustard, orange and lots of fuchsia (and a pink wig or two!). 

Q4. WSW: So, this is your 10th season opening London Fashion Week – what’s different about today?

PC: My 24 year old daughter, Jessica Costelloe, joined the models today to showcase the new collection. She’s recently graduated in Opera from The Julliard School in New York. 

Q5. WSW: Last question—Any final comments about today’s show?

PC: I wanted to make today about being positive and proud of our surrounding islands. People forget about the incredible creativity and resources that’ve come out of Ireland, England and Scotland, and I hope that after seeing my collection that they’ll be reminded and stand proud!

In Ireland, Paul Costelloe Womenswear is available at Arnotts, Dublin 1.

Related posts:

  1. What She Wore: London Fashion Week a/w 2009
  2. New York Fashion Week AW 10
  3. What She Wore: London Fashion Week s/s 2010
  4. London Fashion Week Day Two
  5. Fashion Week Explained
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2 Responses to “Fashion Week: Q&A with Paul Costelloe”

  1. Fashion Week 2011 Says:

    Very helpful post man, thanks for the info.

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