(Photo:yellow prom dresses)A traditional Paul Costelloe customer from five, 10 or 30 years ago might have got a surprise at the change in vibe – not to mention some of those low V-necklines, high hemlines, flirty puffballs and peplum tops worn over shorts,
However, there were plenty of coats and dresses with Paul’s signature tailoring studded throughout the 30-piece collection which opened with a neoprene coat and dresses in bright orange followed by bold purples, lilacs and greens.
However, it was the luxury, engraved Italian jacquards in duck egg blue with shimmering silver threads and pretty, dusty pink rose-patterned metallics that stole the show.
The latter sent the ‘Made In Chelsea’ stars in the audience reaching for their smart phones to take pics.
And, watching the show, the young woman with the tumbling blonde hair in the black coat turned out to be none other than Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Princess Diana.
Paul shot to international fame in the 1980s dressing Diana.
He described Lady Kitty’s presence last night as “an interesting continuation of a relationship”.
She was accompanied by Lady Alice Manners and her sister, Lady Eliza, daughters of the Duke of Rutland.
All three young women congratulated the designer after the show and expressed a keen interest in the new collection.
“It is a couture collection pretty much. It is aspirational and we will probably bring it into our Studio collection for Dunnes Stores because it can be moved into ready to wear,” said Paul who held two, back-to-back shows at Cafe Royale.
“I was led by these fabrics and I really enjoyed doing this, part of my moving forward and experimenting.”
He describes the pieces, including one belted orange coat costing £1,200-£1,400, as “just Paul Costelloe being extravagant”.
Having worked with Andrés Courreges in Paris, Paul plays to modernism with all its geometric lines and seams.
“It’s there with me all the time, it’s just part of my DNA,” said Paul.Read more at:grey prom dresses