Paul Costelloe, an Irish designer, unveiled his spring/summer 2022 collection at a ‘phygital” fashion show during this year’s London Fashion Week.
Costelloe showed a dynamic mix of exaggerated silhouettes and more fitted designs in a 45-look presentation. Costelloe emphasized layered babydoll gowns with flared hems and accented flared sleeves. The ultra-feminine collection featured ruffles, billowing skirts, and puff sleeves. To complete the look, Costelloe used toile materials and hand-designed fabric.
Structured blazers and leggings that are body-conforming were a contrast to the delicate mini dresses or midis. These pieces were paired with casual tees and loose-fitting tunics to create a variety of outfits that are all matched.
The collection structure was determined by the colours, and looks flowed in an orderly fashion according to their colour. First came beige and citrus hues, then moved to mint greens and finally to translucent blue.
Costelloe was inspired by his Irish heritage and incorporated Celtic design styles into the collection of bold silhouettes. He aimed to bring back the feel of historic culture in the pieces. The printed and woven linens featured in the collection are also from Ireland. They were produced at William Clark, the oldest linen fabric mill in the country. Italian-manufactured cotton was also included.
The Paul Costelloe bags were further made from linen, and presented alongside the apparel. Leather belts added a functional element to the collection. Some belts offered additional attachment options and compact case sizes, which added practicality.
Costelloe showed a dramatic final look with a floral, drop waist gown. It featured a full-balloon skirt, asymmetric hem, and a full-balloon skirt. It seemed to combine all the looks into one. The intricate embroidery accentuated the play on silhouettes.
Watch the full show below.