A grand white staircase under the name Paul Costelloe sets the scene for the designer's AW17 show inside The Waldorf Hilton. As the first three models walk out, a strong tailoring theme is instantly set.
Irish tweeds, fine wools and silk jacquards make up looks with a slight nod to the Tudor period. Sleeves are exaggerated, waists are small and skirts are full.
Corseted designs emphasise the feminine silhouette and plunging necklines and slit skirts add a youthful edge to these historical shapes. Traditional fabrics are teamed brilliantly with modern English latex and leather to bring the look into the present day.
Sheer fabrics, cut-outs and a metallic colour palette also add an element of youth to the designs.
The models walk proud, confident and strong, reflecting the Paul Costelloe muse. He pays close attention to detail, creating collections out of the finest quality materials, tailored beautifully to make the wearer look and feel fantastic.
The designer has an exceptional talent for pairing textures expertly. There is a constant play between matte and sheen, smooth and tactile, delicate and structured.
In his own words, Costelloe says, "Creativity, texture and traditional designs are what I want my brand to always be." He's certainly hit the mark again with this extraordinary collection.
Images: Mel Williams | Fashion Week Photographer | @mvwphotographer