Paul Costelloe kicked off the London Fashion Week festivities this morning, showing a collection mens and womenswear. To mark the 25th anniversary of LFW, Costelloe chose to showcase his first menswear collection for the event. The collection has been described by the designer as one which creates, 'a sophisticated and relaxed summer feeling- a walk by the Tiber in the evening sun- truly La Dolce Vita'.
Naomi: So Keji, what did you think of the first show of the day?
Keji: Well i thought it was great really. I was a little unsure at first with the colour pallete- as the show opened with a series of brown and cream coloured, striped ensembles, but after this initial opening, the more colour that trickled down the runway, the more I fell in love with the collection.
Naomi: I agree, the brown hues didn't really excite me but once the show progressed I definitely warmed up to the collection.
Keji: What did you think of the menswear collection?
Naomi: It was really good! The outfits were very wearable and flattering. My favourite pieces would probably be the linen blazers, orange cardigans and general easy-luxe feel of the collection.
Naomi: What pieces stood out for you?
Keji: I'd have to say the coats. I loved the boxey shapes, exaggerated shoulders, high-necks, candy coloured shades and the pleated detail on the back of the coats. I also fell in love with the mini prom dresses. The 'box'/ diamond shaped protruding details coupled with the shades of orange, gold, pink and silver lent a 'cocktail hour' type feel to that part of the collection.
Naomi: I would have to say the coats stood out for me too. I loved the oversized, sleeveless cardigan dress with the cinched waist. The gold threading layered on the cream coloured knit really added a dash of glamour to an otherwise relaxed look. I prefered the cocktail dresses to the evening wear though as I was not too keen on the fabric used for the floor length dresses. This being said, I loved the rusched and cowl neck detail on the back of the dresses.