Fashion, almost by definition, is about what is new; the next thing: the next enfant terrible (since Jean Paul Gaultier relinquished that title in retirement), what’s hot for next season, who’s the latest shock jock designer.
It seldom dwells on the present; appreciate what it is we have now.
Paul Costello is not what you would call a new designer – 30 years designing clothes for the most fabulous women in the world (including Diana, Princess of Wales) disqualifies him for that.
But with that time, he has learnt to master the craft of clothes-making. Not making clothes that will be worn today and thrown away tomorrow – no.
He makes statement pieces that are built to stay in your wardrobe for years to come.
Even in an A/W20 collection that was filled with references to the 80s, littered with athletic influences, the quality of the fabrics and precision of cut shone through.
The principle here is buy less and ensure that each piece you have is special, even a pair of those floral-print leggings.
This was one of the strongest seasons of London Fashion Week in many years, but Costello’s A/W20 show was certainly one of the stand-outs.
In a world that has grown increasingly tense and becomes a rather tough place to live, Paul Costello with his craftsmanship and uber-sophisticated and polished creations serves as a prescient reminder to appreciate the goodness that we currently have, including Costello himself as a working designer.
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