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London Fashion Week A/W 2023-2024: Paul Costelloe new collection.

The amazing veteran Irish designer dedicated his new collection to Dublin and Joyce’s Ulysses.

Irish designer Paul Costelloe dedicated his 2023 autumn-winter collection to Dublin and Joyce’s Ulysses with references in fabrics, print and music to his native city.

In his usual venue, the Palm Court at the Waldorf Hotel, he opened the show with a dramatic trio of tailored dark tweed suits on red haired models against the background of Sinéad O’Connor’s sean-nós rendition of Molly Malone.

Photos by Chris Instinct

Grunge was the order of the day from the start to the finish of Costelloe's catwalk collection.

From heavy woollen blazers and tartans to silk frocks that brushed the runway floor, the theme was threaded throughout the collection via a dark and moody colour palette.

Photos by Chris Instinct

Fabrics were from north and south, from Magee in Donegal, Emblem Weavers in Co Wexford with linen from William Clark in Maghera, Co Derry alongside Italian silks and plaids.

Well styled with the occasional use of top hats, elbow length leather gloves and high boots for added dash, notable accessories included glass jewellery from artist architect Angela Brady, Bláithín Ennis and tribal inspired pieces from Peter Adler’s Pebble to complement the ensembles.

Photos by Chris Instinct

Paul Costello commented: "This is a celebration of a Dublin that was, Dublin that is, and the city I love so well."

Michelle Webb, lead make-up artis, added: "We took inspiration from the collection really.

There are a lot of metallics and a lot of dark colours throughout the collection, so we wanted to do an eye look that would really complement that.

Paul wanted it to be strong yet feminine so we've gone for a blown-out smokey eye and a pop of copper in the centre.

We're using the Huda Beauty Khaki palette."


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