London Fashion Week: Paul Costelloe's Spring/Summer 2012 show at Somerset House. Photos:PA
WHO? Paul Costello
IN A NUTSHELL: A pretty, Parisian-feel collection - think lots of delicate, babydoll dresses, Sixties-inspired shifts and pretty puff skirts for the girls, classic tailoring and loose-fit suits for the boys. While the first half had a calm, muted feel - all romantic soft greys, silver and off-white - the second half packed a colourful punch with a rainbow of sherbet hues; bubblegum pink, light blue and mint green mixed with a touch of luxe gold. Hemlines were short, all mid-thigh, while exaggerated ruffle necklines gave an injection of drama. And according to Paul Costelloe, socks and sandals are most definitely back (did they ever go away?) as models strutted down the catwalk in nude heels over barely-there ankle socks.
And while the clothes had plenty of movement - thanks to added pleats, balloon sleeves and cape backs - the hair in contrast, was rock solid. Tresses were twisted into intricate, immaculate chignons, while eyes were sporting a striking turqouise lid.
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: The sugary mint green and gold brocade shift - and if we were feeling particularly regal, the matching swing coat to pair with it.
THE F-ROW: Jimmy Choo, Autumn Philips and lots of very well dressed fashion press
VERDICT: We loved it, and judging by the rapturous applause, so did everyone else. Ultra-feminine and subtly luxurious, it's got us wishing the winter away to next spring already. Here's hoping this sets the tone for the rest of the shows...