My first show on Day 5 of LFW AW13 with Vodafone VIP was Paul Costelloe.
I’ve really missed Paul Costelloe showing at LFW and he gave a really love speech ahead of his presentation this season. He talked about the London design scene and what a hub it is for emerging design talent, but pointed out that world class tailoring is what made the British fashion industry so strong in the first place. All of the garmz we saw yeseterday were not only designed in Britian, but made in Britian by British workers – in good ol’ Manchester no less!
Good tailoring doesn’t have to be expensive – people are so used to a throw away Primark culture now that you can almost forget what good quality feels and wears like. Paul emphasised that this collection was affordable whilst being wonderuflly well made. And what a treat it was to actually see a wearable, attainable, practical collection at LFW.
I love outlandish designs and crazy mish-mashes of fur and leather and sequins and swear words as much as the next show-goer, but it was the pics from this show that got the most “ooooh I’ll really have to look out for that coat” feedback on Twitter. The collars, the cocoon shapes, the beautiful oversized buttons. Oh and smiling, happy, healthy models got a round of applause from Twitter too. Remember of course that fashion isn’t moody BLACK BLACK BLACK “I’m better than you” nonchalance to 99% of people. What the fashion industry adores vs what the general (buying!) public adores is often very different – this was a collection for real people.
Michael Flatley was in the audience and he’d said to Paul before the show that “it’s not how often you go down, but how often you come back up”.
Indeed it is, indeed it is.
My top five looks?
Watch the show highlights below, you can tell your mates you were there! They’ll never know…