29 September 2011

Paul Costelloe Man Spring/Summer 2012 collection at London Fashion Week

Paul Costelloe Man SS12 sees structured tailoring softened with romance.
Inspiration comes from the conservative Edwardian styles mixed with New Romantic and a nod to the 70s.
The show starts with a basic black, white and grey colour palette muted with the cross hatched pattern. 

70s style makes an entrance in a cross hatched  2 button jacket suit worn with a frilled shirt. The muted greyish blue and crosshatched pattern of the shirt tone down the 70s brashness.
A blazer (again cross hatched) with black ribbon piping brings a preppy look but is given a romantic twist with frills peeping through the bottom of its sleeves from a black collarless shirt. Although collarless the starkness is taken away by tiny frills around the neck.

Colour begins to appear in small doses, greys have a sheen to them in the trench coat ..
and pale pastels appear on shirts.

Voluminous gauze shirts are so sheer that the shades appear like water colours.  This white linen suit is worn with a hardly there blue and white gauze shirt.

A pale peppermint shirt is worn with  a cross hatched grey single breasted suit.  A subtle nod to the Edwardian style can be seen with its 3 buttons and higher lapels .

Then the colours become bolder and more romantic.
Adding a touch of the new romantics is the iridescent teal blue artist smock shirt with cowl neck ...
and the long loose fitting iridescent pink shirt with kick flare trousers.

The Edwardian influence comes in to its own on the bold raspberry pink suits with their long 6 button jackets 

and frock style pleated swing backs, and kick flare trousers.

Another is double breasted with slimmer cut trousers.

There were a few other double breasted suits but more reminiscent of the 40s with their turn-ups and softer neutral tones

Linen is the key fabric and the colour palette ranges from black and white, soft neutrals to the deepest indigo and the bright crayon colours.

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