For AW17 Paul Costelloe’s inspiration is taken from Alison Weir’s historic novel ‘The Lost Tudor Princess’: the Life of Margaret Douglas Countess of
Lennox’. Like the beautiful and tempestuous Margaret, the
collection is bold in spirit, dominant in image and strong in content.
With a nod to the Tudor period, sleeves are exaggerated and lengths are diverse, with styles such as bell, hanging and semi puffed sleeves bringing back the excitement that was once relished by courtesans of the great Palaces.
One quilted leather dress emulates the Tudor man’s skirted jerkin/doublet worn with paned sleeves (cut-outs) revealing the fabric underneath – then the height of fashion
The collection takes part of its colour palette from Weir’s line; ‘From the store at
of gold in crimson, russet, tawny and yellow, mulberry
… white and cream, and wool furred with powdered ermine.’
Never compromising on quality, this season sees the best of European fabrics used including:
Italian quilted cottons and silk jacquards,
Irish tweeds from Magee’s.....
, the finest wools and cashmere from
Pure French cottons and English latex. Here the ruffled shirts echo the long linen shirts worn by the Tudor man and the latex leggings their hose.
Outerwear dominates the collection with statement coats and jackets. All will be ideal for the winter races.
The brand's trademark feminine baby doll dress makes an appearance in silk jacquard with the low square Tudor style neckline.
Also loving the deep patch pockets on the skirts!!