Paul Costelloe showcased his amazing Spring/Summer 2018 collections at the Waldorf. Following his inspiration of femininity. Costelloe put on a fantastic show and presentation.
From spring flounce coats in silk jacquard to summer-weight wool and appliquéd cotton, soft pastel colours including an exclusive chequer-board print designed by William Costelloe, which added a nice tropical mix. The beautiful Waldorf ballroom was the perfect location to set the tone for the collection, a wonderful catwalk show followed by a presentation where the models engaged with laughs, selfies, and sweets. A fun and flirty feel made all the difference for the attendees to have a great time.
With the twiggy inspired make- up, romantic choice of music and props not only did Costelloe produce a collection every woman could wish for but also showcased great craftsmanship in his 100% pure Irish linen summery men’s suits.
With a hint of pastel pink and red latex to add some sexy to it, what was really a beautiful end to the catwalk show was the stunning Vogue Williams in a long statement pink dress. The designer garment also featured a fitted waist with a thigh-skimming shorter hem at the front followed by a long trail.
In his own words, Costelloe describes this SS/18 collection as – “It’s Paris, Washington and a touch of day-dream allure”, and that we can say it defiantly was.
Written By Maria Santee Interviewer: Shanika Ocean
Rohmir’s Vienne Imperiale collection was said to be a celebration of the opera glamour of the eternal imperial style of the beautiful city. Rohmir are known for their collections being a plethora of feminine, eloquent dresses and tailored suits. Vienne Imperiale, lived up to its upper class name with an opulent line up that made expert use of texture and varied fabrics. Which is no surprise, considering that founder and designer Olga Roh hails from Russian nobility. Both a former model and academic, with a PhD from the University of Bern, she has brains as well as beauty, combining a love of glamour with an acute business sense.
Italian influences are a key and running concept throughout this collection. The colour palette used this season, was as regal as the silhouettes, emerald greens, ruby reds, black and gold. By using the softest faux fur, lace and velvet detailed with statement brooches and bold necklaces. Dresses appeared in elegant oxblood and bottle green but it was shades of black with regal gold detail that dominated. Lace trousers matched with sheer and gold tipped velvet capes delivered the drama, European style.
The models hair was plaited then pinned into a traditional style, embellished with pearls, then intricately twisted into a regal up-do, again highlighting the almost princess-esque nature of the collection and the plait adorned their heads almost like a tiara, while the make-up was kept rather neutral, with bold brows with a pink stained lip and dark, smoky eyes and false lashes. The epitome of Italian glamour.
Backstage ahead of the show, the buzz was euphoric, there’s so much stigma with models looking moody and being underweight, but these models were smiling, laughing and joking, it was a delightful atmosphere to be a part of, and they all looked truly radiant and of a healthy weight.
Olga herself was beaming and so full of energy and very down to earth, even seemingly looking very relaxed. The catwalk was flawless and the pieces dripped elegance and sophistication. The live opera performance added an air of emotive grace to the show, and Olga’s daughter closed the show alongside the Opera, which received a well-deserved standing ovation for the collection and the performance alike.
The show entitled ‘Vienne Imperiale’ boasted ideas of grandeur from the outset and it was safe to say, that the show did not disappoint. The slow and sultry affair was as grand and as exquisite as promised from the title. Models slowly glided down the catwalk, rather than walk, to the soothing rhythm of the orchestral music and live opera singer. This is Vienna no compromises made.
Finding his inspiration in the ‘creative life of a Nomadic Wanderer’, Ashley Isham has succeeded once again in a fantastic show this AW season. With a vast array of techniques and fabrics - quilting, leather, fur, shag pile, sequin, embellishments, even holographic fabrics, they were all there - it teetered on creative disaster, and very easily could have been, but Isham, yet again, managed to rein in the crazy just enough to showcase his talent in practically every sense of the word.
The collection celebrated the female form with a aura of romanticism, and demonstrated his muse’s journey to finding herself through fashion and her new nomadic way of life, with hourglass silhouettes and feminine cuts.
Again, much like his last collection, a multitude of textures, shapes and prints, further accredited Isham with his ability to push the boundaries of fashion, yet keep the collection completely wearable for the everyday power woman. Statement pieces such as jackets, dresses and trousers were present, but pushed to an edge of sophistication with exciting print and embellished detailing, like tulip skirts lined with gold trim and heavy curtain fringing.
Although Isham continued his characteristic evening wear, he successfully tied this collection seamlessly into the up and coming colder months. With the use of heavier fabrics, added knitwear and muted tones of navy and black, he layered pieces together, mixed peep toes with tights and made this seasons offering the ultimate need-everything-now collection. A real ‘something for everyone’ accumulation of goodness.
Amongst the multitude of work, it wouldn’t be an Ashley Isham show without a little fun. Pops of pink pom poms, an expertly choreographed catwalk experience and exquisite head gear from House of Flora all made the experience one to remember.