London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016

Designer: Paul Costelloe

Inspired by the modernday female warrior, the AW16 Costelloe woman is ambitious, fearless and a fighter. This collection encapsulates that transition of power dressing which also comes as a reminder of the designer’s heritage for supreme tailoring.

Colour palette is strong and serious, predominantly in black and grey with the main accents being a bold red and a deep burgundy.

Never compromising on quality, Paul Costelloe and his manufacturers in London have experimented with materials that combine traditional fabrics with innovative techniques, together creating outstanding textures and volume.

Painted herringbone gives the idea that this woman is armed for adventure. Seen above in military style jacket with blouson shorts and long evening dress.

Statement coats appear in a range of lengths and styles, from ankle-skimming to mini and from fitted to voluminous. All will be ideal for visits to the winter races.

Checks are dominant. These range from the oversized black and white tartan, and the grey and red windowpane, to the gargantuan bold red and burgundy tartan.

Jackets are of military style with high collars or large pockets.

The brand’s trademark feminine baby doll dresses return, but this time the ‘cute ‘style has a much darker and raw edge. In subtle transparent black organza with lace or burgundy jacquards, which add a dramatic edge to the classic style.

Wide leather bodice belts add the warrior touch to short skater style dresses whilst cinching in that waist.

Patterns include a retro ’70s inspired square print and a softer tribal line print in orange and blue hues.

Evening wear carries on the female warrior style.

Accessories include:

Slouchy rucksacks in leather and shearling, great for a winter’s day at the races.

And fringed clutches of supple leather and suede will complement any ladies’ day winter outfit.

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