Paul Costelloe brought a bout of west Californian sunshine to his Spring/Summer 20 offering transporting us back to 1960’s LA and Rodeo Drive with his much loved quintessential flared hemlines and exaggerated proportions.
Big hair, a lighter colour palette with bold floral prints, layered jewellery accessories, and the ankle stockings paired with contrasting vivid heels—all came together to complete the retro vibe which oozed onto the runway. It was a fresh take on an era gone by from the master of sophisticated, yet flirty femininity.
This playfulness this season translated in psychedelic pops of tangerine, neon pinks and yellow that Costelloe worked into cropped jackets with puffed shoulders, tailored school girl pleat skirts and his signature mini dresses with flared, ruffled hemlines.
Other cocoon coats and matching dresses followed in saturated florals, screen printed by his son William, before shifting into the 70’s with full flowing dresses and jumpsuits with exaggerated balloon waists in zany retro prints, styled with chunky gold jewellery.
Paul Costelloe predicts that SS20 will have the ultimate summer parties and his dresses are everything you need to make a show-stopping appearance. Oversized ruffles and abundant skirt layers are perfect for shimmying the summer evening away at sunset. Heavier prints are introduced in floral and tartan patterns and darker tones are softened through silky fabrics, emphasising ultimate femininity.
Photos: Krish Nagari