The feel of spring or summer can take many shapes and forms; for some it's the lighter nights, the first shoots of green, the first Test Match of the season or the sound of the birds returning from their winter refuges in the south. For others it's about colours, and during the latest Paul Costelloe show, the pastels and bright hues of the new seasons were on full display.
This was a collection that screamed spring and summer. The immaculately tailored suits evoked the feeling of brightness and lightness. The tones were those of energetic daffodils, warm azure seas, the crisp whites of soft breeze-blown clouds and pastels reminiscent of soft hand-made ice creams for the warmer weather.
The mix of suits and shirts with blazers, T-shirts and polos is set apart as the most defined for the upcoming seasons, each with their own way of popping.
The whole collection is imbued with the sense of the man about town on sun-blessed days – whether at the office, an event or strolling to meet friends on a roof bar to soak up the rays with a cold drink in hand and good company. Collections are manifestos of their purpose and the purpose of these looks is elegance, a soft elegance that says a polite ‘hello there chap’ as they pass by, beautifully mannered and yet at the same time as striking as a bellowed ‘how are you’.
Statement as understatement becomes the overriding verve of the looks. You may not look directly at them, but you know any wearer will be given second and third admiring looks.
Paul Costelloe has achieved an almost mythical status as one of the British fashion scene's most brilliant designers; a reputation built on his ability to stay fresh and relevant season after season. With over three decades of producing collections, you'd forgive him the occasional slip, but he never does; each season it's a new gem, a perfect statement of the times we view it in, but somehow always with a sense of the timeless. This season is no different. This season is yet another true diamond surrounded by opals and sapphires.
Images courtesy of Paul Costelloe.
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