It was 10:15 am on Monday 18th Febuary when Paul Costelloe showcased the latest autumnal looks for AW19, located this season at the luxurious Simpsons during London Fashion Week, a perfect location for the well established Irish designer.
Paul Costelloe has a distinctive style, one which focuses on tailored shapes, feminine designs and textured fabrics, creating a sophisticated look throughout each garment.
Military references where present through jackets made of pure Italian wool, the use of floral fabrics, Aran knitwear and woven prints created an opulent look. Details included ruffles, billowing sleeves, pleats, oversized bows, and fish hemlines.
Each look was accessorised with black heeled boots, models wore their hair in a slick back high bun with natural makeup.
Overall Paul Costelloe did not disappoint exhibiting a vibrant and elegant range bursting with his unique style. From day looks and evening dresses rich in colour and texture this seasons on trend collection was a perfect fit for the fashionable woman of today.
Eastern meets Nordic in “The Now Collection”, a vast selection of new designs, reflecting Eastern spirituality and Nordic Autumnal forest colours.
Original charm bead brand, Trollbeads, uphold their superiority against their competition with their unique earthier and organic look with a baroque feel. Their risky experiment with design and texture, is what separates them from any other charm bead brand, and prevents them from being main stream.
Danish company Trollbeads, was founded in 1976 in Copenhagen, family owned and operated, but with independent artists who are employed to help diversify the brand.
At the International Jewellery show in Olympia, famous artist and self-taught designer Tomas Cenius, could be found with his new Autumn collection, which was launched on the 5th of September 2014.
His collection includes fifteen sterling silver charms, two glass kits(twelve beads), two natural stones, two coloured leather bracelets, a lock, and two fantasy pendants, clean Nordic design combined with figurative forms and mystics of the East.
The two glass kits named Northern forest and Eastern facet, both equally ornate;
Northern forest is a strong mix of hot and cool colours representing the aurora borealis that are visible at high altitudes.
Eastern Facet brings an eclectic mix of colours and patterns featured in faceted cut glass for a brilliant sparkle.
The fifteen silver charms are half focused on the Eastern Spirituality theme and half on the Northern Forest. The Northern Forest beads are a mix of whimsical and traditional motifs.
To complete the collection are two semi-precious gemstones, which are natural so will probably bear a great deal of variation throughout the collection, two fantasy pendants both featuring the spirituality theme, and two new leather bracelets which features colours that contrast strikingly together.
This collection captures the fusion of Nordic and Eastern effortlessly; a beautiful, well put together selection of charms, that only an artist could truly bring to life.
It’s said that the ethos of this new collection is all about living in the present, echoing the sentiment of the famous Buddha quote: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”. Which goes hand in hand with Tomas’ thoughts that “when I work with Trollbeads, I like the fact that I design something that defines human emotions”.
Through its craftsmanship and mythology, John Hardy’s exquisite Naga collection brings us the spirit of the East straight from the grass roofed design centre in Bali. The collection awakens the legend of the Balinese dragon; the recurrence of scallop shaped scales on thick sterling silver and blood red ruby eyes breathes life into the ancient myth, whilst fluid curves give the dragons the appearance of flight. Blazing gemstones are encircled by the fiery dragons and haloed by diamonds on the collection’s large rings, oozing oriental mystery. According to the legend the dragon symbolises good luck and prosperity; it’s clear that any girl who wears this jewellery is certainly very lucky!
Written By Emma Sorrell