Battlefield to Ballroom – Paul Costelloe A/W 2019-20

Paul Costelloe shows his mastery of tailoring. With striking, military-inspired coats in pure Italian wool, they lead a collection full of rich colour, reminiscent of the Tsars and homecoming from War, an escape from austerity and what is to come….Opulent, mill-engineered velvet corduroy with a lavish handle, in
autumnal shades of gold and claret, add to an array of flower-strewn day to evening pieces, including pencil skirts with over-sized Aran knitwear, day dresses in subtle woven patterns and aristocratic inspired long, billowing gowns, fit for a princess. This season, Paul Costelloe Bags introduce a collection of substantial leather pieces, with a decidedly military feel, including crossovers, satchels and belt bags. Large, soft leather belts with brass detail bring this outstanding collection together. “In times like these, belief is more relevant than ever before…” Paul Costelloe.

Leonie Mergen : Black Gold A/W 19/20

With the culturally rich history of the era of industrialisation as her current inspiration, Leonie Mergen releases her AutumnWinter, Black Gold Collection. Paying tribute to the past generations which shaped the industrial development, Leonie Mergen’sAW19ready-to-wear collection continues her commitment to reveal and reinterpret the artistic side of historical garments both int heir functionality as well as in their expression of the social aesthetics. Translating these into a contemporary wear-ability, whilst still capturing the inspirational origin, Leonie combines functional elements from the garments of industrial sites with the social attires of the various eras of industrialisation. The creations of the Black Gold edition offer a contemporary understanding of aesthetic developments that find their influence in modern clothing. Leather and cotton are combined and layered throughout with artistic prints, underlining the designer’s dedication to the use of natural materials.”I am delighted to showcase my Autumn/Winter19/20Collection with Oxford Fashion Studio once again. It is such an exciting moment for a designer to see one’s creations on the runway and I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to present my work during London Fashion Week.”Designer, Leonie Mergen This uniquely modern and innovative understanding of the origins of contemporary wear expresses a deep appreciation of historical aesthetic contributions.

UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER BA A/W 2019 LFW RUNWAY COLLECTIONS

The University of Westminster BA runway show on Friday 15th February 2019 marked the second time that the University of Westminster BA has shown on the London Fashion Week schedule. Professor Andrew Groves radical rethink of how fashion education is delivered has meant that the Westminster course is aligned with the international fashion calendar. All the students that have shown today at LFW have already worked for some of the worlds best designers and are now ready to launch their own design careers.

Prof Groves said “I am excited that we are once again showing our students collections at London Fashion Week. Following on from our debut at LFW last year, we are pleased to announce that we will be showing all our graduates A/W19 collections together with their S/S20 precollections in Paris at Espace Commines. This will allow those that wish to build their own brands to develop early relationships with international buyers and stockists before their graduation in June.”