Paul Costelloe’s Spring/Summer’23 catwalk show featured a dark, sombre silhouette in black. This was one of many tributes to Queen Elizabeth II at London Fashion Week.
Costelloe has dressed many Royals, from Princess Diana, Zara Phillips, and Sarah Ferguson. She told Sky News that the queen was a major inspiration for British fashion, particularly her use of colour.
The 77-year old said, “I think she always wore wonderful colours,”
“As Irishmen, we tend to see the monarchy from another perspective, and we have a lot of respect for her.
“I believe some of the colours in the show reflect her sense of colour, including reds, yellows and bold orange.
He smiled, “She loved positive colors and thank you Queen for wearing such beautiful colours,” he said.
Although the frivolous nature fashion may seem out of place right now, Kings Charles takes his mother’s shoes and follows the example of a Queen, who perhaps understood better than anyone the power of image.
Her style was not only a source of inspiration for British fashion but also contributed to her global status and the formation of Brand Britain’s image.
It is therefore not surprising that there would be a royal revival on the London Fashion Week runways. Monday’s shows have been rescheduled due to the Queen’s funeral.
Only Queen Elizabeth attended London Fashion Week in 2018 when Richard Quinn was awarded British Design.
She was smiling with Anna Wintour (Vogue editor-in chief), who described her iconic ‘uniform” as a symbol of continuity and tradition.
Few people are as glamorous as Queen Elizabeth II, and few others have the same level of style as her.
She once joked that if she wore brown, no one would ever know who she was.
Sky News spoke to Isabel Manns, a designer who paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in her LFW show. She said she admires the Queen’s “wonderful style sense”.
“The matching jackets and skirts, even though it’s often viewed as an outdated style… it’s a classic… and she wore them so well that no one else could pull them off.
Manns stated, “She’s been part in almost every era of fashion… and she has been such a support for British businesses and fashion industry.”
London Fashion Week, like many other events, has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic over the past couple of years. Although 2023 will be held in the shadows of a nation in mourning but the shows still promise to be fit for Queen.