Autumn is coming and for the fashion industry that means all eyes are focused on what we will be wearing in Spring/Summer 2012.

After New York Fashion Week, it’s the turn of London, where the main catwalk venue is in the courtyard of Somerset House, former residence of various queens – especially the fashionable Anne of Denmark, wife of James I.

The first catwalk show of the season was from Dublin-born designer: PAUL COSTELLOE

Inspired by the 1962 Hollywood movie ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane’, styles included short baby doll dresses, voluminous skirts, swing jackets, frills and exaggerated puff sleeves.

The shape took centre stage as the first outfits were in a neutral palette of white, stone and pale silver-grey with plain fabrics ranging from crisp cottons to floaty silks. There were a few little black numbers and a cute humbug stripe sleeveless coat dress.

But it was the men who brought the colour wow back to the show with a stunning raspberry pink long jacket suit and sharp teal blue suit. The girls soon followed the trend but with a more toned-down palette of coral pinks and pale peppermint green, and the fabrics became more textured with brocade prints.


The peppermint green brocade shift dress and its matching bell-sleeved coat would be ideal for a day at the races.




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Allison Graham

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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