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Thursday 8 December 2016

'Kate's lovely, but she's no Princess Di' - designer Paul

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Paul Costelloe was Princess Diana's designer of choice, but he won't be courting Kate Middleton's attention any time soon.

The late Princess of Wales helped raised the international profile of the Dublin designer in the 1990s, and he still works with members of the royal family, including Zara Phillips and her mother Princess Anne.

But the Duchess of Cambridge is "no Princess Diana", said Costelloe.

"She started off as another Princess Diana, but I think I got the right one," he said.

"I was lucky to have Princess Diana as my epitaph. Kate is lovely, but she's no Princess Diana.

"Different backgrounds, different everything. She's obviously very obedient and carries out the royal message.

"She won't be running around and hanging out with Elton John any time soon."

Costelloe's career spanned three decades, but the successful designer, who has key collections in Dunnes Stores, said he prefers to walk the streets of Dublin to always keep his perspective on reality fresh.

"I'm still a ready-to-wear designer and I enjoy doing that," he said. "I enjoy dressing people of many ages and not depending solely on income.

"I feel that's what's given me the most enjoyment. Or Moore Street. I don't walk down Grafton Street - I'm in touch with the reality of lives and I enjoy that part, it suits my personality.

"I don't travel premier class or stay at luxury hotels. Having a large family keeps you focused on how we have to survive. It's tough out there."

Costelloe has just launched his spring/summer Pembroke jewellery collection, which he said is in keeping with his signature elegant style.

"It's still carrying a very specific look, it's very feminine, it's certainly not aggressive," he said. "It has a lovely attitude."

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