Dressed for success

British designer Paul Costelloe, who will open London Fashion week on February 20, has designed new formal wear for the England Women’s Cricket team as they embark on their busiest year yet.

England head to Australia on Thursday for the ICC Women’s World Cup which runs from March 7-22 in New South Wales. In June they play in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in England, swiftly followed by the npower Women’s Ashes in July.

The new suits are inspired by ‘Chariots of Fire’, infusing classic English style with chic contemporary cuts using materials such as fine wool crepe and cotton.

“We’re really privileged that all our formal wear is designed and supplied by Paul Costelloe," said England captain Charlotte Edwards.

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The England team, posing in their new suits, travel to Australia on Thursday for the World Cup

"He’s a fabulous designer and all the clothes are so lovely and fit us all perfectly.

“He’s been really supportive of the team since last year and is always keen to know how we’re getting on. The World Cup will be a great stage to showcase our new outfits and we can’t wait for it all to get started.”

The designer will send England on their way with his best wishes.

“It’s been a pleasure working with these very talented and beautiful ladies again - they certainly cut a finer silhouette than Kevin Pietersen and the rest of the men’s team!

"We can look forward to a very promising season and I wish them every success in Australia.”