“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”

– Georgia O’keefe



This beautiful poem which was cited in the run of show is what inspired the men of Costello Tagliapietra for their S/S 2012 collection. It was a collection of floral abundance – all the way. It however, was done simplistically and tastefully with ideals of femininity and a hint of rustic romantic whimsy, which shows in the construction, print, fabrication and color pallet.

Many of the dresses, blouses, and jumpers were made of either satin or jersey but, were so beautifully constructed that it made onlookers wonder how the design team were able to make a garment so well out of jersey – a fabric mostly known for its casual use. The satin however, flowed like a flower in the wind – so gracefully and pretty.  Using the AirDye technique as Costello Tagliapietra used last season, the color pallet was very interesting for spring. They used deeper tones instead of lighter more airy hues. Some colors included burnt oranges, muted brown (almost like a faded cocoa), light turquoise, a rich light blue, reds, a deep green, gold tones, and a muted cobalt. Most of the pieces were made of a floral print that almost looked like it was closely stenciled on with water colors, very wall paper like – but in a beautiful way, not a stiff way.



If you were able to get a close up look at the garments, you could see the amazing construction detailing of sewn twits and gathers placed at the waist along with perfectly designed bows that were also places very accurately at the waist. This made for a beautiful womanly silhouette. There were a few pieces that had a very interesting asymmetrical cut out on the blouse. I’m not exactly sure what you would call it but it was very innovated, sexy, and fresh!  The whole collection was very 1940’s inspired with maybe even a hint of 1970’s inspirations infused in there. The collection overall provided garments with smooth draping effects that were stylish and chic.



To top it all off, some big names that sat front row included, Barney’s Simon Doonan, Singer Corinne Bailey Rae, ANTM’s Miss Jay, and Accessory Stylist Patrick McDonald; who all seemed to be happily tickled by the spring pollen of Costello Tagliapietra!



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Dara Senders


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Photos by Dara Senders and via NYMag.