On February 11th, 2011, I left Lincoln Center and rushed a cabbie downtown to arrive in the meat packing district in a timely fashion in order to review the Fall/Winter collection of  Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra; popularly known as Costello Tagliapietra! The Fashion show took place at M.A.C & Milk Studios; a great fashion events space!

As a bright-eyed teenager not just wanting to get my feet wet; but completely saturated and soaked in the fashion industry, this brand was one of the first I volunteered for under the direction of Patty Hughes at Olympus Fashion Week in Bryant Park (now known as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Lincoln Center). Now, almost 5 years later, I was very excited to be a guest at this show!

Costello Tagliapietra’s collection consisted of form fitting simple silhouettes, which they are most popular for. The Designer put it as “An exquisite collection with diverse color and texture.” The fabrications were not very diverse but the colors they chose to combine were interesting;  a lot of greys that looked sweatshirt-like, Cadmium yellow, rust, bright copper, chalkboard greens, vermilion, and white with small sequin detailing. Silky fabrics complemented cottons.

My favorite was a pant suit that was bursting with bright spring like jewel tone pinstripes with an overlay of sequins! Very chic with that 1970s wow factor!  The entire collection had a very minimalistic approach to complicated looks. Most of the looks appeared to be very comfortable and very breathable!

All of the garments were dyed using Airdye, an eco-friendly process that dyes fabrics without using any water, at all! The Design team said: “This new process allowed us to mix contrasting colors onto sequins.” In keeping with the eco-friendly theme, the duo used eco-wool jersey and “animal friendly” alpaca fur. The fur was only from alpacas that died within their first year of being born due to natural causes!

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Dara Senders

[Photos by Photographer Miles Ranno, Style.com, & Dara Senders]