The Costello Tagliapietra show is always one of the most anticipated shows of my NYFW calendar - it is always beautiful, the PR company does a great job with inviting the right amount of people and the space is great for seeing the garments from every angle. Thanks to a really lovely PR girl, Lani and I were able to get front row seating and really drink in every element of the clothing this season.
This Spring the colors were a little bit darker with a focus on rich tones of turquoise, forest green, robin’s egg blue, burnished gold, red and rust. I thought it was an interesting choice but the result was sophisticated and worked.
The prints at first glance appear to be abstract tie-dye effects are actually digitally created from layers upon layers of photos from gardens. Which the duo was inspired by a quote from Georgia O’Keefe in regards to the beauty of flowers. The resulting effect was an unusual juxtaposition of colors that seemed to almost glow. Costello Tagliapietra uses AirDye technology that ensures that color can be applied to fabric without wasting a single drop of water. Environmentally sustainable and stunning results make me wonder why more designers don’t utilize this practice.
As for the silhouettes the signature soft draping, gently tied around the body gives these garments a relaxed wear all day, anytime kind of sensibility. It’s effortless but it’s also luxurious, just dripping with 40s style glamour. Shoulders and sleeves were softly rounded and flowing skirts were offered in every length – mini, midi, maxi. While dresses took the center stage, there were also a few jumpsuits and what appeared to be printed leggings paired with both a dress and a tunic.
Make-up was kept very natural and hair was swept back into easy chignons for a breezy lady-like look that didn’t distract from the clothes.
On a side note, I just found out that the adorable designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra lend a hand backstage in making sure that each bow is tied just right and giving all the ladies a final once-over before they hit the runway. With that amount of loving care it’s no surprise that the Spring 2012 collection is a smashing success.