I got to kick of my NYFW by attending the Costello Tagliapietra show at Milk Studios. My favorite designer duo Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, affectionately known as the Fashion Bears, created another beautiful collection while the Misshapes spun tunes and the fearless Kate Lanphear was spotted again.
This time around the inspiration for the collection came in the form of aerial maps, topographic lines and the floral-like energy that they take on. These images were used as tools that were superimposed on the human form and recreated through drape and patterning.
The results were dresses that had a 40s sort of glamor to them. There was a coziness to the collection thanks to the addition of alpaca teddybear knits that were carefully knit with leaf patterns that from a distance resemble a chunky cable. The alpaca teddybear, if the name of the fabric wasn't adorable enough made for some gorgeous little capelets.
Rich colors like wine, forest green, crimson and fuschia paired back nicely to unusual neutral tones and almost neon red perfectly painted lips. As usual the draping was artfully executed to create flattering looks that gracefully skim over a woman's body. Leather obi belts provided waist definition to many of the silhouettes creating a very feminine look. Hemlines were consistently just above or right below the knee - lengths that work well for just about any woman.
While the prints as always captured my heart with their depth of color, some of the solids were color blocked front to back for a more subdued take on the long lasting trend. For instance the acid green dress above had a rich turquoise back - you can see just a hint of it in the photo.
Another collection that is simultaneously effortless, timeless and beautiful. Bravo Boys!
All images courtesy of MilkMade.com