Monday, February 10, 2014

NYFW Fall 2014: Costello Tagliapietra

My favorite fashion bears continue to expand their offerings this season beyond the beautifully draped dresses for which they are best known. Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra sent pencil skirts, trousers, fitted blazers, a borrowed-from-the-boys cardigan and even a jacquard coat onto the runway.
Don't fret if you are a fan of their luxe easy-to-wear dresss, those are still available. This season they have been a bit simplified for a cleaner approach. They've also lent their signature light touch with draping to beautiful blouses that are perfect for wearing to work or to dinner.
Masters of quirky color combinations you will find a soft mauve jersey with an acrid yellow iridescent taffeta, a rich red with a earth brown, oxblood with navy blue and sea green with navy, charcoal and mauve. The prints this season have an organic earth quality like lichen growing on a rock. Or semi-precious stones in the rough.
The designers tend to favor the glamor of the 40s and this collection is no exception with a powerful superhero woman in mind. Hemlines this season are above or below the knee with either slim shapes or a-line carwash looks. Necklines are for most part bateau cowl, plunge v-neck or jewel. Soft ruching is a feature on several if the dresses, flattering the line of the body and framing the chest. Waists are nipped in to create very feminine shapes.
While the draped dresses are still my favorite, I applaud the boys for expanding the offerings. The most successful seperates were those draped blouses paired with tailored pants or pencil skirts. I am sure their fans will be excited to have the added versatility that seperates add to the collection. I for one am excited to see more.

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