New York Fashion Week Spring ’09. Costello Tagliapietra

September 8, 2008 • New York Fashion Week Spring '09

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Summary: The lumberjack plaid designing dynamic duo that comprises the label Costello Tagliapietra has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years. Probably because you just don’t expect such beautifully designed and draped garments coming from such a burly pair. For Spring ’09 Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra showed they still have it. They abandoned their past favorite material of choice (jersey) for primarily silk charmeuse and again accomplished their signature body flattering frocks.

I particularly loved the shocking bright color combinations, high-waisted fitted pencil skirts and the sapphire blue silk charmeuse dresses. I should not have been surprised to see two plaid looks and luckily they did not remotely resemble their own flannel uniforms of choice. Typically the duo stick to a pretty simple color palette. They brought a little more of their own style into this collection (including suspenders and tattoos on the models’ arms), yet kept the overall effect decidedly feminine.

Color Palette: white, ivory, silver, hot pink, red, orange, yellow, mustard, chartreuse, green, emerald green, sapphire blue, denim blue, grey, taupe   

Textures & Fabrics: silk, washed silk charmeuse, georgette, ultrasuede, two inch black leather belts, black leather caps

Key Looks: sapphire blue draped washed silk charmeuse gown with draped v-neckline; orange, green, grey and yellow plaid maxi-dress; hot pink silk charmeuse top with high-waisted contrast red skirt; silver washed silk charmeuse gown with black belt   

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: NYMag

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