Summary: Our favorite jolly, suspendered duo did not disappoint this season with a gorgeously draped, vibrantly printed spring ’12 collection. Taking cues from visionary Georgia O’Keefe, Costello Tagliapietra took the common springtime floral and made it rusty, dusty and desert-themed. Their signature AirDyed prints were paired together in subtle dissonance, chalky taupes and ice blues holding court with burnt orange and buttery yellow.
Yet despite the pleasant curiosity in the prints, the true genius was in the designers’ impeccable use of draping and tailoring. In a collection that was almost all dresses, each one embodied a personality of their own, be it a sculptured wrap dress, a ruched one-shoulder or a liquidy sheath. Monochromatic tones like forest, aqua and forest made strong statements and I found myself first wondering about the decidedly autumnal palette, then realized that I really liked it. Who says spring needs to be all neon and pastels anyway? Costello Tagliapietra knew exactly what they were doing in creating this desert landscape, and it seemed one that O ‘Keefe would definitely have approved of.
Colors: AirDye, nude floral, rust, dark twig, night floral, orange, twig, tide pool, stone, forest, paynes gray, golden, multicolor, blue algae, stone rub print, red ochre
Fabrics and Textures: printed, wrapped, cowl neck, v neck, gathered, back tie, asymmetric, drape front, gathered, wrap drape, halter, sleeveless
Key Looks: AirDye nude floral print wrap dress, tide pool v neck dress, AirDye golden gathered shoulder dress, blue algae drape halter dress, AirDye orange stone rub print symmetric wrap top dress
– Alia Rajput
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