Costello Tagliapietra is always a favorite runway of mine. Minus the fact that the designers are nothing what you would expect: lovable bearded men who look a little bit like your run-of-the-mill lumberjack. So, what could be a better inspiration for Jeffery Costello and Robert Tagliapietra’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection? “Whenever we go out, people always ask us where we got our clothes,” said Tagliapietra. “So we decided to feminize the pieces we make for ourselves.” Theoretically, what could be better?
Watching the collection walk down the runway, one of the first pieces I noticed was the bright red-orange and aqua top, mimicking their signature plaid. A print like this for Tagliapietra, even blurred, seems a bit over-the-top. Mixed with the bright magentas and earth-toned suits, it was hard to choose which should have been the main focus. Colors like these together were way too jarring for what the concept the designers were going for.
I appreciated their signature draping showing but some of the pieces seemed to end up with an awkward fit, which is strange for designers that usually excel in that. Also, this seemed to be more of a Fall/Winter collection than something for Spring. The collection wasn’t bad, it just seemed like the clothing suffered from trying to make the concept fit rather than creating beautiful clothes. I’m not disappointed, I was just left wanting more.
Images: NY Mag