Judging by the
front row, one would think that Marc Jacobs was
hosting an encore show, but Brooklyn duo Robert
Tagliapietra and Jeffery Costello have friends
in high places. Even if Anna Wintour and Andre
Leon Talley weren't sitting prominently front-and-center,
Costello Tagliapietra has been featured in over
ten issues of Vogue so far, and the response to
their Fall 2007 presentation indicates their simple,
elegant dresses will be in many more.
Perhaps it is the juxtaposition of two burly men
in full lumberjack regalia against smooth jersey
frocks, but the Costello Tagliapietra collection
would not be nearly as charming without its story.
The designers met a decade ago- one was busy dressing
rocks stars and celebrities, the other was studying
at Parsons. Flash forward to their 6th collection
together and 2nd nomination for the CFDA/Vogue
Fashion Fund, and they have cemented themselves
as New York's go-to designers for draped silk
knit dresses ala Madame Gres.
Their color palette was classically fall with
grey, black, brick red and dusty blue dominating.
They diversified for autumn into embellishments
like monotone embroidery and beading, and split
their shapes into separate tops, skirts and jackets.
This season's offerings were uncontroversial and
easy, but Costello Tagliapietra's longevity might
exist in their ability to add the same panache
to their daywear that makes their own personas