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Costello Tagliapietra
The Tents at Bryant Park
Friday Feb 9, 2007

Writen by Bob Bland
Photographed by Evens Lamour


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 so compelling.


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