Costello Tagliapietra Spring/Summer 2011 Collection
Look forward to a gorgeous Spring and romantic Summer with Costello Tagliapietra’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. The designer duo delivers when it comes to creating timeless pieces. Costello and Tagliapietra both learned couture techniques in patternmaking and tailoring at a young age from their grandmothers, both of whom worked for Normal Norell in the 1960s. Vintage inspiration is evident in the collection.
The gentle drapes swept the runway gracefully with little effort to portray the chic minimalist look that Costello Tagliapietra serves season after season. The collection exudes pure functional elegance. The loose, side-swept buns depicted a picture of effortless beauty from head-to-toe, creating an “I wake up glamorous” look.
The neutral-hued dresses create a sense of romanticism with beige, muted blues, rosy nudes, and subtle tie-dye. The audience favorite – the AirDye shell georgette sculpted blouse and AirDye desert georgette sculpted skirt – a neutral ensemble of simple sophistication.
The unique shades were achieved through an eco-friendly method, which the designers have used in previous collections – the AirDye technique, a sustainable method of printing and dyeing without use of water. The use of this method makes the clothes appear as if the pieces were painted with watercolors because of the calm feeling each piece in the collection elicits. The method requires up to 86 percent less energy and produces up to 84 percent fewer greenhouse gases. It is difficult to create “green” elegance, but Robert Tagliapietra and Jeffrey Costello succeed with AirDye technique.
The entire collection was cohesive, and the tie-dye pieces were a pleasant surprise to mix in with the solid neutrals. Costello Tagliapietra masters the technique of draping. I look forward to seeing if they can go even further in mastering the technique and take draping to another level.
If women could walk on air, the Costello Tagliapietra Spring/Summer 2011 Collection would be the collection to wear. It is, to say the least, a breath of fresh air.