Costello Tagliapietra took a more eccentric route this season with a Misshapes-DJ’d soundtrack and a diverse front row scene.
“I think it’s fun to come and see the [models] not fall over, though I live for the one who has a little smile,” explained a newspaper-capped Susan Sarandon who sat beside Top Chef host Padma Lakshimi.
While smiles didn’t abound on the runway, they certainly did in the audience—a collection of revelers who, regardless of their inability to pronounce the designers’ tongue-tying names, have come to know and love Costello Tagliapietra’s signature flair for drapery just as much as the duo's personal penchants for Brawny-man plaid. A small army of lookalikes weaved through the upper-echelons of Milk Studio’s mess-hall benches with a rabid eagerness to see this season’s silk jerseys at play. “It’s a little bit of watercolor with a beetle juicy edge, we just added pops of color to make it really dimensional,” the designers said of their textile designs backstage.
While Costello’s collection was not without their trademark undulating fluidity, there was minor shift in silhouette, focusing away from the midsection and moving towards the hips. A lineup of punchy autumnal takes on the duo’s best-of paraded before discerning editors, street style dandies, and Leigh Lezark, who surprisingly wore brown instead of black—an interesting sort of personal benchmark if you ask us.