When you walk into a Costello Tagliapietra show you kind of know what you’re going to get. That’s not to lessen Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra’s expertise or influence, but rather to acknowledge that they’ve mastered the art of creating uniquely draped pieces for day and night.
The collection for fall 2013 featured 1970s via 1940s silhouettes of pinched waists, wide obi belts, and breezy Bianca Jagger trousers in creamy beiges and shiny jewel tones. The whole mood was a nod to a retro woman in today’s time, the kind of babe you’d imagine in a Venetia Scott editorial behind an office desk in nothing but her knickers.
“We were thinking about what the working women’s wardrobe could be…I love the idea that Blade Runner took where they had a sort of nostaligic look at the future,” said Robert Tagliapietra after the show, “[The collection] wasn’t about Blade Runner, but I like that idea of putting something nostaligic into a woman’s working wardrobe of now.”
In case you’re wondering how Costello and Tagliapietra continue to hone their draping skills, they say it’s about taking a pencil to paper and seeing what they can dream up: “For us, it’s a lot about gesture. We just draw and then that becomes the problem of the day. How do you create that drawing?”
The modern flourishes came in a Monet-like floral print and colorblocking from back to front, so that a teal dress became rose when the model turned her back. There were also plush and fluffy jackets and capes called “alpaca teddybear” on the linesheet, which I’m wishing I had on right now to combat the blustery snowfall about to take over New York. Speaking of that snow, in the middle of our interview Jeffrey’s phone buzzed to announce a weather emergency in Manhattan. How are the duo planning to deal with the blizzard? Costello said, “We’re two big bears! We’re going to play in the snow!” Tagliapietra added in, “Totally. Our bulldog loves snow. He does these little twirls and spins in the snow, it’s the most adorable thing.” Can we be invited to their blizzard party, please?