I spend a good amount of money at Uniqlo, and I'm a huge fan of their designer collaborations. In fact, I still keep a dress from the Alex Wang 2008 collection and a dress from Steven Alan's 2009 collection in frequent rotation.
That's why I had no trouble waking up early this morning to visit design duo Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra at Uniqlo's SoHo location. Not only did I get a sneak peek of the collection before shoppers got a hold of it at 10am--I also got to spend a bit of money! (And most importantly, chat with the designers.)
And let me tell you--I was highly, highly impressed.
Costello Tagliapietra is known for its expert draping, off-kilter color ways, and beautiful fabrics. And all of that is present in this collection. The difference? Dresses start at just $29.50. The guys explained to me that this line is the everyday complement to its grown-up, fancier ready-to-wear collection. You'll be happy to know that the designers even created the patterns for the pieces, so the draping, bias cutting and wrapping you appreciate in a Costello Tagliapietra frock is all there.
I picked up a chartreuse t-shirt dress and a woven collarless shirt dress in a gorgeous warm charcoal color. Peruse these look book images--you won't be disappointed!