Upon first look at the Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2014 collection, you might think, hey, the line looks kinda like the girl version of co-designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra’s signature style. And you wouldn’t be off base.
“We wanted to envision the bigger wardrobe for the Costello girl,” Tagliapietra explained after the show. “Often times we go out—we make all our own clothes—so sometimes a girl will approach us and say, “Oh I love your cardigan” or “I love your jacket.” So we’re like why don’t we put these things together?”
The runway was full of streamlined feminine updates on the fashion power couple’s go-to self-made favorites: slouchy luxe cardigans in buttery goat suede, soft, flowy printed silks with AirDye-d blurry plaids, lean button-downs with contrast collars (the blue leather one was a standout), color blocked blazers, billowy silk pajama pants, and the “reverse tuxedo pant” (meaning the striping goes up the inseam as opposed to the outer leg.)
Well, the inspired take on the formalwear trouser happens to be a staple piece in Costello and Tagliapietra’s personal wardrobe.
“We’ve been wearing them for awhile,” Tagliapietra—who was sporting a denim pair—told me. “Everyone always wants them and I love them because there’s something really slimming about the way they hit the leg.”
“They make me look taller,” laughed Costello.
But no, the duo wasn’t their own inspiration or muse for the spring designs. “We likened it to taking the Costello girl on vacation and easing her up a bit and making her more approachable, but in a very luxurious way,” Tagliapietra said. “She’s just like that woman who’s in Greece or on an island somewhere, relaxing but still wanting to feel great.”
The models were accessorized with Costello Tagliapietra-designed strappy gladiator sandals in the same color palette and rugged brown leather cross-bodies—the studded saddlebag and mini-duffles would be perf for a week in Santorini. The beauty styling also hit that relaxed-luxury look—a low single braid with carefree loose strands tucked behind the ears, a glowing natural complexion, and a light pinkish lip gloss. Yes, the Costello girl is into lip gloss for Spring '14.