Costello Tagliapietra Spring Summer 2011

Costello Tagliapietra’s latest collection was not only delicately feminine and beautiful, it also helps save the environment. The collection was made using AirDye. This is a fairly new technology that dyes and prints textiles without using water. The dye is transferred directly on to the fabric from paper using heat. This new method uses 95% less water and ironically creates an effect that is very watercolor-like. Just knowing that these dresses were made with the environment in mind made me love them even more. Andre Leon Tally, contributing editor at Vogue, and Kate Lanphear, Elle fashion editor, were in attendance at the show. Can someone say ‘fashion royalty’?

The clothes were kind to the female figure, while allowing it to parade in all its glory. Hems fell below the knee and necklines were high but there were liberal doses of gathers and cinched waists. The colors were gentle, with shades of beige and gray mixed with the dyed blues and greens. If you’re looking for a dress to hide some flaws, the dyed blue number is a must. Everyone will be so taken up by the beautiful swirls and changes in color, they won’t notice those areas you’re trying to hide. Most of the dresses skimmed the body, as opposed to clinging to it, unforgivingly. This only served to highlight curves and add to the sexiness of the clothes. The models wore their hair in side chignons with wisps escaping at the neck and temple. The makeup was minimal, making them look (gasp) like real women.

The entire collection was beautiful and not at all like one would expect from clothes with such heavy responsibility. To see more of these talented designers, go to their site at

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