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Monday, August 23, 2010

Inspired by...Costello Tagliapietra RTW Fall 2010

RemChic Note: "Inspired by..." is a series that focuses on highlighting an outstanding runway collection. These articles summarize different elements of the collection, as well as show affordable pieces that are inspired by the collection. The objective here is to recognize high fashion and to translate it into a budget-friendly wardrobe. Imitation is not the objective.

Up-and-coming designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra are, in my opinion, on the fast track towards becoming a household name. If you aren't familiar with Costello Tagliapietra, the two east coasters came together to create their own fashion house after working together for over 10 years. Their first collection debuted in 2005 and was extremely well-received by the couture community. I have been following them for the past few years and let me just say that I have never been disappointed or wondered to myself what in the world is that?

Simply put, their designs are smart. The two are self-proclaimed math nerds and spend countless hours debating the geometric configurations of their designs. Their pieces are feminine, ingeniously tailored, and finished with the most exquisite detailing, whether it be a peak-a-boo of lace, an exposed zipper, or a super slimming waist belt. Their collections are also somewhat of a beautiful oxymoron in the sense that their pieces are always fresh and innovative, yet the core of their designs is always the same: figure flattering and fluid.

Maureen Callahan of The New York Post says (in more articulate words than I possess) “Their relative anonymity is even more startling given that their pieces—exquisitely languid, small miracles of draping and folding—flatter nearly every body type. The dresses are a bit of a contradiction; their complicated infrastructure accounts for their astounding fluidity, and they are as comfortable as they are glamorous.” Here are seven of my favorite C.T. looks from fall 2010 (pictures are from

Their fall 2010 RTW collection is Japanese-inspired and mixes a sort of silk kimono look with their signature draping, so when you are out-and-about shopping for Costello Tagliapietra inspirations, definitely keep in mind Japanese-esque looks and liquid fabrics. First, search for draped dresses that have muted tones. I've chosen a great gray and pink two-toned dress from ASOS. Then I noticed that all of the models wore different variations of brown and beige peep toe booties, so I've included a few pairs from Lord & Taylor Seychelles Women's, and Elizabeth and James. There is also a lot of sunset colors within this collection, especially different variations of tangerine, so I've included a draped nectar orange top by Cielo. Of course, you can't forget a thin waist belt, so I've chosen a funky two toned nickel and brass belt by Madewell. For a final touch, add in some cherry red lipstick! Notice all the models have really vibrant lips? Well, so should you! Try Stila's "Paint Your Pout Red" lip palette!

That concludes my post on Costello Tagliapietra's fall 2010 RTW collection! What do you guys think? Leave me a comment!


Katy Potter said...

This makes me want to go shopping! Sadly, I can't afford that right now... lol.

Kristina said...

I know! Their stuff is great. Maybe try looking for draped pieces at a thrift store?

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