Ah, the first show of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Well, not the first show, but my first show of the season. It’s funny how easily one forgets the feeling of nervous excitement as the lights dim in the tent (or studio, as it were) and the music builds before the first model hits the runway.
And at Costello Tagliapietra, hit it they did. Models walked strong to remixed beats of indie hits like M83’s “Midnight City” that literally shook the floors. The feeling was electric, and the clothing definitely matched. Each look set off whispers of awe and ignited camera flashes. But enough about the ambience! Let’s break down the styles.
The show began with a kimono-style wrap dress in what appeared to be a floral print. As more and more looks were shown, the print revealed itself to be more of a sea anemone shape as it grew larger on dresses, tops, and leggings. Maybe this collection was inspired by a recent tropical vacay? Or perhaps the shapes were truly abstract. Either way, the prints were modern and eye-catching.
BACK TO BACK
Prints weren’t the only way the designer duo showed their impeccable attention to detail. Costello Tagliapietra proved it’s just as important to look good arriving as you do leaving. Ruffles, gathers, and keyhole closures adorned the backs of dresses and tops. Some styles also had low-cut open backs, which was sexy and elegant in an unexpected way.
The color palette was traditionally fall-like, with rich oranges and yellows accented by hints of maroon, brown, plum, and blue. Some favorite solid looks included a muted teal shift with unique bust darts and rusty plum shift with asymmetrical peplum.
Celebs Susan Sarandon and Padma Lakshmi were spotted at the show…also seen in the front row were “dandy” fashion consultant Patrick McDonald, Fern Mallis (AKA the woman who made Mercedes-Benz fashion week possible!), Senior Fashion Editor of Marie Claire Zanna Roberts Rassi, J. Alexander of Top Model fame, and Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist.
Other notable elements:
>A slouchy camel cape/coat with a thick tie belt reminiscent of Hermès FW11.
> Gorgeous strappy, pointy-toed, colorblocked heels worn by the models. Even though the lack of a platform might make this incoming trend super-uncomfortable, it’s definitely a look worthy of sacrificing comfort.
> Marriage equality pins passed out pre-show—for recently hitched designers Jeffrey and Robert, this was a super cute touch with an important message.
>Colorful printed cloth bags stowed under every front row seat as gifts to lucky A-list guests.
What did you think of the Costello Tagliapietra Fall/Winter 2012 collection? Leave a comment or send us a tweet @everybodyisugly
by Heather (headbandit)
images via style.com