It’s true that plaid stands out as a unanimous trend from the FW15 catwalks in NYC. The storytelling around it covers many designer visions with diverse sources of inspiration. One of the most charming fashion narratives of the season belongs to Costello Tagliapietra who showcased their extremely wearable and seductively eclectic, chic & rustic collection during the recent Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.
Designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra described their collection as follows: “We were thinking about ways in which we could reinterpret our own clothes & reflect on our own persons & our own histories. Composing plaids by building up layers of colored grids & through threading lines of yarn over & across each other. The colors, smells & sounds that we stumble upon deep in the forested trails- feeling very much grounded to the earth but with an air of something more magical & unknown. Photographing the woods around us & then abstracting them, painting them in watercolors, using these to map out this color palette as well as begin to set the mood.”
The show at Lincoln Center featured music by The Misshapes, hair by Charlie Price, make-up by Janell Geason for Aveda, styling by Ketevan, nails by Essie and custom shoes by The Frye Company. The whole space was scented by a customized perfume created by MiN New York exclusively for the occasion.
VIP attendees included Pete Wentz (Musician, Fall Out Boy), Leigh Lezark (The Misshapes), Nigel Barker (Photographer/TV Personality), Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, May Kwok, Cory Kennedy, Miss J Alexander (America’s Next Top Model), Shanola Hampton (Actress, Shameless on Showtime), Kristen Taekman (Real Housewives of New York), Isaiah and more.
The collection reaffirmed the designer duo’s ability to build up easy-to-wear silhouettes of exquisite beauty and effortless-looking complexity. It’s always totally unpredictable yet it never goes without a degree of comforting familiarity.
This time, it was infused with lots of school-girl or girl-in-the-woods innocence; being about those young ladies wearing skirts with suspenders, little socks and brogues. Swap it with a more grown-up styling, and it can be adopted by any stylish woman!