May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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TWISTS AND TURNS
New York: Costello Tagliapietra always project an artistic, feminine attitude, draping their muse in flattering dresses touched with just the right amount of inventive print or construction detailing. For F/W 12 the designers played with both abstract pattern and fabric manipulation, swiping their halterneck shift dresses with bright freehand brushstrokes and gathering silk into folded twists at the waist. These quirky hand painted prints worked well splashed across slim matched sets, while also accentuating the asymmetry of tunic tops. Hooded blanket coats added an unexpected toughness to the presentation, and skinny trousers were a foil for several prim high-necked frocks. Although the collection’s enthusiastic draping occasionally created awkward silhouettes, for the most part Costello Tagliapierta’s simple and innovative twists and turns continued their digestibly offbeat direction for fall.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Draped / Fitted / Hourglass / Slim
Color: Aqua / Grey / Peach / Mustard / Ice blue / Pumpkin / Chocolate / Plum / Cobalt / Fuchsia / Rust
Key Items: Gathered sheath dresses / Skinny trousers / Matched sets / Hooded swing coats / Floor length gowns / Long sleeved day dresses / Draped trousers / Wrap dresses / Asymmetric tunics / High beck blouses
Materials: Silk / Chiffon / Cotton / Jersey / Cashmere / Satin
Print + Pattern: Abstract swirls / Abstract dots
Details + Trim: Twisting / Draping / Hoods / Self belts / Slits / Asymmetry
Accessories + Footwear: Ankle strap stilettos
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