Costello Tagliapietra S/S 2011: Backstage and Runway

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WHO: Costello Tagliapietra
WHAT: Spring 2011 Collection
WHERE: 9/10/10, Milk Studios

I started by second afternoon of NYFW backstage at Costello Tagliapietra. Another show with one of the more “relaxed” backstage atmospheres, the hair and makeup teams were in full swing when I arrived.

Nelson Vercher of Rita Hazan Salon for PHYTO led the team of hair stylists whipping the models’ hair into adorable “cinnamon buns” updos. Vercher’s inspiration for the style, was a hat.

To begin, hair was swept into a high side pony tail:
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Hair was then wrapped into the “bun” shape, securing with bobby pins along the way:
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The look was kept “messy” to add texture:
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Voila!

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The products used.

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Nelson and a model are interviewed by Modern Salon.

Lisa Butler for MAC led the team of makeup artists. Butler’s inspiration for the look came from “The Great Gatsby”. Faces were kept bare except for a light blush on the cheeks, using a mixture of Vintage Rose Cream and Brit Wit Blush Creme Colour Bases. The same two color bases were used on lips, along with a layer of concealer. Root Cream Colour Base was used on the eyes, and the look was finished with Coal Black Pro Lash mascara.

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The finished look:
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Models relaxing before the dressing begins.

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A model poses with Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra.

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The designers’ matching shoes.

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Adjusting the fit.

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Making final adjustments.

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Non-traditional dress shapes played a huge part in the collection.

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INSPIRATION: Going to work!

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One of the stand out dresses, made of air dyed prints:
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Unexpected detail.

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This dress, and the one above it are my 2 favorites.

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VERDICT: In the hands of so many designers, neutrals = “boring”. (I definitely suffer from this bias.) For Costello Tagliapietra’s Spring collection, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
What was envisioned as a collection of work appropriate day wear turned into something spectacular. The impeccable draping and tailoring created an elegant collection, with looks that would be just as appropriate at an office as they would be for a night out on the town.

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Andre Leon Talley, post show.

See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2010 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

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