Fashion's favorite flanneled design duo Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra returned to their roots this Spring 2010, presenting a collection entirely composed of their celebrated and sought-after dresses. In pure and paradigmatic Costello form, the heart of the line hinged on regal drapes, structural folds, and exuberant hues. They kept the spirit fresh (with slickly understated Swarovski details), green (by utilizing an Earth-conscious method of printing fabrics without wasting water in collaboration with AirDye), and attainable (the two shoe styles June and Lula created in partnership with Loeffler Randall are available for pre-order). The boys intently focused on the entirety of each frock -– rendering it just as compelling to study the models' garments as they approached as from behind -– and marking a delicate balance both in silhouette and frills, played up by prints forged by manipulating Jeffrey's digital lake and sunset photographs snapped around Brooklyn. Highlights of the well-edited 22 looks unveiled at Milk Studios included a freshly-flaxen Ali Stephens' tricolor moss/acid AirDye taffeta draped one-shoulder dress with satin organza embroidery and Pernille Moeller's periwinkle AirDye lake print taffeta dress crowned by delicate origami jabot.
A donation of the proceeds on all Loeffler Randall/Costello Tagliapietra collaboration shoes pre-ordered before 10/01/09 for late-October delivery will go to Living India, a non-profit organization aimed at educating the people of India about HIV/AIDS via multi-faith and government coalitions: www.loefflerrandall.com.