Tuesday, February 19, 2013


MILK/MADE Studio, West 15th Street

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra feminine drape savvy ways with work friendly jerseys and body-form conscious fabrics--- are their signature---and for the F/W 2013 runway at at the Meatpacking district's Milk Studios---the autumnal toned (brick, clay, taupe, khaki, brown, wheat...) interspersed with different shades of blue/purple---fashioned into wrapped and belted looks- reminded us of 1970's YSL's attire for the glam Mrs. Jagger (actually, both of them) ...and all looks, were terrific.

"Elegant and timeless"---adjectives cribbed from their bio---that we could't have put better.

Inspiration: "Aerial maps, topographic lines; how at closer inspection these representations of our environment take on an almost floral energy. We used these images as tools to create style lines; superimposing them on the human form and then recreating them through drape and patterning, Proportion, but in the realm of the sensual, conformed to the body in a feminine way that speaks equally to romance and confidence as it does to shape and form."

Keeping warm in a fashionable way- won't be a problem -with several knit cardigans, cape/capelet and jackets made from "alpaca teddybear" chicly paired over dresses, blouses and skirts...those expertly pleated and darted to enhance a gals figure---no matter if waif thin like the models---or well, like the majority of American gals.
image from www.milkmade.com
Bonus Points: It is very rare in the fashion world to find designers who actually pay attention to environmental impact of the production of their apparel ---and as long as we have been going to their shows, Costello and Tagliapietra have left knotted sling fabric bags made from a material they used---on the seats...a tag explaining that garments are "dyed and decorated with AirDye®  technology---a waterless sustainable alternative..." that uses air instead of water for the dyes to penetrate the fibers of synthetic materials.

A reminder that the fashion industry is the second biggest user of water after the agricultural industry...and given that fresh drinking water is more of a precious resource than oil---!

Other credits:
Shoes: Schutz for Costello Tagliapietra

Nails: Essie

Make-up by Maki and the MAC pro team had all of the models lipped out in a red with orange-y undertones matte color (looked like Russian Red)-whether it worked for their skin tone or not-it made a bold statement.

Hair: Nelson Vercher for the Rita Hazan Salon

Music: The MisShapes

Walgreen's --in the lobby MILK MADE-with tasty snacks...

across the street in the Chelsea Market-Target set-up a temporary refuge, free coffee included---THANKS BOTH.