NEW YORK, Sep 17, 2008 / FW/ — Hailing from down under, Aurelio Costarella brought out a variety of starlets like Dawn Richard from Danity Kane to giggly coed girls excited to get their first peak of a rising designer.
Costarella show began with an ethereal vibe as the electronica music thumped and the first gown floated down the runway. The opening look—a satin purple sweetheart gown belted with exposed seams—echoed the dreamy ambience and set the tone for the creations that followed.
Costarella seemed to have gotten his inspiration from flowers and Latin culture as a black dahlia blouse with a thin cigarette pant proved to be reminiscent of a Spanish matador. A dove draped a-symmetrical colorful dress had a tango twist with a billowing skirt.
Exaggerated ruffles, layers, and lace ruled the runway in basic black and white as well as hues of lavender, orange, golden yellow, and ash rose. For spring, Costarella predicts romance and glamour. Even the sporty mini shorts and dresses had a bit of drama with layered sleeves.
The belted silhouette stays relevant as he used them in pairs on formal gowns and with casual looks in contrasting colors. His accessories were not strong points and they mostly detracted from the glamour of the gowns.
The show ended with the Angelicous gown, which had winged sleeves of layered satin with an exposed back. This gown grabbed the attention of front rowers from Project Runway vets Jack Mackenroth and Kit Pistol.
Costarella is definitely putting his stamp on fashion in New York and everyone is anticipating whom he will be dressing for next year’s red carpets.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week