NEW YORK, Feb 12, 2011 / FW/ — Hats off to Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra for their outstanding fall 2011 collection. That’s a literal “hats off”- with the one complaint being the matted fur toppers and mittens that looked out of context with the otherwise elegant lineup.

The duo proved that fall dressing doesn’t necessarily need the expected jewel tones and rough wool. Instead we saw fresh tangerine, pink, dove and lilac silks.

Little details that stood out were the raw edges left on the crepe pieces and reinessance style puff sleeves on the flouncy charmeuse tops. Knotted sashes at the natural waistline pulled the less structured pieces together while fitted cigarette pants streamlined the separates.

Clear sequins added shimmer to the few print pieces in the collection- varied vertical stripes in royal blue, orange and mauve. These drape-y pieces felt very disco-sari paired with the bombshell sky-high hair.

The favorites came last with the knit gowns in chalkboard green, slate, and red that succeeded in looking cozy and casual without the extra bulk that sweater knits usually imply.

Costello Tagliapietra always keeps us coming back with their timeless collections- no need for any avant-garde gimmicks.

Photos by Thomas Barnes

New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

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