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Costello Tagliapietra Spring/Summer 2013: Masters of the Slinky Dress


The lights went out and sounds from NYC-based DJ The Misshapes filled the air. All that could be seen were scores of iPhones illuminating Milk Studios before the Costello Tagliapietra Spring/Summer 2013 presentation at New York Fashion Week.

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra sent models down the runway draped, tied and wrapped in their signature slinky dresses and teased-out hair. The earth-colored frocks — in coral, blues and greens — would be flattering on a woman of any shape or size.

The dresses were AirDyed, a process which uses less water and energy than the traditional textile dyeing process. “Prints are an essential aspect of our aesthetic, so if we can participate in an ecologically conservative dyeing process and garner the same visual results, we are more than happy to do so,” said Costello in a press release.

What stood out were their abstract, splashed prints that lent some edge to the collection.









Eco Chick founder and editor-in-chief, Starre Vartan, with Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra at Afingo Fashion Forum here.

All photos by Lindsay E. Brown.

Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.