"Jeffrey Costello made disco outfits for me in the late ‘80s in his teeny little apartment," Entourage star Debi Mazar told us before the start of the Costello Tagliapietra show at Bryant Park on Friday, which drew some of fashion's heaviest hitters. "Lots of Lurex, with great darts on different fabrics. So I’m here to celebrate him and Robert’s modernism, with great American fabrics. I’m just so happy for them!"
In fact, most in the audience seemed to be so happy for the Bearded Bears of Red Hook (as we like to refer to the jovial, plaid-shirted duo, which consists of Mazar's pal, Costello, and his equally hirsute design and life partner, Robert Tagliapietra), who sent out a wonderfully focused collection of their trademark figure-flattering jersey frocks in lush, inky shades of purple, blue, burgundy, gray and umber, which they later told us were inspired by Carl Sagan's Cosmos series.
There were also some new-for-them structured jackets, pants, skirts and day dresses that don't require the wearer to be a size 2, several embellished with Swarovski trim and many boasting versatile day-to-night silhouettes.
"It was very sleek and the simplicity is wonderful - very feminine," surmised Mazar while waiting to go backstage after the show. "Sort of film noir but modern, with really rich colors. Their dresses look good on all women. And it was a real thrill to come to their show after all these years and see Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley sitting there, waiting to see what they’re doing. I am very, very proud."
As well she should be.
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