Mixing Old World with New was the leitmotif of the fall 2007 collection Aurelio Costarella debuted at the Bumble and Bumble cafe in the Meatpacking District on Monday morning.
Inspired by the light-dark interplay of Chiaroscuro paintings, Australian evening wear expert Costarello sent out a collection of lavishly embellished confections, some of which were artfully deconstructed and several of which featured reworked vintage elements, making for some dramatic, one-of-a-kind creations.
Standout pieces included a duchesse satin trench coat with semicircular pockets, a white, pouf-shouldered Napoleon jacket with matching cigarette pants and a refashioned Edwardian corset with rolled satin shorts.
"For me, it was about the journey from light to dark as a point of contradiction of the two," said Costarella backstage after the show.
The white dresses that opened the presentation were flawlessly finished but marred by cheap-looking beadwork and appliqués, though Costarella hit his stride with a lavish ostrich feather skirt and a black elastic-trimmed trench, and concluded with a suite of black gowns that struck the perfect balance between the 16th and 21st centuries.
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