February 07, 2013 New York
The more interesting stuff to reckon with, here, were the looks outside of Costello and Tagliapietra's usual ken. There was an unexpected current of quirky granny chic in this collection, evidenced in cozy hand-knit sweaters and modest alpaca skirts and trousers; meanwhile, the prints that came off as a bit much in the dresses were used to nice, eccentric effect in a couple of layered button-downs. Costello and Tagliapietra are longtime residents of Brooklyn; perhaps now they've picked up an affection for the borough's dowdy-hipster aesthetic. Whatever the influence, it wasn't fully absorbed, though it was refreshing to see some experimentation on this runway.