Models Eat Chocolate! At James Coviello-------
At his tony townhouse presentation yesterday afternoon, James Coviello rang in Valentine’s Day the right way—champagne, strawberries, and Jacques Torres heart-shaped chocolates that even the models sampled. “I was going to do champagne anyways, but since it’s Valentines Day, I thought, let’s go all the way,” said the designer, who was thrilled to show on the holiday. His clothing, inspired by the arts and crafts movement of early 20th Century Vienna, also fit the romantic mood. With only one pair of pants in sight, the girls donned floppy hats, bright feathered belts, and dresses in mustard-colored silk. “It was a really interesting time in the history of design,” said Coviello of his period inspiration. “Fabric designers were designing furniture, furniture designers were designing dresses, lamp designers were designing houses, and they were all sort of throwing it together and feeding off of each other.” It’s no surprise that Coviellio—who started out as a milliner for Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta—surely could relate to all that cross-pollination.