2010 September 11

A Moment With...Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra

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Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra
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Chic caught up with the adorable Costello Tagliapietra duo as they were preparing for their Spring 2011 collection. As we spoke, Robert was helping Jeffrey button up his cardigan...

Do you typically help dress each other in the mornings?
R: Of course.

Tell me a little bit about the collection.
R. We kept seeing our friends and women around us just paying attention to how they dressed in the morning — kind of forgoing the jeans and wearing dresses to work. It was kind of inspiring to us because that's what we do. So we started looking toward the periods where people really did dress like that — they took time and there was kind of an individuality that came through in how you put an outfit together. You know, things like the 1930s and the '40s and the '70s and there's just this kind of amalgam of periods we're just being inspired by.

Anything to add to that?
J. He said it so eloquently.

I saw you guys are working with Airdye again. So are you going all eco friendly on us?
R. No, we only think of it as if you have an opportunity to be a little more conscious, I think you owe it to the world to do that. And I think this is such an unobtrusive way to do that — we're dyeing clothes anyway, so why not dye them the eco-friendly way to dye where we're not wasting water. For us it's just a way to contribute but it doesn't really effect anything.

Are you two green?
J. We always recycle, and buy flourescent bulbs all that stuff.

What are your plans now that your show's over?
R. We are going to be shucking oysters with Philip and Courtney Crangi.

I love oysters. How did that come about?
R. Oh, we've know Philip and Courtney forever and I think we were out one night and we were laughing and coming up with a fun thing to do and they have their little shop and we thought it was a cool thing to do — end of summer, almost.

Have you ever done it? They're really hard, aren't they?
R. No Philip was like, I'll teach you how to do it, I promise. I know I'm going to end up with bloody hands afterwards and nobody's going to want to eat the oysters.

What's your favorite place to eat oysters?
R. Last time we had them was at the the Standard, I think — the Standard Grill.

Any particular way you like them?
R. I don't eat them, so this is Jeffrey.
J. We just order the sample plate.

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