Next up in our on-site coverage of the best green fashion emerging from New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 is Costello Tagliapietra.
The brand debuted their 4th collection employing AirDye technology -- a dyeing and printing process that uses 88-95% less water than typical textile production -- at New York's Milk Studios. Manufactured in the Garment District, the collection uses 80 percent AirDye fabrics.
Recently named winner of the CFDA/Lexus Eco Fashion Challenge, Costello Tagliapietra showcased elegant gowns and form-fitting knits with expert tailoring, with prices starting at $800.
Complimentary draping made pieces like this vibrant wrap dress stand out. A few garments--say a brightly colored sequin top with matching pants and a sequin number with an alpaca fur collar gave me pause--but overall the collection had far more hits than misses.
Costello Tagliapietra, New York Fashion Week Fall 2011. Photo: Getty Images