Goldilocks and Costello Tagliapietra at Uniqlo

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Goldilocks and Costello Tagliapietra at Uniqlo

I noticed designers Jeffery Costello and Robert Tagliapietra themselves before I saw their designs. A 2005 photo of the flannel clad, hairy bear couple in Vogue magazine caught my queer eye. Gay male designers are nothing new in fashion, but bears in Vogue, oh my.

Known for their skilled draping and carefully constructed pieces that seem effortless on the body, the pair built their reputation on dresses in delicate fabrics with French seams and fine tailoring

In bear culture I’d be a Goldilocks. The label means exactly what you’d think — a femme who hangs with bears. I especially love hanging out at the Lone Star, the San Francisco bear bar (“Where the crowd never thins out,” is their affectionate tag line). As it turns out, being dressed by bears is nearly as good as drinking with them. Costello and Tagliapietra’s dreamy designs are as lovely as a mid-Summer beer bust. And their biography — life-partners taught the craft of dressmaking by their respective grandmothers — is almost more adorable than I can stand.

The team recently paired up with UNIQLO, the Japanese retailer famed for their basics. The collaboration is stunning. I swear it’s nearly perfect. The dresses are made of slinky jersey, a famously clingy fabric that I wasn’t sure I could pull off, but these pieces are cut so that swaths of fabric wrap breasts and hips in a flattering, touchable, subtly sexy way. This collection makes a curvaceous, badunkadunk, high femme bod look perfectly elegant.

The UNIQLO collection features 14 unique designs in a muted palette of blue, gray, rose, tan and yellow. Everything in the collection retails for $29.50-$39.50, a tiny fraction what you’d pay for their RTW line.



Comments [7]

Prof C's picture

as lovely as a mid-Summer beer bust

this post is the best of the month!!!

lolathelogophile's picture

love!

I will take one in every color. And at that price....maybe 2 just in case I forget whose floor I left it on....

"Tell him I've been too fucking busy-or vice versa"-Dorothy Parker

Diana Cage's picture

omg you win best line of the

omg you win best line of the day!!!

lolathelogophile's picture

aww shucks

Coming from my hero, I will take that praise!

"Tell him I've been too fucking busy-or vice versa"-Dorothy Parker

Diana Cage's picture

I bought one the other day.

I bought one the other day. I'll ask grace if she'll take a pic of it!

minniesota's picture

Wish

Hey, Diana, model one for us!

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Grace Moon's picture

yes I

do have video of cage modeling it, i was going to mention -- cage came over the other day after she bought one of those garments, and left her bra on my bathroom floor... cage has spent so many weeks couch surfing with me this past year she still thinks she lives here.

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