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DESIGNERS JEFFREY COSTELLO & ROBERT TAGLIAPIETRA LAUNCH CAPSULE DRESS COLLECTION

C&T Costello Tagliapietra to be sold exclusively at Barneys New York

NEW YORK April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Acclaimed designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra have launched a capsule collection of affordable dresses eponymously named C&T Costello Tagliapietra. The line of 15 styles, ranging from knee to ankle-length with a variety of necklines and sleeve styles, are available April 16, 2012 exclusively at Barneys New York, with prices starting at $298.

The newly launched line shares the key attributes Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra’s namesake brand are known for: vivid colors and exquisite draping that flatters every figure.

Said Costello and Tagliapietra, “It’s a love letter to all the women we’ve worked with who were craving a more accessible form of our brand.”

The designers explored romance through shape in every aspect: offering a wide range of silhouettes, from asymmetrical to long sleeve; creating skin-baring, sensual necklines that include deep-V necks, low scoop backs and keyhole cut-outs; showcasing the pair’s signature drapery in feminine waist ties and wrapped bodices.

The duo’s other inspiration, flowers, is evident in their selection of saturated, yet demure, hues. Anchored by solids of rich forest greens, grays, oranges and browns, the floral prints demonstrate a mature, controlled perspective on pop colors. Fabric reproductions of Costello’s paintings incorporate bright blues, corals, jade greens and flashes of white.

The prints also utilize the environmentally-friendly AirDye ® technology which the designers have utilized in the past and were recognized for their efforts with the 2010 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Award. AirDye ® uses less water and less energy than the traditional textile dyeing process, therefore contributing significantly less to global warming and water pollution. “Prints are an essential aspect of our aesthetic, so if we can participate in an ecologically conservative dyeing process and garner the same visual results, we are more than happy to do so,” stated Costello.

“The fluid sensibility and draping techniques which are signature to Robert and Jeffrey’s designs are beautifully represented in C&T,” said Tomoko Ogura, Fashion Director Women’s CO-OP. “We are very excited to be introducing the collection to the CO-OP this season.”

The C&T Costello Tagliapietra capsule dress collection was developed and produced in partnership with The Jones Group Inc.

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ABOUT COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA
Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra established Costello Tagliapietra in Spring 2005 and were inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2006. Winners of the 2005 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and the 2010 CFDA/Lexus Hybrid Living Award, the design partners were named finalists of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund both in 2005 and 2006. Both Jeffrey and Robert were taught at an early age by their grandmothers the finer points of tailoring, couture patternmaking and construction and have designed and dressed many celebrities and notables including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, and Oprah Winfrey.

About The Jones Group Inc.
The Jones Group Inc. (www.jonesgroupinc.com) is a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands with product expertise in apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags. The Jones Group has a reputation for innovation, excellence in product quality and value, operational execution and talent. The Company also markets directly to consumers through branded specialty retail and outlet stores and through its e-commerce sites.

The Company’s internationally recognized brands and licensing agreements (L) include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Kurt Geiger, Rachel Roy (L), Robert Rodriguez, Robbi & Nikki, Stuart Weitzman, B Brian Atwood (L), Boutique 9, Easy Spirit, Carvela, Gloria Vanderbilt, l.e.i., Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Nine & Co., GLO, Joan & David, Miss KG, Jones Wear, Kasper, Energie, Evan-Picone, Le Suit, Mootsies Tootsies, Grane, Erika, Napier, Jessica Simpson (L), Sam & Libby, Givenchy (L), Judith Jack, Albert Nipon, Pappagallo and Rafe(L).

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