Spring Fashion Week 2008: Aurelio Costarella
The invite for Aussie designer Aurelio Costarella's show promised Jenna Jameson and Rihanna in the audience; while the former did indeed make an appearance (yikes, give that woman a cheeseburger--she's thinner than most of the models!), the latter was probably sleeping off her post-VMA hangover (or sleeping with Justin Timberlake, if you believe the tabloids). Regardless, I can see what both women can appreciate in Costarella's designs: he deftly mixes sexy, tough, and structured elements like corsets and gunmetal accents with soft, dreamy layers of chiffon. Corsets played a central role in the collection of eveningwear, which had a subdued palette of black, white, and very pale shades of rose and green. I loved this look, with a leather pailette jacket.

Here's a pretty chiffon and satin look, toughened up with liquid-metallic trim.

These strong, sexy looks work for either good girls gone bad (Rihanna) or bad girls gone good (Jameson), so look for them on a red carpet near you.

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