Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

"Keep it simple, sexy!" is the motto of minimalist master Francisco Costa. He's putting the wow back in easy-to-wear body dressing.

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Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

HIS INSPIRATIONS
"The works of magical-realist Dutch painter Wim Schumacher and spending time in the American West. I love the starkness and colors of the desert. I admire the Hutterites of Montana [a religious sect]; their values are pure and their dress simple."
Jeremy Kost

Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

HIS MUSES
"Christy Turlington was my muse this season, and Lauren Hutton always is. I love Elle Macpherson for her spontaneity. She once came straight off a plane from the Bahamas to a fitting for the Met's Costume Institute gala. She was wearing flip-flops, and we said, 'That's the look.' The photos of her went around the world." Clean and simple. Spring '08
E. Agostini

Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

HIS SECRET
"I ride my bike around Manhattan and get caffeinated with Café Pilao, the down-home-style coffee I had in Brazil. During my first job, at Bill Blass, I was thrilled to sweep the floor — just to be in fashion. I think good things have happened to me because I do what I love."
David Turner

Francisco Costa: Designer Dossier

HIS MENTORS
"Of course, Calvin is always on my mind. He lives the minimalist lifestyle that was his brand. And I was extremely lucky to work under Oscar de la Renta. We share a Latin love of color and innovative textures. He'd study fabric for weeks to get it right."
Jim Spellman

Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

Mais by Brazillian singer Marisa Monte — a Costa essential.
David Turner

Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

Clean and simple — spring '08
Dan Lecca

Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

Calvin Klein Collection alligator wedge, $6000; (212) 292-9000.
David Turner

Designer Dossier: Francisco Costa

Clean and simple — spring '08
Dan Lecca
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