Social media erupted in an outrage this past weekend, as reports surfaced that celebrity fashion designer and Project Runway alum, Michael Costello, engaged in the use of racial slurs from his Instagram account. Known for A-list clients including Beyoncé and the Kardashian sisters, Costello has come under fire for a racially obscene post in response to allegations of plagiarism from emerging brand, Ellae Lisque. Is this the product of an out of control ego, or a more complicated case of retaliation? visited one-on-one with Costello at Dallas’ historic Adolphus Hotel. There, he made a personal appearance in an intimate setting, as part of The Crowned Brunch event series. The animated designer dished on his rise to fame, interactions with top-tier celebs, and humble upbringing - all in direct contradiction to what transpired over social media this past weekend. According to a string of posts via Instagram (recorded by DFW Style Daily), Costello was accused of stealing designs from the emerging fashion label, Ellae Lisque (pictured below). The brand alleges that Costello paid for a designer dress through its website, and after delivery, posted the dress on his social media account, taking ownership under his Michael Costello Couture label. Sports Illustrated supermodel and wife to Grammy award-winning singer John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, then openly slammed the embattled designer this past Saturday via Instagram. “So you say all this racist s*** and get that horrible press with people using the hashtag #michaelcostello to call you out on it, then you…beg people to use the same [hash]tag in a positive light,” she wrote. “Covered up all the negative press. Genius and shady all at once. Start a PR firm.” Beyoncé to publicly respond. As seen in many cases before, it only takes one bout of negative press, especially when racial slurs are involved, to cause the downfall of a business or brand. Facts are still being sorted to determine whether this incident is the product of an out of control ego, or a more complicated case of retaliation through photoshop. We will be paying close attention to developments in this story; follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Michael Costello images, credit Thomas Garza Photography for DFW Style Daily.