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Custo Barcelona Spring 2014

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For Spring 2014 designer Custo Dalmau added some more demure elements to his usual attention grabbing collections, like shimmering sheer layers, floral lace, billowing sleeves and more soft silhouettes.  Have no fear, the eclectic prints you anticipate to see from this brand were also present. Loved the feminine white lace tank paired with a tribal printed engineered pencil skirt and matching visor. Another memorable look was a tuxedo jacket, heavily embroidered with Navajo motifs, shimmering sleeves in a complementary tribal print, sequined lapel and shoulder insets, paired with an equally embroidered top and black lace hot pants. The looks were mixed and mingled with the these juxtaposed inspirations and they looked really good, fun and well designed.  The standout pieces were definitely the jackets.  They were patchworks with different fabrics, placed prints and textures, like lurex with raffia, tribal print with fur, and leather among novelty open weaves.  All part of an enticing medley of global femininity that is the Custo Barcelona world. However it’s the details that captivated.

– Maria Giannakakis


Custo Barcelona Fall 2013



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Custo Barcelona’s Fall 2013 collection is titled,“The Beauty and the Beast” which, to be clear, is no reference to a particular Disney film. The title is apt; the feral yet refined pieces we saw down the runway felt like the designer’s call of the wild, with western inspired patterns and heavy wool scarves draped over shoulders. The designer used rich, somber colors, and shots of gold, almost Klimt-like in its execution. All of the sexiness he’s known for was delivered in the micro-mini dresses with fur and leather touches and bold stitching. He calls it Nordic, and perhaps with the heavy coats it is, but it feels downright Russian to this writer. Even though his geometric patterns are still present, and are baroque in manner, it’s not as interesting as when he goes softer, more abstract with his patterns. I like the jumpsuits and soft scarves and slouchy backpacks. There’s something current and young about the accessories. The designer has loosened his hard-edged aesthetic. He calls it sport. But I think he’s just brought casual back into his designer language, but more luxe, more wild, and more free.


Photos/Review: Jeanie Kwak


Custo Barcelona Spring 2012


For Spring/Summer 2012, Custo Barcelona has served up matching gender crossing ensembles for both you and your boyfriend, prints, prints, oh…and more prints. Did I mention the 3-D prints? They come with glasses too.
It was a fun collection to behold, so bright and full of life. The prints were all over the place being graphic, organic, watery soft, floral, ethnic, striped, reptile, patchworked; yet all cohesively mixed and matched in designer Custo Dalmau’s kaleidoscope universe.

Just in case that isn’t enough statement-making, you can choose from a plethora of shimmer, including richly bejeweled hot pants, embellished cutout swimwear, and sequin encrusted sleeves and bodices. Key garments were shorts, blazers, dresses and knitwear made with natural raw materials such as linen, cotton and silk, and synthetic fabrics such as nylon and Lurex. It was a very energetic collection meant to “transport us to a new dimension”. We wouldn’t expect anything less from Custo Barcelona.
– Maria Giannakakis
– Photos by Stevyn Llewellyn and David Alexander