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.
Candice Swanepoel goes raven-haired for Prabal Gurung’s Spring/Summer 2012 ad campaign. Modern Glossy’s Maria Giannakakis had the opportunity to interview Candice personally when she modeled for Marc Bouwer’s virtual runway show in 2010. Watch our exclusive video below.
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
Coachella, a 3 day outdoor music festival that descends upon the Empire Polo Club every year, aka outdoor fashion show, aka outdoor freak show, but is mostly about the amazing performances and positive energy of people having the time of their lives. Here are some pics of festival goers, taken at Coachella and at the Ace Hotel Pool Party, in interesting ensembles. The most stand out trend seen on the grounds were long layered skirts and dresses, as well as the usual denim cut offs (guess those are here to stay for a while), rompers and statement making accessories. — Maria Gianakakis
Monique Lhuillier‘s Spring 2011 concept of a dreamy Garden of Eden euphoria was rather an overdone and humdrum approach. “A beautiful girl running through a lush garden”… I think every fashion student has used some form of such an inspiration for a project, (mine was a scandalous 1920s garden party). Nonetheless, the clothes were alluring and very feminine. Girly yet refined cocktail dresses that were corseted and pleated, draped gowns, and a few lightweight daytime separates. The dominant colors were tones of blushy pinks, smooth creams and golden caramels, cultivated with minty green and apple red to create a very appetizing palette.
— Maria Giannakakis Photos and video by Stevyn Llewellyn