Custo Barcelona Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
“The Beauty and The Beast”… That was the underlying theme of the voluminous collection consisting of 70 looks al with a uniqueness that could be considered ferocious… or perhaps a little busy, but either way the dresses were passionately animalistic while the menswear was cleaner cut and more subdued.I would definitely say that the menswear was more the beauty and Custo Dalmau’s women were slightly more beastly. But in a good way…
From look to look the collection took you on a journey where animal prints, broad shoulders, and strangely morphed silhouettes took their turn demanding your attention. The use of fur on skirts, shoulders, and on sleeves as opposed to full fur coats was interesting and reflected luxury in an understated way. leather braiding and tooling was worked into making heavy looking skirts that were paired with light colored knits. The juxtaposition of the heavy material weighing in against the lighter fabrics was perhaps one more reason that the collection came across a bit busy but the individual pieces were pretty much amazing.
I especially liked the skirt made of leather leaves. The way the glossy pieces of individually laser cut leather pieces moved was beautiful and obviously took a lot of time to produce. It was paired with a chunky knit chevron monochromatic pattern that had inverted elbows made of quilted leather and had round bulbous shoulders. I loved this cropped jacket and I would definitely wear it. Then again I have a plethora of incredibly crafted menswear to select from so I may not get to the coat when I go to purchase pieces of this collection.
speaking of menswear, the looks were sharply tailored close to the body and had similar elements to the women’s looks including geometric prints, a tribal-like feeling from the fur and exotic materials used, and often had a sleek material of some sort placed on the shoulders emulating shoulder pads from a warriors time. The last suit that the handsome blond model wore, was as dark as the night sky and twinkled bright like a diamond from the oil-slicked material that was used. Patent leather was also applied to shoulders in a zig-zag design drawing the eye to a glistening accent to a collection that may or may not be what you consider beautiful… personally, I liked it.
My Favorite Look From Show
Photo’s by Matthew St. James