Custo Barcelona presented the new fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection, adding more… much more flavor to the hottest event of the month, New York Fashion Week. The collection celebrates the 20th anniversary of the brand, which is probably why we were expecting a show that is more… festive?
Well, let’s get this out of the way; the show was not festive at all. It stuck with some of the traditional Custo Barcelona styles and themes, the most expressive theme being the animal prints. And unlike some of the elegant lines from Gucci, Custo Barcelona’s new collection was very artistic while it had almost the same inspiration.
The collection, just like the one we saw for Gucci, is inspired by the ‘70s. Considering a few designers have given their attention to this time period during NYFW, the careless, relaxed and hippie look of the ‘70s is likely the next retro trend out there.
There’s more! We’ve seen more than just the ‘70s in the collection. Whether it has served as an inspiration or not, there was definitely a futuristic vibe in the beginning. Plastic fabrics and the ultra-violent gradient on some of the outfits have definitely not been made for the Earth.
And of course, a point not to be missed, prints have always been a signature touch to Custo Barcelona designs, and thus the viewers were expecting to see exactly what appeared on the runway. Some of the most noteworthy prints were the geometric patchwork of a fuzzy knit leopard and the dark snakeskin, combined with the leopard on a piece. The leopard print has been used not in one, but a few pieces, hinting us that it’s about to be revived as a new trend among Custo Barcelona fans.
Custo Barcelona sent more than 60 looks down the catwalk, styled with sunglasses, white tights, and shoes in the same futuristic-ethnic vibe the entire collection was in (plastic + prints). Overall, there were some very intriguing and must-have pieces, shirts and dresses that many women would kill to own, but styling was perhaps too much. There was a strangely lot of colors and prints happening on certain outfits. And it made differentiating a shirt from a jacket, figuring out where the ruffles go or actually understanding the prints that were combined together very challenging.
To do justice to the incredible designs we saw on the catwalk, some pieces deserve a standout mention. A few innovations caught our eye include the see-through black male shirt, the lace dress paired with a print jacket (an interesting combo we’ll most definitely adopt this year), the A-line dresses and coats.
If you like carrying an entire circus on your shoulders (in the best meaning possible), the extravaganza of Custo Barcelona might be your ideal pick in NYFW. If your attention span can’t handle this much diversity in a single look, stick around, we’re covering the New York Fashion Week every day! There’s a lot you don’t want to miss!
Photos courtesy of Vogue