The Custo Barcelona show took place in the twilight zone. It was like I had been transported from Bryant Park to another fashion universe where the men wear too much cologne and the ladies are perma-tanned. I had to keep reminding myself this was Manhattan not South Beach.
Before the show started the paparazzi were abuzz over Princess hopeful Tinsley Mortimer, Ugly Betty‘s Mark Indelicato, Estelle, and Kenan Thompson. Yes, that Kenan. Unfortunately, Kel was no where to be found.
The runway show was more of a party than a serious presentation, and for that I’m grateful. There was techno music blaring, audience members cheering on the models (Arlenis Sosa got the most fan support, though I was rooting for Iekieline), and many heads bopping and feet tapping.
The clothes were a frivolous celebration of summer. Between Custo’s signature colorful prints, enough bare midriffs to rival Christina Aguilera circa Dirty, and over the top embellishment on everything from fringed bikinis to sequin tracksuits for men, the SS10 collection was pure exoticism and exuberance. The girls’ sheer caftans ballooned behind them as they walked, creating glittering rainbow trains and their fringe bikinis were totally impractical, but would look perfect on a boat party in Miami.
Aside from the exotic clothing, the runway was also filled with exotic models. The first group of models to walk were all black, followed by an Asian bunch, and then a small white portion. Finally some diversity on the runways!