Considering last season’s DIY interior design arts and craftsy collection at Custo Barcelona, I had high hopes for some serious crazy for fall 2013, especially considering this collection is called “The Beauty and the Beast.” But call me pleasantly surprised with the usually insanely colorful and pattern-saturated Spanish line this time around, because this collection actually kinda worked.
Granted, some luck with timing was involved. The fashion people have had to face the hardships of a blizzard and icy cold temps this New York Fashion Week, so a statement coat—especially one that involves fur—has been the number one way to catch the street style photogs’ attention. And statement coats were the thing on the Custo Barcelona runway.
The designer combined various trendy elements—Fair Isle, tribal prints, brocade, patchworking, metallic embroidery, sequins, gold rounded studs and leather panels—often three at a time on sculpted, oversize silhouettes. Despite the mash up of multiple décor elements, the earth-toned palette helped temper the risk of gaudiness. Fur was a real standout (sorry, PETA), especially a tri-color 70s-esque chubby and a multi-hued shaved fur fit-and-flare silhouette. The piece that closed out the collection was a black cocoon coat with gold flecks on the back that brought “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt (you know, that print that everyone has in their dorm room freshman year) to mind.
Of course, there was still some cray in the mix, like the first look tribal-print sweater with a turtleneck so stiff it resembled a neck brace and a beat up and torn-looking man-poncho. But overall–well done, Custo.