custo barcelona spring 2011 ready-to-wear review

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Custo Barcelona
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NEW YORK, September 12, 2010
By Alison Baenen
There wasn’t a solid color in sight. Illuminated by the light of a thousand camera phones (give or take) wielded by exuberant audience members, Custo Barcelona’s print-on-print-on-multicolored-feathers party mix came stomping down the runway on shoes that matched. Backstage, flanked by Kimora Lee Simmons in a ginormous turquoise faux fur wrap, Custo Dalmau explained that he wanted to juxtapose fantasy (say, a top made of looped synthetic strips with fluttering wine-red sleeves) with reality (a pair of denim micro-cutoffs). In their smackdown with the real world, the fantasy-on-fantasy pairings grabbed the upper hand more often than not, and the rainbow-dipped feathers flew. But you expect Custo’s Ibiza-bound, private-jet-setting customer to have her head in the clouds, don’t you?