style.com: Custo Barcelona Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear reviewCusto Barcelona
NEW YORK, February 12, 2012
By Alison Baenen
Backstage before Custo Barcelona’s Fall show, Custo Dalmau talked about his continuing evolution of the brand’s DNA. “It’s a fusion of colors, graphics, and materials,” he said, explaining that this season they focused on combining traditional fabrics with tech fibers. The goal, he added, was to make something that was “experimental and contemporary.”
Experimental’s not a bad way to put it. The mash-ups that occurred when, for example, tufts of hand-loomed wool were grafted onto a synthetic leather cocoon dress had a science-experiment quality to them. The collection’s thigh-grazing minis were accentuated by strappy, open-toe boots worn with socks that had a coat of silver fuzz growing along the back calf. Sounds odd, but they looked right at home among the patchwork knits and Chewbacca furs.
For the guys, there were skinny herringbone suits, tinfoil pants, and half-one-thing, half-another blazers. But it was the girls who got to have the most fun. What Little Monster wouldn’t flip at the chance to wear a hooded green confection covered in thick fringe? It looked like what Gaga herself would wear if she appeared again as Kermit the Frog, but this time he was stationed in Patagonia. All in all, these are statement-making clothes for an adventurous crew.