New York Fashion Week Diaries: Custo Barcelona Recap

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My good friend, Johnny Muller, hairstylist/fashion PR extraordinaire, has been working for Spanish super brand Custo Barcelona for the past few seasons at NYFW, and he was awesome enough to invite me to attend. For those of you who have never been to a fashion show or Fashion Week, I can just compare it to an absolute circus.( They do call Lincoln Center “the tents,” after all.)

When you arrive to The Tents, you have to pass the herds of fashionistas waiting to have their photo taken by street style photographers. Literally they linger around in their 7 inch heels and non-chalantly walk back and forth until someone snaps their photo. It’s not obvious at all. Anyway, once inside, fashionistas, photographers, hairstylists, PR people are all mingling about in the many sponsored lounges. You can sign up for giveaways, get your hair done by professional stylists, grab some free lipsticks, snacks and the swag goes on.

Maybelline Lounge

Waiting in line for Custo at The Stage

Custo Barcelona is one of the top collections and most prominent Spanish designers at Fashion Week, and designer Custo Dalmau has been showing at NYFW since 1997. The brand started as a graphic t-shirt company, and is now known for its funky use of textiles,colors and prints, best suited for party nights by the beach. (Ibiza, anyone?)

Moments before the show

After a dramatic dimming of lights, the first model stomped out to some pretty amazing house tunes. I admit, at some points I found myself swaying and dancing, thinking I was poolside somewhere in South Beach.(Which means,to me, a job well done.)

The collection, titled “Beauty and The Best,” was super textured, with beautiful pieces with Aztec prints, and one of my favorite looks lately, printed suits. Patterns, on patterns, on patterns. I’m all about it.

Custo Barcelona FW 2013 Finale walk

You can check HERE to see detailed photos of each look, since my iPhone photos don’t do any of the clothes justice! All in all, Custo Barcelona left me dreaming of patterns and inspired me to take some risks on my every day wear. After some of the outfits I saw after and during the shows, NYC truly is the place where anything goes. And if that’s gold pants with a fur lined cape and Willy Wonka spectacles, you get ’em.