Custo Barcelona Fall 2011 – Putting the B in Bold

It seems that Custo Barcelona’s favorite recipe for their collections is bold, funky and explosive. And it works.

Edgy and youthful, designer Custo Dalmau presented the Fall Custo Barcelona collection the featured wild colors and in an array of fabrics that in a way, redefined eclectic. With thumping tunes from artists like the Cure, the models wearing the bizarre yet intriguing looks marched down the runway, which looked like an army of every texture, embellishment, color and fabric known to mankind.

The idea of a clean slate – or as the show notes said, “Clean, but not really” – was kept in mind as the starting point. Pure lines and neutral colors emphasized this idea, and with progress, colors, prints and graphics eventually are splashed on the canvas, bringing the electric, funky look that Custo Barcelona is all about.


A mixture of all kinds of textures were represented – felted wool, fringes, wool-based graphic jacquards and distressed weaves that were “used to create and effect of light organza.” Knit dresses and thick, woolen sweaters were paired with graphic leggings.

Dalmau was not afraid of using neutral colors to balance the boldness, but other details like ruffles, fringes, feathers and metallic tights drove home his image of explosive designs and unconventionality.

While Dalmau walked out to a standing ovation, it’s safe to say most, if not all, of these looks will be heavily modified for production as view this collection as great on the runway, but not on their own backs. Luckily, since there are so many unique qualities about each piece, the chaotic and bold designs will most likely still be evident.

Images courtesy of  Stevyn Llewellyn