NYFW: Custo Barcelona Wants You to Go Tribal This Fall (VIDEO)


Apparently, Friday night’s Snowpocalypse didn’t keep the fashionistas or the queens from coming out in droves to see Spanish designer Custo Dalmau strut his signature print and graphic designs down the runway at Sunday’s Custo Barcelona 2013 fall/winter collection.

Known for his flair for the dramatic, Dalmau drew from a bejeweled tribal aesthetic at his show, aptly titled “The Beauty and the Beast.” Inspired by feminine and bionic concepts that brought out “The Beauty” and voluminous materials that catered to Nordic winters to unleash “The Beast,” the designer impressed us with what we like to call very “Aztec chic” designs. Rawrr.

We loved the ornamental embellishments on the ethnic prints–major bling, fringy fling, and peekaboo metallic zing!–on a backdrop of greys, browns, purples and blues.

For the ladies, the show proved to be about sporty comfort with fitted overalls, heavily embroidered short dresses and sweaters, and showing off those sexy backs. We also really dug the drop-crotch pants and trousers complemented with athletic high tops.

And hey, if you suffer from S.S.S. (Sloping-Shoulder Syndrome), have no shame: the brand had a remedy for that this season with its emphasis on ergonomic cuts and volume to the shoulders.

As for styling, this season was all about the matte and matted look for both makeup and hair. With the latter, the female models had what looked like a subtle case of helmet head, accented with a single cornrow. (Very Braveheart. We like.)

But compared to the female ensembles, the men’s collection seemed a bit more daring with its high-collared cuts, bold graphic suits, fringy pimped-out coats, and wool shawls. The average heterosexual American man might give these threads the stink-eye, but we think Elton John would be all over these garbs like nobody’s biz.

So overall, Custo Barcelona’s 2013 collection was beautifully ferocious, with the ladies’ collection stealing our corazón asap. But the menswear? Well, let’s guzzle down a few cervezas and then we’ll talk.