An explosion of prints, patterns, and fabrics hit the runway for Custo Barcelona’s 2013 F/W runway presentation, mixing everything from tartan to floral to tribal. Designer brothers David and Custo Dalmau created heavily embellished looks and bold statement jackets that incorporated some of the best style elements of the season. Furs were once again in full force throughout the aptly named “Beauty and the Beast” collection. The “beast” found in rugged layers and heavy prints were juxtaposed with the “beauty” of gold studs, sequins, and beading.

Various looks incorporated a tribal feel, with arrow-and-triangle-heavy geometric prints and draped layers. A mostly neutral color palette accentuated with low-saturation colors allowed the design duo to use a really impressive array of patterns and textures. Plaid suits came out alongside color-blocked furs and beaded skirts, but the use of muted earth tones helped the wide variety from being over-the-top.

 Mixing clashing prints has been a trend for the past few seasons, and this look was employed in a few ensembles, some more successful than others. There were a few looks that seemed way too busy, with patterns and embellishments seemingly competing against each other for attention. Leather made its appearance as trim and accenting on several menswear looks, including on one particularly nice coat with leather sleeve patching on the shoulders. Dynamic silhouettes were created with oversized shapes and embellished capes, which came out alongside the clean lines of structured coats and streamlined menswear. Several models sported beautifully decorated backpacks that I really loved, they made for a casual accessory that strikes a lovely balance of form and function. Overall the collection was busy and dynamic, sometimes too much so, but featured a great attention to detail that’s hard not to appreciate.

NYFW Coverage Alexandra Stevens

Runway Photography Andrea Adriani

Opening & Designer Photograph by Latoya P Henry