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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Custo Barcelona Spring 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WORDS - NOEL DUAN, PHOTOS COURTESY OF CUSTO BARCELONA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fashionistas, forget colorblocking—texture-mixing is the new trend for spring! The designing duo of brothers at Custo Barcelona seemed to have channeled their fellow city resident and artist, Antoni Gaudí, in using organic geometric shapes, playful colors that change with the light, and optical illusions, like mirror reflections. This collection, called the X-Ray collection, like Gaudi’s Casa Battló, is futuristic at first glance, with its otherworldly contours and shapes, but earthly at second glance, once one realizes that many of the textures come from oceanic specimens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By using transparent portions of lightweight fabrics, such as silk and nylon, the Delmau brothers designed wispy skirts and cardigans that revealed body-con-based swimsuits in swaths of silver, lavender, and hot pink. Furry opaque sweaters and vests in soft tones of coral rounded out the look—for reasons of practicality, one must cover up that knit tankini eventually, after all. One particular showstopper was a low-cut knit tunic with a floor-length train, paired with khaki shorts to emphasize its dramatic versatility for daywear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Who would wear these pieces, other than flamboyant Catalonians and trendsetting lovers of Gaudí, you may ask? Katy Perry was a guest at the show, if that answers your question. Eccentricity is the new black.