Friday, February 15, 2013

CUSTO BARCELONA Fall/Winter 2013/LITKE Fall/Winter 2013 Debut

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week/Empire Hotel/ NYC

words+hotel images/Judith Ecochard
Runway images Frazer Harrison/


CUSTO BARCELONA's signature mash-up of prints and textiles delivered a fast-romped,  large runway collection of apparel and shoes ---for guys and gals.

high topped athletic kicks work with 
 According to the run of show---the collection "combines a bionic aesthetic with sport, feminine inspiration to represent "The Beauty" and an ethnic, ornamental aesthetic with large volumes inspired by the harsh Nordic winters to give life to "the beast."
we took this pic from our seat- a cozy cardigan with dolman sleeves made regal with ornamental gold beads-matching skirt---

 Designed/lead by brothers Custo and David Dalmau---since the early 80's...the line-up is consistently wildly bold in its graphical efforts---and sometimes ---imo---really terrific in autumnal shades of warm orange/browns--- a fresh take on F/W 2013 in a week where the predominance of tonal sameness was trending.

For women-the styles were fitted, with pronounced shoulders and ergonomic cuts--- mini/maxi dresses, sporty sweatshirts with feminine details, form fitting overalls, and characteristic short patchwork jackets with unique fusions of fabrics...some that dazzled and impressed! And guys-similarly exuberant-drop crotch pants, heavily worked patchwork jackets/sweaters...including "ethno-futeristic metal pieces."

Another NYFW outing-involving a mix-up of prints-was of a completely different vibe-however----yet also a  wintry, smart girl quiet,  feminine way. Inspired by the Mennonite culture (and its iconic quilts)...the presentation by new designer Catherine Litke showed both modern and more Little House on the Prairie silhouettes.
Catherine Litke

 An NYU art school grad...Litke worked as an assistant---then just launched her own line...of cotton-y soft tops, skirts, dresses, and trousers.

BONUS POINTS: Litke has all of separates made right in the garment district right here in Manhattan (38th street!!!)...

Our fav was this charming dress-with a detachable caplet---sweet and sassy...very gamine.

Other urban ready looks-this feminine office ready, chevron pattern white cotton blouse with pointy collar- matched up with a masculine pin striped skirt with a girly ruffled waist line. Reminded us of the French label Chloe's...MO.

optical illusions-our eyes practically crossed with this inventive pattern..even just looking at the image LOL

this lace/eyelet white cotton top-lovely-lined...different patterns in a modern l/s top---summery and sweet

the back---