Sunday, July 20, 2008

CUSTO BARCELONA, Miami Swim Fashion Week Spring 2009: BAGTRENDS

Dear Bagistas,

The final show on Friday was Custo Barcelona and it was definitely my favorite or a close tie for favorite with Saturday’s Red Carter show. This was Custo’s first complete swimwear collection, and what a way to start. All items – bikinis, beachwear and accessories – will be available at the Custo Barcelona store (including the one in NYC’s SOHO area) and fine shops around the world. At this show I had front-row seating which was wonderful and I was right next to the photography pit – tre exciting considering I focus mostly on bags.

There were plenty of metallic sheens and sequins that sparkled, as vibrant, happy colors shined. The main theme was a tribal/ethnic influence that has become a staple in the swimwear category. Custo Barcelona was inspired by “ethnic references from Turkish kilims, romantic exotic flowers, graphic prints and ethnic motifs, oriental mosaics or figurative drawings.” The fabrics play with a mix of matt and glossy, and playful beadwork mixed with sequins for intriguing results. Tunics, kaftans, kimono-styles and sarongs will keep the Custo customs covered-up as they walk along the beach. Though if they look like these models, why would they bother covering up? Beach bag options were to be found at the show with lots of color and coordinating prints.

Have a bag-a-licious day!
Pamela Pekerman
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