Custo Barcelona Swim 09 Launch

Filed Under (Front Row) by zach on 16-07-2008

Custo Barcelona is proud to present the first complete swimwear collection
At last, Custo Barcelona bikinis are gaining their independence: initially created to complement the RTW collection, come summer 2009 Custo Barcelona Swim will be a new, independent line. Bikinis, swimsuits, beachwear and accessories will all be available in Custo Barcelona shops, department stores and specialist swimwear boutiques throughout the world.

Metallic sheens that sparkle in the sunlight, sequins that float over the waves, velvet flowers that grow in the sand, kilim prints that merge into the towels. This is the Custo Barcelona swimwear collection, ethnic, romantic, hippy… the purest of Custo styles, lit up by the sun’s rays and dancing in the sea breeze.
With renewed enthusiasm, Custo Barcelona has designed a swimwear line that features selected swimsuits but in which bikinis top the league. Forms are simple, tops go for the triangular and halter styles, bandeaux are finished with neck straps while the retro-look offers more support and is gathered around the chest. Bottom halves feature triangular pants with cut-away sides, culottes and minis. One-pieces play with sinuous body shapes and reveal vertiginously plunging necklines with backs as bare as when wearing a bikini.
With this collection, Custo Barcelona’s flare for playing with fabric and print combinations faces a new challenge: the scant nature of the clothes. Miniscule curtain tops mix trimming, beadwork and a range of textiles, as do the bottoms. The fabrics play with a mix of matt and gloss, with finishing aged by using lamé or sequins. Key elements are blond and lace, jacquards, printed lycra, devoré velvet, metallic fabrics and lamé.
Prints are inspired by ethnic references from Turkish kilims, romantic exotic flowers, stripes, graphic and ethnic motifs, oriental mosaics or figurative drawings like chains stolen from silk scarves. Each item is a riot of imagination on a miniscule scale where some fabrics are trimmed with pieces of different prints and share the small area of a bra cup or the front panel of a pair of pants. Finishes are aged and unwashed in tie-dye style.
Despite their scantiness, these items are full of detail: wooden, ceramic or plastic beads hang from the ties that attach them to the body; little metal buckles adorn the side of a culotte; ethnic pompoms and fringing decorate hips and beach wear.
The cover-up collection shares the same inspiration. Clothes which accompany the more ethnic range of the collection include kaftans, blouses, kimonos and sarongs all adorned with tassels and fringes. Baby doll dresses, sarong skirts and halterneck dresses in lace and aged velvets complement the most romantic bathing. For the more hippy bikinis, Custo Barcelona has designed looser clothing such as tunics and long dresses in patchwork. Co-ordinating beach bags and matching sarongs are available for all our designs.
The colour scheme is vibrant, fruity, happy using a palette of strong colours like fuchsia, orange or turquoise with a touch of light in almost every item from the metallic finish on selected fabrics.
The free spirit of Custo Barcelona is perfect for bathing on beaches throughout the world.

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