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Things Got Hairy at the Custo Barcelona Valentine's Day Show

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We knew what to expect from the Custo Barcelona Fall 2010 runway show from the moment the invitations arrived in our laps. "Ack," we said. "There's glitter all over my lap!" This year's "Hairy Metal"-themed show was introduced by a CD case with an embroidered cat face made of spangles, chains, faux fur and peacock feathers with a fine dust of hot pink shimmer, themes that were repeated last night in the Tent at Bryant Park.

As is the case with many fashion shows, the clothes that walked down the runway last night are not the pieces that will be put into production when the fall 2010 collection hits stores. Custo's runway show is a conceptual playground for designer Custo Dalmau to experiment with the themes that will characterize his line next year. Those themes included metallic embellishment and faux fur and fur-like effects like fringe or knotted knits.

Sequins and fur look best when they're moving, so when the strobe lights and booming house music came on last night, the models bolted down the runway so quickly their bright, graphic clothes nearly made us dizzy. They looked like they were having fun, though, and we were glad to see a show where the models seemed to be having such a good time, and Custo gets many bonus points in our book for using several models of color.

On the runway, the female models sported messy, knotted faux-hawks with tiny braids, except for Tao Okamoto, who wore her signature bowl cut only slightly mussed. The boys had some crazyhair going on, as though they'd all had a bet to see who would licked the light sockets backstage.

In the audience we saw a lot of Custo dresses, but not a lot of celebrities. All we know for sure is that Fern Mallis was there, and that the svelte young man sitting next to us was not, in fact, Racked National editor Danica Lo, in whose seat he was sitting.
· All Fashion Week Fall 2010 Coverage [Racked NY]

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