A few looks from Richie Rich's Spring 2011 collection.
“Oh, what a brilliant collection!”, “That collection screams innovation”, “I die”-- Those are the constant remarks we hear during fashion week, which seem to get old quickly. Sometimes you just want to bash on one or two collections that did not make the cut in terms of fashion forwardness. In my opinion, one of these fashion criminals was Richie Rich's Spring 2011 collection. Trust me, I am always a fan of rebellious attitudes, bright colors, and sexy bondage-like clothing. But Rich, you have to draw the line somewhere. Bikinis and leather jackets, gold boots and tight black dresses, feather speedos and fake tattoos are just not groundbreaking -- you can see that walking across the street on Friday and Saturday nights at 2 a.m. I must admit that there were a few pieces of acceptable daywear, although they lacked the teen-angst, don't give a f**k attitude I was looking for. It was just snooze central. Richie Rich we love you, just step up your game and get back to those textured, printed, and playful garments we all know and love.
One designer who did manage to capture the deviant California style was Custo Barcelona with their 2011 Spring collection that showcased what many of us Berkeley students are accustomed to seeing… only with a twist. With contrasting textiles, patterns, and colors, the 1960’s hippie style is reinvented with a sense of pop, electronic flair. Not only did the shredded and technicolor women's apparel turn heads, so did the menswear: it featured the same technique of mixing prints to alter our vision of normal men's wear, while still maintaining a sense of masculine sex appeal. Although the clothes are rather simple in terms of sportswear, it is the avant-garde details that elevate the clothing to make it a revolutionary line. Although the designers, David and Custodio Delmau, are Spanish natives, they sure know how to rock the California style that we all rep every day. Perhaps Richie Rich can learn a thing or two from Custo.
A few looks from Custo Barcelona's Spring 2011 collection. All images courtesy of Style.com.