CFDA Fashion Incubator Lucio Castro debuts his Spring/Summer 2016 collection at NYFWM.
Textures, knits, and prints flourished at Lucio Castro’s Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Show on July 16th, the final day of New York Men’s Fashion Week. Eighteen models stood on a small platform lining the back walls of the space while photographers, fashion aficionados, and industry professionals looked on and snapped photos. Electronic music reminiscent of a futuristic, alien action movie blared over the speakers. His designs also earned him a spot in the CFDA Fashion Incubator program and actor Alan Cumming, who wore his designs to this past year’s Tony Awards, was even in attendance, supporting Castro and posing with him for photographs.
Castro cited Nigerian Hollywood, or “Nollywood”, as the inspiration for his collection. He also cast a range of diverse models for his show, which was really refreshing. Castro masterfully paired knit jacquards and woodblock printing techniques, combining textures unexpectedly in a way that could have been too over the top. This risk paid off beautifully. His striking, checkered plaid and chevron oxfords exude cool when styled with flip flops and mesh pants or stiff, clean trousers. He mixed and matched patterns and showed several pieces made from the same pattern, breathing versatility and effortlessness into his collection. It would make just as much sense to see his designs in a trendy Brooklyn coffee shop or Chelsea art gallery as it would to see them on stage at New York Men’s Fashion Week.
You can see more of Castro’s designs here.