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Earlier this month I shared an ensemble that was based on one of Carlos Miele’s Fall 2012 runway looks. That outfit was almost a re-creation of the original, but outfit inspiration from runway shows needn’t be so literal. It can be subtle and selective, drawing from specific elements of the designer’s creations. This is how I draw inspiration from the Custo Barcelona show, whose creations are always over the top, colourful, maximal, texture-rich, a little ragged and crazily creative. 

The black and emerald outfit below is a great illustration of Custo Barcelona’s style. To say that there is a lot going here is an understatement. But even if the outfit is very far from your personal style, the colours, textures and patterns might get your creative juices flowing.

I’ve created two playful, and totally wearable “everyday outfits” that were inspired by aspects of this runway look. The things that I’m drawing from the original outfit are the wonderful combination of emerald green with neutrals, and the rich combinations of texture and pattern. Wear these outfits when you’re out and about town, on a gal’s night out, or on date night. And sport the look in less conservative and more casual office environments too.

Skirt Ensemble

A structured green pencil skirt is paired with a soft, black fitted short sleeved top. For textural interest, I’ve added a patterned silky scarf in cream, colour blocked fish-scale shoes, a plaid coat with leather trim, and bright cream handbag. Pattern, fabric assortment, colour blocking and high colour contrasts make this outfit texture-rich and maximal. Add in hosiery for colder days. Leave off the coat and sport bare legs on warmer days. 

Trouser Ensemble

A structured pair of green trousers is paired with a soft, classic printed black blouse. Tuck in the blouse to showcase a belt with textural interest. Animal printed boots in a light shade are an unexpected choice, as is the faux fur and studded handbag. A grey tweed “false plain” coat works as seamlessly as a solid but adds a retro integrity. Once again, the colour blocking, pattern mixing and fabric assortment is a nod to Custo Barcelona’s style sensibility, only my version is a lot more subdued. Leave off the coat and add a patent bag and snake skin pumps for a warm weather option.

That’s just one of the looks from the show. Imagine the countless other options you could create by taking inspiration from the others. Particularly if you have black leather skirts, shorts, trousers, jackets and coats in your closet.