Who ever said Navy was the new Black was most certainly not Spanish.
I've just returned from 5 glorious days in Barcelona (sucks to be me) and there is no doubt that the Spanish high street is alive and well bursting with all the colours of the Spanish Sol. The usual suspects, Zara and Mango made a huge appearance (I counted 6 of each in the city center alone) no surprises there. Super brand Custo (new to me - have I been living under a rock?) was HUGE in every sense of the word, taking multi colour to another whole level. Our favourite Spaniards, Massimo Dutti and Designal were packed with American tourists searching for something specifically Euro along with Londoners looking to pick up a few of their favs less 2 or 3 quid (these are my approximate estimations after many hours of price tag examination).
Although at first I was a little disappointed, finding the main strips simply a slightly prettier, less crowded environment to purchase Regent Street merchandise. I was super inspired by the brave use of colour, especially off the beaten track amongst local designers (more of that to come). I declared this plethora of colourful fabrics - the Gaudi effect, however, my travel mate put it down to the fact that excess Vitamin D gives you some type of colour braveness (she could have made that phrase up after our 3rd jug of Sangria). What ever it is, I dig it and I’m off to follow the Plaza Real rule and don some type of canary yellow blouse, eat small morsels of tapas goodness and practice my Spanish vowels.
Now, can someone fill me in on this Custo phenomenon? Because I'm not really feeling it.