"This is me at my friend's house in Shelter Island the weekend before the show. I'm posing in front of a vintage gym sign wearing something I borrowed"
"My intern Molly using her severe eye to go over the garments"
"This is my stylist, Michael Fisher, photographing looks on models. This becomes a bit of a chess game."
"This is Michael at our pop-up photo studio at the Standard. This was taken a few hours before the show."
"Casper [the model], adding a Swedish surfer edge to a reverse terry crew top"
"Jewelry and arch bands knitted in collaboration with Elyse Allen. These added a little extra something to the woven rubber sandals I used for the show (which I purchased in Chinatown for $5 a pair!)"
"Molly, a blond angel"
"Models making friends"
"That's Idan Bitton, our in-house lookbook photographer in the background"
"Trying on the jewelry"
"Another fitting at Michael's studio"
"Me, timing the walk to the music"
In the bustle before NYFW, we dispatched cameras to a handful of OC designers. The aim: to see how many snacks, coffee runs, and late-night pizzas go into making a collection. So now that we've seen what came down the catwalks, it's time to take a peek behind the scenes! We left Lucio Castro's Spring/Summer 2013 show feeling like we'd just taken a summer vacay, thanks to his fresh-faced (and topless) models, lightweight button-downs, vibrant suiting, and simple swimwear. So how did it come to this? Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes shots taken by Lucio and his team.
Gillian Tozer: Describe your SS13 collection in three words:
Lucio Castro: Detailed, clean, and elemental
GT: How did you cast your models for the show? What look were you after?
LC: I wanted models that looked like perfect, regular guys. It's hard to use "regular" guys as they often detract from the clothes. Models have a great capacity of becoming slightly invisible. For this show, I wanted long hair so I asked the groomer to have them look as though they have just had a dip in the ocean. I like that salty and very satisfying feeling of swimming in the sea.
GT: Why did you choose Neu! for the show's soundtrack?
LC: Neu! has a great beat. It's clean, primitive, and amazingly sophisticated
GT: We know you're into films, what was the last film you downloaded or went to see?
LC: This past weekend I saw The Master and Blue Sunshine
GT: Show's over, now what? LC: I have been throwing inspiration, yarns, and
detailed sketches into my "fall/winter 2013 folder." I'm very excited about the new collection! Shop all Lucio Castrohere