Castro Fall/Winter 2013 collection 370.
(photo credit: Avi Feldman)
On Sunday morning, Israel’s fashion elite piled into a giant hangar in north Tel
Aviv for some mini-quiches, sparkling wine and a glimpse of Castro’s Fall/Winter
The country’s most successful retail chain, Castro
certainly knows how to put on a show. Live music by Metropoline set the tone for
what promises to be a nice-looking season.
Eti Rotter, daughter of the
Castro founders and the current CEO of the company, welcomed the crowd with an
opening speech. She expressed her pride at being Israel’s biggest fashion house
and divulged that Castro will soon unveil its newest endeavor, Castro
As the lights came up on the runway, Castro presenters Gal Gadot,
Yonathan Wagman, Liraz Dror and Arik Mor sauntered, pack-style, toward the
crowd. Gadot charged the runway, cool as a cucumber in a voluminous grey,
animal-print gown with a cropped leather vest and high-heeled boots. Beside her,
Dror sported a strapless jumpsuit in leather. Wagman and Mor flanked the two
ladies wearing sweaters and jeans.
If the first looks in a fashion show
are meant to summarize the upcoming season, we can expect to see a lot of
leather (or pleather), animal prints and knits from Castro’s Red line come
The first line shown, the Red line, looked like a hodge-podge of
everything that has been really trendy in the past few years. There was an
overall glam-grunge sensibility to the glittery skirts topped with men’s
t-shirts and safari jackets. We saw plaid shirts, leopard mini-dresses, athletic
tunics and leather jumpsuits during the first few minutes of the show, followed
by the menswear answer to those looks. The innovation here was in the
kaleidoscopic effect that seeing all these colors and styles put together
It was the second round of the show that truly stood out.
Straight from Castro’s Blue line came an array of snazzy jean shirts, including
one truly fabulous oversized denim dress. Both men and women were treated to
jeans in a bunch of charming prints. Here the Castro designers parted ways with
the overdone trends of the decade and headed in a softer, more sophisticated
A voluminous skirt was paired with a cowgirl- esque blouse and
an oversized men’s shirt layered with a short-sleeved leather jumper. The men’s
section of this line featured soft knit sweaters and cotton jodhpurs, dressed
down with hi-top sneakers.
Finally, headed up by Gadot in a knee-length
white coat, the Black line made its way down the long runway. Here the animal
prints returned, only in the grown-up version. With a nod to 1940s and ‘50s
glam, the models strutted their stuff in Lolita-style sunglasses and high-wasted
pencil skirts. It was all a bit Mad Men and a touch Lana Del Rey. For the
gentlemen, two-tone button- downs and loose slacks dominated the fanciest of
Castro’s three lines.
Regardless of the line, Castro’s show was truly
enhanced by the creative eye of house stylist Limor Zohar-Shavit.To view
the Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, visit www.castro.com.