Friday, 1 February 2013

Fashion Friday: South Americana


When I think of South America I think of hot steamy climates, llamas, Inca trails, spicy mexican food, High Andean Peaks, Christ the Redeemer & Copacabana beach in Rio, hand-woven textiles, saving rainforests & wildlife, dancing, mardi gras, the amazon, tribes & living off the land, conquistadors, gold, football and ancient temples. Translating these into fashion it encompasses a lot of patterns ranging from aztec, floral, geometrical and stripes. Then there is the tradition of embroidery and knitted woollens, and the modern bright block colour, fringe, jewels, gold and historical reference. All coming together to make a pastiche, a stereotype of South America for modern, western eyes to gain a bit of that Latin South American magic. Here's some (translate as a lot) that caught my eye:

Also have you seen this amazing editorial for Vogue Korea evoking Peruvian style, shot in Cusco, such amazing colours, cool clashes of prints, stripes with beautiful Peruvian people, llamas, villages, mountains & landscapes.

And there's a good programme on at the minute which looks into the ancient cultures and people of South America fronted by archaelogist Dr Jago Cooper called 'Lost Kingdoms of South America' check it out on BBCiplayer.

 1. Sailor Stripe Knit hat   2.   Sabrina Tach backpack     3. Sass & Bide clutch   4. Izza Navy Scarf
5.  Mara Hoffman shorts    6. Dieppa Restrepo oxford (Handmade in Mexico)   7.   Luxury Jones Vintage ankle boots  

Viva South America! I'll also be looking into what art to see in South America next, in my series 'International Art to See' if you missed it here's part one, North America

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