1. Arthur Bispo do Rosario (Outsider Art jacket 2. Knitted poncho with belt by Maison Scotch 3. Tribal Sweater
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there is the tradition of embroidery and knitted woollens, and the modern bright block colour, fringe, jewels, gold and historical reference.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:
4. Prabal Gurung floral dress 5. Beaded Wool Dress by Mara Hoffman 6. Bottega Veneta layered silk-chiffon dress
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