This season, celebrities and fashion icons have set their travel itineraries for an entirely new destination: Cuba. This country is taking the fashion world by storm and drawing in a new wave of visionaries with an eye for culturally rich corners of the world. Everything from the architecture to the native dress has drawn in celebrities like the Kardashian clan and even made the cut as a venue for Karl Lagerfeld, who hosted the Chanel Resort 2017 show in Havana this May.The brightly colored century-old buildings that line the streets of Havana, Cuba’s capital, are enough to inspire the latest fashion trends—top that with rhinestone-clad street performers sporting layers of eye-catching ruffles in the most flattering silhouettes and Cuba has suddenly become a fashion-lover’s dream. The aesthetically pleasing city has clearly had an impact on this season’s latest trends. The following looks hail from the fashion world’s latest theme, Havana nights: Cuba-inspired island fashions.
A spring/summer trend that was featured in more than one Havana-themed fashion show is the brimmed fedora-style hat. A Cuban staple, this trend was spotted on the runways paired with light, airy sundresses and even evening gowns. For a more casual look that still captures these runway trends, fedoras can be paired with shorts and gladiator sandals to add flare.
Native Cuban fashion seems to follow a specific mantra that has been displayed in this season’s fashion: it’s all in the details. Clothing is uniquely embroidered with various patterns, a look that clearly inspired brands like Temperley London. Nearly every look in the Temperley London Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection was embroidered with abstract floral patterns that gave each piece an island vibe. With Chanel’s Resort 2017 collection reflecting the same emphasis on details, we expect this trend to make its way to mainstream fashion in no time.
The most telltale sign of Havana-inspired fashion is ruffles. Models in this season’s fashion shows emulate the mambo-dancing women that embellish the streets in Havana with layers of ruffles that provide a fun, feminine texture on skirts, dresses, and sleeves. High-end designer brands like Chanel are not the only ones with island fever this season. Find bold, colorful prints with ruffled details at stores such as H&M, who featured more Cuban and tropical looks in their Studio Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
Whether you’re sporting a sundress with ruffles and intricate embroidery or simply reflecting Cuba’s unique architecture with clothing in bright, bold colors, transform your closet this summer into your own personal Havana.
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Havana Nights: Cuba-Inspired Island Fashions: Featured image courtesy of Umberto Fratini, IndigitalImages.com