Artistic inspiration can come from the smallest of influences, but when a designer draws inspiration from the entirety of three vivacious Latin American cities – the result is the remarkable and rounded S/S 14 collection from Sergio Davila. The sights and sounds of Lima, Havana, and Buenos Aires in the 1920’s were apparent from the first step into the Meatpacking venue of Malt & Mash. Strains of samba and Latin swing wafted through the bar as champagne flutes and coconut cocktails were exchanged from the hands of crisp cocktail servers to the presentation attendees.
As the models arranged in a circle in the middle of the venue, classic tailoring was instantly evident. On the men: expertly paired blazers and shorts, patterned pants and angular art-deco inspired knit sweaters. On the women, diaphanous and feminine dresses and art-deco rompers were paired with a fresh rose lip. As a collection, the looks were sophisticated, fresh, and held a delicious balance between the inspiration of history and the energy of the present.
The accessories styled with each look drove home the perfect element of Latin vibe. The men’s and women’s wear collection featured stunningly crafted millinery by La China Loca – a modified cloche hat, sweeping brimmed sun hats, and fedoras for the men. A prominent feature on the men’s looks were leather and cloth bags crafted by The MANLY. The polished dual use of cloth to leather emphasized the city-to-country lifestyle that oft accompanied daily routine in Latin America.
Nu-Mode´ Coverage Melody Burdette
Images Courtesy of Company Agenda