From the Taino cotton loincloths to the Chanel 2016 Show in Havana, dressing in Cuba has dramatically evolved in the last 500 years. However, traditionally drawn towards European and American styles, it has taken its time to adapt again to the island’s environment and weather.
La práctica del maní se distingue como una actividad aglutinadora, tanto de los participantes directos como de los expectantes. Su desarrollo denota la fuerza física y la destreza que se exigía para su práctica. Pero su práctica es premonitoria de los excelentes resultados boxísticos logrados por Cuba, ligados, en no pocas ocasiones, a la industria azucarera.
The list of Cuban actors is not short. Some of the most iconic faces on the big screen are of Cuban origin. Most people know names like Andy Garcia, Eva Mendes, or even Cameron Diaz; but there are more Cuban actors that have made their way to Hollywood.
Cuba is a museum. Years of isolation produced such effect. With this in mind, what better way to travel the country than on a rolling museum? American vintage cars, preserved by the quality of their makes and the imagination of local engineers, can take you anywhere you like, the fare depending on the ride and the shape of the car. You may sightsee Havana from a presidential convertible Buick from the fifties, or take a 1940s Chevrolet cab to your next stop. Regular cabs fares range from 10 Cuban pesos–not convertible–for fixed shared rides, while scenic rides are about 25 to 50 CUCs the hour.
The Bodeguita del Medio is a typical Cuban bar-restaurant. Since its foundation, it has been visited and frequented by many famous people, from Ernest Hemingway and Nat King Cole to Pablo Neruda and Gabriel García Márquez. All visitors have left their mark in the place, be it a souvenir, a photograph, a personal belonging, or just their signature on the wall.
His name is Narciso, but he’s hardly what you could call a narcissist. For a man who dresses the stars, Narciso Rodriguez is rather modest, despite being a Hollywood red carpet and White House favorite. His name, though, is written in gold letters in the book of fashion design.
Cuba has had immigrants from all over the world, yet one of the most impactful additions was made by African slaves, who invented the most beloved of Cuban foods – tostones! They reinvented the banana and plantain, eventually flattening and cooking the plantains.
Rodriguez’s work simply transcends fashion. The pieces featured flow perfectly with the paintings and sculptures that complement the exhibit. Rodriguez’s designs owe much to Cuban painters and Brazilian architects–he’s a declared fan of Oscar Niemeyer’s. But his couture is beyond a mere appropriation or a reference to others. His work, despite influences, stands by its own merit.