Fashion And Lifestyle

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. Furthermore, fashion in Cuba has suffered the influence of historic affairs; and the crucible of races and cultures that have shaped the island’s idiosyncrasy along its history has also shaped the garments worn by its inhabitants.

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Fashionable Cuba: A Brief History of Cuban Dress and Style

Fashionable Cuba: A Brief History of Cuban Dress and Style

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.

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Cosa Rica: The Beauty of Empowered Cuban Women

Cosa Rica: The Beauty of Empowered Cuban Women

Didn’t you see the shrine? The goathead and the dolls? The flowers? The seawind? This is witchcraft. Woman witchcraft. Heavy. And you’re part of it and you don’t know it.

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A Cuban-American Designer’s History – Narciso Rodriguez

A Cuban-American Designer’s History – Narciso Rodriguez

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.

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An Exercise in Style: Narciso Rodriguez Exhibition at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

An Exercise in Style: Narciso Rodriguez Exhibition at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

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.

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Cuba: la realeza de las violetas

Cuba: la realeza de las violetas

Era frecuente mi deambular por las calles de la Habana Vieja. Entonces, no perdía ocasión para detenerme en el museo del perfume, Habana 1791, situado en la calle Mercaderes. Disfrutar el aroma de los aceites esenciales, es un privilegio que se vive en ese lugar. Algunos visitantes recurren a las colonias de limón como antídoto para la depresión, a la rosa o el sándalo por su eficacia contra la ansiedad, mientras otros defienden las propiedades afrodisíacas del jazmín y el pachulí. Allí, experimentamos una retrospección a través de la historia de las fragancias cubanas.

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Keep tranquilo, and habla spanglish

Keep tranquilo, and habla spanglish

La fusión de culturas se hace notar cuando el camarero, en perfecto spanglish, te pregunta: “¿Quieres un healthy cubano?” Pues claro, pienso enseguida, ¿quién no querría eso? Porque, en su traducción básica, la pregunta se referiría a un cubano saludable. Pero no, en este caso, la mezcla de idiomas con las que convivimos nos sugiere que estamos frente a la selección de una versión más saludable de nuestro potente, sabroso y calórico sándwich cubano. Y es que, en Miami, los cubanos hemos sembrado muchas de nuestras raíces y entre ellas plantamos muy profundamente en tierra nuestro idioma.

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Partners by Design: Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Partners by Design: Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Instead of competing, they complement each other, behaving as one. Ruben’s illustrations are often inspired in her designs and Isabel’s designs help her husband’s watercolors come to life. When she has an idea for a new design, she communicates it to him as a feeling; mostly using her hands. He rapidly translates her gestures into sketches. That’s what makes their clothing unique.

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