A few months ago, the Peruvian photographer Mario Testino announced that he was opening an exhibition that celebrated his culture. “Alta Moda,” as it is called, is a collection of images of Cuzco women wearing traditional and festive clothing. It is hard to choose which outfit is the most colorful and intriguing. The exhibit is opened until September at the Mario Testino Foundation in the city of Lima. This Fashionista just came back from Peru. She studies fashion and said that the prints on her shoes — the same patterns worn by the Peruvian women — are becoming a style trend. Not to confuse them with the ethnic patterns that we are already used to seeing.
Whilst her newly bought accessories are very common in the country famous for the land of Machu Picchu, in Brazil it still catches our eyes. In this Fashionista’s outfit, I like how the shoes give a touch of color to her black wintery look. Since it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, my tip is to wear the Peruvian print on a dress. For warm seasons the more color the better. If you need inspiration, just know that women in Peru wear three to four colorful skirts at the same time. The reason they dress that way dates back to the indigenous civilizations that lived there before Spanish conquering, such as the Chavìn, Sechìn and the Inca. Nonetheless, Spanish peasant dresses also influenced their outfits. Some pieces of clothes serve a purpose beyond fashion. An Unkuña, small rectangular cloth, is used to carry food, while a K’eperina can be made to carry a baby.