It’s no secret that travel media is thrilled about the loosening of restrictions between Cuba and the United States. Just look to T+L’s bevy of coverage for proof of the industry’s zeal. But this week, excitement for all things Cuban started seeping into fashion industry as well.

By Caroline Hallemann
June 12, 2015
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At Stella McCartney’s resort presentation on Monday, the Elizabeth Street Garden was transformed into a Havana-inspired scene, complete with cocktails, chocolate cigars, street performers, a live band, and impersonators of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The clothes, too, kept to the Cuban theme: Models donned citrus-hued gowns, wildflower prints, ruffled hemlines, and even an updated version of the Bata Cubana or traditional rumba dress.

Credit: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler’s resort collection also referenced the culture of the Caribbean nation, an homage that came from, perhaps, a more personal place. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez drew inspiration from a recent trip to Cuba where the duo visited with Hernandez’s relatives for the very first time.

Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann.