• Text Alex James Taylor
  • Photography Lucie Rox
  • 20th June 2016

Gautemalan cowboys

Departing from Missoni’s FW16 setting in India’s region of Ladakh, this season’s destination was shifted around 10,000 miles away, in Guatemala.

Taking us on a soaring ride over the South American country, Angela Missoni built a collection fusing the colourful, diverse terrain below – spanning desert, jungle and vibrant architecture. Drawing on burning reds, hibiscus orange and bursts of Mayan gold, the colour palette resembled a luxurious spice market bursting with rich colours – including a special artisanal 83-colour fabric created on Missoni’s historic looms in Sumirago, Italy.

Touching down in gaucho territory, we are introduced to Missoni’s ‘Gautemalan cowboys’. Embroidered western shirts, embodied loom-knit blouson jackets, Japanese-denim shorts and headwear taken straight from Butch Cassidy’s wardrobe.

From head to toe, these desert-dwellers merge tradition with the contemporary. Half the models for cutoff ankle cowboy boots in tone-on-tone buffalo leather and suede, the others in exclusive Converse Low Chucks reinterpreted in a knitted jacquard Missoni fabric.