Claire Stemen
Claire Stemen
Claire Stemen likes to think and write about fashion as a vital form of communication. She loves clothing and the way we style ourselves, despite always buying the same black turtleneck over and over again. You can find her on Instagram @claire_stemen, or or at

Rhumba with a View: Vivienne Pash Goes Cuban Bright for SS17

Cubanismo Chic

vivienne-pash-ss17-nyfwSince Cuba has become open to American travelers once again, the fashion world has been highly interested in the aesthetic of its culture and lifestyle. On colorful Spanish colonial streets dotted with old cars, Havana feels frozen in time.

Rhumba with a View
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Inspired by the high-energy and joyful nightlife of the Havana of the 1960s, Vivienne Pash brings simplicity and bold color to her SS17 collection. Her garments could easily transition from day to night, their blend of texture and print fun yet tasteful.

Her garments could easily transition from day to night.

Jumpsuits, long dresses, and shift dresses make up the bulk of her collection — perfect for those coming from the office, or on their way to the next party. Pash plays with asymmetrical structure, and adds unexpected texture on her otherwise simple pieces.

Ruffles, common on the runway this season, are added to a patterned strapless jumpsuit. Entire pieces are made of mesh or sequin, with some mesh paneling as well. A particularly mod piece oozes the ‘60s flair and fun, made entirely of sequin in a vibrant red with a swishing black piece … all the better to strut in.

Vivienne Pash SS17 is an ode to the past and, paradoxically, the future. With a nod to the stylish, simple, and joyful clothes of fifty years before — and to a country seemingly stuck in decades before — she unearths the old in anticipation of the new.


With love,