February 15, 2012

Stylin’ Gabriel Garcia Marquez?


“Fashion designer Carlos Campos first read Gabriel García Márquez‘s Love in the Time of Cholera when he was a teenager. And the book stayed with him: The designer, now 39, based his fall 2012 line on it. He showed his designs Sunday at New York fashion week.,” according to this post on the Los Angeles Times book blog, Jacket Copy.

Campos told Agencie EFE, explaining his thinking:

“El libro de García Márquez es una historia de amor muy romántica, de un hombre que espera 50 años para decirle a una mujer que la quiere. Quisimos tomar ese romanticismo y mezclarlo con el realismo, dentro de esa fantasía, de la escritura de García Márquez.”

Which, according to Google Translate, means:

“García Márquez’s book is a very romantic love story of a man who waits 50 years to tell a woman he loves her. We wanted to take that and mix romanticism with realism within the fantasy, writing of García Márquez.”

Campos, who moved to the U.S. when he was 13, is originally from Honduras. According to Jacket Copy, Campos “has looked to literature before. Last year, he cited the Pablo Neruda poem “Ode to Simple Things” as an inspiration for his fall line.”

Márquez is a snappy dresser.

Valerie Merians is the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.