These photos were shot in the San Blas area of Cusco, Peru – a neighbourhood that is full of winding cobbled streets dating back to the Inca Period. You can see in some of the photos how the bases of the houses are made from large stone blocks piled on top of one another. These blocks are actually the original Inca structures which were partially demolished when the Spanish conquistadores arrived to Cusco and they proceeded to build their colonial style houses on top of the original structure. The Inca base is so strong and well- engineered that in times of earthquake they have remained intact while the Spanish section on top has been destroyed.
The skirt and top I am wearing are from designer Diana Ugaréz from Lima, Peru. I stumbled upon her boutique shop one day in the Miraflores district (just off Calle Alcanfores, next to Hotel El Condado) and loved everything. The clothes reminded me of a Pedro Almodovar film, crazy clashing prints that somehow worked when combined together.I really wanted to take something Peruvian home with me and this two piece is something that I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of. I decided to pair it with my Michael Kors pink purse and these dupe Fendi sunglasses which I picked up in Primark before coming to Peru.
We shot the final photos outside of the Basilica La Merced near Calle Portal Espinar, such a beautiful plaza and I’m so glad you can see some of the stunning colonial architecture in the background.
Photos by Ivan Reinaga