This Brooklyn Couple Turned Their Save the Date Into a Major Fashion Moment


Vogue.com writes:

Last week, designer Raul Lopez took to Instagram with a couple style moment so major it literally stopped us mid-scroll. Was this a hint of Lopez’s upcoming collection? Some wild new bridal-inspired fashion editorial, perhaps? Turns out, it was something far more intimate: the save the date for the upcoming wedding of Brooklyn couple Cynthia Cervantes and Travis Gumbs, who are set to tie the knot this summer in Michoacán, Mexico.

Partners in both work—Gumbs is a cofounder of the menswear blog Street Etiquette, while Cervantes is a producer who has worked with Lopez on his label, Luar, and Dover Street Market—and life, the pair turned the occasion into a true fashion collaboration. “We wanted to capture this feeling of old-school, traditional wedding portraiture,” explains Cervantes. For the self-portrait, Gumbs wears a caramel-color suit he had custom-made in Thailand and his bride-to-be wears a towering headpiece, inspired in part by Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait as a Tehuana. Lopez, a friend and frequent collaborator, helped the couple realize their vision. “On the day of the shoot, Raul came through with yards and yards of meticulously sewn tulle, which he arranged to give me the incredible headpiece in the photo,” says Cervantes. Stylist Anna Trevelyan also lent a helping hand, sourcing what Cervantes describes as “the perfect understated daisy dress” to pair with the headpiece.

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This radical artistic statement won’t come as a surprise to those who know the couple for whom art and life are beautifully entwined. Their photo journal, Maroon World, is a thought-provoking take on the traditional fashion biannual, entirely shot, styled, and created by the pair. Here, looks from fashion’s most forward-thinking young designers—Telfar, Chromat, and Luar, to name a few—are cast in a personal realm. In that sense, their unconventional approach to wedding planning speaks directly to that aesthetic. “We sent the save the date out to our friends and family first, and the reactions were crazy,” says Cervantes. “Everyone kept saying we needed to share it out, and in some ways, sharing felt natural because the image for us . . . is not so much about the wedding per se, but about the love we have for each other and in our case, the traditions and cultures coming together to produce our own unique celebration.”

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