When planning a trip, I always seek the most elegant of accommodations that truly capture the essence of place, and Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande Beach Club absolutely delivered in spades.
Once I’ve sorted out a destination I immediately start to consider what to wear – what ensembles would be appropriate and what will help to create the most stunning visual narrative.
For our glorious Dominican Republic respite, I conjured up images of Oscar de la Renta in Punta Cana. My thoughts also turned to my Cuban grandfather, who always looked so chic and impossibly fresh in his freshly ironed and starched gauyabera shirts. I thought a more casual yet still rather dressed up approach for a stay at the Playa Grande Beach Club would be right on target – and the gauyabera, with its Latin chic and Caribbean glamour, simply had to be a key component to this look.
The brilliant Cuban born, Miami based designer Debra Torres has a wonderfully unique take on the classic gauyabera shirt – I’m particularly taken with the “David” model and it can be created in a slimmer fit. I introduced myself to Torres and we reminisced about all things Cuba – and of course I ordered some of her fine shirts. needless to say we’ve become fast friends!
For your own Playa Grande Beach Club getaway, do look up “La Divina” Debra Torres and order your gauyabera shirts!
For today’s image (top) I’m sporting a “David” gauyabera in lrish linen by Debra Torres paired with Tom Ford floral pants, a vintage straw hat, white braided leather sandals by Schettino di Capri, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.