"I remember seeing 'Black Orpheus' in my late teens and was so wowed by the film's beauty, and was equally wowed by the richness within the Brazilian culture. The colors in the film were so striking and were an amazing starting point for inspiration" Gonzalez told WWD.
Tribal print maxi dresses and head-wraps, silk shorts, crochet cut-out sweater tanks and of course cropped leather jackets (this time in what Gonzalez calls tie dye leather), ranging from $150 to $800, evoke thoughts of romantic tropical nights while maintaining a certain edginess the brand is known for. That juxtaposition, Gonzalez says, was inspired by Brazilian music in the '60s.
"The coupling of songs such as the softer 'Felicidade' to the ground shaking 'O Nosso Amor' had such an amazing range of feeling. I wanted to create that similar range within the Spring collection and have it evoke both the softer and bolder sides of the Mike Gonzalez brand."
Mike Gonzalez is carried at retailers worldwide including Nordstrom, Shopbop.com, Ron Herman, and Intermix.