ponchos: not just for gauchos anymore
Carolina Aubele has a modest proposal for American shoppers: Reconsider the poncho. “You have to understand, in Argentina, the poncho is a basic,” says the Buenos Aires-based designer. “It’s like a cardigan or a blazer, only more functional. You can dress a good poncho up or down, you can wrap it like a scarf, you can even use a poncho as a blanket.” Aubele is used to having her style advice taken seriously—back home, she doubles as a fashion columnist for daily “La Nacion,” and triples as the founder of one of South America’s preeminent design schools. And for Fall, she’s designed a very good starter poncho, indeed. Knit from dense, cushiony wool, with an ombré dye job and fringed ends, the Aubele version speaks to the season’s boho and Western themes, without hitting either one too hard.