Sea and Sand

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IMG_1577Karla Martinez de Salas on a boat in the Sea of Cortez.

Being from El Paso, Texas, I’m drawn to desert landscapes, and I especially love when they meet the bright blue sea. It’s my favorite environment, and one that I enjoyed this summer on a boat trip through Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. We started in La Paz and ended at the Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas—and passing all the dry, dusty islands dotted with saguaro cacti, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the cruise collections. Whether it was the suede dresses at Calvin Klein, the peasant blouses at Altuzarra, or the patchwork denim at Alexander McQueen, so many pieces had that desert bohemian spirit I adore. They were folksy and carefree but—thankfully, for us urbanites—still extremely refined.

Photos: Sea and Sand

Alexander McQueen jacket and pants; Aurélie Bidermann cuff; Valentino Garavani bag.

Stylist: Lindsey Frugier Photographer: Nicolas Kern

Valentino dress.

Anndra Neen choker.

John Hardy earrings.

Karla Martinez de Salas on a boat in the Sea of Cortez.

Isabel Marant coat.

Aerin boots.

Tory Burch Beauty Bronzer and Blush in Divine.

Courtesy of Esperanza, an Auberge resort.

Marni bag.

Céline wedges.

Giulietta blouse.

Courtesy of Esperanza, an Auberge resort.

MiH Jeans jeans.