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What book inspired Carlos Campos’ fall 2012 collection?

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Fashion designer Carlos Campos first read Gabriel García Márquez’s ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ when he was a teenager. And the book stayed with him: The designer, now 39, based his fall 2012 line on it. He showed his designs Sunday at New York fashion week.

Campos told Agencie EFE:

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‘El libro de García Márquez es una historia de amor muy romántica, de un hombre que espera 50 años para decirle a una mujer que la quiere. Quisimos tomar ese romanticismo y mezclarlo con el realismo, dentro de esa fantasía, de la escritura de García Márquez.’

According to Google Translate, he said, basically:

‘García Márquez’s book is a very romantic love story of a man who waits 50 years to tell a woman he loves her. We wanted to take that and mix romanticism with realism within the fantasy, writing of García Márquez.’

Campos and García Márquez may share a common language, Spanish, but they hail from different places -- Campos was born in Honduras, and García Márquez, a Nobel Prize winner, is from Colombia. Campos, who moved to the U.S. when he was 13 and has made his mark in menswear, has looked to literature before. Last year, he cited the Pablo Neruda poem ‘Ode to Simple Things’ as an inspiration for his fall line.

Does Campos’ fashion line relate to the book’s opening line? Decide for yourself. ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ begins, ‘It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.’

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