In Mexico City, they showcased their fashionable best on the ramps of their Fall/Winter 2013-14. Check out the ones that caught our eye!
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Originally from Mexico City and currently residing in Monterrey, Neuvo Leon, designer Alejandro Carlin brings a very cool urban vibe with his latest collection. Brand awareness is nothing new to this graduate of Central Saint Martins in London England and Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy. His Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection just exudes the elegance found in the parlors of the high society. The feminine vibe with this collection comes in perfect proportions. With an old Hollywood flair, something that Lauren Bacall would drool over, Carlin's current collection is a cool combination of charm and urban city cool.
Julia Y Renata
They grabbed the spotlight in the mid-'90s when they debuted at Fashion Week Mexico. Since then Guadalajara-based design team, Julia Y Renata have shown at global fashion weeks including that of Miami, Greece, Colombia and Zagreb. Their Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection is delightfully heavy in theatre. With fabulous draping in unexpected areas, structured shoulders, slim cut skirts, the avant-garde quotient is on par with what you would find on the red carpets of the hippest music award show. The use of simple black and white with minimal disruptions in terms of hardware and embroidery strengthens the pieces each standing on its own.
Her noted area of expertise including that of textile history and the artistic contributions by the indigenous communities, designer Lydia Lavin's Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection certainly stems from that particular reverence. Having designed for six years, and have also shown at fashion weeks throughout Latin America including at exhibitions in as far as Sydney and New York, Lavin has collected numerous degrees from various fashion schools including New York's FIT and Parsons. Her latest collection boasts the cultural and textural traditions that are found engrained in the Mexican fashion narrative and is a stunning collection of colours, embroidery, and silhouette, embracing the modern cut while celebrating the cultural motifs. Looking rather worldly, and not something that should be relegated to a costume shop.
Having 15 collections under their belt, the creative duo, designer, Francisco Saldana and 'visual communicator' Victor Hernal takes the reigns of style and tears a new fashionable swath through the expected and into the unknown. The theatrical approach is visually stimulating and again, solely focusing on the darkest and lightest of hues: black and white, Saldana and Hernal brings an urban Goth-like twist to the ramps of Mexico.
By: Hina P. Ansari
Photography courtesy of Fashion Week Mexico