DFashion features four days of up-and-coming independent Mexico-based fashion designers. It is the only fashion showcase that spotlights the country’s developing designers, many of which have been educated and trained in Paris, London, and New York and return to Mexico to develop their own homegrown labels. They are kind of a big deal. Of the bunch here are three that have real cross-over potential to the US.
Take for instance the vibrant pieces of Alejandra Quesada, who designed under Alexander McQueen and was the creative source behind McQueen’s venerated skull scarf. Her own line delivers just as much gusto for the psychedelic. Her strength in printmaking insanely detailed collages and transferring them to fabric is prolific. Her line contains rave inspired all-over prints as well as folkloric pieces like baby doll dresses and blouses with embroidered carrot cuffs and strawberry details.
Julia and Renata are two sisters who have been designing under the same name since 1993. Their clothing is elegant and influenced by architecture and art movements. What you see here is a streamlined collection of mostly silk dresses. Their shapes are at once organic and structured. The highlight of the collection was the hand-dyed tights in black and nude, really driving home the idea of ladylike on the verge of something terrific and daring.
Established by Cynthia de Jesús and Río Rentería in 2005, Disintegration in Black or DIB brands itself under the tagline “nihilistic surrealism.” The designers were heavily influence by The Cure’s Disintegration album of 1989 for its gloomy and gothic tendencies. So when a mostly black-clad catwalk of models graced the runway it was no surprise to learn that the fall ‘10 line was titled “The means to an end”. Here we highlight the pieces in muted natural tones. See the dramatic harem pant with zipper front or the finely tailored gray top coat with puckered shoulders.
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