Moda mexicana

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 26th, 2010

Pineda Covalin es una marca mexicana de ropa cuyos dueños son Cristina Pineda y
Ricardo Covalin. Esta pareja creativa están entre los más reconocidos diseñadores de moda en México. Y son de mis favoritos.

Todas sus colecciones están inspiradas por algún elemento del folklore y/o la tradición mexicana. Creo que es difícil trabajar con temas como la cultura pre-hispánica porque pocas mujeres citadinas querrían ir vestidas de pies a cabeza con un trajes típico pero parte del éxito comercial de Pineda Covalin es que ofrecen un montón de accesorios (corbatas, bolsos, mascadas) y de este modo uno puede elegir un sólo elemento que grita su origen pero no engulle todo tu aspecto.

Las fotos que acompañan este post pertenecen a la colección otoño-invierno 2010 de la marca. Me parece que la colección está inspirada en los trajes de las Tehuanas, un vestido de fiesta típico del sureste mexicano y que se caracteriza por un delicado y extenso trabajo de bordado manual. Hay otros elementos en las prendas: el uso de rosa mexicano o la bolsa con la imagen de la Virgen de Guadalupe. A pesar de que las prendas de esta colección son dramáticas y complicadas, también son del todo usables.


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 Rainbow thoughts

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 18th, 2010

Do you remember the nineties? Well, in early nineties it was common to see
women with close-cropped haircuts. I got one. I remember wanted to be like
Sinead O’Connor or something. Later my hair and everybody else’s grew longer
again and in late nineties everyone wanted a fantasy color hair. I felt the need,
yes. But I didn’t dyed it.

Today, cotton candy colors are back. I’ve seen every colour hair in many
magazines and pictures of some girls in the It’s My Time community.

With so many rainbow-colored heads, suddenly I’m back to have a fierce desire
for the same, so I’ve spent long time in front of the screen, looking for options.

Finally I’ve decided that I will have blue hair soon!



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 Hot days, cool styles

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 15th, 2010

I love the heat. Although my colleagues and my friends always complain and say
that heat is ugly, I like it a lot.
Not only because the sun puts me in a good mood,
but because people dress better when it’s hot.

Women wear short skirts and everybody choose more colorful clothes. The heat seemed to awaken the creativity of people.

So, on a hot day I took the camera and went outside. I’m not really a photographer but the models were very kind. All of them smiled and agreed to display their outfits for being seen by the rest of the world.

Definitely my favorite shoes are sandals. If I could, I’d always go barefoot. That’s
why I like sandals so much: they are the closest thing to going barefoot.

I also like hats because they can make a simple outfit look a little bit glamorous.

By the way, in Mexico City it doesn’t matter how hot it is or how much the sun is shining: an umbrella is always necessary. Rain is always waiting around the corner of the sky…



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 Narco Style

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 10th, 2010

Narco Style is what in popular imagination identifies drug
traffickers in northern Mexico. Is a mixture of many elements, some
of those are part of folklore or tradition of Mexico’s northern regions,
others come from global influences (big brands like Versace, for example) and
other from popular culture.

The mixture then is peculiar, but not necessarily reflects the current reality of
the drug traffickers nowadays. I mean, when drug cartels leaders have been caught, the news showed images of well-dressed young men as
students of expensive private schools.

Interestingly enough, the greatest exponents of what we call narco style are people who do not necessarily have any relation with drug trafficking. I’m talking about
musical groups, such as the very popular Tigres del norte.

However, if in Mexico you say “narcos”, people will automatically think of a flamboyant and brutal aesthetic, closer to what Versace used to propose in the
mid-90’s, mixed with typically northern items, like cowboy boots made of ostrich
leather, “piteado” belts (piteado refers to a traditional embroidery work done on
skin with natural fiber), hats and big jewelry.

That ostentatious aesthetic really exists. The Mexican army
has a museum dedicated inter alia to the weapons seized from drug trafficking.
In this collection there are guns coated with gold and diamonds or cell phones
embedded with precious stones.
Drug-related culture has its own codes, its own epic collected in the so-called
narcocorridos and even their own holy protectors. The two most important
are the Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde, a mythical and protective saint with
his own chapels and prayers.

Malverde Chapel

The universe of the narcos is a world of danger and wealth, an adventure in
risking life where you can have everything, or you can lose your life. Or at least
that’s what Los Tigres del Norte sing in their corridos.



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 Vistiendo una catedral

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Mayo 8th, 2010

Las imágenes que acompañan este post pertencen a la colección de otoño-invierno 2010 diseñada por Mauro Babún para su marca Morgana.

El nombre de la colección fue Sangre de Cantera y estuvo inspirada por la Catedral de Zacatecas.

La catedral de Zacatecas es de cantera rosa y su estilo es churrigueresco. Esos dos elementos están presentes en los diseños de Mauro Babún.

En ocasiones, la moda no se trata sólo de presentar propuestas comerciales, también hay espacio para algo más cercano al arte. Esta colección de Morgana ha sido hecha despues de un gran proceso de investigación histórica y arquitectónica, un proceso que culmina en esas prendas llenas de volumenes y ornamentación pesada. Como la catedral que las inspiró.


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