Mexico might not be top-of-mind when thinking about the world's fashion capitals, but it will soon very well be with the number of talented designers there who are shaking and redefining the perception of Mexican fashion on an international level, mixing its beautiful cultural roots with modern and glamourous aesthetics. If you're curious as to what this looks like, we've gathered five of our favourite Mexican fashion designers you should definitely start following.
1. Kris Goyri
Interesting silhouettes, vibrant colours and minimal lines is what fashion designer Kris Goyri is all about. He started his career from a very young age, and it was in 2008 at the age of 22 when he was selected as Elle’s New Mexican Talent. His style focuses on creating pure and exquisite subtle pieces with a deep understanding of women’s body.
2. Santiago Lomelli
Self-taught Mexican designer Santiago Lomelli was born in Guadalajara, a city of culture that is referred to as the “Pearl of the West”. Santiago designs clothes with a respect towards individual personality and loves highlighting the natural beauty of the body. He opened his first clothing store at the age of 17 and in only a couple years after that found himself fulfilling his Parisian dream of owning his own studio-atelier in Saint-Germain de Pres.
3. Pineda Covalin
Dedicated to creating pieces that combine elements of indigenous Mexican and contemporary art, Pineda Covalin is the baby of textile designer Cristina Pineda and industrial designer Ricardo Covalin, both of who have played a key role in putting Mexico on global fashion map. Expect magnificent colours and patterns derived from Mexican motifs on flowy and contemporary designs. A testament to their brilliant vision, Pineda Covalin's works have been displayed in New York and at the Musée d’Orsay and Louvre in Paris.
4. Benito Santos
Benito Santos' label is known and loved for its beautiful dramatism and elegant silhouettes. He has had the privilege of dressing elite personalities from all over the world and was the first Mexican designer to dress national and international elite as well as being the first Mexican designer to dress the hugely popular contestant on season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Valentina. With more than 10 years of experience in fashion and all his success, it's funny to think that Benito was once on his way to become a doctor. That was before he discovered his true passion by catching himself drawing designs on paper incessantly.
5. Alejandro Carlin
Fresh and elegant, the eponymous label of Alejandro Carlin creates pieces that display Mexico’s cultural aesthetic and attitude through a vision of glamour that is loved by women all over the world. His designs have been worn by celebrities like Chiara Ferragni, Eva Longoria and Karolina Koorkova.
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