Last week was the Mercedes Benz Fashion Mexico. I was given the opportunity to
model for the 2019 Fall collection show of Mexican designer, Benito Santos.
The show took place at Fronton Mexico. It was a one of a kind experience from the fittings, rehearsals, make up, hair, to being on the catwalk.
Benito Santos is originally from Morelos. He studied medicine at first and then he
studied fashion design in Guadalajara.
He is known for his evening gowns which are elegant, feminine, and his special handmade embroidery technique. Modeling for him was a very special experience for me because I opened and closed his fashion show.
The show started with a short film of Benito making the pieces for this collection while a talented violinist played live to harmonize the event. I opened the show by wearing a pink feather dress along with a small round handbag and a pair of open toe heels in color nude. This proposal is based on different shades of pink designed with fringes, glitters, sequins and bows all combined with each other which make the garments stand out.
But not only that! I also closed the show, together with Benito and Mariana Zaragoza, by wearing a pencil shape dress also in pink and tight at the waist with a huge bow and pink feathers that went down from my knees to my calves. The collection is flawless, beautiful, very feminine, and full of color. It will be, without a doubt, a very successful collection.
Paul Andrew, Ferragamo’s new creative director started off on the right foot by giving
the brand a fresh touch. This has been one of the strongest collections because it’s
being reinvented with easy going garments.
He took all the earth colors from Ferragamo’s kaleidoscope. The silhouette is light with some baggy pieces that play with the symmetry of the zippers and the cuts of the skirts. Without a doubt, a Ferragamo must is Gancini’s monogram which has been a total success not only because they kept it in this collection, but they made a huge campaign using influencers. Most of the guests didn’t hesitate in taking it and neither did I. Its amazing!
The shoes played an important role on the catwalk because, clearly, it’s what Andrew knows how to do best. Ostrich boots made a come back, some in leather, others in suede, and thick boots for men. My look is casual and young. I combined a shirt, a cap, and a crossbody from Gancini’s monogram with wide pants and high boots.
The collection was a mix of classic but re-invented silhouettes, it was all polished from head to toe even the models with that perfectly slicked hair and their nails; I’m not kidding about the nails you can see their brightness in pics.
A big bow and a razor cut shape suit, that was how the show started, the look was a perfectly match with the handwritten logomania F tights that Karl made itself, it felt very nostalgic, even the equestrian edwardian collar intermittent signature look was there. The layering of translucid fabrics, laser cut leather mixed with pleated skirts were genius. oh and how to forget the red F logo quilted-fanny pack bag with a big old golden Fendi buckle.
The Fendi collection felt really different, a show without it ́s creator…but it ́s not a goodbye to our dearest Karl, it ́s a see you soon.
New York fashion week is back, and back full force.
It’s sad to say, but the truth is that this fashion week was in a huge down fall. There was very little interest by the industry, press, and fashionistas.
It seems that a miracle occured because you could feel the love for fashion week at every corner in Manhattan. The big weapons showed up from the first day with Tom Ford’s show, one of the designers that has recently become inmortal. After being the creative director for Gucci and Saint Laurent, this designer created his own clothing line. He had hot celebrities such as Beyonce, Julianne Moore,Grace Coddington and even Anna Wintour sitting in the front row. Without a doubt, Tom Ford is one New York’s spotlight designers. Some people that I saw during the show were obviously Anna Wintour, Adriana Lima, Tom Hanks, Cardi B, Paris Jackson, and Hailee Steinfeld. The collection was surprisingly much more simple than the last one. It combined many components such as fringes, lots of satin, crocodile skin, and of course animal prints. The designer chose a more simple and harmonizing line this time. The collection was more exquisite and totally in the style of Tom Ford.
I love the fact that New York will recover it’s hot vibe during fashion week and that the brands take advantage of this time to express their creativity as well as seeing everyone more vibrant than ever. These were some of my favorite looks for men and some that I know my brother Alex would have loved.
It’s a collection based on feeling self-confidence where innovation is found in the combination of pieces and a mix of materials. I like the way he transformed the classical tailored suit combining it with satin baggy pants and vice versa. He also added sweatshirts under suit jackets as well as unbuttoned shirts to give it a casual, but elegant look.
Apart from the mix of materials such as leather, satin, fur, and velvet he offers
monochromatic looks. One of my favorites is the one Gigi Hadid wore, red over red. I
also liked a series of evening gowns with chains, especially one with Swarovski crystals
that reaffirms this trend which we also saw in the YSL boots and Givenchy collection.
I love the accessories! Especially the fur hats which form an important part in this collection because they give it that touch of chicness.
Despite it being a simple collection, as far as silhouettes go, the materials used give it
that fun and innovative touch. Velvet and sparkles are definitely in.
These are some of my favorite looks.
Where do I start? Day – Afternoon – Night
“Loving her was like shaking hands with the devil” was the first thing came to mind when the first looks appeared. A voice describing the garments, that was the “soundtrack” of the collection, it was a wink to the past and how designers used to present their clothes, i ́m not even sure if “runway” was a thing back then.
Head to toe black and white menʼs tailoring it was what the models wore first, decorated with pins that usually mens used to wear and im actually glad they came back, stand out over the monochromatic looks like the rest little bright details; hair clips, brooches, the golden reflective contour from the clutch bags that turned to red with the red velvet floor.
The black and white menʼs tailoring begin to turned into penguin tail suit and high cup hats looks, it was like they were about to introduce an orchestra or something bigger and suddenly an eccentric upside down metal hair bow appeared at the head of the models and underneath a babydoll in pastel colors that anyone would love to sleep in.
From black and white, to baby doll pajama party, to leopard, to once again black and white, to flowers, to colorful monochromatic looks, to art deco fashion design illustration motives, to wedding dresses, to sequined golden, to a disco era like section and head ornaments of every kind: feathers, pearls, high cup hats, wide brimmed hats, bibis, berets, gangsta hats, fedoras and art deco ornaments, this collection was a multi everything, signatured looks from Dolce and Gabbana.
At the colorful monochromatic section one look caught my eye; the emerald mineral framed sunglasses art deco look it was like looking at poison ivy with a felt fabric ornament on her head that some way also reminded me to medusa and she was covering her eyes to not turned you in stone, even the shoes were made or at least they seemed like the mineral framed sunglasses.
The Grand Palais Rosa opened it´s doors to present for the last time the collection of our beloved Karl Lagerfield in the middle of a hear-warming alpine town with smoking chimneys. A charcoal illustration with Karl´s handwriting reminded us the everything in some point at life has to end and it´s ok but the beat won´t stop and life most continue. Just before the show started we were asked for a minute of silence as a gesture of respect and honor to Karl.
The show was opened by Cara Delevigne one of Karl muses and the ski theme was recognizable almost by instant leaving ‘side the set design. There was ski goggles shaped sunglasses with their big uni-lens ‘nd white wide frame, snowflake like hair pins, nordic sweaters motives woven with the traditional silhouette ‘and classic tweed houndstooth fabric that represent so well the House of Chanel were the motor of the collection.
There was pure hearted details in each look like the ski gondola purse that had fogged glasses with ‘ finger-written Coco above a heart and on the sides below the interlaced leather and chain, meticulous tiny ski bo’rds ‘nd poles. Or the heart shaped earrings traced with pearls ‘nd the childish ice skates hair pins… you could perceive a very familiar but nostalgic feeling between the collection and Karlʼs absence.
Close friend and ambassador of Chanel Penelope Cruz closed the runway in a white ensemble ‘and ‘ white rose in hand’s ‘ secret tribute to Karlʼs instructions: displaying ‘ bouquet of white roses and remove all items from the showcase display after his death.
Lagerfeld muses led Chanel ́s closure walk with Cara Delevigne, Mica Argañaraz and Cat McNeil who couldnʼt hold it for a while before crack into tears along with Mariacarla Boscono while Heroes from David Bowie w’s playing ‘t the background, the same track that closed Fendiʼs Karl last collection ‘t Milan. Collaborators and workers close to Karl not only lost an ally but a person who believed in them and made them feel like they belong, ‘t the end of the day they lost more than anything a friend.
When the show was over people remained on their seat waiting for at least 10 minutes one last “go out with a bang” moment but it was not like that, just the murmur and the expectation of a moment that never came and that maybe it was better that way.
Karl was past and present and this collection was definitely the line that marks the opening to a new era, for the moment we can only wait and wish the best to Virginie Viard and the Chanel crew.