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3 Mexican fashion designers you need to wear

  • November 14, 2023

Fashion design is a living art, an ever-evolving narrative that weaves together the past, the present, and the future. In doing so, it redefines what it means to be fashionable in a world filled with creativity, tradition, and innovation. 

Mexican fashion design is a vibrant reflection of a country that is geographically diverse and rich in heritage, where ancient traditions and contemporary creativity merge seamlessly.

In this exploration of Mexican fashion design, we will meet three remarkable designers who are elevating Mexico to the global stage. 

Alexia Ulibarri: Embracing Mexican folklore in high-end women’s fashion

Alexia Ulibarri has carved a niche for herself, placing Mexican folklore at the heart of her brand, catering to the contemporary luxury market for women. Her journey from a young enthusiast to a designer dressing global celebrities is a testament to her passion for fashion.

Alexia Ulibarri hails from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and discovered fashion early in life. This fascination led her to pursue studies in pattern-making in her hometown, but her ambitions pushed her to explore the world. In 2003, she ventured to London to gain professional training in fashion design at The London College of Fashion, the Instituto Marangoni, and Central Saint Martins. These formative years abroad shaped her vision, and in 2009, she launched her brand, ALEXIA ULIBARRI. 

Look 29 • Acid pastel lace ensemble at Fashion Week Mexico (Instagram)

She describes the women who wear Alexia Ulibarri’s creations as confident, feminine, proud of their roots, and elegantly comfortable. Her designs blend contrasting elements, incorporating androgynous cuts and loose silhouettes without sacrificing the celebration of the natural beauty of the feminine form.

Fashion enthusiasts and clients can explore Alexia Ulibarri’s exclusive boutiques in Mexico City, Cancún, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Israel. An appointment at her boutique is an option

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This Major Fashion House Broke Tradition to Design an Iconic Look for Ryan Gosling in ‘Barbie’

  • August 13, 2023

Chanel was heavily involved in outfitting Margot Robbie and other women cast members for the Barbie movie, but they weren’t the only stars who received a whole lot of love from the major fashion house. Even though the brand very, very rarely designs clothing for men, the iconic label made a special exception for Ryan Gosling to help bring the full fantasy to life.

During an interview with People, Jacqueline Durran — the lead costume designer for the record-breaking movie — emphasized just how significant it was for Chanel to create a bespoke item for Gosling’s Ken. The custom piece in question is the actor’s pink ski suit for the montage in which he and Robbie’s Barbie make their journey from Barbieland to the Real World.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – JULY 07: Ryan Gosling poses during the photocall for the film ‘Barbie’ at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City on July 07, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. <em>Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images.</em>

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – JULY 07: Ryan Gosling poses during the photocall for the film ‘Barbie’ at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City on July 07, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images.

“Chanel sent over the suit for Margot to put on and it was just great, but the thing is, we also needed one for Ryan. And Chanel doesn’t make menswear,” Durran explained. “So Chanel kind of went, ‘Okay, well, we’ll make one for Ryan.’ So they made the only Chanel men’s ski suit in existence for Ryan.” Gosling’s Ken-ergy clearly passed the brand’s vibe check. Icons recognize icons — and create custom clothing for them!

Durran stressed how notable it was for Chanel to make the exception, explaining that only super high-profile men can typically get the fashion house to break tradition and design menswear. She averred, “People just didn’t pick up on that — Chanel doesn’t do menswear!” Gosling truly is Kenough.

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