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Why the world loves Mexican style
    2018-February-2  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

DISNEY Pixar’s new animated feature film, “Coco,” is full of the kaleidoscopic spirit for which Mexico is renowned.

“Coco” is vibrant, feel-good and optimistic and, although the story transports the audience to the Land of the Dead, it’s a colorful, captivating place — not somewhere cloudy and somber.

And that’s as it should be. Mexico is unapologetic for its love of all things bright, from the vividly colored plants found in its forests to the richly hued ingredients in its world-famous cuisine. And these bright, fun motifs are the nation’s signature style when it comes to fashion too.

Lace, frills and flowers

Traditional clothing styles worn by women in Mexico have enjoyed trend-setting status lately, informing summer looks as far as Europe and Australia.

Those off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that have filtered down onto the high street wouldn’t look out of place at a Mexican fiesta, nor would the generously ruffled skirts that are known as tehuana in their native setting.

And then there are the effortless embellishments of lace and ruffles as decorative touches, applied to almost every hem and cuff. Practical for keeping the body cool but with a flamboyant air, it’s easy to see the broad appeal of the elegant silhouette created by such clothes.

We also have Mexico’s stunning natural wonders to thank for beautifully vivid and exotic floral patterns. The tropical plants of every color of the rainbow that grow plentifully in Mexico have long inspired ornamentation upon clothes, painstakingly brought to life by craftspeople and embroidered in the brightest of threads.

Frida, style leader

The country’s best-known fashion icon is arguably Frida Kahlo, the popular 20th-century artist. Her trademark way of simultaneously sporting beaded earrings, elaborate necklaces and floral headpieces encapsulates the country’s fun, maximalist approach to getting dressed.

And it has influenced many designers, notably Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana, whose catwalk shows frequently feature models not only sporting a busy composition of Kahlo-inspired accessories, but who are also made-up to resemble the late painter.

More recently, London-based Roland Mouret cited Kahlo as a key influence on his spring/summer 2018 collection, while the strength of the artist’s personality inspired Etro’s pre-fall offering.

Party threads

So why does the world love Mexican style? Because it’s the perfect way to add a fun and celebratory element when getting dressed. Adding a little Mexican-inspired accessory says “fiesta.”

Whether that’s with an elaborate headdress or a sprinkling of ruffles, they’re endearing references immediately associated with this buoyant country.

So while the fashion sense of an animated skeleton might not be your usual port of call for sartorial inspiration, you might change your mind after watching “Coco.” Don’t be surprised if, after laughing, crying and gazing in awe for two hours, you leave the cinema and immediately reach for the brightest Mexican threads you can find.(SD-Agencies)

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