As the kimono is to Japan and the Breton shirt to France, so the poncho is symbolic of Latin America, and Mexico in particular. This indigenous, ultra-traditional garment may not seem exactly new or fresh – but that’s beginning to change.
Mexico City-based designer Carla Fernández stays close to her cultural roots with her eponymous fashion label and its key piece, the reinvented poncho. Extroverted and vivid, with one eye on the past and another on the future, the spirit of a Latin megacity comes through loud and clear in her fashion vision.
The collection as a whole takes inspiration from Mexican arts and crafts: embroidery revealing an intense attention to detail, and geometrical shapes inherited from the Aztec empire, while Mexico’s textile wealth is celebrated through colours and prints along with plenty of attitude and pride. All in all, Fernández’s optic exudes an incredible zest: something that is as eternal in Latin American culture as the poncho itself.
Photography: Studio De Joode @ God and Man Agency
Styling: Erin Lewis
Hair & make-Up: Laura Arista
Model: Alejandra Gil @ Paragon Model agency
Location: Downtown Habita
Taken from International Edits: Mexico City in Sleek 36 ”The Head & Heart Issue”