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Five Mexican Fashion Designers
Mexican Designers
Banamex new exhibition “Traditional clothing and modern fashion, 1940-2015” at Iturbide Palace gave us the opportunity to look at some Mexican fashion designers. Here you can browse some creations for men. It is possible to find two registers: one positioned in the mainstream and another for the restless young generation. Orozco designs for men only, while other designers devote their couture to women and includes some designs for the male body, from left to right:
Malafacha/Helguera. Francisco Saldaña and Víctor Hernal design for the young cosmopolitan urban people. They reconstruct the artistic, social and cultural environment of Mexico City in their creations, reflecting a look of rock, graffiti and street culture. Here you can observe a 2012 creation called “God Bless the child”: patchwork shirt with a flowered stamping in cotton-polyester, raw wool wrist wraps, denim trousers with cotton patchwork and spandex. Roma neighborhood inspire this couple in 2016 to create “Lost love” a collection with Scottish hints and detached mood. See more at Malafacha
René Orozco is positioned among the most important international fashion designers in Mexico and aimed to create a smooth, elegant, finely tailored clothing for the contemporary man. Here you can observe a combined 2014 creation: A long rustic wool crossover cloak with six buttons, denim trousers and white poplin tailored shirt. Rene Orozco believes in pure lines, beauty and confort for everyone, his designs are aimed to urban men who love fine details in their clothes and perfect fit. See more.
Sergio Ocañas used to build his creations as an architect, making his creations to be enjoyed by elegant women and men. From his hometown in Monterrey, Ocañas went to study at St. Mertin’s School of Arts traveled to the most important cities in the world. Here is an example of a two-piece suit from 1998: straight blazer and linen trousers, philippine neck shirt, tailored by Guillermo Leon.
Since 1998 Ernesto Hernández has been designing for the contemporary men, expanding clothing to underwear, sports and casual wear, distributed from his showrooms in Condesa district in Mexico City and Cancun. Hernández tailors all-fit wear specially design for exclusive clients and creates also pret-a-porter in both trendy and basic collections, in a limited edition. Hernández designs are fresh and young, cosmopolitan. His men’s creations could be presented as “metrosexual”, but always innovating, departing from black color. Here you can observe a two-piece red silk suit, embroidered spangle wrists. See more.
Guillermo León is a creator with a fabulous imagination, who takes inspirations from the history of fashion and contemporary trends, daring to explore and propose talented clothing for men and women. In his early career he designed theater costumes and knows life is a stage, which needs the best fashion to succeed. His academic background is entirely based in Mexican educational institutions, and has been recognized by important firms as an iconic local designer since 1998, evident in Madrid and Dubrovnik’s runways. Here is an example of a two-piece men’s wool-cotton suit, adorned with ruster feathers and a flower bouquet. See more.
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The God of Drunkness in Tepoztlan


Tepoztecatl is the god of a beer produced from the agave plant called pulque, therefore god of drunkenness and fertility. The deity was also known by his calendar name, "Two-Rabbit". According to Aztec myth, Tepoztecatl was one of the four hundred children of Mayahuel, the goddess of the agave plant, and Patecatl, the god that discovered the fermentation process. As a deity of an alcoholic drink, Tepoztecatl was associated with fertility cults and the rain god, but also with the wind, hence deriving an alternative name of "Son of the wind". On top of Tepozteco mountain, in the Mexican the town of Tepoztlan, there is an archaeological site named after the deity. This site has a small pyramid built on a platform 9.5 meters high, overlooking the town of Tepoztlan. In order to get there you'll enjoy climbing a half-mile steep and rocky path, but it is worth the effort.
On September 8th. the town celebrates the moment when its chief was converted to Christianity in the place where he was baptized. The image of the Virgin Mary is also carried on shoulders through the town to celebrate the event. Then starts a procession until reaching the town's main square accompanied with brass-band music. The festival commemorates the trial made by the neighbor chiefs claiming to Tepuztecatl in native language. The party goes on, celebrating with pulque.
Several months before the feast, the artists of Tepoztlan design an incredible seed-made porch, set in front of the main temple's atrium door. Every year, there is a different topic, on September 8, 2012, will be shown in its splendor devoted to Mayahuel, the goddess of the marvelous agave plant (maguey, in Spanish). Mayahuel is the woman who found out how to transform the juice of the maguey into an intoxicating beverage –a drink to the joy for men and women and accepted by the gods as an equal in their pantheon. As a goddess she is depicted mostly sitting in the middle of a maguey, sometimes with a suckling child on her lap the milky honey water. One myth out of various different versions of the traditions, relates that together with Quetzalcoatl in his appearance of the Wind god Ehecatl, she runs away from her celestial home chased by the dangerous star demons. Accompanied by Quetzalcoatl she hides disguised as branches of a tree. But she is found and torn to pieces by the pursuers. Quetzalcoatl buries her remains from which the first maguey grows. Enjoy this festival with a guided excursion.

Olmec Jade at the Anthropology Museum


Jade figurines were being made the Olmec peoples (about 1500 - 500 B.C.), located at La Venta site since the 1940s. They represent human figures, human-animal composite depictions, a sort of ritual axes, and necklaces. In the image shown here, found in La Venta, there is a group of masculine figurines gathered around an odd one. An ancient male ceremony?

Though small in scale, the pieces show an extraordinary carving and polishing command. Olmec jade objects were of translucent blue green in color and were never reached in the ancient Mesoamerica for compact, symmetrically balanced, three-dimensional form, and elegance of surface detail. The jade sculptures include feline and avian elements as well as abstract human faces features. The value of jade beads went beyond its material (actually several chemical compounds of jadeite, like sodium aluminum silicate). Raw jadeite is white, but the inclusion of iron, chromium, or aluminum it acquires a green shades.

Perhaps because of its color, mirroring that of water and vegetation, it was symbolically associated with life and death and therefore possessed high religious and spiritual importance. Important sources of jadeite in Mesoamerica are the lowland Motagua River valley and the Guatemalan Pacific Coast, where the Olmecs exploited and distributed the stones through their metropolitan area. Since then, jadeite figures were considered of the highest value and used in rich burials.
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