Style Scoop: Highlights From Mexico City Fashion Week

From Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, 2008, Mexico's best and brightest fashion designers showed their finery at Campo Marte in Mexico City for Mexico Fashion Week. In its tenth year, the event began as a minimal affair with one designer showing per night. "Today we have over 30 shows in six days," said José Andrés Patiño, FWM's general director to WWD. The lighting was gorgeous, the models were breathtaking and the clothes were innovative, smart and artfully executed.

The city's own Alejandra Quesada was one of the standout designers. Her slightly sentimental, girly and charmingly awkward vision of femininity manifested in playful bell sleeves on coats and tops, poufy skirts, and slacks that seemed to come from another era. Sadly, according to her website,, she has no stockists in the U.S.!

On the opposite end of the boldness spectrum was Armando Mafud, who showed lots of bright and flashy clothes like a chartreuse corset with a fuchsia embroidered peasant skirt, lots of skinny metallic pants in silver and gold. The periwinkle ruffles and intricately embroidered bustiers were a feast for the senses.

Le Kokuyo had a subtler message for Spring 2009 in colors like dusty rose, antique white and pale pink in lots of fluid fabrics like silk. The label showed fabulous shoes, micro-minis and one jaw-dropping black and orange dress with a removable art deco inspired capelet.

Serena Kim