MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK RUSSIA Autumn/Winter 2021/22

Viva Mexico! Day 4 at Russia Fashion Week in Moscow saw refreshing offerings from three extraordinary Mexican Designers, each with their own take on contemporary Mexican craft.

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook)  |  Alexandra Raw’s fringe dress in canary yellow

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia (Facebook  |  Alexandra Raw’s traditional weaves triumph in these maxi ensembles

An outstanding highlight of Day 4 was undoubtedly the filmed entries by Mexican designers Vero Diaz, Colletiva Concepcion, and Alejandra Raw. Each presentation is a visual feast and pure eye candy – this is true for the clothing as well as the settings.

Vero Diaz is a range created for women, by women. The pieces in their latest collection echo their ethos of empowerment, femininity, elegance and style.The exquisite hand embroidery with its crystals and different facets of embellishments that characterizes not just Mexican design in general, but specifically this brand, is entirely created in house by the women in their studio.

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Poetic Vero Diaz dresses fit for tree nymphs!

The clothes in their A/W 2021/22 range are joyful and elegant, with a thread of a safari-inspired trend running through the collection. Lacy white skirts, blouses and trousers are juxtaposed with black, olive green and fawn in a collection that is wonderfully wearable all year round. The theme of white on black used as top stitching makes the pieces very sharp and contemporary. The black and white theme works a treat in the dresses, which seem beautifully Mexican in flavour, yet would look lovely in any setting, anywhere in the world.

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Vero Diaz’ frilly collar, puff sleeve wrap top – so feminine!

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  A neutral colour palette in these safari-inspired pieces in Vero Diaz’ arsenal

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Clever topstitching transforms this sharp little outfit – Vero Diaz

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Intricate lace weaving techniques embellish this Vero Diaz dress

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  An olive green sleeveless safari top ensemble – Vero Diaz

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Latin American chic par excellence! Sharp hat, billowing sleeves, neat shorts and a pair of boots – Vero Diaz

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  A very striking pair of slashed safari-inspired slacks in fawn juxtaposes a black lace skirt – Vero Diaz

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  White, black and fawn – all very covetable! – Vero Diaz

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Vero Diaz’ graphic contrast black and white dresses

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Vero Diaz’ romantic satin and organza embroidered dresses

Colletiva Concepcion, a women-led artisanal design company based in Mexico City, prides themselves on the fact that they support the work of over forty rural communities throughout Mexico (part of the profit of sales gets donated to them too) and is the first socially conscious luxury brand rooted in Mexican design. Much of their woven textiles is produced on a traditional pedal loom, in a magical little town Patzcuaro, Michoacan, in southern Mexico. This range of utterly wearable, nostalgic and romantic wrap skirts, floaty belted dresses, shirts with exaggerated gathered sleeves and lots of endearing traditional smocking makes one want to set off immediately to explore Mexican culture and its impressive craft history!

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Image Credit Colletiva Concepcion  |  Traditional weaving methods dating back to the Sixteenth Century are used to produce this intricately woven fabric

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Colletiva Concepcion’s nostalgic, traditional Mexican dress in their trademark woven fabric

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Colletiva Concepcion’s twisted shirt and wrap skirt – so elegant!

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Beautiful gathered sleeves details in Colletiva Concepcion’s romantic dress

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Beautiful sleeve details in Colletiva Concepcion’s white wrap dress

Alejandra Raw Project was founded by Alejandra Marquez and Nicole Panas in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2015 and prides itself on being a slow fashion brand that focuses on conscious methods, sustainability and a fairer fashion culture. The designers are heavily influenced by both nature and culture – in their own words, ‘by our surroundings and our roots’, with the end products being organic and sophisticated, with a definite Mexican flavour. The pieces in this collection are down-to-earth, sexy and bohemian at the same time, and very easy to wear. With their trademark fringing they definitely exude chilled holiday vibes. Think somewhere exotic, with beautiful beaches and palm trees … Cancun perchance?

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Alejandra Raw Project’s swishy fringed wrap dress in echru

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Organic fabric and hand fringing at Alejandra Raw Project

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  A fringed sarong and head scarf complement a gold bikini at Alejandra Raw Project

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Beautifully woven fabric at Alejandra Raw Project

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Image Credit Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia, as captured from the film presentation  |  Hand-made jewellery inspired by nature as well as Mexican culture at Alejandra Raw Project

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