Carla Fernández has returned to a traditional runway format after a brief absence from Mexico Fashion Week—not that it put a pause on her creativity. Currently, her work is on exhibition at La Galerie du19M, Chanel’s Metiers d’Art Centre in Paris.
For spring she named her collection Teocintle—the name given for the ancestor of corn—and acknowledged the importance of corn and insects in the gastronomy of Mexican culture. The pieces, in collaboration with artisans, seek to be part of a current and relevant conversation around the protection of native crops rather than the consumption of genetically modified corn. “We should learn a lot from the slow-food movement,” she said. “Fashion also has to be done that way.”
Silhouettes went to another level with prints created by multidisciplinary artist Andros Hernández, who illustrated a universe of planets in the shapes of tlayudas, totopos, and tortillas, three Mexican dishes made from corn. Grasshoppers, commonly eaten in Mexico, also came into play. “It’s about going back to the native,” Fernández added. She pushed this idea with ample sleeves modeled after baskets. “You can even go to the market and use them.”