STYLE AND CULTURE
STYLISH CITY: MEXICO CITY
By Laura Cochrane-Davies, 15 June 2019
Mexico is enjoying its moment in the sun right now, both fashion-wise and literally. The Mexicana influence could be seen all over the SS19 catwalks – from Iceberg's bold yellow and red hues to brushstroke prints at Martine Rose. Kaleidoscopic colours were made for the sprawling capital, Mexico City, where you'll find secret salsa clubs and some of the world's best restaurants behind the faded facades. It's also home to 22 million people, so rather than get lost among its labyrinthine calles, check out our guide on what to see and be seen in.
We can’t talk about Mexican threads without a shout-out to the country’s ultimate style icon, Frida Kahlo. The trailblazing artist’s traditional Tehuana style did more than just cover the medical corsets she was forced to wear – it also showcased her unapologetic attitude. Handy, as that's also rule number one in Mexico City style: dress like you don't give an eff. The wildest of prints? Sure. Chunky trainers? Of course. This is all about going big or going home. Team with a cross-body bag and city-ready sunnies and you're now schooled in Mexican fashun. Throw on some high SPF and you're ready to go sightseeing...
As one of the world’s biggest cities, Ciudad de Mexico has a list of mega attractions to match its megatropolis status. And they’re all worth it, so set aside more than just a weekend. Stay in the Instagrammable Chaya: a B&B adorned with a great cacti collection, shady hammocks for much-needed siestas and the best breakfasts in town. It’s smack bang in the heart of Centro Historico, where every other building is a palace – even the post office is made of gold – so start by checking out the elegant and ornate Palacio de Bellas Artes, before taking the rickety lift to the top of the nearby Torre Latinoamericana to see the opera house's fiery glass roof from 45 floors above.
Where to visit
Venture on to the beautiful, giant Bosque de Chapultepec park for the breathtaking water feature in Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and visit the castle, where much of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet was filmed. Once you've got the selfie on the staircase, it's time to get lost in the nearby neighbourhoods of La Condesa, Hipodromo and Roma (yes, that Oscar-winning Roma). This is bohemian Mexico at its counter-cultural best. Think vibrant bars painted in rich hues and enough boutiques to find that perfect ‘What this? Ah, yeah, I just found it in a little shop in Mexico City’ souvenir.