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Titanic Treasure Trove on Show in Mexico City

By Titanic I mean L-A-R-G-E exhibit of Mexican silver art through the ages and up to today, with some pieces even beamed in from the future. Spectacular, don’t miss it. A challenge to see both floors in one day, luckily it’s on through end of May, so you can pace yourself. See you there. http://fomentoculturalbanamex.org/artificios-·-plata-y-diseno-en-mexico-1880-2012

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In 2012, the Mexico chapter of NYC-based Fashion Group International celebrates half a century of promoting the world of fashion, from apparel to jewelry and accessories, beauty and interior design. Since its founding in 1962, the group has helped members via networking events, business opportunities, trend watching and more, and future members through the creation of scholarship programs for study abroad.

To celebrate Mexico’s Fashion Group turning 50, Mexico Ink will spotlight several of the group’s 150 members and their contribution to the world of fashion in this and upcoming posts, starting with designer Dalia Pascal. Creator of artisanal chic jewelry and accessories, Pascal’s combination of folk art and contemporary design has helped revive and safeguard traditional indigenous crafts.

Pascal won Most Socially Responsible Handbag Award of the year in 2010 for a design made of recycled textiles crafted by indigenous artisans in Chiapas. As many as a thousand designs from countries around the globe compete annually in the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, considered the Oscars of the handbag industry, with prizes presented at a glittering ceremony attended by personalities from the world of fashion, such as Tim “make it work” Gunn of Project Runway fame.

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Mexico’s largest annual jewelry expo kicks off next Tuesday at Mexico City’s WTC, showcasing the latest creations by the country’s top talents. “Design and technological innovations have transformed the industry in recent years,” says Jewelry Chamber President Horacio Vazquez Parada. “It has evolved from a traditional trade to a trendsetting fashion-oriented one.”

Organizers expect some 6,000 buyers to attend Expo Joya, which will feature 130 jewelry firms and designers, including the up and coming Mauricio Serrano, one of Mexico’s new generation of jewelers. His Spring/Summer 2012 collection takes inspiration from the Chinese New Year (January 23), which designates 2012 as the Year of the Dragon.

Combining sterling silver with precious stones, feathers, leather and other elements, Serrano creates a highly textured line of unisex jewelry and accessories, including pendants, belts, wallets and more, that are both decorative and functional: Chinese mythology relates dragons with wisdom, strength and luck, so dragon imagery is often used as a talisman to ward off evil spirits and bring about good fortune.

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The grande dame of Mexico City hotels, the Maria Isabel Sheraton last night cut the ribbon on its newest showcase of contemporary Mexi-can designs in silver jewelry, clothing and accessories. Located to the right of the main lobby entrance, the Tienda Diseñadores Mexicanos currently features the work of Lydia Lavin, creator of colorful and feminine rebozo-inspired outfits; Delia Gonzalez, whose East-meets-West silver jewelry borrows from both India and Mexico; and Jenny Rabell, who incorporates natural stones and semiprecious gems in Pureshine, her line of bold fashion jewelry. The work of different designers will be featured throughout the year as part of the hotel’s efforts to promote the country’s young talent.

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