Editor’s Blog: The Frida Kahlo Effect

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mexican florals, colorful embroidery and what I can only call “the Frida Kahlo effect,” so it wasn’t surprising that I started daydreaming about a trip to the Mexican Riviera Maya…and what accessories I would wear.

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Designer Maya Hansen channeled Frida Kahlo directly for her Spring 2013 runway collection

 

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Frida Kahlo wasn’t trying to be a style icon back in the 1920s and 30s, but her colorful influences live on to this day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What says Mexican folkloric more than a bold floral headwrap? They looked great on Maya Hansen’s runway models, and of course I can just recreate Frida’s very own for my next DIY project!

With Mexico on the brain, my stomach started rumbling for some authentic South of the Border food. I found a new “tapas” place in Soho called Antojeria La Popular (“La Popular” for short), which is based around small plates of Mexican street food.

It was also freeeezing outside, so it was the perfect cozy place to slip inside and get into the spirit.

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First of all, how cute is this restaurant???

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Loving this straw clutch from Mar Y Sol’s Spring line  (“that’s “Sea and Sun” for those of you who failed high school Spanish!”) with yellow floral embroidery. Talk about a ray of sunshine! Definitely bringing THIS on my trip!

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The food will have you pulling up Expedia on your phone to book that trip to Mexico! Or at least to browse through some travel photos. I know I did!

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Or how about this embroidery-inspired oil-cloth handbag by Carlos by Carlos Santana’s spring line? Fun, festive and also practical! Perfect for a day of sightseeing around some Mayan ruins, no?

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Yes those are crickets…and yes I did!!!

Dolce and Gabbana spring 2013

Ok, these shoes are technically based around Sicilian folkloric style, not Mexican, according to Dolce & Gabbana, but I still think they’d fit in perfectly on that trip to Mexico.

Hasta la vista!

 

Lauren-ParkerLauren Parker is the Editor of Accessories Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.