Fashion brand by Vanessa Guckel, Mexico.
WEB PAGE http://cihuah.com/
FACEBOOK Vanessa Guckel
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Black or white: Both
Christian Dior or Charles James: Charles James
Mexico or France: It’s not possible for me to choose between the two countries, where I was born and the country that I choose to live now. I love both.
Sleeves or sleeveless: Sleeves
Fashion icon: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis and also Tilda Swinton
Designer: Balenciaga for fashion and Mies Van Der Rohe for architecture
New upcoming designer: Dion Lee (not so upcoming)
Favorite spot: Paris and Istanbul
Dessert: Fondant au Chocolat from the “Arlequin”, a restaurant in Mexico City, Cuauhtemoc
Guilty pleasure: Strong cheese
Movie: Pina by Wim Wenders
Perfume: Eau de Toilette Repetto because it remembers me the ballet room when I was child
Book: The Elegance of the Hedgehog of Muriel Barbery
Piece from your closet: My jeans retro style, my black leather jacket, my shoes Dieppa Restrepo, my neoprene top from COS
Boutique worth stopping by: Cañamiel, Naked Boutique and Saks (México City) / Opening Ceremony and my favorite actually COS Stores.
Vanessa Guckel is the director and fashion designer of CIHUAH. She has a master in architecture and design by ENSAS (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg) and her hobbies include the film industry, reading and learning anything related to the design world.
Her best achievement is creating a new approach to two disciplines. It’s a new project that joins fashion and architecture called CIHUAH. “My purpose is to generate new dress codes and a new argument about fashion,” she said. For Vanessa, a CIHUAH woman embraces her unique style. She’s edgy, daring and not afraid to stand out from the others. She’s powerful, strong and with character. “CIHUAH proposes a reinterpretation of the classic designs through iconic pieces,” she said. “CIHUAH creates experiences through pieces that develop a conversation. A CIHUAH woman creates her own language.”
Always in black or white, Vanessa has achieved to create art and celebrate the power of architecture pieces throughout her creations. She owns a brown leather vest with long fringes from 1968, and she’s looking forward to buying a pair of rain boots. Her main purpose is to combine two design disciplines to create something new. She always starts her day with black coffee and enjoys creating something new everyday. “We work in a very architectural organization, in which we can find references and inspiration from other disciplines,” she said. “I love working with my team and be surrounded by amazing people.” International Style, Modern Architecture of the 20’s, Bauhaus and Neo-plasticism inspire her and her design signature comes from the wise words “simplification of form and elimination of traditional ornament.”
Vanessa decided to become a fashion designer when she found she could do what she knows best (architecture) and combine it with what she loves the most (fashion). “I decided to reduce the scale of my design and to work the clothes like a detailed space where we live,” she said. Vanessa believes in the strong growth wave Mexico is having within the fashion industry. She says there are great talents out there but also mentioned there’s still a long way to go to become globally competitive.
She has a strong vision with which she saw a gap and merged two different art expressions resulting in a unique proposal: an architectonic, wearable fashion collection. The Fancy Archive is a true admirer of architect Vanessa Guckel. Her pieces have become a fashion statement.