The Mexican designer Paola Hernández stands out in the world of contemporary fashion not only for her distinguished aesthetics, but also for the deep symbolism behind each of her pieces. Hernández, who has lived in Mexico, Italy and England, decided to come to New York 6 years ago to grow as an artist and establish her brand in the United States. Here the designer shares the details of her fall / winter '16 collection entitled “Continuum of Being”.
What is inspired by the FW16 collection?
The starting question is, what does it mean to be American?
We know that you will soon become a citizen of this country. Why is the identity issue important to you?
Because living in New York is important to me because I want to be a citizen of the United States. It means being able to have a dual citizenship and thus share my message as a designer with more people in the world.
How did the collaboration with [the artist] Margo Wolowiec come about?
I have always really liked Margo's work. Wanting to propose a collection on the meaning of being American, I decided to invite Margo to collaborate as an American artist and thus be able to expand the initial idea of the collection through contemporary American art.
How would you define the aesthetics of the collection?
It is androgynous, organic, with subtle colors.
What does being Mexican mean to you?
For me, being Mexican means connecting deeply with the symbolism of the mystical.
Why did you choose the World Trade Center as a reference for the collection?
My relationship with the United States is based on my connection to New York. I chose One World Trade Center because it is an icon that represents this city.