The Grand Finale from Elle México Diseña 2013

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As you already know I was really excited for the EMD2013 grand finale in Acapulco... and at the end I was right to be, because it was the most magical and glamorous weekend ever.

It all started with an appointment at the airport at 9am where we were nicely received and lead to the check-in. Later on we got on the charter from Aeromexico and then arrived at the beautiful port of Acapulco in Guerrero.
The whole Mexican fashion community was there exquisitely dressed enjoying our first gathering in the beautiful Banyan Tree Hotel at Cabo Marqués.

Elle was there to receive us of course

It was a welcoming with a view

After enjoying a delicious meal with the best company, we were taken to our hotel where lovely presents from L'Oreal, Maidenform, YSL Makeup, Whiterabbit, Massimo Dutti and Elle were already waiting for us.

We had the perfect time to relax and gain energie for the BIG show, at the beach from the Fairmont Hotel.
The final runway took place at the brand new "Forum Imperial" at the port; the place was decked out in a large black carpet where guests posed and beautiful Swarovksi jewels were displayed just as the incredible "Mythic Oil" from L'Oreal ,which I absolutely and irrevocably love for keeping my curls silky and under control in Acapulco's wet weather.

The show started with John Paul Ospina as it's host and I can tell you he is the best. There was a live streaming and the runway was being recorded for the last episode of the show. Because of that many cuts were made and technical mistakes corrected, but John Paul managed to make the public laugh and keep everything under control. RESPECT!

Everyone was really happy  to see Edgar Lozano's (EMD2012 winner) first collection and eager to discover which of the 14 finalist was going to be named the winner this year.

Edgar, as I told you at the preview, was inspired by the poem "Letany of my defects" from Guadalupe (Pita) Amor. His collection was full of clean and vaporous silhouettes, which perfectly represented the woman described in Pita's poem. 
Beautiful, Vain, Elegant and Fragile.

Let the show begin!

J'adore those sleeves and the high waisted pants as well as the flowers in the maxi-dress

This bustier with Swarovski crystal embroidery is STUNNING!

Afterwards came the most anticipated moment of the night, where we met the 14 finalists and their designs!
With the sound of music full of suspense and white wigs, the 14 models slowly walked down the runway for all the attendees to see the best designs of Elle Mexico Diseña "Haute Couture en Blanc"

The dresses
"Haute Couture en Blanc"

Dresses and Designers

Iván Ávalos, José Antonio Torres Bravo and Daniela Alejandra Meza  were my absolutely favourites.
Take a look at their dresses:
 Iván Ávalos
26 years old
From Pachuca
The dress has more than 3000 hand-cut flowers by the talented and young designer.
Ivan said he was inspired to create this piece by the sweetness of his mother and wanted to complement it with his father's strength by representing him in a metallic belt.
I think it is a very sleek, girly, classy and wonderful design. ... I would also wear it!!!!
(In case you were wondering)

Daniela Alejandra Meza
27 years old
From Matamoros
Tulle, tulle, and more tulle.
The skirt is extraordinary and the lace detail make this dress gorgeous.

Jose Antonio Torres Bravo
35 years old
From Tierra Blanca, Veracruz
I literally opened my  mouth when I saw this dress, the structure was completely made out of thread and looked spectacular. You have to be very skilled to make something like this with your bare hands. BRAVO!

At the end the winners were:
Verónica Diaz in the third place, who won $30,000 courtesy of Downey and a scholarship to study at the Institute di Moda Burgo in Milan or Mexico

The second place went to Patricia Pérez who won $50,000 courtesy of Downey and a scholarship from The Marangoni Institute with accommodation and airfare included to study at this prestigious school in Milan or Paris.
with the model Cristina Piccone from Paragon Model Managment

The first place and overall winner of this designers competition was for Leonardo López Mena who got a three months internship with all expenses paid to go to the HQ of Massimo Dutti in Barcelona. During that time he will join the design team of the brand and create with them the F/W  2014 international collection.
The W Hotel will give him a 5 day stay in Fort Lauderdale to find the inspiration for his new collection.
He'll also receive 2,000 dollars to go shopping at San Marcos Premium Outlets and  Kaltex will give him the fabrics of his choice to support him in the making of his collection, which will open the Elle Mexico Diseña 2014 final runway.
The 3 designers will present their collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico.

I you liked any other dresses you can vote for them here: and make that designer win a trip to New York's Fashion week.

Last but of course not least came the party, time to meet, talk and have fun with everybody.

Here with Rolando Santana who is a very gifted designer named by some people the "King of Neiman Marcus"
I had the fortune to see one of his collections at Nook, check it out!

The new talent Edgar Lozano who impressed everyone with his beautiful collection!
Hope to see more of him soon.

I finally had the pleasure to meet Andy Torres, a great blogger and a super nice girl!

Peter Som is one of my favourite designer with effortless chic pieces that can make you look amazingly sexy and classy.

We stayed at the party until early in the morning and then returned to our Hotel.
The next day we bid farewell to the Fairmont Hotel with a walk along the beach where I met John Paul Ospina.
I can say that apart from being a great host (the best one ever) he is very nice and friendly too, something that many successful people should learn to be.
(I know I look like a mess, but it was still cool to meet him and you will look like that too if you had partied all night long :-P )

I would like to thank ClubELLE and Elle México for all their attentions.
It was a wonderful weekend and a marvelous experience!

                                                                                                                   Xoxo, Roberta W.P.F
                                                                                                                 (All Photos by me)

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