Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Mariachi Jeans and Mongolian Sheepskin Gilet


I've had to up the ante against the cold. London is apparently getting snow in the next couple of days! The jeans and gilet are the spoils of past winter sales. Since wintry weather continues here until about April anything I pick up in the winter sales is far from the end of its useful seasonal life.

I like shaggy sheepskin gilets like this because my hair just blends right on in!

I got the jeans for the lines of gold buttons trailing down the backs of the legs but it's been a challenge to find shoes that work with them as they are a bit long for me. Usually I wear with a high, decorative, chunky heel and split open the last few buttons to show the heel off. My knee is still not happy though so heels are still out. A wedge however, I can do. Last night I tried them with my hairy wedge boots.

These jeans are by Sienna Miller and her designer sister and after I had them for about a year I discovered that they had been inspired by trousers worn by the Mexican Mariachi. I found that quite amusing so last night when I wore them out to go for drinks with a girlfriend I went for a Mariachi lost in Mongolia kind of theme.

I spent a whole day with three Mariachis on a film set once. Some bright spark directing thought that flamenco dancers perform to Mariachi music. Hello? Different countries, completely different musical genres! It annoys me when people who should make more of an effort don't do their homework and lump flamenco into the same bag as a whole lot of Latin American dance and music styles. I can't tell you how many times I've had people ask me to dance flamenco to salsa music, Argentinian tango or Ravel's "Boléro".

The director corralled the Mariachis and I together.  Jubilantly grinning and clicking his fingers to some Latin rhythm of his own invention to show that he knew, and was just so clever at the cultural coup he'd scored for his production, he told us to do our thang.  Lord only knows what strange vision of flamenco dancing he had in mind.  The Mariachis and I regarded each other in faint panic and then had to explain that no such thang would be possible.  They couldn't play flamenco music to save their lives and so I was duly absolved from dancing and spent the day standing around like a decorative pot plant in the background scenery.

I did love the Mariachis outfits though - so marvelously OTT! I should have asked to keep one of the sombreros.

26 comments:

  1. Hahaha, that made me laugh. What a twerp :D

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  2. I am not a trousers woman, but love, love your marichi jeans sooooooooooooo much.
    It is sooooooooo true that some people think that Spain is part of South America, perphaps not so much now. But imagen the confussion about the different type of music...
    Eres tú la del vestido de flamenca rojo????
    Un abrazo muy fuerte guapa.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  3. Oh no what a nightmare! I do love your outfit though, I love finding out about the inspiration behind designs

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  4. Oh also where are your boots from are the pony hair??? I once saw a pair of black wedge pony hair boots in a magazine but for the life of me could never find the page again to see where to get them from!

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  5. Oh, you know how I LOVE me some woolliness! This is a HOT outfit! Dying for the shoes too. Delish.

    And this para cracked me up:

    "
    The director corralled the Mariachis and I together. Jubilantly grinning and clicking his fingers to some Latin rhythm of his own invention to show that he knew, and was just so clever at the cultural coup he'd scored for his production, he told us to do our thang. Lord only knows what strange vision of flamenco dancing he had in mind. The Mariachis and I regarded each other in faint panic and then had to explain that no such thang would be possible. They couldn't play flamenco music to save their lives and so I was duly absolved from dancing and spent the day standing around like a decorative pot plant in the background scenery."

    Literally laughed out loud. Love it.

    ♥ V
    http://www.gritandglamour.com
    twitter: @gritandglamour

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  6. Gorgeous! A mongolian gilet is top of my list of things to buy but my size seems to sell out so quickly and i'm always so surprised at how much they sell for, i wish i'd had the foresight to buy one in the sales! I've just responded to a question you posted on my blog, my apologies for not answering sooner i'd only just seen it!

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  7. Those jeans are crazy. In a good way, of course. The guy I take salsa lessons from has a pair of real mariachi pants and, you wouldn't think it but they are totally sexy.

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  8. I'm totally and utterly in love! Such a rocking outfit from head to toe. Those studs are awesome.
    That guy sounds like a prize prat, back to school for him. xxx

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  9. So warm and covered, yet so sexy...and interesting head to toe black! Now I want to watch Once Upon a Time in Mexico, for Mariachi style + Antonio Banderas + Johnny Depp.

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  10. Ha, that must be painful for you when people mix up dances and rhythms and where they come from! The trousers are incredible (I wonder if it feels weird sitting down), and the black sheepskin goes perfectly with your dark locks. xo

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  11. @Penny Dreadful - I can laugh now but at the time I was furious! Guess what's on the way to me in the post? Sheepskin insoles!

    @sacramento - si soy yo en la foto con el traje rojo x

    @Pearl Westwood - the shoes are from Pied a Terre and I got them on sale about a month and a half ago at House of Fraser at 60% off! They are hairy like pony but I think its cow hide.

    @Grit and Glamour - I thought of you when I pulled out this gilet! My fave part about getting dressed for winter too!

    @I'm Not Emily Brown - I was lucky! Obsessive stalking of the Warehouse online sale outlet paid off. I bought this in mid February this year for £40 and wore it until April. I'm usually a small and this is a medium but it's fine for fit and a good length if you are wearing it over stuff.

    @Cynthia - strange that huh? So camp they shouldn't work yet still manage to lend a certain je ne sais quoi to the wearer. They do make the guys look almost regal.

    @Vintage Vixen - thank you Vix! And yes, he definitely was.

    @Cloud of Secrets - there's a movie with Johnny Depp dressed as a Mariachi? I'm there!!

    @SabinePsynopsis - It is annoying and difficult too because you can't do what you do best in those sorts of situations. The buttons start low enough that you don't feel them when seated.

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  12. Both of these items are fantastic! Gilet is a new word for me, but the wooliness of the "vest" is excellent. And those pants...I've dreamed of them. You solved the length problem in a beautiful way.

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  13. @Terri - thanks Terri! Well you know you live a lot closer to the source of Mariachi trousers than I do - maybe you could get some real ones! And the sombrero!

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  14. i LOVE that they are inspired by mariachi, so creative. and the gilet goes so well with the pants, it bumps up the glam factor!

    xx

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  15. Dancing flamenco to Ravel's Bolero!?!? That is amusing!

    But Mexican Mariachi lost in Mongolian theme sounds perfect. Love the fur and the gold studs. Priceless!

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  16. i'm so into that fluffy black sheepskin thingy. it is gorgeous.
    by the way, i love flamenco. slightly obsessed is more like it. i took lessons w/ a dear friend, and it was a disaster, as we are both uncoordinated! but it was fun, nonetheless.

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  17. Love this story! I must admit I was confused - as a young girl - about the differences in Spanish and South American cultures. Since moving to London we've started going regularly to Spain, and I can't absorb enough about Spanish culture. Like Stephanie, I'm slightly obsessed with flamenco, too. Love the look with Sienna's sister's Mariachi trousers and that story is great. I'm really curious now: WHAT DO YOU DO? Are you a professional dancer? I have a (male) friend in NY you really should meet ; )

    And love how your hair mixes with the fur of the gilet. I don't come visit nearly enough and you leave such nice comments, V. Hope you're having a good weekend. About to go out into it and will be dressing warm. xx

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  18. GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look unbearably wonderful!!! So freakin' HOT it hurts!!!! Oh I love, i love i love i LOVE.

    aherm sorry. your fabulosity carried me away.
    ...seriously though... HOT.

    I love gilets too.

    eek. I have been lax. I don't know what's wrong with your knee so will have to do a proper read of your posts instead of the fly by I have had time for lately.

    hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! what a fabulous tale! Ahh.. what would life be without the morons of the world??
    ...other than the things you cite, what makes me seethe is when people say "flamingo"...

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  19. For years I've been yearning for my own mariachi outfit. I scour thrift stores for elements but pretty much only turn up the awesome sombrero. I think you've inspired me to take things in my own hands, make up my own version of the Mariachi. And the "Mariachi in Mongolia" theme? GENIUS.

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  20. @Style Odyssey - oh shame you gave up flamenco! Its very hard at first I'll admit but it does get easier promise!

    @Polka Dot - What do I do? Good question - asking myself that a lot these days!! So many people get confused about the difference between Spain and South America it seems! Thanks for dropping by.

    @Dusk - knee is a long running problem, in part I'm sure due to overuse! I've learnt a wonderful new word - "fabulosity"! Love it!
    As for flamenco/flamingo - I once met a young man who had been convinced that flamenco dancing was named after the dance that flamingo birds did as a mating ritual. True story sadly. I so wish I was lying about that!

    @the Citizen Rosebud - thanks for visiting and for your comment, hope you'll visit again! I hope you find a pair of mariachi trousers too!

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  21. These studded jeans are fab. Hope you're not feeling the cold too much. It's been snowing in Glasgow all day. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  22. wow, the jeans are something you haven't seen anywhere before (at least i havent :)) the gilet is a-mazing!

    londonviennacologne.blogspot.com

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  23. These jeans are BEYOND amazing, I've seriously spent a good five minutes looking at them. Love how you styled it all as well!

    http://lustlovelose.wordpress.com

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  24. " I spent a whole day with three Mariachis on a film set once."

    Great line. Second only to my friend's mum: "last week I had an unfortunate incident with a fishmonger."

    Fabulous jean/boot combo, by the way!

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  25. HELLO mariachia jeans!! those are fabulous. sometimes its hard not to "stand there like a decorative pot plant in the background scenery." Not the case in those jeans!! love it.
    xo,
    Katie

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