Kate Moss rocking a chic Cinco de Mayo inspired look (French Vogue).

Contemporary Calgary knows how to throw a good event. And CINCO2015 on May 2nd is for sure one not to miss. A Calgary-style Cinco de Mayo celebration and fundraiser designed to leave attendees excited about the future of art in Calgary. Guests can expect interactive experiences, Mexican-inspired food and drink, entertainment, activities, and (of course) contemporary art. As the night quickly approaches, it’s time to get inspired by the colourful and celebratory style of the popular Mexican holiday. Because few themes are as much fun to dress for as Cinco de Mayo – it’s about being bold, colourful and most of all, creative. 

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Vibrant colours, flowers and big jewels – how it’s done a la Frida Kahlo.

When I think of Cinco de Mayo, I think of vibrant colours, floral patterns and accessories – and big bold jewels. And no one represented the look more than iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Her influential and iconic style  is a perfect one to emulate for a fun Cinco de Mayo event. Statement earrings, tons of bangles, hair tied back adorned with flowers and long dresses are the way to go for this look.

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Cindy Crawford modeling María Félix’s iconic look (Marie Claire Mexico); Gwen Stefani shows how to wear a mariachi hat in a chic way (Vogue).

But if bold bright colours aren’t your thing, there’s another look with a Mexican flair that works great too. Famed Mexican actress, María Félix, considered one of the most important actresses in Latin American cinema, was also known for a timeless and iconic look that’s still emulated often today. Her hats, serpent baubles and unique aesthetic make for great inspiration when thinking about how to do Cinco de Mayo-style dressing in a chic, sexy and unexpected way.

Below is my take on a chic outfit for CINCO1015 – Cinco de Mayo gets fancy. Make sure to check out Holt Renfrew for a huge selection of vibrant clothes and bold jewels and accessories perfect for Cinco de Mayo inspired style.

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Alexis Bittar bangles, Clover Canyon botanical dress, Kate Spade statement earrings, Alexander Wang suede sandals (all available at Holt Renfrew) and Tiger Lily flower hair clip.

So when considering what to wear to CINCO2015 – what’s sure to be a memorable night – be brave, be bold and dress to celebrate. But whatever you wear, feel good and be prepared to party.

CINCO2015 tickets are $125 and won’t be around for long. Get them here. Looking forward to seeing all the Cinco de Mayo looks on May 2nd!

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