Some Spring Fling Tips

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Hello Again, It is such a lovely sunny spring day in Chicago. Currently, unwinding at a park, with sunglasses on, a hot tea on the side and my laptop. I came near the lakefront in search for a blog post inspiration. As soon as, the near-by church’s bells sounded off, I was automatically reminded of New York’s Wedding Bridal week. This got me thinking, are their any shows dedicated for the Groomsmen? I know the wedding is a big deal for the bride, but it should also be a big deal for the groom, right?

Navy Seersucker suit by Bonobos

Navy Seersucker suit by Bonobos

A few days ago, I got contacted by Jason Bornstein, the Online Media Manager at Bonobos. After a few email exchanges, we decided on an appropriate post for morethanabowtie, after-all, I like to communicate fashionable things to the men and women who read my blog. With Bridal Week wrapping up soon and spring already here. What is more appropriate than a post about suits. Many men think they know about suits, but buying a suit can be tricky if you do not know your body type and how it shall fall on your body. 

Cotton Suit by Bonobos

Cotton Suit by Bonobos

Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic color options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion,” says Dwight Fenton, Bonobos VP of Design.

 

Capstone Super 130s by Bonobos

Capstone Super 130s by Bonobos

To the many that are not familiar with Bonobos, they launched in 2007 and is now the largest apparel brand to come from the internet. They have since expanded their business to better service their loyal customers but also attract a new target. For their Spring Suit Collection, Bonobos stuck to their aesthetic of slim-fit without being tight and it is done in lightweight Seersucker and Cotton, truly comfortable for those spring and hot-humid summer events. Inspired by spring weddings, garden parties and mint julep the references are undoubtedly there. I like the color and prints used on the ties and the amazing looking bow ties!! (I want the lime green one!!) The blazers look nice dressed up or down and the trouser fall at the right length. The color palette is fresh and bold. I like the bold choices on trousers. I like to see men outside of the regular black and grey trousers.

bowties by Bonobos

Bowties by Bonobos              

Ties by Bonobos

Ties & Pocketsquares by Bonobos

The Capstone Slim Grey Linen Tuxedo is a magnificent looking suit. The Capstone suits can be used for those important gatherings. Speaking of tuxedos, Bonobos has a great section called Groomservice dedicated to groom and his party. Set up an appointment to see what they can offer you on your big day.

Tuxedo, Polka dot lining by Bonobos

Tuxedo, Polka dot lining by Bonobos

Tuxedo By Bonobos

Tuxedo by Bonobos

One more thing, here are Fenton’s simple suit tips to find the right fit:

• Fit starts with the shoulders: The jacket should grab your shoulders snuggly but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.

• Length matters: To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side.

• Show some shirt: A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you’re wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more.

 

Cotton Navy Suit by Bonobos

Cotton Navy Suit by Bonobos

Seersucker 3pc suit by Bonobos

Seersucker 3pc suit by Bonobos

 

I enjoyed this post, you guys. Until Next Time!

G!

A Post About Coats

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Hello again, I’ve been away for a couple of months. Just living life and enjoying everything that comes along with the ride. Living in Chicago has its ups and downs, like I am sure goes along with living in any other metropolitan city. I can say that this past winter season has been the worst we have experience in a while. Hence the hashtags on Twitter such as, #Chiberia and #Polarvortex. Today has finally been a sunny-breezy low 60  degree day, that all the question on my mind was “What kind of winter coat am I going to buy for this coming winter season?”

I know, I know, I am sure I was the only one thinking of such a thing during a such a nice sunny day. Sounds sad but it is true and I have the need to sport something new and fresh this coming winter season. Although, I love my current Sean John winter coat, I feel the need to switch it up. I just hope that this new coat keeps me warm like my Sean John did during this polar vortex and it comes along with fur! =) Here are some ideas I was looking into.

Monclear Gamme Rouge

Monclear Gamme Rouge

I love the detail of this Monclear Gamme Rouge coat. I like the multiple pockets, I don’t think I have the need for them but you never know. I don’t think it comes with an attached lightweight coat underneath like I hope it does but none the less I like this. It gives me enough room to pile on the scarves. I love a good chunky wool scarf for winter and I need a coat that will give me the room for it.

Dior

Dior

It’s something about this coat that I want to just wrap myself in it and live in it. haha!! I’ve never had a coat that passed my waist. I’ve never owned a trench coat or anything of its kind. In an ideal world, I would love to own this but in reality, I have nowhere to go in this. I guess, I can just walk aimlessly around Chicago’s Downtown. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic floor-length coat.

Viktor & Rolf 2013

Viktor & Rolf 2013

I am liking this coat. It is the right length, for my liking and it looks warm. I like the fact that it comes with a hood. A hood is also an option that I have been considering. Do I want a hood or not. I want to say that I am  willing to give it a shot but I do wear a skull-cap as well but a hood can shield me when the snow blows in my face. (something that I really hate)

John Varvatos 2013

John Varvatos 2013

I have always wanted a cape. This mostly for fall, well at least I would wear it for the fall season. I really love the color John Varvatos used for the cape. I like the flow of it and flap detail. I almost got a cape custom made but the plans fell through but real talk, I will own one.

Mr. Gentleman 2014

Mr. Gentleman 2014

I was also debating if I should go with a military inspired coat. I like this peacoat by Mr. Gentleman a brand from Japan. Their Fall/Winter 2014 runway collection was just a few weeks ago from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. I like the clean look this coat has and the color is great as well. Also, if I may add I like the onesie knitted short combo, feel comfortable. The coat is the right length for me and it will give me room for a scarf and I style it like it is shown in the picture, it can protect me from the cold winter breezy days. The options are endless, it is only March, a few hours away from April to begin. I still have a few months to figure it out.

G!

P.S. I am getting a custom-made tunic from a very dear close friend of mine. I will make a blog post about it, from consultation to creative process to fitting and finalizing. Keep checking up!!

A Colorful Post =)

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Hello, there!! I am up late writing this post because after seeing some amazing LCM fashion, it would be a crime to wait and blog about it. After having a long day of Dr’s appointments and a 10 hours shift at work. All I could think about was the Burberry Prorsum and E. Tautz  fashion shows. I saw a few pictures on Burberry’s Facebook page that I follow. I automatically fell in love with those draped blankets on the models. After just viewing the collection I fell in love with every piece shown. I want every wool blanket, silk scarf and bag that came down that runway. I admired all the knits that creative director Christopher Bailey conceived as well as the outerwear which were flawless. Continuing with the mesh trend, those white “tees” were done great, as well as the autumn prints and the silk screen London Landmarks on the tops. This collection has turned me into a bigger Burberry fanatic. Seeing picture is not enough, you need to watch the video.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2014

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2014

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2014

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2014

Pringle of Scotland has been a recent favorite of mine. I love the minimalism this brand has to offer, after all it has been around since 1815. With so much history their knits is what has made them famous and kept the brand alive, but with a new designer a new direction is taken. Here it seems that Massimo Nicosia is rejuvenating the history and make it fresh. I loved the pop of color, the red reminded me of grapefruit. The experimentation of their iconic argyle diamond was pretty neat its’ self. I personally love all the dark hues in this collection, which is why this brand is a favorite of mine.

Pringle of Scotland Fall 2014

Pringle of Scotland Fall 2014

Pringle of Scotland Fall 2014

Pringle of Scotland Fall 2014

E. Tautz is a new favorite of mine, why researching Spring/Summer 2013 trends this brand pictures kept popping up. I like the fact that Patrick Grant, designer, skips to his own drum beat, yet this designer has a lot of things to say about fashion. This season he played on proportion, pattern and color, color is something this brand is not afraid to use. The wide leg trouser looks fresh and new from the rather tight, straight legs that follows. The over sized outerwear paired with a slim leather shined suit was the one that stood out the most. The 3D appliques were a nice touch. I can go on and on about this collection. Everything seemed perfection.

E. Tautz Fall 2014

E. Tautz Fall 2014

E. Tautz Fall 2014

E. Tautz Fall 2014

We will be going to MILAN. ‘Til next time!!

G!

Menswear… keeps getting REAL!!

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HI, there! I have missed this place and the writing the most. I have been a busy bee getting some personal things in order and hopefully some potential career moves that will take off. Enough of me let’s talk about some LCM fashion! I’ve been excited and have been looking forward for some of my favorite menswear designers.

Let’s review (some) London Collections.

Loving what Richard Nicoll showed for Fall 2014. Shorts is still a big trend that has rolled from many Spring/Summer 2014 fashion shows. Although, they made a few appearances here what was more exciting about this show was the bold color choices from this colorful designer and all the print he used. The jacquard and silk prints were a surprise as well. I liked the relaxed feel and 70′s vibe of the show. The baggy Bermudas paired with the sweater was stunning.

Richard Nicoll A/W 2014

Richard Nicoll A/W 2014

Richard Nicoll A/W 2014

Richard Nicoll A/W 2014

One of my personal favorites has always been the Alexander McQueen brand. His shows were always something to admire and you had to always dissect the garments in order to get the real meaning of the show. I applaud Sarah Burton for keeping the brand alive but for also giving it a feminine touch. Her menswear designs have evolved for the better. Each season, for men, it keeps getting better and better. For Autumn/Winter, she gave us a monochromatic color scheme done in a very refreshing way. The lamé touches and zippers were really appealing to me. I am a fan of kilts and skirts for menswear, I wouldn’t have a problem wearing a Mcqueen suit with a kilt. Very Punk, Very British.

Alexander McQueen A/W 2014

Alexander McQueen A/W 2014

Alexander McQueen A/W 2014

Alexander McQueen A/W 2014

Christopher Kane has been a new favorite of mine since discovering his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Even back then, he showed only pops of color but always keeping his monochromatic theme going. What I like about Christopher is that his initial idea transcends into his womenswear and sometimes carries over to the following season. For Autumn/Winter 2014 he still has that oversized tee that have become a fan favorite. This season, like every season, he does one print that is done in a variety of ways. The molecular print looks great in black and white, as well as in a colorful red, green and blue. For me his minimalism aesthetic is best when styled in layers.

Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2014

Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2014

Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2014

Christopher Kane Autumn/Winter 2014

Many people that know my sense of style know that I do not wear a lot of color. I try to avoid it if I can. The most colorful thing I own, besides my tattoo, is my colorful wool Missoni scarf and a orange V-neck shirt. Jonathan Saunders is another designer that I always look forward to seeing every season. He is as colorful as color can get, maybe. Yet his colorful designs are always a pleasure to look at and has given me the courage to add some color in my wardrobe. This season, his love for movies shined through and it became a bit more sportswear than what he normally does. This collection is full on many surprises, checkerboards pattern, track pants (done very chic) and even a few metallic pieces. Nonetheless, it was a great collection.

Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2014

Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2014

Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2014

Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2014

I will update as much as I can this week. This is just the beginning. We still have Milan and Paris Fashion Week!!

G!

Taking one breath at a time.

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Hello Again, It’s been about 2 weeks since my last post. Going back to my daily routine of things, makes it a bit difficult to blog. I know, I know, it is all about time management and prioritizing but sometimes there is never enough hours in a day to get everything done. Leaving things for the next day makes it a bit unbearable, I feel like I am waking up and starting my day late.

Coming out of a fantastic week for Latino Fashion Week, I noticed that I have missed FASHION, in general. I forgot how it feels to look at a garment and see the details, the way it was cut, the way the fabric feels. All the things I love doing when I was in school. I have let my day job keep me from doing what I love. Yes, I know I am not a designer, but a merchandiser that loves fashion. I always thought that “my dream job” would be something that combines both PR/Marketing with Fashion. Finding something were I can do both is hard. I have been to many sites, have taken the leads and have a few phone interviews but nothing comes through.

I have been optimistic about finding that “my dream career job” when I, myself didn’t even feel it. Other times I applied for jobs that I did not like just so I can say I have “found something”. Satisfied or not, I just needed to find something in my field. I have been out of school since January of this year and not finding something that sparked my interest has depressed me. I found myself hating my day job and saw no way out. I even went out of my way to help a couple of friends on their businesses. Hoping that will spark something in me and regain confidence in myself but that was not the case. Then graduation came and I still felt the same.

Then a few days before Latino Fashion Week, I received a call from a close friend that wanted to talk to me about a possible job opportunity. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant and not believed him. Then I receieved an email from my school to showcase my portfolio prior to the EVOLVE fashion show. I am not religous, but I took these coincidences as a sign to do something with my current self. I went through the process for the porfolio showcase open minded and proud of my work.

As for the friend, this job opportunity seems exciting. It is something that I want to be apart of, something that I am passionate about. He is an accessory designer, bags mostly, he found an investor that is interested in his work. As a fashion student, well as a student in general, you are looking for that person, company, investor, career were they believe in you and are willing to give you that opportunity. I always knew that my friend would be successful sooner or later. He is not a hustler but he belives in his craft and I do as well. This opportunity for us to merge our talents together to conceive a start-up company sounds terrifying but exciting at the same time. Every thing seems legit and counsel has been taking in consideration. All we need is the green light from their parent company but from the look of things it’s a GO!!

All I needed was a spark. That spark has woken me up. It has made me ambitious and focus gain. I want this!! This opportunity made me realize I will not retire at my day job, but has made me realize that patience is a virtue. That sometimes even when every door seems to be sealed shut and the room might be getting smaller, that that is only temporairly. I don’t know who said it but i believe that we must go through darkness before we can reach for the light.

G! 

A fantastic night of Fashion!

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Hi! I am groggy from a fantastic fourth night Latino Fashion Week event. Last night event showcased some amazing latino talent.

Let’s start with celebrity designer Robert Rodriguez. Robert’s garments have been worn by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, my personal favorite Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and other fantastic women. The evening wear presented was beautiful in monochromatic colors. My favorite look was his version of a motorcycle jacket paired with metallic looking pants. Also, the nights musical guest Son’s of Mariel played live as the models walked down the runway.

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Up next is Claudia Arce from Argentina. Claudia is a well known in her country and we are glad that Latino Fashion Week has finally showcased her talent. Arce’s fashion house delivered haute couture garments for this event. She showed her SS 2014 collection and like the trends, a lot of white came down the runway and well as yellows, pinks and blues in pastels. My favotie look was a floor length yellow gown, that made the model look like she was gliding down the runway. Dresses were elegant, no wonder the Argentine celebreties and socialites love to wear her clothes.

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To close the nights event was Maria Rosario Mendoza for Takamasi, a fashion house from Guadalajara, Mexico. This Emmy award winner, designs for both women and men, thank you for that. You notice the Mexican cultural reference was the theme for her Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Also, staying in trend for color of the season. For men, I noticed a lot of sportswear, also a theme for men spring/summer 2014. Maybe I’m being biased but I really liked these two collections.

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Let it Evolve.

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Hope you are not tired of me yet!

Last night, Thursday,  I was part of the IADT alumni that presented our portfolios to industry professionals. IADT-Chicago partnered with Latino Fashion Week for this event. IADT (International Academy of Design & Technology) took this opportunity to also showcase student talent. Upon the ending of the runway show, many people were impressed, as was I. This year honorees delivered amazing peices. I only wished I can remember the names. I was too into the show to write the names but the good thing about technology,  we can come back and edit!!

G!

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I love Nick!!

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Hello again!!

I’ve been busy dealing with all the hectic, last minute PR stuff, that I am too tired at night to blog. Although,  it’s been a roller coaster,  I love doing what I do.

This entry is dedicated to Wednesdays Latino Fashion Week event that was presented by Macy’s. Our host fpr the event was Nick Verreos from seasons two Project Runway. Nick hosted the same event last year, let’s be honest he is so charming with the crowd no wonder he was asked to host again this year. The theme for the event was fashions inspire by the Latina Icon Thalia. Garments presented were by brands you find at your local Macy’s. Rachel Rachel Roy, was showcased the most, followed by Michael Michael Kors, International Concepts and some others as well.

If you know Mexican pop Icon Thalia’s style, she is edgy and chic at the sametime. Me being latino I’ve heard of her and can see the inspiration from the clothes. Nonetheless,  Nick Verreos was a fantastic MC, that I am sure we will see him again next year. Well, at least I hope so.

G!

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Let’s have lunch!

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Good day, everyone.  Its been awhile since I have written. I miss this and I have a week worth of material for you guys to read.

First of, last night kicked off Latino Fashion Week. The only week of it’s kind that honors Latino fashion in the United States. This year’s theme called “The Journey” takes in consideration the seven long years it’s been in production. This year alone we took Latino Fashion Week to Dallas, Los Angeles and Miami,  each with it’s unique fashion presence.

This year, for Chicago, our venue is the newly consteucted luxury mall Block Thirty Seven, located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. Today’s luncheon focused on unique Latinos of all heritage no unite and make a difference in the Chicago community.

Our guests love fashion. So, lets motivate them with fashion.

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Been Away..

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Hello my fellow readers. It’s been a while and I have missed the blogging world. I’ve been away, just enjoying my summer and taking in some sun rays. I have always avoided the sun and hid inside my house on hot-humid summer days. This summer I chose to explore the city in shorts, a t-shirt and summer footwear. It’s been fun and a bit awkward at the same time but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

Alas,  let’s talk about some fashion. I’ve been busy working and enjoying my summer, that I have been late catching up on Menswear for SS2014. I’ve caught up and it has been an interesting season for men. I love the casual-dandy-ish styling from London Fashion week to the very sporty-chic in Milan Fashion week.

I love that everyone is starting to look into what Christopher Kane has to say about menswear. He is always a favorite of mine to look at. His interpretation of color and pattern is a bit much but very easy on the male eye.

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Christopher Kane Spring 2014

Christopher Kane Spring 2014

Christopher Kane Spring 2014

One of my personal favorite runway show this season was Dries Van Noten in Milan. This entire collection had a floral pattern on every piece shown. It was sown and printed on shorts, pants, tanks and on outerwear. I have seen some men in Chicago, get very ballsy and wear some type of floral pattern. I love this look and I hope more men embrace it, it is romantic yet masculine at the same time. For those dark and eerie fashion guys, Anne Demeulemeester had a fantastic dark floral collection as well.

Dries Van Noten Spring 2014

Dries Van Noten Spring 2014

Dries Van Noten Spring 2014

Dries Van Noten Spring 2014

Other trends I saw were a lot of tunics, almost every designer had their own interpretation but Rick Owens was on of my favorite. The color Blue always make an appearance and this time it was used on everything. It looked cool and manly, Hermes had it on patterns, btw Hermes has stepped up their game and this collection made took this luxuries company to a whole other level, it was amazing. The Bermuda shorts came back!! We saw this trend make a few splashes for Spring 2013 and this time many designers played with this short and made it very fashionable. Comme de Garcon made it very hip!

Rick Owens Spring 2014

Rick Owens Spring 2014

 

Hermes Spring 2014

Hermes Spring 2014

Before I end this, I have to say that during my research I have discovered a new brand, E. Tautz. It’s been in business, from Great Britain since 1867. According to Style.com they have been showing in London’s Men’s Fashion Week since Fall 2009. I, personally, have never seen pictures or heard of them. This season they have been on the radar and always came up when I was doing some sort of work research. Designs were on trend, colors were good and styling was great. Something worth looking into.

E. Tautz Spring 2014

E. Tautz Spring 2014

 

E. Tautz Spring 2014

E. Tautz Spring 2014

until next time! (hopefully not too long)

G!

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