Oscar

It’s been quite busy at Imagen since my last post. I wrote a reminder on my calendar fro this post. I need to make sure that I got this post in, no matter the time. Many have probably shares their love, sentiments over this designer on their own social media but I wanted to pay homage to him my way.

Oscar de la Renta would’ve been 84 today. It’s almost two years since his passing and yet we still celebrate this brilliant man. Being trained by Cristobal Balenciaga himself, my favorite couturier of all time, I mean how awesome would that experience have been for de la Renta. As early as I can remember an Oscar de la Renta gown, you can see the Balenciaga Spanish influence in the designs created by  Dominican Republic designer. It was very avante garde, embellished, colorful yet very feminine, delicate and fashion forward. Reading about his life wether through books, articles and exposé you just learned that this man, this legend lived  happy life and really loved creating amazing clothes for women. Oscar left us but he lives still with us through photographs, through his clothes and how we remember him.

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”- Oscar de la Renta

 

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Be Groomed

Hello All!! What a fantastic, summer weekend in Chicago. This weekend was host to many things to do in this city. As a Mexican I was excited and waited anxiously for Ruido Fest sophomore year to kick off this weekend. The three day event, held at Adams/Medill Park housed some amazing new and old entertainment. Through work perks I got to see Carla Morrison, Natalia Lafourcade, Enanito Verdes and iconic groups like Arteciopelados and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, who are currently on tour. Of course there were many great acts like Los Cafres, Cuca and Panteon Rococo. Too many to mention but alas it was a magnificent music event. Kudos to the creators/producers of Ruido Fest to have amazing acts in their second year. These are the same people that helm Riot Fest. Now, that is an amazing three day event.

On top of this already busy weekend. Our firm got prepared to produce a fashion show for B-Groomed who produced the first U.S Men’s Lifestyle event. So many great products for men, and boy do we need them, at least I do. It was a weekend filled of education, product sampling and freebies!! We all Love FREEBIES! I know I grabbed a bunch and all that was given to me.

Our show consisted of 2 brands that I have already talked about previously, though I love their apparel, so it is why we go back and each time we love the new seasons collection. Sarar is that one brand that, as a man, you cannot go wrong wether if you’re looking for a suit, a coat or everyday wear. It is always on trend, on style and on point. Iridium, gave us that streetwear element that is out there but still wearable. Amazing stuff!! Monika from Monique’s Boutique, a blog is coming soon about her boutique, lend us some cool menswear from Lithuania. Basic jeans, but all seems not same, quirky and sexualized graphic tees were a hit with the audience. It’s fashion and it is fun.

Amazing time. Amazing Fashion

Feliz 109 Años Frida Kahlo

Hello All! This post is about my love for Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, simply knows as Frida Kahlo.  To me, her paintings were the upmost autobiographical than any painter I admire. Having gone through many stages of life, yet she still LIVED her life. If that alone is not enough to make her courages than I do not know what is. Like everyone she was very vocal about men, politics and the way of life, yet this post is not about that. This is about her work, her words and the many things about her that inspire me.

 

 

London Time

With all the horrific violence going on in the world, the way to distract myself for a bit is fashion. It is time for designers to put out their best for Men’s Spring/Summer 2017. With the ever debatable fashion calendar, many used the change to their advantage, London was up first for their annual London Collections: Men runway shows.

The only disappointment that comes with change is that many online reputable resources weren’t able to cover a lot the designers who are regulars to London stage and some took for ever to upload images and reviews about the collection, while others were simply left out. Social media played a key role this time, each designer/brand went on high mode to get the word out on their new collections with images, engagement and behind the scene access.

I usually review each fashion week daily, for work purposes, I will do what is my top 5 collections for LCM: SS17

Grace Wales Bonner, a new comer, an alum to incubators like Fashion East and MAN. I’ve blogged about her Fall 2016 collection and on Instagram. Grace is really focusing on black sexuality, masculinity and culture experience. The gender fluidity seems to be the trend for many designers but for Grace it just enhances her designs. Her African roots are evident with her textiles choices and cuts, which makes your eyes wonder at each look. Grace is definitely talented and someone to keep on your radar.

Coach 1941 has been presenting on LCM for a few seasons now but this season seemed to be bigger than ever. Sturt Vevers going for an American nostalgia 50s look, gets updated with amazing separates than concentrating on head to toe looks. The jackets are some of the best I’ve seen this season and from Coach, which can stand up to a Burberry. The feel gives you that teenage rebellious, Don’t Fuck With Me Attitude. I thought it was one the best. Those studded brogues and bags are a must have for the season.

Craig Green is a favorite, it’s like Christmas morning  each season. His use of textiles is astonishing turning some thing that looks odd and quirky is all of a sudden something new and fresh. Romanticism was the base of this collection. The sense of belonging was evident thanks to the Scout scarf, that played well with coats and jackets that seem quilt like. The other pieces that look slashed and tied or loose at the hems played with proportions. This was the most truest and a different change for Craig, he’s one of the best.

Patrick Grant is all about fitted and tailored clothes. So it was a surprise that this season the E.Tautz man is relaxed and at ease and with that simple change, the tailoring changes as well. Shorts were high wasted (looks fashionable by the way), jackets and coats have an 80s boxy feel to them yet still have you looking sharp. Nonetheless, this collection was a hit!!

Sustainability is something that interests me as a fashion lover. I think it is one part fashion that will help push fashion forward. Emma Watson seems to think so, with her latest ensemble to the Met Gala, this past May. The one pushing the envelope for menswear and sustainability  is Christopher Raeburn and his latest collection was simply that with a mixture of space travel. Shorts in Tyvek, jackets with velcro webbing with big pouches as pockets made from Nomex, and cosmic prints on women dress, sweaters and  shorts.

 

Look at my Instagram for my complete coverage of LCM: SS17

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Memorial Day Weekend.

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

These wonderful words written by a man that is a celebrated author but also who was a troubled man. As I read these words in a newspaper article, I could not help but think about present time and its many social and political issues flooding all media mediums. Although, this is not a political post I just figured I start off with a quote to that will pay homage to  Memorial Day, since I am writing this post on this day.

Chicago finally had a fantastic weekend. It was sunny, cloudy, yet humid and about in the upper 80 degree weather. This Memorial Day weekend kicked off many outdoor activities to do in the city. From a Memorial day Parade in the Loop, to bring the LSD (Lake Shore Drive), festivals and even a House Party in the magnificent Jay Pritzker Pavillion.

I went to Mole de Mayo, in the heart of the Mexican neighborhood Pilsen. This neighborhood has been in the news lately because of the White Undertaking, okay well not exactly an undertaking, but the predominantly hispanic residents are moving out of that area and the whites are moving in. Raising property taxes and rent, old historic buildings are being knocked down to bring state of the art condominiums. As I said, not a political post but if you’re ever in Chicago. I encourage you check out the Pilsen area. It is full of amazing culture, art and amazing shops and food.

Mole de Mayo is an annual festival that the proceeds go to their neighborhood coalition. It is a gathering that were you can taste all different types of mole from all participating restaurants and try mole in new ways. Mole is a dark red or brown sauce served over meats. Mole made mostly of chili spices, nuts and chocolate, its origin is a bit unknown although the populars are Poblano and Oaxaqueño. I tried a Mole Gelato, from this one place, totally forgot to get their name, but it was good and a bit spicy but it worked on many levels. Also, had this mole and chocolate tamal. If you know of tamales, it is the corn battered to a masa and the mole and chocolate, no meat or veggies, just the masa tamal. I would eat this as a dessert, possibly with ice cream. It had a really great texture and a cinnamon finish that lingered. Other dishes were tamales Oaxaqueños, in stead of corn husk they used the banana leaves to cover the tamal, add meat and the mole sauce. It was heavenly. Quesadillas were good, with a mole poblano that pulled the dish together.

Overall this festival was great than previous years. More restaurants participated. More variety in the food. Great music on two stages and the lucha libre was off the chain. Definitely something I will check out again next year!

 

 

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Manus x Machina

Another year and another Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala came and went. This years theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, a very well conceived theme, I was very curious to see the results. All day today, on all social media platforms the Met released teasers as well as designers, models, celebrities and personalities, and it surely did not disappoint.

I was curious to see if anyone was going to take the theme literal. Have you seen Machina? A very cleaver thriller, a must watch film, with amazing visual effects. After watching “The First Monday in May” the documentary from last years MetGala “China: Through the Looking Glass”, I am excepting a bigger production and fashions. As I sat through a very slow The Huntsman: Winters War, I could not help but to admire Colleen Atwoods amazing costumes but above all the costumes she made for Emily Blunt’s icy character Freya in metallics, silver, gray and a hints of dusty blues. Colleen used her research of those period pieces and the technology they had to come up with those designs. I couldn’t help but to think about this years Met.

I thought about a specific Alexander McQueen gown that graced the runway for A/W16, that looked flawless on Nicole Kidman, making her one of my best dressed this evening. Juno Temple looked stunning in Erdem, the Londoner uses the latest technology to enhance his designs and it shows. Mackenzie Davis looked ravishing in Altuzarra, making taking the theme less literal but made feel more armour like, yet she looked great. I think the top of my list is SuperModel Cindy Crawford in a hugging-body-fit-like-a-glove Balmain gown. I literally stared at the picture for a good 5 minutes. To be that age, to work that shimmer metallic gown, with bits of see through sleeves. Cindy looked fucking amazing. She literally shut it down for me. Cindy to me is the best dressed of the night. Selena Gomez, to me looked amazing in a tone-down Louis Vuitton by Nicholas Ghesquiere number. It was still young, flirty and very fashion forward. Soairse Ronan as well, looked amazing in Christopher Kane.

As for the guys, Jared Leto looked amazing in Gucci, as always. Rami Malek in Dior looked dapper. Zayn Malik in Versace looked really cool and edgy and spot on to the theme. Versace’s A/W16 collection had a hint of technology and adorned with machine like parts that looked like patterns on the clothes. Donatella took it a bit further to give Zayn’s suit coat some metallic sleeves that looked a bit like Mortal Kombat’s Jax. Although, Zayn looked way better and more posh. Wiz Khalifa looked very amazing in a whit tux by Rag and Bone.

 

Until Next Time!

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When I Went to Puerto Rico

Hello Everyone… Like every post, I make promises to keep blogging, to be honest, it is a sincere and I mean it as I type it. Life gets in the way and I prefer to relax upon getting home from work. Yet, I will try and post something weekly either morning while drinking my coffee or at night when I another cup of coffee.

This post is dedicated to my business trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was back in March and the many reasons I have been so busy and away from morethanabowtie. I have never been anywhere outside on the US land, so I excited for this trip. The purpose of this trip was to oversee the launch of my boss’ and his business partner cosmetic line, as well as launching other marketing tools in Puerto Rico.

I was excited to just be somewhere sunny and above 45 degree Chicago weather in early spring. I was excited to see what took us six months to conceive come to life. Hernan Rivera, is owner of Sin Cosmetics and Hernan Rivera Beauty as well as owner of many pageant contest in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Once a Chanel Cosmetic Regional manager, this man knows his makeup. I also found out we’re both alumni from IADT. So, I was excited to be part of this launch and oversee the project. Puerto Rico was also our platform to launch iBlossom and Keepsake, two apps that are changing the way we market our brands, engage with our audience and how we share our personal moments.

Our launch was to coincide with Ivelisse Nieves jewelry runway show Olé…Morena. I met Ivelisse 2 years ago at Latino Fashion Week 2014. She presented amazing jewelry pieces as models graced tasteful swimwear. For Spring/Summer 2016 Ivelisse looked at Plaza de Toros in Sevilla, Spain for inspiration. Spain is evidently a major influence in Puerto Rico’s Viejo San Juan neighborhood. It is a major tourist spot, I loved it and the Spanish architecture all around. The jewelry, as always, was impeccable adorned with lace and ruffles. This time around the garments were designed by her close friend Juan Colón, a brilliant designer. His designs were spot on Spanish, at times being too literature yet it is a show after all.

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Until Next Time!

 

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