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!





Oscars 2016

Hello all! What can I say besides work life has been taking over since my last post. I try to keep up with fashion as much little time I have.

So the Oscars has finally arrived and it is time to criticize the fashion. A lot of hit and misses and only a handful that stood out. Here is what I liked for both Men’s and Women’s Fashion.

Last year’s Best Actor Winner, Eddie Redmayne, always looks sharp  when hitting the read carpet. This year he looks fantastic in Alexander McQueen, last years blue tux was great on him. The tux is sharp, cut to fit and proportioned efficiently and the velvet was the trend of the night, Henry Cavill wore a fuller version of this.

Hannah  Bagshawne and Eddie Redmayne both in Alexander McQueen.

Chris Rock was a fantastic host, most may disagree,  he provided the right about of humor and a hint of truth. Chris Rock wore Burberry, and that white coat look flawless on him. I like the all around lapel, which made him look really relaxed and not in restraint like some tux’s make it seem. It was slim cut and he looked great.

Chris Rock in Burberry.

Gucci’s new face of Guilty walked down the carpet in a black and red detail tux. Although, I do not get the new Gucci vision, I can honestly say Jared Leto can pull any fashion, trend off. Last years pastel Givenchy was a great hit to the true fashion lovers. Once again Jared surprises us that confidence is key when taking the risk when the whole world is watching, although I would’ve have worn different shoes.

Jared Leto in Gucci.

Someone that was seen briefly was American Horror’s alum Finn Whitlock looked sharp in Prada. Finn’s youthfulness was on trend, slim but loose enough and straight cut tux. I really liked this Prada tux. It was very young, hip.

88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (5599378cm) Finn Wittrock 88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America – 28 Feb 2016

As for the women I liked a few dresses. I was not impressed by them and the one I really liked did not even make it to any Best Dressed list.

Saoirse Ronan has come a long way since her on screen performance in Atonement. I think her performance in Brooklyn was nomination worthy, yet at least it was nominated for Best Film. Saoirse graces the red carpet in a custom Calvin Klien by Francisco Costa. I like the jewel tone color of the dress. The back details gave it that youthful, playful touch yet still elegant with the texture on it. It was nicely proportioned, relaxed and on trend.

Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klien.

To finish off my top 4, the other 4 (in no particular order) were the ones I liked.


Until Next Time!



Le Homme.

What a fantastic time for menswear. Parisian designers really brought luxury to the forefront. Wether it was with rich textiles or tailoring, the Parisian Autumn/Winter 2016 season will be great.

Rick Owens! What can I say about Rick? This collection was still Rick Owens in that he is pushing the boundaries of what is menswear, not only in Paris but elsewhere. Yet, at the sometime this was tailored magnificently. And not that he does not tailor his apparel but for this season it was more evident. I have love Rick Owens and his menswear, it is truly something that I will wear. It was brilliant.

White Mountaineering, showed a collection at Pitti Uomo and for Paris they showed their own brands collection. This was very rugged, yet wearable. It was plaids, boots and outwear done wonderfully. Very fashion forward, definitely been put on my radar.

Kris Van Assche for both his line and Dior Homme, were in harmony. Van Assche has separated his own aesthetic to Dior’s. For AW16, Van Assche injected some of his own DNA in the Dior Homme collection. For me it worked on many levels. It was young and edgy but at the sometime very Dior. You should check it out.


Dries Van Noten has been a favorite of mine for years. I might be a bit biased when it comes to reviewing his collections but I just think he is that good. This season for his menswear, Van Noten takes inspiration from military with  a little bit baroque infused with art. I like the coats they were decorated but this masculine. And that is what it was, a very masculine collection above all the decorations, textiles and silhouettes. This was a magnificent collection.


Faith Connexion was put on my radar this season. This brand is helmed by Christophe Decarnin who was the designer before Olivier Rousteing at Balmain. Deccarin is taking his grunge approach into something great and fashion forward. It is not for everyone but seeing something like this among all the great Parisian fashion is great. It is put together and very fashionable.


Sacai and Lavin were great as well.


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Happy Birthday Cristóbal

Happy Birthday to the King of Couture and one of my ultimate favorite designer. 

“When a woman walks, the dress must walk, when she dances, the dress must dance, when she raises her arm the jacket should move discreetly.”- Cristobal Balenciaga


Hello All, hope all is well. I have been seeing some great Men’s fashion collections. London, for the most part, delivered a very heavy outerwear pieces and a relaxed slouch silhouette for the most part. Now for Milan, while many question their mens integrity of the shows, and what is truly the “Italian Style”? I like to think it is heavily relied on textiles and its many uses, as well as prints. Peter Dundas at Roberto Cavalli and Euro delivered a prints galore collections. You have knitwear popping up in the collections of Missoni, of course, but also at Corneliani, Salvatore Ferregamo, Neil Barrett and at Dolce & Gabbana. You have preppy looks at Marni, which was a fantastic collection, Ermenegildo Zegna, superb job that redefined Italian menswear and Marcelo Burlon’s folkloric collection was magnificent. I guess, Italian style is a mixture of refined preppy and luxury with an injection of edginess and rock-n-roll sensibility. The Italian man loves a suit but can also rock a heavy knit tunic and some leather pants, and thats as close as street style the Italian man gets.

The one show that really made my wheels turn, was Donatello Versace’s Mens collection. It was space age meets Versace. It was perfectly styled but above that it had the right amount of idea, creativity and accessibility to the collection. The color palette was great, the details were even better. The first pieces of UV lights was a great way to open the show. It was an outer space collection without being too literal. After all, it is a Versace show. Seriously, if you have not seen the runway video, please do!!