Events, Emails & Drives..

Hello Everyone. What an amazing night to write this post. Smelling my coffee from my mug, the sounds of the keyboard being stroked and the rain hitting the window is all soothing to end a hectic week. I mean, I am not complaining but working for this firm has been fun and exhausting at the same time.

What I like about this job is that the days are never the same. Aside from all the emails I get to answer, and boy do people love to type emails, it is all interesting to me. Marketing is a cut-throat business. I’m just learning to survive it.

I can share 2 things I did the other day. We had a meeting with Sarar, which is an upscale men’s suiting and furnishing store at a outlet price. I’ve never been to a store that is very posh, trendy and caters all your suits and daily sports jackets wear. This store has it all. I’m sure what ever you need to look sharp when you wear a suit, they most certainly have it. What I liked about Sarar is the quality and luxurious fabrics they use for their suits, ties and the quality of leather goods. It’s expensive looking but affordable. You be the judge.

Sarar.
Sarar.
Bowties and Pocket squares.
Bowties and Pocket squares.
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Amazing sports jacket. Sarar.
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Shoes. Gloves. Hats. Bags.
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Formal Wear.

To end the our work night we got invited to a store launch for SuitSupply, located on Chicago’s prestigious Rush Street. It’s the Street where Prada, Marc Jacobs, Barney’s New York and the likes are located. This is a place that caters, again, to all your suits needs. Here you can get your everyday suits to your weekend getaway wardrobe. The layout and visual merchandising done in this boutique is top notch. I love how the mannequins fill the clothes not make the clothes look lifeless. The Tie Wall, was amazingly done and a major focal point in the space. It was ties rolled and placed in this cubed wall from dark to bright in hues and chromes. That wall looked like a piece of art.

bow ties by SuitSupply
bow ties by SuitSupply
SuitSupply Suits.
SuitSupply Suits.
Knitted Cuff Links. SuitSupply
Knitted Cuff Links. SuitSupply
Formal Wear. SuitSupply.
Formal Wear. SuitSupply.
Wall of Ties. SuitSupply.
Wall of Ties. SuitSupply.

They are stores opening around Chicago that caters to men’s fashion. Wether grooming, accessories, suits and apparel is your thing, I’m sure we have it. I am yet to find a store/boutique/department store that is current, trendy and ahead of the curve. Maybe we are almost there. I want to see a store that pushes the boundaries that showcases some Rick Owens, Yoji Yamamoto, Thom Browne, Kitsune, Margiela. You know, someone that has the courage to say it’s okay to wear tunics, a skirt, jeggins and stand out from the boring crowd. To all say that fashion comes within and not what society thinks what menswear suppose to be.

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A New Chapter

Hello Everyone. It is a fantastic Spring Day in Chicago. Finally, the rain has stopped and the sun is shining and the flowers and trees are starting to blossom. It feels like a new day, like that first fresh of breath air. It is appropriate metaphor for what is next in my life. My days as a retail worker are coming to an end. After more that 15 years of face to face customer service I’m hanging that up for an office job. I mean, I’m going to be interacting with people but it will be more friendlier and less hectic. Customer service either retail, restaurant or grocery is a tough business. You need a thick skin to take on the daily struggles of people.

I am moving forward and focusing more on what college was about. Working in an office that will let me be my own boss yet be creative daily and have some fun doing the things I love. I got a feel of this luxury back a few weeks when working the Black Women’s Expo in March. I was producing two fashion shows for two established designers in Chicago. Both catering that powerful, confident woman but with two different woman in mind. One was Plus Size the other your average slender woman. Designs both modern, elegant and chic.

Jessica Blair, Blair Fashions, has a store in Wicker Park. Selling Plus size fashion to women who are sometimes shun from the fashion industry. Her collection was a little punk, a little glam but sophisticated. Showing that size doesn’t matter, it is all about confidence.

Jessica and her assistant. Black Women's Expo 2015
Jessica and her assistant. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Jessica’s Rack of garments. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Backstage. Minutes before Jessica Blair’s Fashion Runway Show. Black Women’s Expo 2015.

Borris Powell, has made a name for himself in Chicago and rightfully so. Designing everything from apparel, accessories and now make up. He is building on that empire of his. This Fall 2015 collection was elegant, chic and for that sophisticated woman. Fur trims, elegant cocoon-esque silhouettes and amazing floor length gowns. It was a collection to die for.

Backstage. First Model Looks before the Borris J. Powell Fashion Show. Black Women's Expo 2015
Backstage. First Model Looks before the Borris J. Powell Fashion Show. Black Women’s Expo 2015

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Evening Dress by Borris J. Powell. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Borris J. Powell making sure the zipper on the skirt is up. Black Women’s Expo 2015
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Lovely Coat and Pants by Borris J/ Powell. Black Women’s Expo 2015

As I am ready to hang my apron and say good-bye to retail work at the same time I am sadden. I have made amazing work friends, connected with people on a personal level and love the interaction of it all. It has also taught me to speak my mind, to take a step back and analyze the situation and to not take things personal. Most importantly that “Tomorrow Is Another Day” and indeed it is.

I am ready to contribute time, sweat and tears for this new career path I am taking. I am excited to see the outcome of it. I am ready to be challenged. Ready to share all the events, the fashion and the hard work it takes to bring such events to life. I am excited to experience life outside a time clock. I AM READY FOR THIS!!

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Oh, My Tokyo!

Hello again. What a wonderful fourth day of spring it is in Chicago. Guess what? Storm (my favorite mutant) decided to give us some 4 inches of snow. Mind you, it’s been a little over a month since the last time it snowed, giving us about 9 inches. Nonetheless, life continues and is Mondays are a drag to get out of bed, today was no different. I had to hit the snooze about 4 times to finally get up.

I am a night owl. I love staying up late. Watching TV or on the laptop looking at fashion or searching for my next blog post topic. So, I had a friend who recently went to Tokyo. She was amazed with all the fashions it has to offer. Being a designer herself, she’s actually really good and fabulous on top of that, she left Tokyo with the mentality of moving there. With Tokyo Fashion Week Wrapped up, I can honestly see what she means. Speaking of menswear alone it is some of the best fashions I have seen. And trust me I like Bottega Venetta, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Tim Coppens and E.Tautz just to name a few.

Not for nothing though, Tokyo is and should be a top contender in menswear along Milan, London and Paris. I like New York but let’s be honest its been slacking a bit. Speaking of course Menswear wise but we shall see what happens this July when New York hosts its first Men’s Fashion Week.

Tokyo has been showing some great promise, showing amazing designer talent. For instance, Nior Fr which is a minimalist brand yet is all about the details, cuts and styling that made this collection successful. Designed by Syota Masuda it was a collection of all in black with a hint of grey and some lamé printed on the pants. Detailed zippers on sweaters gave the collection a hard edgy look without losing focus. It was slim, it was fit, it was amazing.
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I was really impressed with Discovered. It was grunge meets American-Indian with a touch of Asian flare. It was impressive in the sense that it was laid back, grunge it was polished and luxurious. This brand is known for mixing things up and styling it in a chic way. You can not argue the talented designers for this brand. You get the touches of Asian and American sense, you also see the great details on the Native American influences on the printed ponchos. It was a superb collection and I really want some of these pieces shown.
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Yoshio Kubo is known to be influenced by street wear. To be honest Tokyo’s natives were the main street style trend setters. Yoshio knows his stuff, the street wear influences are very remote, these men are trend setters but in a more upscale luxury way. They are polished, they are groomed and they have impeccable fashion sense. I liked the patchwork blazer, the printed bomber paired with fitted sweat pants. There was a color blocked coat with an amazing oversized hood. My personal favorite a Chanel-esque tweed jacket. It was simply magnificent.

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Facetasm might just be a brand that may replace one of dear favorite menswear brands. Focusing on tailoring and construction this show was great. Showing tunics in colorful prints yet masculine at the same time. A black pullover that seemed torn but stitched together raw like gave it an amazing detail to it. An outerwear jacket that seemed simple yet complicated and origami like shaped on the sleeves. The collection had a great balance of idea and wearability, some thing that is sometimes lost from these other well-known brands and designers.

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Thanks again! I have a busy weekend ahead of me. So please make sure you are going to my twitter and instagram for a fashionable weekend.

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random yet still fashionable

Hello, my fellow readers, bloggers and followers. It’s been about a few weeks since my last post. I miss this. The Blogging. The communication. The feeling of just typing. Fashion is something that I have been out of touch for a bit. I have put all my hobbies, likes and what makes me ME in the back burner. And for what? For a job that takes up too much of my time and I have nothing to show for. I guess that is life, right? No, it shouldn’t. The saying is true of  “We are our worst enemies.” I’ve been guilty of that. Mostly because of self-doubt and trying to “make it on my own” when I had no clue where to start.

But I have promised my self in the beginning of the year that this year was all about me. I promised to take an actual vacation, London is in the works for September. I promised to blog some more, this I will try the hardest to do. And finally, I promised myself to take any and all career opportunities that come my way.

So, with that said, I think I have finally found what I have been looking for, career wise that is. I am overlooking 4 on going fashion projects and meeting designers and giving them feed back. I think I am way over my head for this position but I know I can do it. I will keep you posted on this exciting career path I am embarking on.

Now for some Men’s Fashion. I have a friend who went to Tokyo and was astonished by their fashion sense. She experienced it while I only saw pictures and blog posts of such amazing fashion. I have admired Tokyo fashion for a while now. Their minimalism is astonishing and the way they layer always looks new and fresh. I happen to be following Ato Matsumoto a very contemporary yet street wear brand. I like the black from jersey to leather pants. I was styled magnificently that I makes me want to be lose some weight. Trust me I am trying!!
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Another brand is Patchy Cake Eater. They have a way of taking that women’s tailor feel but giving it a masculine touch. They showed patch work outer wear that looks so stylish without being home-made. Their urban wear was on point. giving the Tokyo man options.
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this is it for now. Don’t forget to follow me on instagram & twitter: @morethanabowtie

 

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“The Oscar goes too..”

Hello everyone.  Been a busy bee lately that I have not had the time to blog since Men’s fashion week. Women’s ready to wear is in full swing now. Follow my Blog’s Instagram for my daily fashion show updates.

Award season came to an end this past Sunday with the Oscars. What an amazing time for fashion. The many glitz and glamour was evidently there. Here are my top 10 list of the Best Dressed women.

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Lupita Nyong’o is on the top of every one’s list and can you blame her. Lupita has become a red carpet fashion icon. That amazing pearl halter top bead work gown from Calvin Klein is what put her on top.

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Marion Cotillard was a vision in Dior. An amazing dress front and that detail on the back made me like her dress. Marion brings that extra french fashion sense to every Dior gown she wears and she pulls it off.

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Reese Witherspoon was stunning in custom made Tom Ford. The pastel color with black velvet accents gave her look a classic yet modern look.

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Margot Robbie was sexy in Saint Laurent. This was so perfect on many levels from hair, make up and accessories to that über chic plunging neckline. It was minimalist yet sexy without being vulgar.

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Not a fan of Jennifer Aniston but her Atelier Versace gown was amazing. Those panels curves made her already amazing body look more envious to everyone else. I love the sheer bottom half of the dress. It was appropriate sexyness.

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Rosemound Pike in Givenchy Haute Couture. Very flawless from a recent pregnant woman. The details on the dress, amazing.  The slit on her dress, to die for.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo. I mean,  where do I start? I did not like it at first but it grew on me through out the night. It was pink, pretty and girly yet modern and chic.

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A pregnant Kiera Knightly in Valentino Haute Couture. She looked elegant and was glowing from her pregnancy. It was youthful yet not tacky of a dress.

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Anna Kendrick in Thakoon. I love the silhouette and color. The color complimented her skin. The dress was youthful with classic touches. The key hole was appropriate and that crystal neckline was an elegant touch.

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Julianne Moore in custom Chanel was  stunning. It was classic, timesless and very Chanel. The bead and appliqué were amazing to look at.

The men’s had some color that I really liked. All tuxedos used were modern, slim and classic.

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Eddie Redmayne was the cool kid in Bespoke Alexander McQueen navy tuxedo. The classic tux modernized in color, the black lapels and bowtie won my vote. Eddie knows his fashion, he’s been on the top dressed list for this award season.

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Neil Patrick Harris burgundy Valentino tux looked amazing on stage. The accents of the the color black made the jacket stand out more. I noticed it and loved it.

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Jared Leto in a custom Givenchy tux in a pastel color paired with white shoes was a favorite of mine. If Jared’s hair was styled he would’ve looked more polished. Nonetheless, I still liked it.

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Robert Pattinson did not attend the Oscars yet showed up at the Vanity Fair’s Oscar after party. The blue color tux was slim and modern with what looks like leather lapels. Robert usually goes for the heroine/grunge chic look but he sure can clean up.

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We cannot talk about men’s fashion without mentioning Benedict Cumberbatch. He truly has been very dapper and debonair this award season. The white jacket with black accents really made him look classic and timesless.

This is all for now. Remember to follow my Instagram for more fashion content.

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Nonchalant, yet elegant..

What a long day it’s been, trying to catch up on two days of fashion shows can be exhausting. I love anything fashion, so I did my best and have finally on track. It’s been a great day for menswear today. Some of my favorite brands featured today. I am happy they did. (Remember to follow my Instagram for more pics and coverage. Link on my about me section. )

Bottega Venetta how much more in love can I be with you!?!?! Tomas Maier’s SS15 collection was on my favorites. The relaxed athleticism, the casual fitted sweat pants were to die for. Yet again that trend carried over for fall. A laid back approach to luxury is the aesthetic at BV, Maier’s elastic waist trousers were talked about. Among the rich fabrics the color pallet of rust, pink,  gray and purple gave it a haute couture slacker chicness to it. After reviewing this collection it was a relaxed collection, a nonchalant feel to it.

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Missoni is another favorite of mine. I love knits for winter. Especially on those days when Chicago winters can fall down to polar temperatures. Knits hugs your body keeping you warm, Missoni knits is great for that. For fall Angela gave us an ease nonchalant elegance as well. Not relying too much on styling but focusing on the fabric. The fabrics were soft making the long coats look bathrobe like and lightweight jackets like sweaters. A colorful pallet, very Missoni, but it didn’t distract you from her point of view. A very cosmopolitan collection.

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If you have followed me from the beginning or recently. You may have noticed that I like men’s fashion that pushes the envelope. Fashion that makes you think, that has a story, fashion designers that push fashion forward. Moncler Gamme Bleu is one of those brands. Thom Browne is one those designers. I like how exaggerated and avant garde his designs are. You have to dissect it and appreciate it. His inspiration for fall was a Moncler jacket in the 50s. He reinterpreted that jacket with Moncler colors beige, black gray and navy with hints of red. Classic patterns of stripes, checks, zigzags and harlequin diamonds made it on to the collection. It was an equestrian collection, jockey uniform. It was balanced, it had idea and wearability to it.

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Fendi has been pushing themselves lately. Their peekaboo bags for both men and women have sold nicely. For SS15, Fendi gave us fabric that looked like denim. For fall they made shearling look like corduroy and it looks fantastic. They also gave us an abundance of fur scarves, wool coats, boxier blazers and patchwork wool that looked like plaid. The peekaboo like face made it on to a jacket, just like in the women’s pre-fall collection. It was uber luxurious, heavily styled. It was a Fendi collection.

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Gucci was rocked when Frida Giannini left days before the men’s show and a month before her scheduled departure. The team came together and scrapped everything and came up with a new collection, new styling, a new Gucci. This collection made me think of J.W. Anderson’s recent collection and so did many other fashion bloggers and critics. It was a bit androgynous,  a bit to fragile for the Gucci man. I personally can not wrap my head around it, do I like it or do I hate it? “Trends never start here” said one fashion critic and that is true. Was it this collection fashion or a disaster? I think it had a good ideas, the blouses were nice but it missed a hardness to it. The suits were great in color and cut but it missed a more masculine approach. Then the tunics in lace were a bit too soft, as well as the three quarter length sleeves and ruffled hems. I don’t know maybe I’ll sleep on it and think differently about it tomorrow. Or maybe this is fashion, this is the new Gucci man.

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Milano!!

Hello. I’ve had a busy last 2 days that catching up on fashion is impossible at times. I am a day behind. As much as I love fashion. I am only going to blog about the shows that have impressed me. And let me tell you, I’ve been impressed. (For more fashion follow my Instagram: morethanabowtie it is also on my about me section)

Versace. Oh, Versace. Their Fall/Winter 15/16 collection was an impressive one. I was shocked by how minimal it was, well most of the collection. Seemed like a breath of fresh air for Versace and their fans. It was sorta back to basics, making this collection about the cut and proportion. A neutral color pallet, I missed the colors tho! A body conscious collection, it was lean and athletic. Long cabled cardigans, ribbed knit bloussons that were longer even tunic like, over cashmere leggings. Impressive.

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Iceberg used to be that collection that I just skimmed through pinning looks here and there. Nothing that made me paid attention to them. In my research Iceberg turs out to be an expertise brand on knitwear. I was intrigued by the first look of the presentation. A collection that seemed influenced my Japanese kimonos and a few hints of color. These knitted tops are to die for. A collection that seemed so comfortable, at ease is worth looking into.

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Costume National Homme was the same as every other of their shows.
While many of the critiques felt indifferently about it, I think they were some great pieces. There’s always a Rock N Roll and tailored look here, yet this time it looked refined, polished. A lot brown trench glided down the runway. A bottle green feather coat that gave me a 70s bohemian feel. It was glam. We need glam when it’s super cold out side and we want summer hot nights.

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Philipp Plien has been on my radar for a few seasons now. This fall collection was impressive on so many levels. This collection was sportswear from start to finish. More like sportswear to streetwear at times. The influences are totally there. Showing a black and white collection with hints of green and purple. The most standout pieces were those crocodile football shirts and python jersey sport shirts. This collection was impressive and I’m sure this German native has more tricks up his sleeve. But isn’t this what we want from new designers? Here is a quote from Plien about fashion: “The fashion industry is saturated. There is no space for something new. Where are the new brands? The new Dolce & Gabbanas, the new Guccis? It is protected—a protected world. And in order to survive I cannot reinvent the shoe, the pant, or the shirt; everything exists already. So you have to find a niche, and this is what we did from the beginning. And now we are growing out of that niche.” Indeed he is.

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