Heavenly Bodies.

Hello Everyone. Thank you for all the likes I am getting and the traffic my podcast as well. We’re having a bit of scheduling problems but we hope to get that sorted out in the next few days, even if that means waking up at the crack of dawn and coming home at dusk. Alas, we’re still committed, and episode two is coming this week.

This post is about the annual Met’s Costume Institute Gala, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination curated by Andrew Bolton. If you’re curious as to how this exhibit and gala is put together check out Andrew Rossi’s 2016 documentary The First Monday in May, and experience how the Met’s 2015 exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass was put together. It’s one of those great fashion films that is a must see.

This years theme, attendees were told to wear “Your Sunday’s Best”. With that said many male celebrities missed the mark on this except for a few. The following are my top picks.

 

We got my boy T’Challa, Chadwick Boseman in Atelier Versace and Christia Louboutin, fit right into the theme for his first ever Met Gala. Although, it was a bit borderline cheesy, it was adorned correctly and stopped just in time. The cape was amazing, as the detail of the pants as well. I liked that you could take the cape off and he detailed of the pants were great.

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Oh, My Jared. Is there nothing in the world that Jared Leto cannot look good in?! I am asking. Please let me know in the comments section. Jared seems to be Alessandro Michelle muse when it comes to designing, and yet the collaboration seemed to be on point for their latest appearance. In a dusty blue suit, with wide black pinned lapels, an embroidered scarf, and crown completed his bearded, scruffy look. Definitely, channeling the Holy Man himself.

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You may or may not know the following nominee, kidding, but you may not know who this person is unless you’re into musical theater and the powerhouses behind them. Jordan Roth is the president and co-owner of the Jujamcyn Theaters in New York City and a close friend of AW. Making his Met Gala debut and consulting with AW, they both choose a piece from Givenchy’s Men’s Haute Couture. The jacket initially started as a cape on a short jacket, but, at Wintour’s guidance, evolved into a longer coat with a cape constructed from strands of beads. The coat in wool and silk red tailored with a red hand-embroidered beaded cape and red straight-leg trousers complete the look.

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Nick Jonas has made his rounds to the Met Gala for a few years now. At first, I can admit that his look looked boring to me. It felt too safe for a theme that seemed interesting and challenged men to be creative. So, I then saw a video of Nick getting ready, and they showed the suit. The suit is from Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria. The textile itself is a bit Renaissance with gold cording (or stitching) on the suit. Which loses itself in all the photographs I have seen of Nick. Other than that, his cross chained makes a great alternative to a bowtie, which was his first option.

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For as long as you have been reading or following my blog, you know that I love a great dramatic piece. And sure enough, my last pick is as dramatic as it can be. Hamish Bowles whos is American Vogue’s European Editor-at-Large, comments on a lot of the fashion and writes some of the stories. Bowles wore this cardinal watered silk red cape with angelic-like feathers that decorated it made from colorful failles. Underneath, he wore a lilac watered silk suit with similar feathers. I think it was great, it fit the theme and it was amazing.

 

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Here we go..

It’s been a really busy,  more than usual, this past week. Yet I had the opportunity to get the ball rolling on a project that I had a lot of hope for. With work going good, personal life gaining momentum and family becoming more clearer. This seemed like the right time to be a little self-fish and focus on me for once.

With that said. I have started my first podcast, ever, with a friend. Something that started out as a joke but after considering the options we decided to do it. Using her dining room table, her parents around, which they’re hilarious, supporting us through the podcast was simply humble and amazing.

We decided on Fashion Junkies: A Podcast. Recorded on March 12, the day Hubert de Givenchy passed away at the age of 91. Truly, a sad day for fashion, as he was the last living legends of Parisian Fashion. His Maison, given new life through a new creative director, Clare Waight Keller, seems to bring in that feminine touch and romanticism that is much needed. Not knocking down any other previous directors but the master himself knew what he was doing.

That conversation segways to many other topics that we talk about and we are proud of.

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Take a listen and please, comment, share subscribe. We know that this podcast is not for everyone. We know that they’re critics that hide behind the keyboards. Yet, we are true to ourselves and we’re not stopping.

Listen to the podcast here: Fashion Junkies: A Podcast

 

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Farewell, Queen.

“I didn’t long to be a designer. I always liked fashion, but it was always a bit sleeping in me.”  Carolina Herrera said once, and it’s one of many quotes I love about her. And just like that, it pretty much sums up my career in fashion and the direction I want to take it. Many years in coordinating fashion events and being around fashion, I know that my time to design. More of that to come, I suppose.

This post is dedicated to my fashion Icon, Carolina Herrera. On February 12, 2018, Carolina presented her Fall/WInter 2018 collection and a few days before that, it was announced that she will step down as creative director and become the Global Ambassador for her brand. She will still be involved but not creatively. Herrera’s parfums is overlooked by her daughter, Carolina Herrera Jr. After 37 years and 70 plus shows, she came out for her final bow. The collection, as always, was luxurious, feminine and very optimistic, which is fantastic for the brand.

Herrera has been on the forefront of what is American Fashion. When heavy hitters like Calvin Klien, Donna Karen, Anne Klien, Ralph Lauren opted for minimalism designs, Oscar de la Renta and she brought forward embellished clothes, body-conscious dresses and glamorous evening gowns to American runways. I remember reading a story about her in one of my mother’s Vogue and Vanidades magazines. I remember seeing a latino name and thinking, “She’s just like me.” It was there that at the age of 13, and the influence of my older siblings and cousins, my passion for fashion ignited. I have been following her career ever since and I have seen her aesthetic evolve.

 

Her interpretation of the Great Gatsby for summer, in pastels, whites, and greys while everyone was doing the lingerie trend. Women horseback riding through the English forest with feather hats, knee-high boots, in plaids and capes. Or giving us leggins in copper, cassis, lapis, and plum for fall. Or her creative ways of showing us the movement of water for a whole collection, the weaving of a Japanese basket that influenced the whole collection, or the pop of color juxtaposed with bold embellishments and big polka dots prints.

My point is that she always evolved and stayed a bit distanced from trends. With each collection, she got cooler, younger and edgier but remained true to her brand and to the people who she catered to. The many women who have money and who love to wear the beautiful evening gowns. She also knew how to make the collection appeal to the younger crowd. It was evident in the last three collections.

Carolina has passed the torch to  Wes Gordon, a designer that has worked at Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford. The sophistication and the point of views of what luxury is to those designers are embedded in him. He’s right on track to lead the Carolina Herrera brand into the future. Afterall, he has been at Herrera’s side for the past 11 months.

I am curious to see what comes out from this new designer. How close to the DNA of CH will be influenced? How much of his own voice as a designer is he putting in the collection? How much creative freedom does he actually have? Only time will tell.

The part that I will be missing the most is those last moments, those last moments of anticipation. When the models have done the finale walk. The attendees are clapping, the lights are down. Then you see that crisp white button-up shirt, before seeing her. That golden hair mixed with gray, just very put together, like what you’ve just seen on the runway. It’s that moment that you realize why you’re there or why you’re viewing the show. It is because you wanna look, you wannabe just as stylish as her.

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Black Red Carpet

Hello, fellow readers. It has been awhile and here we are. It is a great time to be a blogger. Or once again. We have a lot of themes to blog about, yet this blog is about fashion, and fashion we shall discuss.

What a wonderful time to see people come together for a great cause. For a great issue that is plaguing many industries. In a time when the discussion of sexual harassment, gender inequality, This is a real-life issue that deserves to be amplified, and who better than A-list celebrities to help. They have the following, the exposure and the platform to get the ball rolling and help end it now.

The long debate in Hollywood has been the wage gap from male to female co-stars. It is something that is everywhere from Hollywood to the Boardrooms. So this years theme for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press celebrated the color black as a protest for the issues that have come to light in the last few months. So how do you differentiate yourself, your style in a sea of all black? Of course, the different types of textiles, then there’s the silhouette, then there is the wearer, and how can they make it their own. The following are my top 5 picks of the even.

Claire Foy, who was nominated for Netflix’s The Crown. Looked amazing in the menswear-inspired suit by Stella McCartney. Who better than to give it a touch of Saville Row than Stella. The fit was amazing and the styling was great too.

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Mary J. Blige has been having an amazing award season. Being nominated for Mudblood, a Netflix original movie, which she is magnificent, it is a well-deserved nomination. Blige wore her custom Alberta Ferretti. Either you call it a boat, off the shoulder, or portrait neckline, I think it worked for her. That silver, crystal sleeve or panel that went all the way down. Really gave it a regal touch.

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Allison Janey. I really have to say that I liked her Mario Dice. I cannot say that I know his work but upon doing some research many celebrities have worn his gowns on the red carpet. I really liked the white accent of the dress. It really stood out in the sea of all black. I saw a picture of her backstage after receiving her award for I, Tonya, the white pops, as it should.  Breath taking.

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Saoirse Ronan, the Lady Bird. If you have not seen this film, you must. Ronan is no stranger to award seasons. Her first round was as a teenager outshining her costars in Atonement, then again for Brooklyn, she seriously is an amazing actress. Her Atelier Versace gown was appropriate. The touch of silver gave her a posh look, that balanced the one long sleeve, which seems to be the trend.

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Wonder Woman, I mean, Gal Gadot was that cool chick at the party that everyone wants to get to know. Her Tom Ford ensemble gave her that touch of reality but still chic. It was cute, flirty but it also was serious and posh appropriate.

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and finally, because this is a blog for men.  After reviewing the many men that graced the red carpet. They all looked the same to me, with the exception of a few details here and there. Yet, I want to give a shout out, to whoever is styling the kids of Stranger Things. They all looked great and the boys looked super dapper. One, in particular, was Noah Schnapp in Balmain. Not sure if he knows about fashion but his Balmain gear was on point. From the dinner scarf to the four silver buttons, to the slim fit, all the way down to the moccasins. The best part is that he really seemed to be having a great time. And, of course, that’s what should matter.

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the Oscar Goes To…

“What time to be alive!”, is the thing I said when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty named the wrong movie for the Best Picture category on last night’s Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony. I also thought, “Why is Warren looking confused? Is he “losing” his mind right in front of the world?” Yet, as Faye said the name, the ruckus started behind them and Moonlight was the rightful winner of the category.

I never imagined such thing could ever happen at the Oscar’s. I know I wished it a couple of times,  especially those times Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams should’ve taken the award. Besides that incident, the show was pretty much hilarious. I think Jimmy Kimmel did a good job and his feud with Matt Damon was great to see play out, even on this platform that is being viewed around the world.

Now to the dresses. The real reason we watch such an event. A lot of color and strap gowns. This year, I wasn’t impressed with the dresses, maybe because some of the celebrities make their obvious choices of what Brand or Designer they’re going to wear. Like Dakota Johnson wearing that champagne long sleeve Gucci gown. Which I thought it was pretty but the front bow needed to go. On the Gucci runway, it was this rich violet color, lovely, but for this purposes, the champagne color worked great for Dakota.

For this recap/post, I don’t have a ranking. I’m just doing a top three looks for both men and woman.

Mahershala Ali looked fabulous and showed us the right way to wear black in multiple layers. Dressed in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, the three-piece suit, shirt, and bowtie were great and loved the checkered color pocket piece. Very minimalist but spot on and on trend.

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Riz Ahmed, which you may or may not know of him, is on the latest Netflix hit show The OA. Recently on HBO’s Girls and as a supporting cast in Star Wars: Rogue One among other things. Also dressed by Ermenegildo Zegna Couture, yet opted for a one button suit. This suit looks so crisp, perhaps is the blue hue that makes me think that but it looks young and fresh. Complete with a white shirt and a satin bow tie was all it need to complete the look.

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To wrap up the men’s wear, here are BFF’s and Avengers actors Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner. Looking dapper and sexy is Chris Evans in a blue Salvatore Ferragamo. While Jeremy Renner is a classic black tux Hugo Boss. Blue suits/tux seems to be the staple in Chris’ wardrobe, he’s worn this look a few times, playing with the hues each time. The slim fit cobalt blue works with the black lapel and bow tie. It looks good on him.

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Janelle Monae has certainly made me realize how much I love fashion. Not only fashion but gowns, red carpet events and the appreciation for Haute Couture. Dressed in Eli Saab, the master of embellishment. I loved this dress, and yes it is the #1 on my top dressed list because it is different when everyone played it safe. The dress seems a bit Baroque yet modern for today’s wearing. The jeweled top, I preferred a bit well balanced yet the asymmetry of it worked. Can’t wait to see what she does next.

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Ruth Negga looked very gypsy in the red Valentino long sleeve gown. It worked for her and it moved elegantly on the red carpet.

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Naomie Harris white Calvin Klein by Appointment white ensemble was fresh and new for this company. This is obviously Raf Simmons doing yet it did look stunning on Naomie the train on the dress was the appropriate length and I wasn’t crazy about the weird matching shoes but yet it worked.

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Let me know what you think and let me know about your Best Dressed list.

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