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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Grammy’s

Hello, to all who are reading, following and who sporadically drop by. I know that I am inconsistent but I, with all sincerity, Do Love Blogging. I have set date, times and topics to keep my blogging consistent this year. I have a lot on my plate, marketing wise but I still feel that I have to my passions.

I have missed some really Men’s wear important dates but I shall recap them in a later post. I have also missed a couple of Red Carpet events, yet some of the fashions seemed to be a bit overwhelming this award season. The Grammy’s however, has sprung back fashion interest, to me at least.

The top on my list is Blue Ivy, beating out some of fashion’s heavy hitters. Yes, Blue Ivy. When you’re the love child of Beyonce and Jay-Z, you’re going to be spoiled and wear the latest dubs that money can buy. With that said, Bleu Ivy looked amazing in a custom pink Gucci pantsuit a la Prince. the $3,500.00 toddler suit is the latest craze from the new Gucci. I have said it before it is not my favorite but I think this particular outfit was great.

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Paris Jackson is the second on my list with her Balmain gown, Nicholas Jonas was in head to toe Balmain as well. Paris is all grown up and has been seen making her rounds during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Paris was spotted at the Balmain and Givenchy shows, as well as the Chanel Couture show. I like the dress, from the color to the silhouette and the fit of it. I am sure there will be more to come from this wonderful child.

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Adele wraps up my list with her green embroidered Givenchy Haute Couture gown. I like that she’s using color than her usual black dresses. Her red top and black skirt ensemble was great as she sang Hello during the opening of the Grammy’s. We hope her stylist keeps her fashion evolving give us more change.

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That’s it for now. More to come and remember to visit my IG @morethanabowtie

 

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Not Fully Recovered

Hello, Fellow Readers. Hope all is well. It’s been about three weeks since Latino Fashion Week happened but I’ve been extremely sick, that work and blogging; was the last thing I wanted to do. I am still not fully recovered, thus the headline. I really wanted to keep you updated on all the things I have been doing for LFW.

I want to start off with the Puerto Rico’s Fashion History Council. This organization was created because there isn’t an organization that is documenting fashion history in their island. So, they came up with an exhibit composed of 22 couture pieces from 22 talented designers. The exhibit is called Royal Black and all 22 dresses were to capture the aesthetic of the designer/house but in black. The outcome was 22 marvelous, jaw-dropping dresses, some jeweled and heavy, others light as a feather and in between.

Our office was honored to host these beautiful creations and displayed at Chicago’s top design school Columbia College. My team and I worked to displayed them up and take them down. Also, during LFW we dedicated a time slot for a runway presentation. These beauties were under my care and I was nervous as heck, they are museum pieces.

Enjoy the pictures! I know I had a blast with these dresses.

Oh, My Jared!!

With September already here and students start a new school year. I am sitting here, at my desk, looking at my “To Do List”, the 54 work emails that I have to go through, and my calendar, I notice that the “Summer Work Hours” are over this week. Everyone at our firm made it a priority to enjoy this long holiday weekend, which will be our last until Thanksgiving. That’s like 2 and half months away!! Trust me we will look forward to it.

Our firm is on high alert and in production mode for Latino Fashion Week. Which, this year marks its’ 10th year anniversary and marks my 5th year being involved with it. You figure it gets easier year after year but on the contrary, it keeps getting tougher to deliver an amazing fashion season. I am working on menswear designers for LFW at the same time doing research on trends for a client I am working with. As a huge comic geek, I kept looking to see what trends these celebrities are wearing to places like San Diego Comic Con, Wonder Con in Los Angeles and in New York Comin Con. I’m sure you’re wondering, “Why in the hell I am starting my research there?”  These conventions are filled with Movie and TV celebrities. The A-lister they are, the better their coverage, better chances of them being photographed in some cool clothes.

Which brings me to the point of this blog post. The hottest movie ticket this past summer was all about comic films. We had DC’s Batman V Superman in late March, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in May and DC’s Suicide Squad in August. The latter was anticipated and with an all-star cast, surely the fashions were all the people were going to be talking about during the premier and press tours.  One actor, in particular, had me wondering how was he going to pull off a certain brand new approach to style.

At this year’s Oscar’s, Jared Leto wore a black suit with red piping Gucci tuxedo. Everyone who follows fashion has had a mixed review on the “New Gucci” brand direction. I, personally, do not get it. It is dowdy, and something your grandparents wore back in their early 20’s. I have to admit that the Gucci jackets are amazing and many of the pieces work together as separate pieces in your wardrobe. So, Is Jared the only male that can pull off this new Gucci way of luxury? It is aimed at a younger clientele, so are they pushing the boundaries of what male fashion should be?  I am yet to find some other male celebrity donning a head to toe Gucci look.  Don’t get me wrong, Jared looks amazing in everything, I mean he wore a pastel Givenchy suit to the Oscar’s before.

I want to hear your thoughts about this new Gucci brand direction. Your thoughts on Jared being the new poster child for Gucci. I know Tom Ford and Frida Giannini had their own version of a sexy Gucci Man and Woman. Is he living up to it?

 

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Happy Birthday Coco

Hello All. Been busy over here dealing with work, mentoring interns and enjoying my summer. I had to make time for this post. We cannot celebrate fashion without a woman that revolutionized it. Her brand is still the ultimate French fashion staple and still going strong after decades since her passing. 

This day is to celebrate her. 

Happy Birthday Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel

 

 

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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