Month: October 2013

Taking one breath at a time.

Hello Again, It’s been about 2 weeks since my last post. Going back to my daily routine of things, makes it a bit difficult to blog. I know, I know, it is all about time management and prioritizing but sometimes there is never enough hours in a day to get everything done. Leaving things for the next day makes it a bit unbearable, I feel like I am waking up and starting my day late.

Coming out of a fantastic week for Latino Fashion Week, I noticed that I have missed FASHION, in general. I forgot how it feels to look at a garment and see the details, the way it was cut, the way the fabric feels. All the things I love doing when I was in school. I have let my day job keep me from doing what I love. Yes, I know I am not a designer, but a merchandiser that loves fashion. I always thought that “my dream job” would be something that combines both PR/Marketing with Fashion. Finding something were I can do both is hard. I have been to many sites, have taken the leads and have a few phone interviews but nothing comes through.

I have been optimistic about finding that “my dream career job” when I, myself didn’t even feel it. Other times I applied for jobs that I did not like just so I can say I have “found something”. Satisfied or not, I just needed to find something in my field. I have been out of school since January of this year and not finding something that sparked my interest has depressed me. I found myself hating my day job and saw no way out. I even went out of my way to help a couple of friends on their businesses. Hoping that will spark something in me and regain confidence in myself but that was not the case. Then graduation came and I still felt the same.

Then a few days before Latino Fashion Week, I received a call from a close friend that wanted to talk to me about a possible job opportunity. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant and not believed him. Then I receieved an email from my school to showcase my portfolio prior to the EVOLVE fashion show. I am not religous, but I took these coincidences as a sign to do something with my current self. I went through the process for the porfolio showcase open minded and proud of my work.

As for the friend, this job opportunity seems exciting. It is something that I want to be apart of, something that I am passionate about. He is an accessory designer, bags mostly, he found an investor that is interested in his work. As a fashion student, well as a student in general, you are looking for that person, company, investor, career were they believe in you and are willing to give you that opportunity. I always knew that my friend would be successful sooner or later. He is not a hustler but he belives in his craft and I do as well. This opportunity for us to merge our talents together to conceive a start-up company sounds terrifying but exciting at the same time. Every thing seems legit and counsel has been taking in consideration. All we need is the green light from their parent company but from the look of things it’s a GO!!

All I needed was a spark. That spark has woken me up. It has made me ambitious and focus gain. I want this!! This opportunity made me realize I will not retire at my day job, but has made me realize that patience is a virtue. That sometimes even when every door seems to be sealed shut and the room might be getting smaller, that that is only temporairly. I don’t know who said it but i believe that we must go through darkness before we can reach for the light.

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A fantastic night of Fashion!

Hi! I am groggy from a fantastic fourth night Latino Fashion Week event. Last night event showcased some amazing latino talent.

Let’s start with celebrity designer Robert Rodriguez. Robert’s garments have been worn by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, my personal favorite Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and other fantastic women. The evening wear presented was beautiful in monochromatic colors. My favorite look was his version of a motorcycle jacket paired with metallic looking pants. Also, the nights musical guest Son’s of Mariel played live as the models walked down the runway.

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Up next is Claudia Arce from Argentina. Claudia is a well known in her country and we are glad that Latino Fashion Week has finally showcased her talent. Arce’s fashion house delivered haute couture garments for this event. She showed her SS 2014 collection and like the trends, a lot of white came down the runway and well as yellows, pinks and blues in pastels. My favotie look was a floor length yellow gown, that made the model look like she was gliding down the runway. Dresses were elegant, no wonder the Argentine celebreties and socialites love to wear her clothes.

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To close the nights event was Maria Rosario Mendoza for Takamasi, a fashion house from Guadalajara, Mexico. This Emmy award winner, designs for both women and men, thank you for that. You notice the Mexican cultural reference was the theme for her Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Also, staying in trend for color of the season. For men, I noticed a lot of sportswear, also a theme for men spring/summer 2014. Maybe I’m being biased but I really liked these two collections.

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Let it Evolve.

Hope you are not tired of me yet!

Last night, Thursday,  I was part of the IADT alumni that presented our portfolios to industry professionals. IADT-Chicago partnered with Latino Fashion Week for this event. IADT (International Academy of Design & Technology) took this opportunity to also showcase student talent. Upon the ending of the runway show, many people were impressed, as was I. This year honorees delivered amazing peices. I only wished I can remember the names. I was too into the show to write the names but the good thing about technology,  we can come back and edit!!

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I love Nick!!

Hello again!!

I’ve been busy dealing with all the hectic, last minute PR stuff, that I am too tired at night to blog. Although,  it’s been a roller coaster,  I love doing what I do.

This entry is dedicated to Wednesdays Latino Fashion Week event that was presented by Macy’s. Our host fpr the event was Nick Verreos from seasons two Project Runway. Nick hosted the same event last year, let’s be honest he is so charming with the crowd no wonder he was asked to host again this year. The theme for the event was fashions inspire by the Latina Icon Thalia. Garments presented were by brands you find at your local Macy’s. Rachel Rachel Roy, was showcased the most, followed by Michael Michael Kors, International Concepts and some others as well.

If you know Mexican pop Icon Thalia’s style, she is edgy and chic at the sametime. Me being latino I’ve heard of her and can see the inspiration from the clothes. Nonetheless,  Nick Verreos was a fantastic MC, that I am sure we will see him again next year. Well, at least I hope so.

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Let’s have lunch!

Good day, everyone.  Its been awhile since I have written. I miss this and I have a week worth of material for you guys to read.

First of, last night kicked off Latino Fashion Week. The only week of it’s kind that honors Latino fashion in the United States. This year’s theme called “The Journey” takes in consideration the seven long years it’s been in production. This year alone we took Latino Fashion Week to Dallas, Los Angeles and Miami,  each with it’s unique fashion presence.

This year, for Chicago, our venue is the newly consteucted luxury mall Block Thirty Seven, located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. Today’s luncheon focused on unique Latinos of all heritage no unite and make a difference in the Chicago community.

Our guests love fashion. So, lets motivate them with fashion.

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