Celebrating Women’s Day

It’s always inspiring to see women all over the world be recognized in so many ways. Today we celebrate International Women’s Day and will likely see trending hashtags such as #WomensDay and #adaywithoutwomen. The ‘Day Without Women’ is a movement where according to the Women’s March website, ” is to recognize the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socioeconomic system, while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity.” YouTube has also created the #HerVoiceIsMyVoice channel to also celebrate and honor international women around the world.  In my book, women’s day is every single day of the calendar year. I come from a family lineage of strong, nurturing, caring and tenacious women. I learned so much from listening and watching these women speak their mind and make a difference in the lives of those around them. My mother Sabina…

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Runway to Oscars: 2017 Oscars Fashion Gown Predictions

With only days away from the Academy Awards we just can’t help but wonder what gowns will hit the red carpet on Sunday. The runways have been filled with so many exquisite choices. Surely designers and celebrity stylists must be in the midst of the behind – the – scenes fashion frenzy for their A-list clients. Let’s be honest, everyone’s goal is to hit that carpet and be on the ‘best dressed’ list the next day so every inch of detail has to be mindfully decided. The complete look has to tell a story, from hair, makeup, jewelry and accessories. So, who will have a fashion forward, elegant Chanel moment? Will it be Dior, Armani Prive for the win? We always love an Elie Saab moment at the Oscars and who will amp up the sex appeal? Based on the past award shows it’s very likely we will see some…

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‘M’ is for Menswear Style That Inspires Women’s Fashion

Menswear style has impacted women’s style for hundreds of years. Women have taken on menswear style in versatile ways and now it is part of the most favorite looks seen from street style to the runway. It was the year 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent introduced the world to the tuxedo style ‘smoking jacket’ for women and infusing sex appeal to it. The fluidity between men and women’s style have grown even more so in past decades with androgyny type fashion on red carpets, movies (hello ‘Annie Hall’) and in the music scene as well. Let’s face it, trousers can be as sexy as a pencil skirt if worn the right way. We know that fashion icon Coco Chanel embraced the look without reservations in her days back in the early 1920s. Legends of Old Hollywood like Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Deitrich and Rita Hayworth all embraced a sweater or button…

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Forever Oscar de la Renta: Hillary Honors Oscar at USPS Ceremony

On Thursday, legendary Oscar de la Renta was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with eleven commemorative Forever stamp designs. At the ceremony were CNN anchor and journalist, Anderson Cooper, Vogue’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg among many other friends of Oscar. It was a special tribute to such a talented man that the fashion industry respected and was loved by the world. He was a proud Dominican and Latino and wherever he went he talked about his people, culture and country with honor and humility. “I know Oscar would have loved these stamps. He delighted in color and pattern, in refinement and in fit, and his designs reflected his personality, optimistic and fun and sunny and romantic,” said Anna Wintour. Then Clinton who took to the podium to close the ceremony said, “The Postal Service’s choice of this immigrant who…

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NYFW Gets Political On The Runway

Fashion is making their political voice heard this week and quite loudly. NYFW designers and models on and off the runway are utilizing their talent and art to speak up about the current issues we are facing. It was to be expected with women’s rights being challenged, immigration injustices and the talk of walls and bans in the White House. We were wondering just a few weeks ago why there was so much silence from the fashion industry. Well, it looks as though they decided to let the clothes do the talking. Shows like Prabal Gurung, Public School, Christian Siriano just to name a few, made their beliefs quite clear on the runway. We are all living in a world that is completely different than it was ten years ago, five years ago or even five months ago when we last had fashion month. With so much divisiveness and uncertainty, the one thing…

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