Friday, July 22, 2016


It has been a little under two years since the world and the fashion industry lost one of their biggest fashion design legends, Oscar de la Renta. Since then, his collections continue to sell and his successor, Peter Copping has done a stand-up job at keeping the level of sophistication and elegance that is true to the De la Renta brand. However, this week we learned that Peter is stepping down from his role as creative director due to personal reasons and is returning to Europe. The news spread quickly but came suddenly. Another talented and tenured creator was suddenly leaving a major fashion house. We all almost seem, surprised but not so much anymore all the same time. It seems to be the norm as of late for designers to stay with a label for just a handful of years before they are gone from that position. Nevertheless, there was still a sense of shock and sadness that the one man that was appointed by the founder, was now exiting so quickly. It will be of course interesting to see who will be the next person to take over Copping's position. Will it be someone younger, experienced or unknown? What is the next direction for the house that Oscar built? Will the design aesthetics change from what they have always been known for? We have many questions and curiosities but for now, we will let time will tell the story. We will continue to remember the man who brilliantly executed fashion with class and a high level of taste. He believed in the beauty of a woman. He always talked about a women's confidence and how all of this needed to be portrayed in his clothes. We miss his talent, we miss his presence in this ever-changing world of fashion. Today on what would have been his 84th birthday, we remember Oscar for all the iconic wonder that he was and for all the collections that left a mark in his legacy.
Happy Birthday Oscar de la Renta!

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Monday, July 18, 2016


There is something about wearing metallics anytime of the year that really feels modern and edgy. Metallic has been going pretty strong in fashion for quite some time. From the runway to retail, you will find so many fun accessories and clothing options in some form of metallic. If you recall, there was a ton of metallic worn on the red carpet at the Met Gala back in May. Of course, that was a nod to the current Costume Institute exhibition, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" and perhaps you can take inspiration from there as well. The fashion runways were also full of metallics for spring/summer including shows from Saint Laurent, Naeem Khan and Chanel. Fashion tip, hold on to your armor and chains as this trend will continue on for fall/winter 2016 as well. No matter if your preference is gold, silver, copper or rose gold, there are plenty of options for your style, be it dressy or casual. Need some ideas? Buckle up and get ready to scroll through some fabulous metallic finds. Do you have any shiny, metallic pieces in your wardrobe? Drop us a note below and share.
Chanel Runway S/S 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Evolution of Dior: The French House's First 70 Years

The luxury house of Christian Dior has seen many changes in the past 70 years. One of the biggest historic moments came just days ago when they recently appointed Maria Grazia Chiuri (former co-creative director of Valentino). Chiuri replaces previous Dior creative director, Raf Simons who stepped down last October. Visit the Mode story below to get a full view of the history of this fashion giant over the past seven decades.

Check out The Evolution of Dior: The French House's First 70 Years
by Maria Cartagena at Mode

Sunday, July 10, 2016


A new day, a new week. It's an opportunity for fresh starts and new beginnings. Be focused and stay excited no matter what your goals might be. Here is a bit of positive motivation to get you going and just remember that we are all in this journey of life together. So let's all do our part to make the days ahead better for one another. 


Wednesday, July 6, 2016


From nude tones to bold deep plums, lipsticks are one of the many beauty products that have evolved in a big way. Lip liners are normally used to define the lip shape, but when it comes to 'the rules' of what hues are in style by season, those lines are pretty blurred. Gone are the days where you only wore light colors in the summer and a deep read in the fall. So with that said, let's explore what is hotter than a heat wave in the lipstick market. 

The brand SMASHBOX is by far a top favorite and the options are extensive. Depending on your preference they have liquid, matte or lacquer. Personal recommendations: SMASHBOX line of Be Legendary creme lipstick in Prim Rose Mauve, Legendary True Red and L.A. Sunset Coral Red.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Get the Covetable French-Girl Bob

Since the 1920s the french bob has been one of the most classic and sought-after hairstyles around the world. No one does a bob like a french girl, but these days the bob style has been revamped to a more modern look. Visit my Mode Stories profile below to get full details on this glam story and many others.

Check out How to Get the Covetable French-Girl Bob
by Maria Cartagena at Mode

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Are the days of the 'fashion icon' gone with the wind? Does that sound like a loaded question? Let's stop for a moment to think about what the term fashion icon really means. Once upon a time it was equivalent to a very famous figure who embodied the term great style. It was synonymous with class, grace and historic moments in fashion that still resonate decades later with the masses. It's safe to say that when we think of legends of style, we automatically think Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy among many others. These women not only revolutionized fashion but were some of the most influential figures in their time and even today. Far more times than we can count, Audrey and Marilyn's looks have been emulated, revamped or served as artistic inspiration. The difference today is that our world and culture have changed, significantly. Of course, many of us (yours truly included) would consider our mothers our personal fashion icons. They are the first women who we see primp and prep in front of a mirror.  As we grow older, we form our own opinions and find our own sense of style. We are then influenced by what is trending, lifestyle and culture and we go from there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Vibrant colors, provocative sensuality and an explosion of high energetic visual artistry. Those are just some of the elements that can be experienced at the Antonio Lopez exhibition Future Funk Fashion. This extraordinary exhibit opened its doors at El Museo del Barrio on June 14th. 
Antonio Lopez was a Puerto Rican native who grew up in East Harlem, New York City from the age of seven. A world renown fashion illustrator and artist whose works were prominently found in publications such as Vogue, Elle, The New York Times and Harper's Bazaar among others. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and later moved to Paris to work alongside Karl Lagerfeld. El Museo del Barrio is presenting three decades worth of Antonio's drawings that include his photographs, clothing and shoes (some that have never been seen before). It also highlights the working partnership with his life-long business partner, Juan Ramos. Future Funk Fashion is a celebration of Antonio's artistry and is divided into themes such as the body, music, the street and the influence of Afrofuturism. Antonio's eye for beauty and talent was one of a kind, which led him to work with and discover supermodels such as Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones and Jessica Lange (aka 'Antonio's Girls'). The story of these relationships are well portrayed throughout the exhibit in photographs and illustrations. In many of his sketches, he explored the muscular male and female form and he was highly influenced by music, dance, politics and the street culture of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s.

Antonio Lopez Self Portrait, Italian Vanity 1981

Sunday, June 12, 2016


The 2016 Tony awards celebrated the best of the great white way in New York City on Sunday night. Although the Beacon Theatre was buzzing with the who's who of Broadway, the sadness and devastation was on everyone's mind from the tragic incident in Orlando earlier in the morning. Comedian James Corden who was the host of the Tony Awards had a very touching opening speech that included, "On behalf of the whole theater community, and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced, is loved". Corden did an extraordinary job as the show's host and kept a good flow and timing with jokes. The musical 'Hamilton', was nominated sixteen times and won for best musical. There was singing, dancing and of course, tons of fantastic red carpet fashion. 'The Color Purple' may have won for best revival of a musical but it was the color yellow that seemed to be the winning color on the red carpet at the Tony awards. What were some of the standout looks of the night? Scroll on and take a look. Are any of your favorites on this list?

Lupita Nyong'o in Boss

Monday, June 6, 2016


Grace Kelly once said, "I favor pearls on screen and in my private life." She is not alone in her love of pearls as there are many women who even in 2016 still choose pearls as a jewelry piece to wear. I have heard from several ladies that wearing pearls can feel matronly and in all honesty, it can have a conservative aesthetic. Gone are the days when pearls were only attributed to formal attire or just weddings. These days the sense is that all the rules in fashion have gone out the window, although there are some that should still prevail. Since one of the birthstones for the month of June (my birthday month) is the pearl (the other two are alexandrite and moonstone), today we are taking a closer look at how this classic gem can be worn in a more modern and even less formal way. 
Pearls have been around for ages and although they can be extraordinarily expensive, today we are going to discuss the less costly ones that anyone can acquire as a fashion accessory. You can find them as one strand - short or long and also in layers. But keep in mind that today you can layer a strand of pearls with other necklaces that compliment the look. Sure a classic little black dress (LBD) and a short strand of pearl is a more formal style but these days it is not surprising to wear a t-shirt, blazer and jeans with long pearl strands. If the necklace idea feels like too much, then try just a small earring or a long dangling option. Now you can layer rings or even opt to find shoes and handbags that may have adorned pearls on them. With summer in tow and with the embellished shoe trend, it wouldn't be surprising to find more pearlized footwear. How about a cute maxi dress or denim romper accessorized with touches of pearls which by the way, can be found not only in white but in different colors. The possibilities are endless. Go ahead, take a chance this month and channel your inner lady-like Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel or bring a bit more of an edge. Add a fashion twist that only you can fashionista! We want to know how you style your pearls. Do you use them for only formal events or have you mastered a way to wear them in a more casual way?

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