Monday, May 23, 2016

Cannes 2016 Best Dressed


JESSICA CHASTAIN IN GIORGIO ARMANI
Every year the bold, famous and beautiful come to the Cannes Film Festival and for the most part bring their A-game to the red carpet. Once again this year the cinematic stars from around the world came to the south of France in multitudes to shine a light on their films or participation in them. Others were invited to the many glamorous events happening during the twelve days of the festival. Blake Lively attended several events and grabbed many of the headlines with her baby bump dressed to the nines in high fashion gowns. There were many stunning looks including Dior, Versace and Gucci with an abundance of ruffles, beading and floral embellishments, but we have sorted through the noise and today we bring you our list of Cannes 2016 BEST DRESSED list. Leave your comments below and share which gowns or looks were your favorites. 
Actress Julianne Moore knows how to work a Givenchy gown

Blake Lively dressed up her baby bump in many winning looks (Atelier Versace blue and metallic and ruffled Vivienne Westwood)
A Zuhair Murad moment by model Alessandra Ambrosio
Kirsten Dunst is simple and elegant in Dior

Bollywood was well represented by Sonam Kapoor in this stunning Ralph & Russo gown
Charlize Theron shows how to bring duality to fashion - Feminine in Givenchy and Masculine in Dior Couture
Katy Perry looked gave channeled her Spanish flair in this red Marchesa ensemble

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fashion, Art and Glamour: Museo Del Barrio 2016 Annual Gala

On May 12, 2016, El Museo Del Barrio hosted their 23rd annual gala. This year the institution was honoring two of fashion and art's iconic figures, Isabel and Ruben Toledo and MAC Cosmetics. Hosted by gala co-chairs Maria Eugenia Maury, William H. Haseltine and Fashion Designer, Narciso Rodriguez the event drew over 400 guests from the fashion and art world that also included luminaries, philanthropists and collectors. For this grand evening, the source of inspiration came from the late Puerto Rican fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez whose much-anticipated solo exhibition 'Future Funk Fashion' will be on display at the Museo Del Barrio beginning June 14 - November 26 (stay tuned for as One Style at a Time brings you a full review of the exhibit this summer).

El Museo's black tie gala was held at the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City and guests dined in the Grand Ballroom in a room full of glamorous splendor. The Board Chair Maria Eugenia Maury and Executive Director Jorge Daniel Veneciano took to the podium to welcome guests and thanked everyone for their attendance. Veneciano added, "As we face a nation increasingly Latin American, it becomes our responsibility to build a museum that embodies that reality". Iconic model Pat Cleveland presented MAC Cosmetics Creative Director, James Gager with the award for Corporate Excellence In The Arts. Finally, actress Debi Mazar had the honor of presenting her longtime friends Ruben and Isabel Toledo with the award for Excellence In The Arts. Isabel said, "I really would like to thank El Museo for recognizing our artistic vision and artistic heart as a sharing artist couple." Ruben added, "El Museo understands that art is the language of the soul, This is something we take seriously. We thank you all for supporting El Muso and for helping to shape the next generation of art." The gala raised well over $850,000 which supports exhibitions and educational programming initiatives. The dinner ended with a festive performance by legendary voguing house, House of Xtravaganza. The evening concluded with an after-party in The Terrace Room which was transformed into an 80s themed club with sultry red glowing lights. The atmosphere perfectly referenced the "Antonio Era" with disco music. The fashion was sophisticated at this cultural fund-raising extravaganza. Model Pat Cleveland wore Zac Posen, honoree Isabel Toledo brought her love to the red carpet wearing a beautiful maroon heart patterned dress. 

Ruben and Isabel Toledo 
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Monday, May 9, 2016

HOW TO ROCK THAT MILITARY GREEN TREND

Military fashion has been trending season after season. Designers always tend to gravitate to this style at some point in their collections and or mix it up in alternative ways. Lately, the moss green or army green bomber jackets have been seen on many street style and celebrity favorites. The utility jacket is also a great spring to summer option with jeans, shorts or a dress. One of the biggest advantages of this color is that it's just about as easy to pair with so many colors just like black, white and gray. 
Take any military green piece and add tangerine, navy, powder pink, denim, stripes and accents of gold accessories. Now, you are ready for your daily runway moment! Here are some ideas for your spring to summer army fashion style,(Bonus Tip: Keep your these greens around after the summer, the color continues to trend in the fall).Tell us fashionistas, are you a fan of the army green style? How do you make your look stand out in this color?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MET GALA: BEST DRESSED AS COUTURE MEETS TECHNOLOGY

The biggest fashion gala of the year finally arrived on the 'First Monday of May'. 
The preparations have been on its way for months and today the glitterati hit the red carpet for the unveiling of this year's Costume Institute fashion exhibition, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. It is a crossroads of sorts; wearable man-made couture and technology-based fashion. With the ongoing debate of 'fashion is art', this exhibition is quite a celebration of the importance of couture and the futuristic elements of fashion. As the Met Gala got on its way, the anticipation began as to how the celebrities would interpret this theme into their red carpet attire. In years past, many of the stars have failed short in accomplishing the mission of paying homage to the theme of the of the night. 
Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

KOHLS AND LANE BRYANT: NEW MUST-SEE DESIGNER COLLABORATIONS

With Mother's Day and all the new spring collection debuts having, we decided to highlight two that we know our One Style at a Time readers will want to know more about. Beginning with Designer Christian Siriano, who is not only a visionary but when it comes to designing, it's clear he knows how to dress not just models and celebrities, but women of ALL sizes. We know him as a previous winner of the show 'Project Runway' and of course, his dramatic and luxe designs have been seen on the red carpet worn by many A-list celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and the list goes on. He has come a long way since his debut collection in 2008 and his designs are some of the most anticipated every season at New York Fashion Week. Elle magazine has called him 'The New King of Old School Glamour' and the title is more than deserving. The Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection is available in stores as of April 27th. This collection includes ready to wear and evening pieces that range in price from $48.00 to $198.00.

About the collection, Siriano says...“In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size. Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes.  I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.” So ladies, if you're a Lane Bryant shopper you will definitely want to own as many of these spring pieces. Christian Siriano has an eye for design, tailoring and top notch glamour.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ANN TAYLOR FALL/WINTER '16 COLLECTION

Ann Taylor recently celebrated their press preview event showcasing their looks for fall/winter 2016. The brand's creative director Austyn Zung (who has worked with Oscar de la Renta and Balmain Paris in the past) presented an exquisite and sophisticated collection that included a continuation of romantic ruffles from this current season. Also an array of textures such as statement faux-furs and shearling. When we think of Ann Taylor and the working woman, we think of a polished, well-styled woman and this fall collection will be no exception. It was exciting to see Zung play with prints such as jacquards and houndstooth and the colors ranged from earth tones to more muted tones giving the customer options to mix and match or stay in a monochromatic palette. The accessories included animal print handbags and bold gemstoned jewelry which brought together the perfect compliment to many of these looks. There are many style options that will serve to transition seamlessly from day to night and even for more formal events. That is just what we love about Ann Taylor; the feminine, modern options for today's busy woman that wears many hats. One Style at a Time brings you a preview of this fall collection and we want to know what are some of the looks you can't wait to see in stores?

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Monday, April 25, 2016

PRINCE: THE UNEXPLAINABLE GENIUS OF MUSIC AND FASHION

"I don't really care so much what people say about me because it usually is a reflection of who they are. For example, if people wish I would sound like I used to sound, then it says more about them than it does me." - Prince

Last Thursday we lost one of the biggest musical treasures the world has ever witnessed. Prince Rogers Nelson better known to us all as just Prince, died at the age of 57. #GoneTooSoon was one of the many Twitter hashtags to describe the inconsolable pain and heavy heart so many have felt since hearing the news. The year has taken many legends of music this year from David Bowie, Natalie Cole and The Eagles, Glenn Frey to just name a few. Yet, the passing of Prince seemed to shock the masses of different age groups and listeners of so many music genres. That's just the thing, Prince was a musician that could never be labeled as just rock, R&B, soul or pop. He was a singer, songwriter, actor, producer and above all could master at least 27 instruments (all of them by the age of 20). That type of musical and artistic range is one of a kind. Now, although he was very private and protective of his personal life, what was the equivalent of his big talent, was his unique sense of fashion. He was as much a risk taker in his music as he was in his fashion choices. You never knew what you were going to get and he was the ultimate androgynous style maven. The bold eyeliner, the hair, the trademark color purple, the skintight and at times barely there clothes were all part of his fashion game and for him, there were no rules. No one can forget the mega hits from the 80s and that famous look with the coiffed hair, ruffled white shirt, and the heeled boots. Those were his early beginnings but his style definitely evolved as once again his music would throughout the decades. From metallic bright suits to flashy sunglasses to wearing embellished jewelry, his fashion was over the top and flamboyant. Yet, it worked and we never stopped looking and we never stopped listening. Prince was provocative, unapologetic, full of cool, funky and electrifying performances.  

That just scratches the surface of what was the legend of Prince. A man who lived for music and believed in artistic freedom and the evolution of music. He was a rule breaker and ahead of his time. The loss is great, but the body of work he left behind is even grander. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THE SUNGLASSES EVERY CELEBRITY IS WEARING NOW

It's that time of year when you start looking at how to update your spring and summer looks. Well, one way to do it is getting a new pair of sunglasses. Celebrities drive a lot of trends and lately their sunnies game is no exception. Head on over to my Mode Stories page and find out what are some of the top trends and brands in sunglasses that Hollywood's A-list are owning. Tell us which are some of your go-to styles that you like. Are you an aviator type? Do you prefer cat eye or square frames?



Check out The Sunglasses Every Celebrity Is Wearing
by Maria Cartagena at Mode
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

GOOD VIBES AND THE AWAKENING OF NEW AGE JEWELRY

Namaste fashionistas! The new age revolution has been a strong influence in the world of beauty, fashion and fitness for quite some time now. Perhaps, you've taken a yoga class, engaged in some kind of meditation or gone the eastern medicine route with acupuncture therapy. So it comes to no surprise that in a time when there seems to be much angst and concern about the state of our world, we gravitate toward seeking good vibes and anything that is in a higher and positive energy. Even Pantone who is the authority on all things color soothed things down this year by announcing the two colors of the year were 'serenity' and 'rose quartz.' If that isn't inspired by a little new age...Of course, even some of the most famous names in Hollywood are known to pay a visit to their favorite psychics regularly and incorporate natural elements into their beauty regimen. 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

FLASH SALE: SEE THE TREND, SHOP THE TREND

Everybody's working for the weekend right? Well, wrap up your work week and get to treat yourself to some much-needed spring shopping. As a thank you for your loyal readership and for following One Style at a Time throughout our social network, we bring you FIVE spring sales you won't want to miss. They are here for a limited time only! 
It's fun to read about the fashion trends but don't you think it's more fun to actually shop them too? Wait, did you know Mother's Day is exactly one month away? That's right, it's on May 8th so why not get started early on your Mother's Day shopping! It will be here before you know it. Finally, don't forget to follow more of my fashion stories at Mode Media. All you have to do is visit, join and follow my profile HERE. It's easy and it's 100% free! 
Now go and shop your little fashion hearts out and let us know what you've purchased. Drop us a line and let us know if you want to see more of these flash sales here on the blog. 


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