Monday, November 3, 2014

Farewell Oscar de la Renta

Ă“scar ArĂ­stides Renta Fiallo best known to us as the great fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on October 20, 2014 and was laid to rest today in New York. If you have been a long or even short time follower of this blog you might know by now that Oscar and his work were a topic of great admiration for One Style at a Time. Today I am back after a few weeks hiatus after the loss of my beloved father to pay tribute to another man who in fashion left a big mark.

Impossible to describe the genius talent of this master of design in just a few words. How do you describe his impeccable artistry? The best way would be to remember him through his magnificent work. Oscar de la Renta was a proud designer from Dominican Republic and his Latin roots, love for color and nature many times were sources of inspiration for his clothes. Since his passing on October 20th, there have been numerous articles written about his five decades of work and his impact in the world of fashion. His stomping grounds began in Madrid, Spain as he closely worked with designers like Cristobal Balenciaga and Lanvin-Castillo. There is no denying that the Spanish influence was still a part of his designs today. Through the years he has provided countless show stopping gowns for some of the most important women around the world. First ladies and A-list celebrities wore some of his most unforgettable pieces. To name just a few; Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey, Amy Adams, Cameron Diaz and the list goes on and on. His most recent headline was dressing George Clooney's bride to be Amal Alamuddin for their nuptials. What made him and his gowns so special and desirable? Pure elegance! He understood what women wanted to wear and he enjoyed dressing powerful women. No one understood the term 'femininity' better than Oscar. He never dissapointed season after season on and off the runway. 

Personally, the loss of this legendary designer is significant. As long as I can remember and have had a love for fashion he has always been someone I highly respected. His global success was admirable but being Latina and hearing him speak about his Latin roots and culture with so much joy evoked such a high sense of pride. I was elated when in 2011 I had the honor of meeting him, conversing and hearing him sing to SJP at the Fashion Night Out event at his flagship store on Madison Avenue. Click here to relive the event. I left that evening with my own impression of Oscar. He was a man who was poised, elegant, a magnificent dresser but also kind and very approachable. In a room where friends like Barbara Walters stopped in, he was just as charismatic to the celebrities as he was to his fans and greeted everyone in the room with a handshake. So many have asked me what I think is Oscar's legacy. I believe its the timeless elegance and beauty in fashion. He brought the fantasy to life through his masterpieces.

Every season during New York Fashion Week his show was on my 'must see' list. Watching him give his final bow at the end of each presentation was always a thrill after he had presented so many gems on the runway. Needless to say there will be a huge void going forward during fashion week. The house of De la Renta opens up a new chapter with their new creative director Peter Copping formerly of Nina Ricci. 

On behalf of One Style at a Time we send our sincerest condolences to Oscar's family, friends and staff members. Oscar you will be missed and remembered. Thank you for all your inspirational work and for leaving such a beautiful and glamorous mark in the world. RIP.

Oscar at his last show at NYFW,  Spring 2015 collection


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Quiet Pause

Dear One Style at a Time readers, due to the death of my beloved father the blog will be taking a brief pause. Please be sure to check back soon for more exciting style and fashion blog stories.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

RUNWAY Details: LFW, MFW, PFW Spring 2015

Fashion month continues and after all the fabulous ready to wear we saw in New York its time to take a moment and recap all the european runway that has followed since. Today we pay homage to some of our personal favorites from the catwalks in London, Milan and Paris Spring 2015 Collections.

Paris fashion week is in full swing so we will continue to share more of the noteworthy fashion from the city of lights. Here is a quick roundup with a closer look at the details from apparel to accessories. We always welcome your comments so we invite you to leave us your thoughts below. Which is your favorite look or accessory? Which fashion week is YOUR favorite from which city?


Friday, September 19, 2014

I Joined Cynthia Rowley & HuffPost Live To Discuss The Designer's Brand, Life & More

Cynthia Rowley launched her first fashion collection in the early 1980's and since then has established her brand as one of the top names in American Fashion. Her brand has expanded throughout the years and not only does it include apparel for women and men but also shoes, handbags, eyewear and most recently a fitness line. She wears many hats as a Fashion Designer, wife and mother and balancing it all is no easy task. In Cynthia's latest interview with HuffPost Live she talks about fashion today, her brand, family and how to thrive and live life to the fullest.

It was an honor and pleasure to join the conversation with HuffPost Live and Cynthia Rowley as a fashion guest panelist on this occasion. Check out the interview below!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tadashi Shoji Spring 2015:Venice Dreams

What do you get when you combine the beautiful Italian city of Venice with a talent like Tadashi Shoji...romantic and enchanting gowns. Attending a Tadashi fashion show in itself is exciting all on its own. Every season his shows are one of the hottest tickets in town and celebrities like Octavia Spencer have for quite some time been a loyal client. For Spring 2015 Tadashi took us on a trip to the Golden Palace of Venice and his Italian inspiration could be seen throughout his collection. Details included multi-colored jeweled embellishments inspired by Millefiori glass. The softness of the silhouettes were airy and flowy with a palette that included frosted jade, pink shadow and blue stone paired with ivory and navy. Fabrics were custom designed with embroidered tulles and floral motif lace. The softness and romantic sense did not diminish the element of elegance. A regal sense could be captured on the last look of the show; a gold metallic floor length gown that included a cape. With this collection Tadashi Shoji continues to bring his impeccable taste, feminine touch and maintains his admirable aesthetic that so many women admire.

So One Style at a Time asks, how do you feel about Tadashi Shoji's Spring 2015 Collection?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Edge and Elegance at Mathieu Mirano's Spring '15 Collection

Day one at New York Fashion Week took us to Hell's Kitchen for the Mathieu Mirano Spring 2015 presentation. As you walked into the studio the room was beaming with sunlight with an all white background, while the models were surrounded with a few floral arrangements. The simplicity of this display allowed for the designs to take center stage. The palette was mostly black, white, ivory with some touches of red, orange and yellow but with standout nods to architecture and nature. The pieces were elegant with just enough edge to show Mathieu's distinguished craftsmanship. It was all about the details in every garment. The collection included rubberized cotton in laser grid patterns and the tailoring was impeccable.There was a sense of playfulness and coquettishness but with high sophistication in every dress, jacket, skirt and top. With this collection Mirano has captivated our attention with his innovative, modern point of view and while peaking our curiosity as to what is next. So who is the Matthieu Mirano woman? The designer explains

"The Matthieu Mirano woman is not the sexy secretary. She's the boss. This is a woman who is extremely thoughtful in regards to her fashion choices. She has a sexiness that is never vulgar". 

At 23 years old, New York-based designer, Mathieu Mirano is a force to be reckoned with. Since making his debut at New York Fashion Week at the age of 19, Mirano has already established himself as one of America’s most talented designers. Known for his appreciation of detail, high level of craftsmanship and restrained elegance, Mirano is all about creation and innovation. His designs, often inspired by natural wonders both large and small, are a marriage of fashion and science. Employing French couture techniques on classic silhouettes, the emerging designer then adds that unexpected edge that can only be found in the Mathieu Mirano world. And like his designs, Mirano’s muse is confident, bold and thoughtful in her fashion choices. Mathieu Mirano’s innovative creations, which debut each season during New York Fashion Week, have been worn by countless celebrities and continue to illicit excitement from top-tier fashion publications across the globe. For additional information on Mathieu Mirano, please visit

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York Fashion Week: A Look Ahead

New York is getting ready to play host to one of the most important week's in the fashion industry. That's right ladies and gentlemen we are just days away from New York Fashion Week. The madness started months ago for the designers but for the rest of us the hustle and bustle kicks off Thursday, September 4th and ends on the 11th. At the center of it all might be Lincoln Center but fashion shows are being held in a variety of venues all around the city. You can already imagine the busy city traffic, the impossible to get yellow taxi's and the influx of information on social media. Its fast paced, intense and fabulous! When it comes to ready to wear fashion nothing can be more exciting than previewing what's ahead right here in the big apple. Next week designers will be presenting their Spring/Summer 2015 Collections. I know it can be a bit confusing as we are at the close of Summer and moving into fall - here comes fashion week with collections for 2015. The nature of the business, always looking ahead. 

One Style at a Time will be bringing you highlights from this glitzy week in the big apple. Just tune in and check out all the photo action on Instagram, the commentary on Twitter the updates on the Facebook page. But of course all the full coverage will be right here on the blog. If you are out of town or unable to attend don't fret. A ton of shows will once again be live streamed for your viewing pleasure via New York Fashion Week Live. So are there any shows you are anticipating to see? Who are the key designers who's collections you can't wait to see go down the runway? Its back to school for the kids and back to the tents for the fashionistas!

Happy New York Fashion Week!!!

Wantering via Tumblr

Monday, August 25, 2014

66th Annual Emmys BEST Dressed

One of TV's hottest and most anticipated evening arrived on Monday and the red carpet was ready for the starlets. Sure its exciting to tune in to see if your favorite shows or actors win the grand award but the majority definitely sits in to watch the red carpet arrivals. The question at hand is how was the fashion at the Emmys this year? The answer, in one word. SAFE. Were there some misses? From a birdeye's view the gowns were confusing, predictable at times and even unflattering for some actresses. We want to bring you the ladies that hit the right mark and made all the right choices from head to toe. 
Our overall rating for the 2014 Emmys red carpet Fashion is out of 5 stars.  


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orange Is The New...Fall MUST Have

It is no surprise that color is a key component when it comes to fashion. It can direct an entire collection, it can determine the vibe of a look and can impact a shopping decision instantly. Every year there seems to be a color that stands out from the rest and grabs our attention, depending on a season of course. According to the folks at Pantone the color for 2014 was 'Radiant Orchid', but it seems orange has made a stern impact for many Designers and Fashionistas. If you are a Netflix watcher than the title "Orange is the New Black" may sound familiar? That's because its one of the most popular comedy series and recent nine time Emmy nominee.
So from television to the runway orange made a strong presence not only for Spring but also for Fall 2014. Designers such as Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra, Missoni and Zac Posen were just a few to show a splash of citrus to enhance the basic dark palettes for this coming season. So don't shy away from brightening your cooler days of fall and winter. So One Style at a Time readers, tell us if this color is a thumbs up or thumbs down for you. Scroll below and share your thoughts on this hot fall trend!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Transitional Fall Wear Under $100

The clock is ticking louder as the month of August brings the last few weeks of summer. A sense of melancholy hits the air as talks begin of back to school, end of summer vacations and cooler temperatures. Yet the upside to a pre-fall discussion is of course the FASHION!
What can you look forward to in September and upcoming autumnal months? All the Fall previews in your favorite fashion magazines, New York Fashion Week and of course a little shopping to revamp your look. The milder temperatures have sparked earlier than usual conversations of how to transition your wardrobe from flip flops to boots, or from t-shirts to sweaters. One Style at a Time wants to give you some effective and affordable options in case you are wondering how to transition to this coming fall season. Lets begin with some basics and neutrals, just to get you started.
Tell us what your favorite pieces are and what you are mostly looking forward to when it comes to Fall and its Fashion for 2014. 

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