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.

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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.

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 atrocity...theater 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?


Wednesday, June 1, 2016


The enigma of Marilyn Monroe continues on through generations and decades later. Today Norma Jean Mortenson would have turned 90 years old and is still remembered as one of Hollywood's biggest stars and an incomparable iconic fashion figure. How would Marilyn have fit into today's celebrity obsessed culture if she were still alive? Would she be a fan of the selfie? What would her style evolution had been like in 2016? Who would be the design houses that would have the exclusive honor of dressing her today? When you think of Marilyn, you immediately think blonde, wavy bob, red lips, a coquettish demeanor and killer curves. She worked camera angles like no other and it was no secret that she was a magnet for attention with her sex appeal and charm. So many stories have been told, movies have been made and every top celebrity has in some way emulated Marilyn for a magazine photoshoot or music video. She has served as inspiration in industries such as beauty, fashion, art, music and cinema. Today we honor this legend as we kick off the summer month of June. So One Style at a Time readers, how has Marilyn Monroe ever inspired your style? What were some of your favorite Marilyn style moments?


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ashley Graham's Best Fashion Moments to Date

Ashley Graham has become a household name not only as a Lane Bryant and lingerie model but as a champion for being confident in your own curves. She is the first curvy model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, Maxim magazine and is breaking down barriers in many ways. As a body activist, Ashley flaunts and celebrates her curves and knows how to bring great style on and off the red carpet. Read more about all of Ashley's best fashion moments here and don't forget to follow my Mode Stories profile. 
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by Maria Cartagena at Mode

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. 

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 

Monday, May 9, 2016


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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