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 was one of the biggest influences in my life and in the lives of all her children. She had a keen intuition and sense of wisdom, but most of all she had heart and strength like no one I knew. The young little country girl who lost her parents at a very young age had to grow up quickly and find her way in life. She later became the loving family matriarch in the big city of New York. She was a devoted mother and a wife who never allowed anyone to shut down her opinion (and boy did she have one). She showed me to always stand my ground and never allow anyone to take my power away. She had integrity, grace and much pride. This didn’t mean she didn’t have her softer moments. As much as she was a stern disciplinarian, she also had an enormous heart and in turn, that is the measure of being a great women. You can have high standards, be assertive and vocal about your point of view. But in the end, you can be compassionate and kind hearted towards others. I am proud to be in solidarity with all women today and so enormously proud to have come from an immigrant family. I dedicate this post to my incredible Mother who is no longer with us and to all the women who came before us and helped shape the world. To those women who broke down barriers, broke glass ceilings, put fear to the side and carved out a piece of history to ensure we could have a better tomorrow. We not only wear red in celebration of this honorable day, but we say ‘Thank You’ to all these women that have made a difference in our lives. Just remember that a women’s armor and strength comes directly from her heart.
The grand finale to the 2017 award season has come to a close. The Oscars celebrated another year of big hitters in the film industry. From the very popular and highly nominated ‘La La Land’ to impactful stories like ‘Lion’, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hidden Figures’, there were several stories that captivated and inspired us. It was quite an award show with upsets like Best Actor win by Casey Affleck and an emotional win by Mahershala Ali who won for best actor in a supporting role in the movie, ‘Moonlight’. The end of the award show and final nomination for Best Picture came with the biggest confusing moment. First, the announcement came that ‘La La Land’ had won and just minutes later the win went to ‘Moonlight’. Quite a confusing and shocking end to over four hours of the show. Moving on to some favorite moments on the red carpet. The ladies went with gold tones, whites and flowing, elegant gowns. There wasn’t too much color, so we have to thank Oscar nominee and Best Supporting Actress winner, Viola Davis for leading the way with her incredible red Armani dress. She’s been wearing so many stunning strapless dresses but this time it was the shoulders that were exposed and what a great fit! Emma stone’s flapper fringed, flapperesque golden dress was perfection. Here are the rest of our choices for BEST DRESSED as we wrap yet another year of award season.
Jessica Biel in Kaufman Franco, Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture, Charlize Theron in Dior Couture
Viola Davis in Armani, Ruth Negga in Valentino
Felicity Jones in Christian Dior Couture, Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo, Olivia Culpo in Marchesa
Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen, Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti, Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta
Viola Davis in Armani, Ruth Negga in Valentino
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph & Russo, Auli’i Cravalho in Rubin Singer
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 plunging necklines, plenty of sheer panels, feathers and metallics. Today we have chosen a few options that we would pull off the runway and onto the racks if we had to choose. Which gown has your vote for the Oscars? Which designers would you work with if you were styling Meryl, Viola, Emma or any other Hollywood actress for this event?
Carolina Herrera, Fall 2017 Collection
Ralph Lauren, Fall 2017 Collection
Zuhair Murad, Spring Couture Collection 2017
Elie Saab, Spring Couture Collection 2017
Christian Dior 2017 Couture Collection
Chanel 2017 Couture Collection
Brandon Maxwell, Fall 2017 Collection
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 down top with trousers. This look was just as chic as all their glamorous floor length gowns and fur stoles. There is something really effortless when it comes to a confident woman wearing a classic, well-tailored pantsuit. We loved the idea actress Evan Rachel Wood had this year about only wearing pantsuits throughout the award season. She recently said, “I promised myself this year that I would wear a suit to every awards show. I think I myself felt pressure a lot of times that I had to look or dress a certain way, and especially growing up with the industry. So I thought, you know, I’m just gonna go the other way and reach out to a little girl who is like me, possibly. So that’s what I’m going for this year,” she concluded, “It’s all about choice. Choice. Options.” We are with you Ms. Wood and believe women should always go for options and be authentic. So we agree, menswear inspiration is a look that will last a lifetime and worth having some fun with. So fashionistas, have you ever taken inspiration from the boys closet to change up your style be it in a suit or a more casual laid back way?
New York Fashion Week may have wrapped, but the editors and fashion teams have packed their glam bags and are off to cover London Fashion Week. Here in the Big Apple the week of shows came with some interesting shows, crazed schedules, political messages and some noticeable changes in some of the shows. Today we are counting down some of our favorite moments from NYFW Fall 2017. So sit back as we bring you the highlights without the fuss.
1. PLUS SIZE MODELS: Marquita Pring, Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine