2017 Oscars BEST of the Red Carpet

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

Best Moments of #NYFW 2017

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

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NYFW Gets Political On The Runway

Fashion is making their political voice heard this week and quite loudly. NYFW designers and models on and off the runway are utilizing their talent and art to speak up about the current issues we are facing. It was to be expected with women’s rights being challenged, immigration injustices and the talk of walls and bans in the White House. We were wondering just a few weeks ago why there was so much silence from the fashion industry. Well, it looks as though they decided to let the clothes do the talking. Shows like Prabal Gurung, Public School, Christian Siriano just to name a few, made their beliefs quite clear on the runway. We are all living in a world that is completely different than it was ten years ago, five years ago or even five months ago when we last had fashion month. With so much divisiveness and uncertainty, the one thing that we can do is spread kindness, solidarity and strength. The fashion industry has a list of designers from countries from around the world and has always had a strong female presence. The statement of inclusiveness is so important right now as is staying united as a collective.  With three more days left of NYFW and many eyes on the headlines, it will be interesting to see who else on the fashion roster will rise to the occasion. What do you think fashionistas? How do you feel about the fashion industry taking a political stand during fashion week?

Creatures of Comfort

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NYFW Day 1: Brock Collection/Ulla Johnson

Day one at NYFW has concluded. Today we bring you some highlights of what opening day at the tents looked like for Fall/Winter 2017. We start with the Brock Collection. Never heard of them? Ok here is the rundown. The design team consists of a husband and wife, Laura Vassar and Kris Brock who won the top prize at the CFDA/Vogue fashion fund award. Here comes their first presentation since their big win. We enjoyed this collection and once again from the looks of things, textures and luxe furs continue to make strong statements for next fall (although we prefer faux, we’ll take the real deal as inspiration). There were lady-like looks including pencil skirts, poufy dresses and polished daywear. We loved the cinched waistlines, plaids and gingham patterns with nude and camel tones. Another collection that we enjoyed was Ulla Johnson. Her pieces had bohemian elements with exceptional outerwear tailoring. Knit ruffled dresses, florals and velvet boots all were part of the story in this collection that was not just uplifting but ultra feminine. A solid start to New York Fashion Week!

Brock Collection, Fall 2017

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NYFW Provides Alternative Diversion

We can all agree that many of us are suffering from political fatigue as of late. Even if you never touch upon the topic, somehow you have come across the endless daily headlines. Trying to decipher what is real and what is not in the news is a daily occurrence and using our best judgment has certainly become almost a superhero-like power. With so many polarized points of views and contentious discussions, we all need a bit of distraction and for all those who love fashion there are some ‘alternative options’. Today marks the official first day of New York Fashion Week, which has also been hit with 2017’s first big snow storm. We are also in the midst of award season, with the Grammy’s on February 12th (we will have all the fashion best dressed on the blog), and the Oscars on February 26th. Oh, and FYI there are a handful of quality movies like Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures and La La Land to detract from the world’s chaos.

Now it’s true that the Fashion Industry is going through some transitions. We just learned last week that Riccardo Tisci has said farewell to his post at Givenchy after 12 years (he’s rumored to be headed to Versace). For the past couple of years, the shuffling of head designers at fashion brands have been fast and furious. It seems everyone is trying to find what works best for them in this economy. More American designers are opting to use the ‘see now – buy now’ motto for their fashion shows in order to connect with consumers and drive more sales. European high-end brands have not agreed to go in this direction, yet. And talk about more changes, more shows are presenting downtown as well as some major names have dropped out of the New York schedule. Tommy Hilfiger has moved his show to LA, as well as Rebecca Minkoff, Tom Ford and others. It does leave more room for new designers to find a spot on the calendar in the big apple so that should be refreshing.

Nevertheless, there is an excitement to seeing new collections, ideas, inspirations and yes even the political and social messages mixed with creativity that designers may provide. We can’t wait to see what comes down the runway. So come on board the One Style at a Time fashion train and together let’s enjoy what’s on the horizon for Fall 2017.

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