10 FAMOUS WOMEN AGING GRACEFULLY IN HOLLYWOOD

“There is a fountain of youth: It is in your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Those sensible and wise words were once said by Sophia Loren. A woman who even today at 81 years of age, still exudes beauty, intelligence and sophistication. We seem to be living in a time when the obsession with beauty is at an all time high. As if women didn’t already have pressure to balance work and home life, there is the added pressure to lose weight, stay fit, have flawless skin, impeccable hair and of course, stay young.

Women everywhere are taking extreme measures in order to turn back the hands of time and look younger. It’s hard not to notice that even teenage celebrities and non-celebrity girls are getting procedures done to alter their faces and bodies very early on. It has become more common for women (yes and the men too are not exempt here) to get nips, tucks, lifts, botox injections and all kinds of a la carte treatments to get rid of lines and plump anything that doesn’t feel flattering. Not to mention the beauty industry has exploded with the amount of makeup and age defying products. So the question here is, when does all of it become too much? When does this fascination become just the wrong message to send to women, their daughters, granddaughters and society as a whole? Sure there is the double standard that men age like fine wine and are more distinct with wrinkles. Yet, let’s not forget that we live in a time where women are more successful, powerful and influential in many ways and industries. It’s time to take back our power and show the younger generation that aging is a normal and acceptable process. Meryl Streep once said, “Don’t waste so much time worrying about your skin or your weight. Develop what you do, what you put your hands on in the world”. This is not to say that one shouldn’t take care of your appearance. It’s about striking that right balance. Why not embrace every decade with excitement. Fill the experience with curiosity, laughter and new adventures. Perhaps they may bring with them a few extra lines and that is totally ok! It shows you have lived, it gives you stories to tell and builds on your character. Legendary actress Helen Hayes once said, “I love my wrinkles! I call them my service stripes”.

Luckily, there are still women that are not walking around with frozen, unrecognizable faces in the world of Hollywood. Some women have chosen to let their talents, strength and light shine through their craft. Here are our top ten favorite famous ladies over forty that look amazing and serve as great inspiration for aging with grace and beauty.

HELEN MIRREN, 70

MERYL STREEP, 67

CARMEN DELL’OREFICE,  85

ANGELA BASSETT, 47

JANE SEYMOUR, 65

JANE FONDA, 78
VANESSA WILLIAMS, 53
GLORIA ESTEFAN, 58
JULIANNE MOORE, 55

SOPHIA LOREN, 81

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TONY AWARDS 2016 BEST DRESSED

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 Hugo Boss

Danielle Brooks in Derek Lam
Lucy Liu in Zuhair Murad
Danai Gurira in Rosie Assoulin
Jourdan Dunn in Zac Posen
Lena Hall in Zac Posen

Photo credit: Getty Images for Vogue.com

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 

Maria Eugenia Maury, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, Jorge Daniel Veneciano 
Maria Eugenia Maury, Pat Cleveland and Jessica Garza Bueron 
Sonia Braga and Narciso Rodriguez

Ruben and Isabel thanking El Museo Del Barrio 


Ruben Toledo, Debi Mazar and Isabel Toledo

El Museo Del Barrio Gala 2016

Philanthropist and Socialite Jean Shafiroff 
El Museo Del Barrio 2016 Gala  

El Museo Del Barrio 2016 Gala Dinner

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For additional and past blog posts on Isabel and Ruben Toledo click here

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

Now, moving on to the red carpet’s best moments. There was a heavy metal, futuristic vibe happening without question. Many of the starlets showed up in some interpretation of a metallic gown with a very dark, bold lip. One of the wow moments of the night was when Zac Posen presented a pale blue ball gown worn by actress Claire Danes. The dress was made with a custom fiber optic woven organza that lit up in the dark. Beautifully crafted and it was a true modern day Cinderella meets technology moment. The other special moment of the night was when model Karolina Kurkova arrived in a couture Marchesa show stopper. The gown exuded an airy and light feel and with just the right amount of floral appliques. The brilliant part of this gown was that the flowers on the dress glowed as they included 150 small LED lights and changed colors in real time depending on the ‘mood of the fans on social media. This forward, well thought up concept was made by the team at Marchesa who worked with IBM Watson. This masterpiece was designed by a cognitive computer system. Talk about romantic couture meets fashion technology! These were the two moments that by far exceeded the expectations on the red carpet and will be remembered as some of the most memorable looks of the Met Gala’s history. We give you our list of best dressed including other celebrities that brought their A-game to the evening. We celebrate those ladies that took a risk and who embraced the marriage of couture and modern technology. 

Claire Danes lit up the night in Zac Posen

Rachel McAdams in Valentino

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
Naomi Watts in Burberry
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler 
Poppy Delevigne in Marchesa

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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?

Photo credit: Ann Taylor