[Red Carpet] Met Gala ’16: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”

Last night the most prestigious event in the industry was held; the Met Gala. This event is  formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and this sets the tone for the formal dress of the night since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme.

This years exposition is “Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” head curator Andrew Bolton touched on the traditionally dichotomous relationship between the handmade and machine-made in fashion, and the blurring of the two disciplines in the creation of haute couture and ready-to-wear.

The attendees were not shy to flaunt their unique styles. The men attending the anual event were not one to hold back in there custom designer attire, the attention to detail was immaculate and is what makes menswear unique for this sort of event.

Jaden Smith in custom Louis Vuitton with white pipping, Derek Blasberg in custom detailed collar and cummerbund by Prada, Douglas Booth in custom Topman, Colin Farrell in classic Dolce & Gabbana and Jared Leto in all white steampunk inspired Gucci.

[L to R] Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton, Derek Blasberg in Prada, Douglas Booth in custom Topman, Colin Farrell in Dolce & Gabbana and Jared Leto in Gucci.

[L to R] Jaden Smith in Louis Vuitton, Derek Blasberg in Prada, Douglas Booth in custom Topman, Colin Farrell in Dolce & Gabbana & Jared Leto in Gucci.

The artist, models, socialites and starlets that attended the event did not hold back, were completely creative and allowed themselves to venture the different and outrages styles created as Haute Couture and Ready to Wear.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Hamilton inspired Monse with a modern tribute to the past, Jourdan Dunn in  techie Balmain, Kate Hudson in a commixture of a handmade and laser cut Atelier Versace gown, Taylor Swift in  edgy Louis Vuitton and Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace.

[L to R] Sarah Jessica Parker in Monse, Jourdan Dunn in Balmain, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton and Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace.

[L to R] Sarah Jessica Parker in Monse, Jourdan Dunn in Balmain, Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton & Lady Gaga in Atelier Versace.

Anna Wintour in classically beautiful Chanel Haute Couture, Katy Perry in gothic inspired Prada, Rachel McAdams in Valentino Haute Couture, Rita Ora in the always posh Vera Wang & Nicole Kidman in  the always breathtaking Alexander McQueen.

[L to R] Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture, Katy Perry in Prada, Rachel McAdams in Valentino Haute Couture, Rita Ora in Vera Wang & Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen.

[L to R] Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture, Katy Perry in Prada, Rachel McAdams in Valentino Haute Couture, Rita Ora in Vera Wang & Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen.

The most outlandish and gorgeous dress was worn by Claire Danes and created by Zac Posen. The beautiful design was highly criticized, being called a Cinderella dress. But the gown took on a life of its own, when the couturier surprised everyone with the perfect harmony of “Manus X Machina”, incorporating fiber optics. Reminding us that the machine made can always be impressive, but the handmade infused with technology can create wonders.

Claire Danes in Zac Pose

Claire Danes in Zac Posen.

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[Trend Report] Handbags for “Juntos En La Mañana”

Every woman loves to be at the forefront and express their style in different ways. An inexpensive way to change or add personality to any wardrobe is with accessories and handbags . The most common colors that are usually seen in purses are red, gray and dark tones, but the trends for this spring/summer ’16 season are vivid and bright colors.

Hues of cobalt blue, cherry red, or any a vibrant color is the easiest way to style a basic and simple outfit. The best part? These trends are offered in all kinds of shapes and sizes you can imagine. Since purses come in different styles: minis, hobo bags, clutches and oversized, this means that every woman can find something practical, to her taste and style.

In the beginning of 20th century the art and fashion movement began to go very hand in hand,  thus the evolution of the handbag came with it. However, the emancipation of women was the most influential factor in the evolution of purses. Women were evolving and developing in the work force, which meant they became more mobile and needed their handbag to meet a growing variety of practical needs.

women in workforce

This led to diverse variety of purses for specific occasions, such as leather briefcases for the office, practical  everyday handbags, as well as bags for traveling. Stylish pocketbooks with metal details and clutches for evening use.

Fashion houses and brands have become more important in recent years and thus have emerged the most exclusive handbag designers. The most recognized designers in the world for these types of bags and leather work  include Hermès, Chanel, Balenciaga and Givenchy, these handbags can cost thousands of dollars for an exclusive model, this is the elusive “It Bag”.

For fashion houses like Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Donna Karan and Dolce & Gabbana, the handbag has become an important accessory that evolves with the seasons. In the past, designing a bag could remain unchanged for a undetermined period of time, these days it has become a component that changes constantly.

These trends come exclusively from the most important runways from around the world such as Paris , Milan, New York and Puerto Rico. But how can we afford these exclusive handbags in such exorbitant prices? We can also get styles at affordable rates. These purses are known as the “Ready to Wear” line of different designer brands; these are high quality products that are mass produced for the general market.

The fashion world is taking advantage of technology trends and creating handbags with accessibility for electronics and smart devices. These are usually more portable for girls who prefer to carry only what is necessary .

1. cellphone-bag

Cellphone Bag

If you prefer a style that you can carry at the elbow or simply carry by its straps, a short handle handbag is one of the most popular styles of the season. In this same category we can place the  “tote” bag , with its short handles and is oversized style, it can transition from casual to elegant.

[L to R] Short Handle + Tote Bag

[L to R] Short Handle + Tote Bag

The cube style purse, also known as the “bucket bag”, its inspired by its simple form. Usually this has gathered detailing and  tends to be asymmetrically, these have evolved with its stylization.

Bucket Bag

Bucket Bag

If handbags for cell phones have become one of the most popular trends of the season, the camera bag is not far behind. This gives a touch of nostalgia to any bohemian or ultra modern style.

Camera Bag

Camera Bag

The “cross body” or “messenger bag” lets you keep your hands accesible, but always on trend. The girl who appreciates this side shoulder style tends to lead an active life and is at the forefront .

Crossbody Bag

Crossbody Bag

The “Clutch” or evening bag is one to be worn with elegance and panache. Above all with this purse we create the perfect ensemble. This handbag gives us the opportunity to express ourselves in a very unique way. Evening events in long dresses or gowns tend to be more conservative and sober. This handbag usually comes with details in rhinestones, dark shades and classic designs. But for the daring woman , there are varieties from floral to skull form.

Clutch

Clutch

The “It Bag” which many woman dream to have as part of their wardrobe; this designer handbag is a classic piece with a unique, exclusive and easily recognizable design.  These purses tend to have a waiting list for its customers.

[L to R] Jennifer Lopez with a Chanel 2.55, Victoria Beckham with a Hermes Birkin Bag and Sarah Jessica Parker with a Givenchy Bettina.

[L to R] Jennifer Lopez with a Chanel 2.55, Victoria Beckham with a Hermes Birkin Bag and Sarah Jessica Parker with a Givenchy Bettina.

For the girl who prefers to use handbags that are sustainable. These are made of recycled materials, wood, leather and vegan materials. The immense variety of these bags let you transitions with styles for everyday use as well as evening options.

Vegan Handbags

Even now we have the alternative to complement our handbags with accessories where we can express our style and personality even more . Tassel details with rhinestones, metal buckles and furry details add character to any bag.

9. Pom compositeaccesorios

Accessories

Remember, a handbag part of your self expression and style. So when choosing, have fun and express your personality.

Check out my fashion segment on  WAPA TV & WAPA America: [Dime que usas y te dire quien eres] Carteras: Parte 1 & [Dime que usas y te dire quien eres] Carteras: Parte 2.

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[Red Carpet] 88th Annual Academy Awards ’16

Tonight the 88th Annual Academy Awards were held. The starlets wore designer gowns and showed off a more traditional old hollywood feel. It was difficult to pick a best dressed, since so many of them were stunning.

The first five actresses that graced the red carpet were Charlize Theron in Dior Couture, Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, Margot Robbie in Tom Ford, Cate Blanchet in Armani Prive and Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein.

[L to R] Charlize Theron in Valentino, Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, Margot Robbie in Diane Von Furstenburg, Cate Blanchet in Armani Prive and Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein.

[L to R] Charlize Theron, Lady Gaga, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchet and Saoirse Ronan.

The following leading ladies did not fail to impress either Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney, Priyanka Chopra in Zahir Murad, Daisy Ridley in Chanel Haute Couture, Jennifer Garner in Versace and Jessi Cruickshank in our own Luis Antonio.

[L to R] Olivia Munn in Stella McCartney, Priyanka Chopra in Zahir Murad, Daisy Ridley in Chanel Haute Couture, Jennifer Garner in Versace and Jessi Cruickshank in Luis Antonio.

[L to R] Olivia Munn, Priyanka Chopra, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Garner and Jessi Cruickshank.

As for these starlets they went out on a limb and changed up there usual style for things the where more on the edgy and Haute Couture side: Kerry Washington in Versace, Olivia Wild in Valentino Haute Couture, Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture, Sophie Vergara in Marchesa and Mindy Kailing in Elizabeth Kennedy.

[L to R] Kerry Washington in Versace, Olivia Wild in Valentino Haute Couture, Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture, Sophie Vergara in Marchesa and Mindy Kailing in Elizabeth Kennedy,

[L to R] Kerry Washington, Olivia Wild, Rooney Mara, Sophie Vergara and Mindy Kailing.

The men of the Oscars were no doubt adventurous and stylish. The dared to think out of the box in styling, texture and color scheme. They definitely dressed as hollywood royalty: Jared Leto in Gucci, Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen, Common in Dolce & Gabbana, Sam Smith in Dun Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in Armani.

[L to R] Jared Leto in Gucci, Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen, Common in Dolce & Gabbana, Sam Smith in Dun Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in Armani.

[L to R] Jared Leto, Eddie Redmayne, Common, Sam Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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