FATHER’S DAY Fashion Focus

Father's Day, Fashion Forward Friday

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Sunday is Father’s Day, so what are you doing for that special Dad in your life?

Father's Day, Fashion Forward Friday

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So often each year, we tend to get stuck giving the same old basic tie, cologne or dress shirt, but sometimes Father’s Day gift-giving is not as hard as you think. Just think outside of the box. Now, sometimes dads have a tendency to resist change and stick to the same thing over and over again. Perhaps consider getting a professional to give ole pops a makeover, perhaps not necessarily one that will send him into a state of shock, but will give him a bit of an updated look, whether with his wardrobe or man cave. 

Father's Day, Fashion Forward Friday

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To all of you fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, brothers, uncles, mentors or those who are like a father to someone, Happy Father’s Day! As a sidebar, to all of those mothers out there who serve or have served in the role of mother and father, we celebrate your courageousness and commitment too. 😀

Manuel Cuevas, the Bedazzling Clothier of Music Legends

Manuel Cuevas, Mexican Clothing Designer

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He began sewing when he was just seven years old. Best known as simply “Manuel,” clothing designer Manuel Arturo José Cuevas Martínez Sr. was born in Michoacán, Mexico and migrated to Hollywood in 1952. Cuevas soon began working with celebrated designers Sy Devore, Viola Grae, and rodeo tailor Nathan Turk.

Manuel Cuevas, Mexican Clothing Designer

Outfit designed for Porter Wagoner featuring the one-of-a-kind embroidery seen on so many of Manuel’s designs. CREDIT: PAM WINDSOR

According to the NEA,
Manuel eventually became lead tailor for Nudie Cohn, the exuberant designer most identified with the rhinestone-adorned and elaborately embroidered suits that were indispensable for country and western stars like Tex Williams and Porter Wagoner. With Cohn, Manuel clothed everyone from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash, James Dean to John Wayne. In 1975, Manuel launched his own Los Angeles store, serving clients such as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, and Glen Campbell.

Manuel Cuevas, Mexican Clothing Designer

New exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville honoring the work of Manuel Cuevas CREDIT: JASON KEMPIN/GETTY IMAGES FOR COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

Some of his work is now on display at an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville through February 09, 2020 called American Currents: The Music of 2018. Cuevas is truly a legendary designer in his own right, shaping much of pop culture fashion for over the past six decades. His designs, patterns, and palettes are inspired by indigenous Mexican textiles and furniture painting.

Manuel Cuevas, Mexican Clothing Designer

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Today on #FashionForwardFriday, we salute the bravado and cowboy aesthetic of clothing designer 86-year young, Manuel Cuevas.

On Fashion Forward Friday the Fanny Pack is Back!

Fanny Packs, Waist Pouches

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Don’t you dare laugh, chuckle or throw shade at the fanny pack that you thought was old news and old period. Well, guess what boys and girls, they’re back and are being donned by every age, gender and fashion style. The fanny pack is more popular now than it was before. If you are just discovering this fashion accessory, you have no idea what you’ve been missing. 

Fanny Pack, Waist Bags

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These hip bags or waist pouches can also be worn over the shoulder or layered over a jacket. Fanny packs began picking up steam last year and are in full force as they allow wearers the freedom of movement. They are available in a variety of styles, sizes, price ranges, and fabrics. Fanny packs are convenient and functional.

Fanny pack, waist bags

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No more fanny pack shaming y’all. The origins of the fanny pack reach back as far as the stone age and are called many different names according to the culture. Perhaps it’s time time to pull yours out of retirement. I know I will. Yep, there’s a resurgence of these waist pouches and it doesn’t seem like these fashion accessories are going anywhere anytime soon.

Happy #FashionForwardFriday!

Color Expressions: Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring

Pantone, Color Trends

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Now that spring has officially arrived, we begin peeling off layers of clothes and start to store and shift those bulky dark colored garments to the back of our closets. Pantone set the spotlight on color trend palettes for the Spring and Summer. Inspired by the PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner, color harmonies include shades that embrace nature, expresses joyful pastels, colorful mosaics, and treasured innocence.

As you incorporate these bursts of fresh colors into your existing wardrobe, may you experience an explosion of colorful freshness that expresses happiness and a sense of pure calm. Click here to check out the Pantone Color Systems to add a glide to your stride.

Happy #FashionForwardFriday!

Neon is taking Fashion Forward Friday by storm!

Neon Fashions

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Walk into a burst of color that would make the lights of Las Vegas and Broadway envious. Neon fashions are the trending styles on the catwalk for Spring 2019.

Neon Fashions

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From hot pinks to lime greens to flaming oranges and electrifying blues, fluorescent shades are hitting the streets and taking vibrant hues to eye-catching altitudes.

Neon Fashions

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Whether its wearing show-stopping ensembles or bubblicious-popping accessories, be bold, be brave, be NEON!

Neon Fashions

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Taylen Biggs, 5-Year Old Fashion Influencer?

New York Fashion Week, Taylen Biggs

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Working the runway during New York Fashion Week, you expect to see tall statuesque models sashaying the latest haute couture fashions by renowned fashion designers. Yet who would have expected to see this young little fashionista working the catwalk like a veteran?

You must know that when I ran across an article about this little runway model, sitting on the front row with other celebrities during New York Fashion Week, I was completely blown away.

Taylen Biggs has worked with brands such as Betsey Johnson, Kardashian Kids, Jeremy Scott, Disney, and Sherri Hill. She has a social media following that is the envy for most of us. Some of the bold, sassy ensembles she worked on the runway from colorfully braided up-dos, bold sunglasses and even glitter for the cheeks will be available on her website taylenbiggs.com. It’s evident that young models and actors like this little tyke is not your average kid and are taking their little worlds to unimaginable heights.

Happy #FashionForwardFriday!

Met Gala 2018 Red Carpet: Celebrity Fashions

Rihanna, Met Gala

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Met Gala, Priyanka Chopra

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The Met Gala, an invitation-only fundraiser, was hosted on Monday night, by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and co-hosted by fashion designer Donatella Versace, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, and Grammy winner Rihanna. The big Costume Institute Gala, held in New York City was on behalf of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

The night’s theme celebrated the opening of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

Some of the theme-inspired and classic styles I liked included: 

* Taylor Hill in Diane von Furstenberg, Bulgari jewelry, and Christian Louboutin shoes
* Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren
* Gabrielle Union in Prabal Gurung
* Andreea Diaconu in Michael Kors Collection

Chadwick Boseman, Met Gala

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* Lewis Hamilton in Tommy Hilfiger
* Katherine Langford in Prada
* Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano, Christian Louboutin shoes, Maria Tash jewelry, Cartier jewelry, and a custom Judith Leiber Couture clutch.
* Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams in Chanel
* Brooke Shields in Zac Posen
* Lily Collins in Givenchy Haute Couture
* Lynda Carter in Zac Posen with a Judith Leiber Couture bag.
* Amal Clooney in Richard Quinn, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and Christian Louboutin shoes
* Eiza González in Prabal Gurung
* Cindy Crawford in Versace and a Judith Leiber Couture bag 
* Chadwick Boseman in Versace and Christian Louboutin shoes
* Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton
* Stella Maxwell in Moschino and David Yurman
* Trevor Noah in Balmain

Darren Criss, Met Gala

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* Jennifer Lopez in Balmain, Jimmy Choo shoes, and a Jimmy Choo bag 
* Nick Jonas
* Zendaya in Atelier Versace, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, and Jimmy Choo shoes
* Janelle Monáe in Jennifer Fisher and Christian Louboutin shoes
* Sean Combs

From capes to ornate hats and giant wings, from the chic to designer’s over-the-top imagination, this was definitely another fundraiser to remember. Hopefully, the funds that were raised Monday night were just as grand as the fashions. What were some of your favorite fashions of the night?