FASHION MEETS MUSIC

In my recent travels I had the amazing opportunity to visit Mexico City and while in Mexico I was able to interview one of Mexico’s most prominent star. The one and only Julio Ramirez member of the musical group Reik. After taking a walk around Condesa we finally started digging into the important stuff and here are some things I bet you didn’t know about Julio.

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How did your career begin?

I met up with Jesus, the lead singer of Reik and we started making demos at age 16. Shortly after we were signed by Sony everything started escalating very quickly, we were very fortunate.

How do you see the influence music has in fashion?

As music evolves, how you feel about a record, or how a specific melody makes you feel so does clothing. I really like to give a modern touch to my outfit and I think that is something reflected in my music.

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Your favorite designer of the moment?

Right now I would have to say Cesar Arellanes, Mexican fashion designer from Chihuahua with more than 20 years working in Los Angeles proposing a very edgy vibe dressing Justin Bieber and Demi Lavatto among others. I think he will be dressing me for my tour and concerts I am a huge fan.

What is the social network you like the most?

I like Instagram, a place where artistic people, photographers, models and especially bloggers work to have a voice in the industry. I think that in Instagram people tend to be more real to their persona and can freely express themselves.

Favorite fashion city?

I think I need to travel more to decide, our music is heard in Mexico, USA, Central and South America. New York has always been one of the cities that have recently inspired me so much that I decided that someday I will live there just for the experience.

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Any fashion icons that inspire you?

Paul McCartney, he is elegance, classy, cool and love his music. He has a lot to offer and if by the age of 60 I look like that WOW.

Any stories from you childhood you feel that changed you?

When I was in 5th grade I realize who was good looking and who wasn’t. I believed I was very handsome and actually started behaving very entitled as if my face would get my anywhere. The years went by I matured and realized that everything is fleeting and that beauty isn’t forever, there will always be someone better than you so never take things too seriously.

Where would you like to settle?

I am very homey I would happily grow a family in San Diego, California have my studio, go jogging on the beach. My parents will still be very close that’s very important to me a traditional part that always will be with me.

What would be the soundtrack of your life right now?

Any Beatle’s album but I do have a very special one. Ennio Morricone – Love Theme, I never get tired of listening I really encourage you to hear it.

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Restaurant? Finca Altozano en el Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California

Vacation spot? Ensenada o el Valle de Guadalupe en Baja California

Guilty pleasure? Desserts

3 things you always have with you? My phone, my wallet and my headphones

You cannot live without? My guitar

Book or movie? Movie

Day or night? Night

White or black? Black

Tea or coffee? Black coffee without sugar please

Pop or rock? Pop

Paper or digital? Paper

Sparkling or tap water? Tap water

Black or milk chocolate? Milk, cookies and cream from Hershey’s

Dogs or cats? None but I prefer dogs LOL

Indoors or outdoors? Outdoors

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset

Wine or beer? Wine, no both I am very interested in craft beer

Sweet or salty? Both

Burger or salad? Burger 100%

Here you have it guys, so if you like music in Spanish go check out Reik they have amazing songs and great videos for you to enjoy.

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Neto wearing: Moschino Tshirt, Balmain Leather Pants, Topman Blazer, Roberto Cavalli Booties and Dior Sunnies

Julio wearing: Cesar Arellanes Top, H&M Jeans, Chloe Sunnies and Tommy Hilfiger Sneakers

Pics by: The Joaquin Castillo

 

#HMBalmaination

The Balmain x H&M collection debuted on Tuesday October 20, 2015 on Wall Street, New York. Being the obsessive fashionita that I am I had the opportunity to attend the show and I must say the whole collection is to die for.

Kylie Jenner, Diane Kruger, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung and yours truly were among the guests who got an exclusive look at the glamorous, powerful and richly detailed collection designed by Balmain creative director Oliver Rousteing.

The night was full of magic as Rousteing’s designs brought fashion and music together to celebrate the collection in a futuristic subway station themed venue. The show featured models Gigi and Bella Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls to mention a few.

“Tonight is a dream come true for me. The energy and vibe is unbelievable, and to have the Backstreet Boys perform for Balmain x H&M is incredible. It is an honor for me to collaborate with H&M, and tonight’s launch is something that I will never forget “said Rousteing. Oh in did we will never forget that night and those clothes, the collection is a true reflection of what Balmian represents energy, positivity and glamour.

I am a lucky guy who got dibs and picked out some cool outfits to show you guys but the whole collection will be available in around 250 stores worldwide, as well as online starting November 5, 2015.

If I where you I’d start making a wish list…

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Total Look: Balmain x H&M, sunnies: Dior reflected

Pics by: Felipe Espinal 

#VenetoNYFW

Photographers on one side fashionitas on the other and street style are the pictures of choice when it comes to Fashion Week.

How can I start to explain how the most important week of the season for fashionitas all over the world works? Between backstage and front rows here are 10 rules every one should follow in order to keep and maintain your cool on the seasons most hectic yet glamorous week.

#1. Sunshine is a big spot on you. It shows all the mistakes. (AVOID at all coats cheap fabrics, ruined accessories, and dirty shoes)

#2. Don’t match clothes and its own function. Like rain and trenchcoat or snow and moonboot, FORGET IT leave the umbrella at home!

#3. Be careful with black. DON’T put together different tones of black; materials reflect the black in different ways.

#4. Wear just nightclothes in daytime. It is UNEXPECTED!

#5. DON’T carry big bags. (On the front row they hinder the passage)

#6. ALWAYS check the weather. Clothes live in the best context.

#7. SHAPE UP! You must choose outfits fierce and fully shaped.

#8. Pay attention de DETAIL. Even if you think people aren’t watching, a good ACCESSORY is worth a thousand words.

#9. EXPIREMENT! Fashion Week is the time of the season you can dress up and none of the others can say anything about it.

#10. CONFIDENCE and a SMILE are a MUST! No matter how tired you are or how crazy you’ve looked when fighting for your cab confidence and smiles are only here to enhance you wardrobe of choice.

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Sweatshirt: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Jeans: Hudson, Sunnies: Dior “reflected” Backpack: Chanel Shoes: Adidas Superstar

Hair by: Kim Garduño

Pics by: LUI VAL

Overalls 101:

In case you didn’t get the memo, overalls are back, and they have been for a while. Not only is it this trend from the 80’s and 90’s insanely comfortable, but they are also practical and incredibly stylish. Bib overalls were, and still are the everyday apparel for some people. They were perceived as a uniform for the working masses, especially those in agriculture. And are perhaps the most versatile of transition items by allowing you to show others that you have something cool going on, whether it’s a layer underneath, or on top of them. Either way it’s pure genius.

Farmers, who really had it down before any of us, originally used them but the denim all-in-one really exploded when Princess Diana embraced it. Lately, luxury denim brands and designers are interpreting the overall in covetable iterations that will banish the words, “she could be a farmer in those clothes”, from any association with the look.

Now that overalls are popping up everywhere again, it seems like few people know how to wear them without looking like they just came from a farm. While sporting a denim onesie seems pretty foolproof (after all, everything matches with denim), figuring out the right shirt, shoes and accessories to pair with your overalls is an art form.

Here are 4 tips to help you look great in your favorite childhood trend:

  1. Leave the plaid at home: For real. This is one instance when wearing a flannel is not okay, unless you’ve been driving a tractor all day.
  1. Stripes, however, are an almost guaranteed home run: Channel your inner sailor with a blue-and-white striped shirt and you’ll look adorable, I promise.
  1. Fit is key: If you have a longer or shorter torso, try and find a pair of overalls with adjustable straps, so there is no gapping (or pulling) in the crotch area.
  1. Believe in yourself: No matter what trend you want to jump on as long as you wear it confident there is no look you cant rock and if you add a dazzling smile you’ve hit the ball out of the park!

Total look by Zara, shoes: Adidas x Pharrell Williams supercolor, Chanel graffiti backpack and Dior so real sunglasses

Pics by: LUI VAL

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Mesh it up

New York’s weather is a disaster right now, it’s so hot and humid that the fashionistas are having trouble turning sweat into a trend. And, now that your’s truly has to stay on the Island working all summer, I came up with a couple of ideas to keep you looking stylish, while not boiling with hot layers. For this look, I would say I went a little over the top with a mesh sweater from Forever21. From the moment I first laid eyes on it, I knew it would be a fun little experiment to see how I would eventually style it. I decided to use this mesh sweater that is 100% polyester because its made up of noncellulosic fibers. Petroleum, coal, natural gas, air and water are used to make this fibers. Meaning that chemist working in laboratories produce various combinations of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen to create many of the fabrics we use today. Here, you can see how I layered it with a basic t-shirt from HB designs (a close friend from back home in Mexico) of #Karlito. Considering that the weather is hot as heck, I had no other option than to show some leg with these short shorts from Zara. Keeping the look very minimal with black and white tones. I accessorized with my white and silver Dior reflective sunnies, my Chanel boy bag, and my Fendi key chain of #Karlito that matches the outfit perfectly. On my feet I played it colorful and added my Bernhard Willhelm x Camper color block sandals, just to add a little summer vibe to the whole black and white look. Remember, if it’s hot, mesh it up to look avant-garde, even though the sun is burning your scalp, lol.

El clima de Nueva York es un desastre hoy en día; demasiado caliente y húmedo como para que los fashionistas sufran cada vez que usan alguna tendencia. Ahora que estaré en la isla para trabajar por el verano, me surgieron nuevas ideas para lucir con estilo, sin morir de calor con tantas capas. Para este look, usé un mesh top sobre la camisa blanca Forever21. El primer momento que pusé mis ojos en él, supé que sería un experimento divertido usarlo y adecuarlo a un outfit. Decidí usar un suéter mesh que esta hecho de poliester 100% gracias a sus fibras de noncelulosa. Petróleo, gas natural, aire y agua son usados para crear estas fibras. Lo que significa que la química usada en laboratorios produce diversas combinaciones de carbono, hidrógeno, nitrógeno y oxígeno para crear varias fabricaciones que usamos hoy en día. Aquí pueden apreciar como use distintas capas que estilicé con una t shirt básica de HB designs (un amigo de México) de #Karlito. Considerando que el calor es insoportable, no tuve mas opción que enseñar pierna con mis shorts de Zara, dejando el look sencillo y minimalista con tonos blancos y negros. Accesoricé con mis lentes blancos y plateados de Dior, mi bolsa boy de Chanel y mi llavero de Fendi de #Karlito que va perfecto con el outfit. En mis pies me dejé llevar por el color y me pusé mis sandalias color block de Bernhard Willhelm por Camper, solo para agregar un poco de vibra veraniega a todo el look blanco y negro. Recuerda, si hace calor el mesh up es la opción para crear un look avant garde, aun cuando el sol te queme, jaja.


  
  
  
  

Viva Baja

The reason why I’ve been so MIA on the blog the past month was due to a fun little trip I took. I had the privilege to visit Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. Everything was delightful from the food to the beach, the ocean the best things the city offers. My trip wouldn’t have been the same with out my lovely friends Andrea Maria from Dear Milano and Cassandra De La Vega from Gypsy Wings. We had an amazing time under the sun and enjoying the welcoming resort Estero Beach. Our adventures didn’t stop there we also had the amazing opportunity to visit La Ruta del Vino at El Valle De Guadalupe, which consists on a tour were you go wine tasting the different grapes and visiting the different wine production houses and actually see how the wine is being made. Of course after days enjoying the resort and city we wanted to extend our stay, Ensenada has a lot to offer. One day you can go the beach and get a great tan but by dinner you can go to El Valle De Guadalupe (1:00 hour drive from the city) and enjoy the best cousin accompanied with an exquisite wine.

Cheers.

Don’t forget to check us out at Elite Magazine were we talked and laughed about how we meet (my friends) each other.

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1st look: Pullover ZARA, swim shorts VINTAGE, sandals CAMPER, hat PANAMA, sunnies DIOR

2nd look: Shirt H&M, shorts JUICY COUTURE, sunnies CHLOE, backpack CHANEL

Pics by Elite Magazine 

Oh my Dior!

The perfect summer suit can be a little tricky to find, but after a large extend of research (jajaja not really) I found mine at Zara. This royal blue suit is the perfect piece missing for all my summer looks; that blue goes perfectly with everything and I can wear it completely or mix and match the blazer and the pants. For this look I decided to take it down a nudge and actually made it very casual and a little sporty in some sense. Pairing the suit with an amazing t-shirt from a good old friend of mine HB designs was the perfect balance between elegance and a class clown making my outfit “best all around”. My “Oh my Dior!” white t couldn’t be complete with my pair of so real sunnies from Dior, they where like a match made in heaven. Keeping it cool and casual I wore my white super \star Adidas (confession I am obsessed with them and have like 3 pairs) the white kicks stand out amazingly from that royal blue and makes the whole outfit a perfect summer look.

Pics by: Lui Val