Monthly Archives: October 2011

A/W OBSESSIONS: Leather Essentials

Happy Halloween my sweet, sweet readers! I hope you had a blast this weekend with your fabulous costumes, here at Sweet’n’Raw we had also a great time preparing those holiday theme posts we published before. Now it’s time to get a bit more serious, Fall serious that is. Going around the city today, I noticed the beautiful trees in shades of orange and yellow and as leaves begin to fall and Autumn is calling our name, our wardrobes have to be not only ready but perfect for the current season. Yes, I am a self-proclaimed leather lover, I would wear leather pajamas and knickers but that would be rather prejudicial to my pores. I consider leather to be very resourceful, it also has the power of twisting and pumping up any outfit! There was a time when leather was for jackets and boots, nowadays we can even find it on bikins and in different shades (I’m a sucker for pastel leather garments). So for fall, you have to have at least one of the following inside your closets, trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Pencil, mid-length, skin-tight mini, pleated or a personal favorite, the A-line are some of the styles you’ll be able to find in your favorite shops this season. The color? With black you can never go wrong, Cognac is the color of the season and Navy blue just because it’s lovely! From left to right:

Shorts have become a must in every girl’s wardrobe, floral, lace, denim, you name it, they make them that way. Leather shorts are wearable in both seasons. You can pair them up with a breezy top and sandals for Summer or throw a heavy knit sweater with biker boots for Fall. A pair of highwaisted shorts in your closet? Always! From right:

Now this is one garment that wasn’t that popular in leather until this season and it’s a personal favorite. It all started with the leather bustier and it evolved so much that now you can find it in many styles:  the button-down, the one with panels (this season and the next is all about panels), cropped, sleeveless, long sleeved and more! From left to right:

Fancy pants? Sexy pants? Leather pants! Ask any guy out there what is the sexiest garment a woman can wear (lingerie does not count as streetwear, ok?), he is gonna answer leather pants for sure. Not only do they accentuate every bit of our gorgeous and womanly figures but they are show-stoppers and head-turners. From right to left:

The leather dress can be a big hit when the fit is perfect, the material is flattering and the shape does not make you look like you just cut some holes into a trash bag. It is not harsh, you can pull off a romantic look with a leather dress when you pair it up with the right accessories. From left to right:

A biker jacket is always one of the best investments a girl should make. It doesn’t matter if you pay a bit more, you are not getting just a jacket. You are getting a classic, you are getting the chic factor, you are getting the one item that you can wear over and over and  without wearing out the look. It’s so versatile, it has become a need. From right to left:

There you have it! All the leather you are gonna want and you are gonna need for this fall! Check back this week for the outfits I have put together with each and everyone of this garments!
Hoping you have a great week, sweet kisses…
PS: For all the details on the garments on this post CLICK HERE
ALL TEXTS AND ILLUSTRATIONS: ANA SOFIA ALANIS

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TRICK-OR-TREND part 2

Good Saturday my sweet readers! This is the third post from my Halloween series. Another three costumes inspired by some of the trends and concepts we got to see on the s/s 2012 runway this past September. The first, the dolls from one of my favorite shows from London Fashion Week, all sugar, all candy, Meadham Kirchhoff. From the Ralph Lauren catwalk and soon a big blockbuster starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo Dicaprio, the Great Gatsby. And last but not least, from the minds of Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane, the bright and pastel cheerleaders from Versus. Enjoy!

THE DOLL

As seen in Meadham Kirchhoff, London Fashion Week

THE GREAT GATSBY

As seen in Ralph Lauren, Fashion Week New York

THE CHEERLEADER

As seen in Versus, Milan Fashion Week

Now that we are done with Halloween and you probably have your costume all picked out, I know I have mine, it’s time to move on to some fall trends that are so happening right now! Check back next week for some more fashion, news, style advice and more!

I wish you all a Happy Halloween, sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

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TRICK-OR-TREND part 1

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Halloween weekend is finally here! If you read my post from last night (if you haven’t, please do before choosing your costume, we just want to save you from Shame-o-ween CLICK HERE TO READ) you are now ready to pick your costume or make your own. People are usually inspired by films, cartoons, history and more to dress up and since this is a Fashion blog, why not get a little inspired by it. It would be so fun to dress up as Donatella Versace, but people would just mistake you for Jersey Shore’s Snooki with a blonde wig. Marc Jacobs in his trademark skirt? You might be confused with a scottish lad. Vera Wang? People would just throw you a sandwich. So we have to be a little more conceptual and there is nothing more conceptual than a trend. Inspired by some of the trends or inspirations from S/S 2012, here are three costumes for you to wear this Halloween!

THE MERMAID

As seen in Versace, Milan Fashion Week

THE MATADOR

As seen in Moschino, Milan Fashion Week

THE PAJAMAS

As seen in J.W. Anderson, London Fashion Week

There you go! Wether you go for the sultry siren, the sexy matador or with a cute, cute pajama, dress up and have fun and remember to never ever, even if you are as drunk as David Hasselhoff when he ate that burger off the floor, try to play the part (as a mermaid you’ll drown, as a hooker you’ll probably get arrested, I don’t even want to think what happens when dressing up as a mass muderer or as a plush penis haha).

Check back tomorrow for more fab and trendy costumes!

Have a fabulous weekend, sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool!

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SEVEN DEADLY SINS: Halloween

The weekend is just one day away, but it’s a special kind of weekend my sweet, sweet readers. It’s Halloween! And for this special occasion the Seven Deadly Sins are back! This time is all about costumes! Who doesn’t love to dress up? But if we want to hit the ball out of the ballpark with our attire, there are seven things we shall never do! And here they are:

Sin No. 1: Theme lingerie? NOT A COSTUME

There’s the costume you wear to a party and then there’s the costume you wear in the privacy of your home for your boy’s eyes only. Just because it’s lingerie with a theme it doesn’t make it ok to flash it outdoors unless you: a) are invited to a Playboy Mansion party. b) you are a playmate. c) you work the pole at the Uncle Jim’s Boobie Bungalow d) your name is Miranda Kerr and you actually work for Victoria’s Secret. e) you are a hooker that celebrates holidays and you even dress up as Santa on Christmas. And since we are not going to find ourselves in a situation like the ones mentioned above, I suggest that in case you want to dress as a male fantasy this Halloween, you go for the PG13 version of the costume that is still very sexy but with no crotch flashing or and no peeking nipple kind of drama.

Sin No. 2: Bodypaint toxic event

Last year it was the Avatar madness, this one we will probably get to see a lot of Smurfettes partying it up on Halloween night. But seriously people, is it absolutely necessary to paint your whole skin to get the look? Haven’t you heard of colored bodysuits? What if I’m dressing as a pink ballerina or a a pastel blue playboy bunny? Hell no, I don’t want the sweaty and painted smurf guy dancing near me at a Halloween bash. Body paint is messy, body paint does not let your skin breathe properly (even if the bottle says so), body paint falls off, body paint can ruin the one clothing item you are wearing.

So unless you are Irina Shayk and you are doing the Sports Illustrated Bodypaint Special, refrain from using it, wear a damn lycra and paint your freakin face only. The hundred guests in danger of getting smeared will thank you.

And remeber, sweat + dry paint= wet paint SLASH disaster.

Sin No. 3: Lame-o-ween

Are you the supermarket costume offender? Is your “ghost” sheet already worn out from serial washing? Do environmentalists camp outside your place due to your toilet paper embalming activities? Is your Halloween costume the same thing you usually wear to go to the gym (because you still feel channeling sporty spice is cool)? If any of your answers was yes, spare yourself and others the pain of “dressing up” for this holiday and just face it, Halloween is not your thing.

Choosing a costume should always be fun, interesting, creative. If it’s a drag, don’t do it. There’s a list of characters that should be banned or vanished from all Halloween parties: the sheet ghost, the toilet paper mummy, the devil (only the headband with horns), the gym person, the “only wearing glasses” nerd, the “I wrote a phrase on a t-shirt” dude, the vampire with plastic fangs, wearing only plastic fangs, the politician mask (you’ll sweat like a pig and it’s soooo last decade) and last but definitely not least, if you are not wearing a costume, don’t and by don’t I mean DON’T say you came dressed as yourself. L-A-M-E

Sin No. 4: Wardrobe malfunction crimes

Yes, we all know Halloween is an excuse for us girls sex it up a bit. It’s all about dressing naughty (I said dressing, not behaving). It’s the only time of the year when bees become slutty, cops wear latex and bunnies, well bunnies wear ties. And since this holiday is all about sexy (spooky costumes are soooo last century, and even those are now made sexy enough), costume shops are always packed with skin-tight, super short, latex, lycra and plastic garments. That is why when shopping for a costume, us girls have to be extra careful about it, the material, the length but above all the fitting!

You want to do the Playboy bunny thing, not the porno, nipple flashing version for Playboy TV. If you want to be the cute bumblebee, no need to flash your sting to the world. And if you are into the sexy, lycra superhero bodysuits, beware and beware of the dreadful camel toe. You don’t want to be the girl with southern pouch, and we are not talking about a kangaroo costume.

Sin No. 5: Food is not fabric 

Yes, that Ali Larter sundae scene in Varsity Blues changed everyone’s lives (I can still remeber young Dawson Leery’s face) and yes, Lady Gaga shocked us all by wearing her infamous meat dress. But that does not mean you can pull it off too. You can’t just cover yourself with prosciutto, baloney and bacon. If you think you can, you better know you propably won’t look like the Lady, your smell will not be likeable, your host will not want you near his or her couch and if he or she has a dog (pray it’s not a pitbull), the least of your worries is him stripping you off. He might confuse you with a giant sausage and hello Emergency Room.

So if food is your thing, Costume shops have a food section:

Sin No.6: Halloween’s dress etiquette violations
Well, we all know that Halloween is the only holiday were people can throw fake puke on themselves, dress as a penis, walk the streets as hookers without actually looking for a client and it’s all right. But even this day has it’s own dress code rules. There are certain events where modesty is not on the menu and some others where modesty is strictly requested.
So before picking your costume, know exactly where it is you are going and what kind of guests will be at the event. It’s like in Fashion, you are not gonna go to Versace’s catwalk wearing full Cavalli or like in baseball, you just don’t wear a Red Sox jersey inside Yankee Stadium (even if they are playing against the Sucks, take your ugly jersey to Fenway only). So if you want to channel Ru Paul or a Vegas street hooker, make sure the party you are attending is not your in-laws yearly bash or worse, if you are going trick or treating with your nephew, make sure to keep it PG.
Sin No. 7: The Plush Size Issue 
Yeah, plush costumes are fun to look at. But wearing them? Just ask the guy who wears the chicken costume over at El Pollo Loco under LA’s brazing sun. So here are the reasons why you should stay away from one of these babies (giant babies that is):
  • You’ll always need bathroom assistance, chances are your friends after several Vodka tonics and some beer pong will be helpless. And since you won’t be asking a stranger for help, you will end up peeing yourself while attempting to get out of the costume.
  • You won’t fit into the car, so you’ll probably end up going in a cab solo
  • If there is food, you won’t be able to eat. You’ll hands will probably be concealed inside a giant plush thingy or you will probably be wearing some annoying gloves that go with the costume.
  • Dancing or moving will be practically impossible and if you fall, getting up is another big issue.
  • You’ll probably stain the damn thing with drinks you attempted to get into your mouth. If it’s a rental, good luck with the dry cleaning bill.
Your only plus, you will probably shed a few pounds from all the sweating you’ll be doing.
So there you have it, seven things that can save you from sin on Halloween night. Do you know what you will be wearing? If not, check back tomorrow for some cool costume ideas!
Wishing ya’ll a spooky weekend, sweet kisses…
All illustrations: ANA SOFIA ALANIS
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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PFW COVERAGE: Les Géants

Good Saturday my sweet, sweet readers! I saved some of the biggest names from PFW for last (bigger is not always better as you will see and read further ahead). After 14 really, really long posts, 54 runway reviews, thousands of photos and illustrations, hours of research and writing and two very tired butt cheeks (the hours I spent sitting down preparing this posts have given my ass more flatness than usual), I am D-O-N-E with my Fashion Week Coverage and I can proudly say I did it all by myself! Talk about multi-tasking baby! Anyway, this is my last from Paris (that is until February catches up with me and unleashes the FW mayhem all over again). So without futher ado, I bring to you The PFW Giants.

CHRISTIAN DIOR S/S 2012

You can feel it, I do too. Galliano’s absence is something that can be precieved miles away. For years we got used to his drama, his theatrical props, his unconventional genius and his style. We all know that Bill Gayten is for LVMH as the Pope John Paul I was for the catholic church, mere transition. And while the luxury group is holding off on naming the new Creative Director for the brand, Gayten has been doing what is expected from him: safe collections and no drama whatsoever. He went for fresh but always classic Dior shapes in a soft and subtle color palette (blush, cream, bright red and black among others).

It was all very femenine, very ladylike with dresses that dropped down from the waist, romantic lace and ruffles. It was a very delicate and sophisticated collection (also the sheer gave it an air of sexiness). And although it was all so risk-free and controlled, the tailoring and the cuts were perfect, the garments had beautiful movement and the clothes were wearable enough. Overall Bill Gayten did a a fine job, but enough already with the mystery, we all wanna know who’s next!

CHANEL S/S 2012

I am  always the first one to praise Karl “The Kaiser” Lagerfeld, his multi-tasking abilities, his genius and talent, his creativity and the character he has created for himself. This time I have to be blunt about his S/S show, although the Grand Palais sea set he created for the show was overpowering and breathtaking, his collection (at least in my very own personal opinion) was not. Yes there were some interesting shapes, unconventional textures and materials but it wasn’t the clothes that got my attention, it was the beautiful scenery, those giant shells and corals scattered all over the venue and obviously the highlight of the show, Miss Florence Welch singing like a mermaid inside one of the clams, very Botticelli.

The styling and beauty was absolutely flawless, more so when you see the backstage photos and the close-ups on the models ready to walk the runway.  The color palette was mainly composed of pastel colors. He showcased over 80 looks  on the runway, some forgettable but also some spectacular ones. The tweed was present, also the lace and his very resourceful feathers. He also gave us new and unexpected materials and space-like ensembles. It was all very ladylike but with Karl’s own take on the sea. It was interesting, but not in my FW top collections (this is the part where Karl says, “who cares what you think, you bloody mortal”.)

ELIE SAAB S/S 2012

We all know what to expect from Mr. Elie Saab. Year after year he fills the runway with his glamour, elegance and jaw-dropping fabrics. He is a favorite among the red carpet regulars and it shows why. This year he started off with some neutrals, then the mustard and the soft orange to end with green and purple, no wonder he named the collection “Color Shock”. From beautiful cocktail dresses to lavish, long and flowy gowns, all perfectly exectuted and all with that natural movement that can only be achieved by a man with his sartorial skills.

There was lace, there were sequins, sheer and those leg slits that open up and finish up on strategically perfect places. He never lost his elegance but he played with some risque and daring necklines: plunging, peek-a-boo, see through, halter and even some greece inspired ones. The best part of the show: when the first green look came out the runway, the drooling started. When did it stop? When the show was over. Kudos to you Mr. Saab, for your craftmanship, for being always loyal to your signature style but never falling into a boring rut and in advance, for all those dresses made by you we will be seeing on the red carpet when the award season kicks off next year!

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER S/S 2012

We can’t say we didn’t love the props and the tricks the designer pulled of for his S/S 2012 show. The flashcards with the numbers, the non-models walking the runway covered with real ink tattoos, the tongues, the frowns and the funny faces from model stars like Karlie Kloss and Lindsay Wixson, the music replaced by narration, like it was done once upon a time in old couture shows. It wasn’t your usual uptight fashion show, it was fun, fun to watch for the guests, fun to walk for the models.

The clothes were all classic Jean Paul Gaultier, bustier tops all over, asymmetrical shapes, leather and bondage hints, lingerie and stockings. The beauty was exactly that, beautiful, Miss Kloss and Miss Swaenpoel looking more than fabulous and somewhat vintage with rolled up hair and dramatic makeup. It was all about the female figure, enhancing it, adorning it, embellishing it and Jean Paul Gaultier sure knows how to do the task.

LOUIS VUITTON S/S 2012

Let me start off by saying one thing, this was another show-stopper from the man of the hour himself, Mr. Marc Jacobs. He had already closed FWNY with a stellar collection for his namesake, now he did it again for Louis Vuitton. The setting and the venue were beautiful, seems like the french house wants to outdo Chanel when it comes to lavish and over-the-top runway sets (although Chanel did first a couple seasons ago the carousel thing). The color palette was like cotton candy, all so soft, so fun and so sugary. Pastel leather? Sign me up! It was a lace, feathers and Broderie Anglaise parade. I’m a sucker for the last one, which was in almost every look the american designer sent down the runway: coats, jackets, volume dresses, collars and more.

The beauty and styling was very princessy with high buns and shiny head pieces. The shoes? Worth taking your grandma over to the pawn shop to get a pair of those patent mules. It was all so young, so beautiful and beyond adorable. The finale: With Kate Moss as a closer you can never go wrong. The stunner walked the carousel in a beautiful white dress adorned with feathers, regal as the queen of fashion she is. Bravo Marc Jacobs, once again, BRAVO!

ALEXANDER McQUEEN S/S 2012

It’s undeniable that Sarah Burton had the best teacher she could ever have. The late fashion genius, Alexander McQueen gave her all his best couture secrets and tricks but more importantly made her understand his style and his ways to perfection. With Sarah Burton, McQueen’s legacy to the world has remained intact. Once again, the display of fashion and craftmanship was flawless. The excentricity and the shapes with which the british designer was best known for are always perfectly recreated but also reinvented by his pupil, Miss Burton. For the show, all the models had their faces covered with lace, it was almost like a bondage thing.

The detailed garments presented on the runway were beautifully executed, it was both femenine and obscure, but it had a fragile vibe to it. It was another ocean nature inspired collection, but it had a very different take on it than the others (Versace was very literal, and Chanel was very, well very Chanel). Embellished gowns, ruffles, beading, embroidery and lace were some of the elements that were incorporated for the collection. The result, that kind of beauty that gives you the chills. You learned from the best Sarah Burton, you really did.

LOOK OF THE DAY

The las FW look and the last leg flashing one for a long, long, time (as we speak my legs are enclosed in a pair of chocolate brown tights, SAD). We saved the glam for last. I have a new obsession, mixing sequins with leather. And that’s exactly what I did for this look. I chose a silver, clingy dress from ASHISH. It has the right amount of short to stun the whole world with your killer pins and the right amount of sequins to literally shine through. Since back then was a bit chilly, this nude leather jacket from J. CREW contrasts to perfection with the flashy dress. For the shoes, you gotta glam it up and twist it up! That’s why with Vionnet you will always get that. This suede and python heels by Giuseppe Zanotti for Vionnet are extraordinary, making the outfit pop out even more.

For the bag, we’ve added glam and shine, why not add some wild as well? This Marc by Marc Jacobs panther clutch is just what we were looking for. For the jewelry, we are going heavy with the arm candy. A bracelet foursome composed by two glitter belt bracelets in gold and silver from TOPSHOP, Chan Luu’s beaded black bracelet with skulls and a Marc by Marc Jacobs resin bangle. To finish off your glammed up hands, a ring trio by River Island and the very coveted Chanel Peridot nail polish.

For more deets on today’s look, head over to FASHIOLISTA! You can also follow me there!

Voila! Last post from S/S 2012. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed working my ass off to get this ready. It’s a passion but it’s also a lot of work, one I am very happy to do and also one I hope to do someday while earning some serious cash! Check back for some new sections and surprises, also some sections will be making a big comeback. Halloween is just around the corner and since Sweet’n’Raw is all about dressing up, expect some spooky posts coming up in the next few days!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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NAIL FILES: Berrylicious baby!

With only one post waiting in the oven about PFW, a non-runway one is just what the doctor ordered! It’s been a while since I gave you some nail files, I hope it is as fun to read for you as it is for me to prepare it. Since my color obsession du jour is red (all shades of red) and those “Frutti di Bosco” hues look smashing with all fall clothes and tonalities, it’s all about the berry nail polishes. 5 wild fruit inspired categories, one crust inspired one (when thinking about berries you can’t help but think about pastry) and 24 different nail polish shades from the top nail companies: Deborah Lippmann, Essie, OPI, Nails INC and more! Let’s start!

RASPBERRY SCONES

  • Rouge Carat (Winter Collection), Chanel
  • Do you think I’m texy, OPI
  • Sweet Pea, Estee Lauder’s Pure Color
  • Size Matters, Essie

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

  • Animal-istic (Muppets Collection), OPI
  • 5th Avenue, Essie
  • Timeless Parisian Red, Deborah Lippmann
  • Ruthless, Illamasqua

SWEET CHERRY PIE

  • Wocka Wocka (Muppets Collection), OPI
  • Aspen, Nails INC
  • Lady is a Tramp, Deborah Lippmann
  • A-list, Essie

BLACKBERRY MUFFIN

  • Good Girl Gone Bad, Deborah Lippmann
  • Carry-on, Essie
  • Lincoln Park Minight, OPI
  • Endless Night, NARS

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

  • Bobbing for Baubles, ESSIE
  • Blue Denim, Dior Vernis
  • 44 La Laque, YSL
  • I know what boys like, Deborah Lippmann

CRUNCHY CRUST

  • Quiet Time, MAC
  • Satin Doll, Deborah Lippmann
  • Case Study, Essie
  • Cadogan Square, Nails INC
Are your nails hungry for berries? Mine certainly are! Time for some very, berry delicious paws!
Tomorrow’s post, the last from PFW and then Sweet’n’Raw has in store a big Halloween surprise! Check back with us!
Sweet kisses…
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: Internet
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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PFW Coverage: Haider is dark and Alber goes sharp

Ahoy mate!

Another Monday, another post! And we are still on FW mode (even though it ended a few weeks ago). I promised you yesterday this was gonna be the last one about PFW, but it was impossible for me to narrow down the shows. Tomorrow you will be having my last round-up about this gorgeous S/S 2012. But today I have for you 6 more shows and in this windy and cold weather (I used today my first pair of boots with tights) a fresh and sunny look to remeber the Summer that refused to go away (eventually Fall gave him the boot, sadly). So while we get used to this chilly days, by watching the S/S shows we can only hope and dream of the sunny days that will come (by now you can probably tell I’m a sucker for sunny seasons). So, without further ado, here they are!

HAIDER ACKERMANN S/S 2012

If the formula worked before, why not try it again? That was probably Mr. Ackermann’s motto for the season. And you know what? He was right, not only did it work, it was a hit out of the ball park. His darkness is always overpowering, his execution is supreme and his vision is so unique he always manages to blow us away. He played with textures, he played with patterns and prints that resulted in a beautiful and particular collection. His color palette was as varied as his shapes: black, purple, bordeaux, some beautiful powder neutrals and more.

The tailoring was as sharp as a blade and the natural movement in every garment was to die for. One of the most interesting things was how his usage of leather seemed to blend in perfectly with the silk and other materials, as if they were one, it was effortless, it was flawless. It was a sea of trousers, all the collection with that manly vibe. After this fashion display, ther is no doubt Haider Ackermann is part of the ones to watch, with a bright, bright future ahead of him.

GIVENCHY S/S 2012

It had Riccardo Tisci’s genius written all over, but this time it was not hardcore, it was more on the softer side. With the beautiful Natalia Vodianova as the show opener and the iconic brazilian amazon, Miss Gisele Bundchen as a closer, the italian designer outdid himself, once again. It was a star-studded catwalk, Erin Wasson, Karolina Kurkova, Frankie Rayder, the coveted Zuzanna Bijoch, Saskia de Brawu and the muse herself shining in sequins, Mariacarla Boscono. It was a Ready-to-Wear collection packed with Couture elements and shapes. It was fresh, it was beautiful and it was magnificent.

Everything was nude, cream, black and green, with the exception of those shiny ensembles. It was an almost printless show, something different from what he has been doing the past seasons. But instead of the prints, it was all about the textures and how he played with materials. The woman’s figure was definitely enhanced by each and everyone of the looks we saw on the parisian runway. Tailored shorts, figure hugging skirts and dresses, cropped and tight pants, almost like leggings and beautifully tailored tuxedo jackets were the main components of another stunning show that puts again the name of the french house on the top of the fashion food chain. Thank you Riccardo!

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI S/S 2012

With his collaboration with Macy’s coming soon and the hit that was his Resort collection, all eyes were on the italian designer this season. And we are glad to say he did not disappoint, on the contrary, he had us dreaming the second his first look came out the runway. It was a game of textures, layer and skin. It was sexy but it had a touch of innocence to it. The prints (floral, animal) were the guests of honor and the feathers a perfect complement.

The ruffles were there, the peplum and the brocade were there, the 60’s vibe also, but more importantly, the designer’s signature style was all over the venue. Accessories included heavy arm jewelry and snakesin heels. Be ready to get in line for this man’s Macy’s thing, it’s gonna be crazy!

LANVIN S/S 2012

You won’t argue with me when I say the Lanvin show is one of the most expected on PFW and that Mr. Alber Elbaz is one of the future legends of fashion and one of the most talented designers out there. Season after season he has had everyone drooling after his creations (people almost stabbed each other to snag one of his dresses for H&M), and this year’s tough chick collection was another one of those. It was all so modern but never sober and it was very different from what everyone else presented. He gave us the power woman, the working gal in sharp and tailored garments, pencil skirts,  low-rise trousers with beautiful and simple blouses and shirts, minimalism.

But even though he was doing something different, he never abandoned his usual style. He gave us beautifully draped dresses, sheerness, cut-outs, his signature neck action, the usual embellishments and perfect jewelry dressing. At the end, it was all pure and perfect Alber, when those soft and colored dresses came out on the runway.  I never have anything bad to say about Lanvin, that is because there is never anything bad to say about it.

ISABEL MARANT S/S 2012

She is the cool and hip chick in fashion everyone wants to be friends with. Laid-back, casual and sporty, I always end up saying I want to be Marant girl (God! I hope Zara copies a lot of this collection, my legs need those python print pants). With lightweight knits, rock & roll and a lot of mix and match, the designer presented her collection in Paris with great feedback. Arizona Muse, Anja Rubik, Carmen Kaas and everyone’s favorite ebony girl, the lovely Joan Smalls, embodied to perfection the typical Isabel Marant woman.

Serious leg flashing and figure flaunting was displayed on the runway along with very chic crystal embellisments that we saw on the last looks. That metallic onesie you can se above is among my lust-worthy items. Everything was paired up with chain sandals, very naked and very sexy. Isabel Marant gave us a lesson on how to not be femenine, but always freakin’ sexy.

MIU MIU S/S 2012

And there’s nothing that can stop Queen Miuccia. I must admit that when I saw the first looks from this collection I wasn’t thrilled, when I got to look 5 I was already in love. That’s what I call Signora Prada’s effect. Her collections keep getting better and better, it’s just ridiculous. This time it was time for lace, but lace in a way only the italian designer could do it. The color palette was bold but beautiful to look at: cerulean, burgundy and a sunny yellow. The prints were so unique and the way the italian designer played with them was absolutely stunning.

As usual, her footwear and accessories were major hits! And those shoulder cover-ups with the bows, I went speechless for them. Overall, it was all so pretty, all so polished and cute. But the thing that amazes me the most, is how her Prada collection mood (another huge success for her) had nothing to do with the one for Miu Miu. Miuccia Prada is not only talent and genius, she is one who knows her different crowds and she sure knows what to gives to make us fashionably happy!

LOOK OF THE DAY

Well all this mix and match and print madness made me want to think a little more out of the box than usual. Ahoy mate with the hat, hellooo! For this ensemble (Remeber, it was still sunny back then, now I’m freezing my ass off) I chose a beautiful and sunny dress, perfect to say goodby to what seemed to be an eternal summer. This floral print dress from NASTYGAL has this vintage vibe to it, thanks to the shape and the pleats. It’s cute as a button! To make it a little playful, I paired it up with a striped blazer in white and navy, also from NASTYGAL. The fitting is so perfect that it seems to as if it was painted on one’s body. To keep on twisting, this Marni belt we have used before (click here) to add more shape to the waist and more color contrast. For the shoes, it is all about the tassel! This Luciano Padovan fringed sandals complement the outfit in a very, very postivie way.

For the bag, Proenza Schouler’s PS1 Extra Large suede bag in a fab shade of green! For jewelry, a single bangle, also in green from Stylebop.com. Paint your pucker with a bright pink shade, like Stila’s lip enamel in Pretty pink. Last but most definitely not least, the naughty touch: the skipper hat from Hugo Pratt (it’s for men but, to heel with it! If it looks good, it’s a keeper!).

For all the details on today’s look, you know you have to click here!

That”s it for today folks! Tomorrow’s round-up: Elie Saab, Chanel, LousVuitton and more! You have to check back to get the scoop on those french giants!

Sweet kisses and lots of love!

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PFW Coverage: Stella’s groove and dreamy Valentino

Greetings my sweet, sweet readers! Reviewing fashion week is definitely a delight, but it also requires a lot of hard work and time! And if Paris Week is the one you are covering, you need to work so much harder! But then there is that satisfaction, knowing people are actually reading and enjoying your work. That’s the biggest reward a blogger can get! We are halfway through with our shows, and then we can go back to normal, in the meantime I have for you 5 more! Let’s start!

CHLOÉ S/S 2102

If anyone ever doubted if ClareWaight Keller was a good replacement for Hannah McGibbon, after this collection it is safe to say that it was the best decision the french house could have made. Personally, it was one of my favorite collections in all Fashion Week (along with Meadham Kirchhoff, Prada, Vionnet, Jill Stuart and of course, Prabal Gurung). Although some people thought the designer’s debut was a bit safe and controlled, to me it was all so laid-back and effortless but at the same time it oozed elegance. The color palette: white, cream, nuetrals, pink, black and that beautiful and eye-catching aqua green.

Chiffon, pleated skirts with a lot of movement, slouchy trousers and shorts with a low-rise, wide belts sitting at the hips, striped prints, linen tops and floral embroidered blouses were among the things Miss Waight Keller presented for the season. It was a soft, femenine and lovely collection, but more importantly, it was so wearable and desireable that we will be seeing a lot of lucky gals showing it off next Spring.

NINA RICCI S/S 2012

Nina Ricci is always synonym for romance and this season it was just that. With a collection inspired by the Golden Age and with a 1960’s vibe, Peter Copping’s front row included three fashion royals, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld and the always fabulous, Anna dello Russo. As expected from Nina Ricci, almost every look on the runway had some lingerie in it. Copping’s woman was not only classic and ladylike, but also seductive. As the creative director said, it was all so french and very chic.

The peplum was present again, pretty floral prints with a retro feeling to them, mid-length skirts (one of the biggest trends of the season), soft ruffles and a lot of leg! Lingerie played an important part in the show, it was inserted into pretty dresses, on skirts, in bras underneath perfectly tailored jackets, it was everywhere! The result was a femenine but audacious display of fashion. It was also both wearable and couture.

STELLA McCARTNEY S/S 2012

I dare say her past her collection was her best so far and also a tough one to break, but with this one she pobably outdid herself. For this season, the british designer went mini, mini. It was all about the legs. She went for the sporty trend (she is the designer for the Olympic Games UK uniforms) we have seen all over the catwalks this season. But to make it her own, she played with symmetry , uneven cuts and different textures and prints. Sheer was again present as well as the spots, but this time with a fascinating twist. It was a game between the masculine looks against those femenine ones.

She had Natalia Vodianova as a show opener and closer, and in between Miranda Kerr, the always stunning Anja Rubik and the VS angel, Candice Swaenpoel wearing her fabulous pajama prints and structured garments. Good one, Stella!

VALENTINO S/S 2012

During the last years, Valentino has become a consistent success on the runway. With creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri y  Pier Paolo Piccioli, the brand has mantained Mr. Garavani’s eternal and classic style but adding it their own twist, an air of modernity and and some elements of surprise. This collection was just that, it screamed Valentino all over but even those expected red gowns fell into the unexpected. The show can be described as romantinc, but romantic with a touch of boldness. With models such as the lovely Freja Beha Erichsen walking the runway, it was a lace and sheer parade.

The dresses were dreamy and delicate and they gave us some major red carpet action paired up with flats (bold move, but it seemed to work). The execution and the detailing was falwlessly perfect. One of the inspirations was said to be Mexican embroidery, and as a Mexican it not only makes me proud of our craftmanship but it is also surprising to see their take on it. This collection has probably been the best so far for the designer duo and one of the best in PFW. I thought that green leather trench from a previous season was a tough one to break, well the red number above is quickly becoming a favorite as well. Well done guys!

VIONNET S/S 2012

My eyes fell in love with Vionnet this season and my body is screaming in need of that blue, floral print. This collection to me was beyond fabulous, because I found it to be different, and it was indeed. Inspired in the 1930’s, Rodolfo Paniagua really took us back in time. Everything was so bright and fresh, but more importantly it was all so elegant and beautiful. Floral prints, butterflies and shift dresses were among the things we saw on the runway.

Pencil skirts, a peplum, sequins and embellishments, stars and that evening gown display. If I were an actress and had to pick a dress for an award show, I would definitely go for one of this column numbers above (the one with the blue flowers on it has my name written all over). It was an obvious hit for Mr. Paniagua, too bad it was his las show for the brand. We are curious to see where Lucia and Barbara Croce will be taking the brand next season.

LOOK OF THE DAY

The leg flashing days are over,  but then again so is Fashion Week. And since it was still a bit hot during PFW, I’m still allowed to publish two more tightless looks. It’s gonna be a long, cold winter so we may as well say goodbye to our still tanned, bare legs with a lot of style. With that in mind, I chose for the look a mini, mini feather skirt in navy blue from Robert Rodriguez (you can find it over at the outnet, it’s 60% off!). To make it a little more on the casual side (the skirt it’s a bit dramatic) I went for a camel sweater from Pringle of Scotland found also at THE OUTNET (70% off), tucked it in slightly only to cevr up the skirt’s black elastic waistband, For the shoes, Jeffrey Campbell’s Bronte platforms are just the missing piece on our puzzle!

For the purse, D&G’s handbag in Bordeaux makes for perfect arm candy. For jewelry, I am currently in love with everything that MAWI UK does, and this bracelet seems to be perfect for our outfit. The skull has been a trend for several seasons now, and the contrast between the gold, the ruby and the blue gems makes me think that this gorgeous piece was made for this PFW ensemble. For the lovely hands, I threw in our all time favorite ARTY ring from YSL and to twist things up a bit, this fierce Leopard one from ASOS. For the final touch, a deep green nail polish from Essie’s fall collection, which is amazing! The name is Power Clutch and you can find it here.

For all the details on today’s look, remeber to check out my list over at Fashiolista.com

So there you have it! Only one more post about PFW and we are D-O-N-E for the season! How aboout some Chanel, McQueen and Lanvin for the nex one? You  likey? I love it!

Wishing y’all a happy Sunday (how very Southern Sookie Stackhouse of me), sweet kisses…

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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PFW Coverage: Hey Hussein, pass me a glass of champagne!

Well hello my sweet readers! Ready for your fashion fix of the day? This time I’m gonna give you Paris, who doesn’t love Paris? And when it’s Paris and Fashion Week, it’s more than just the city of love. This is the first post of my series about PFW. And since the line-up is really, really long, let’s start with our first fab five from the city of lights!

BALENCIAGA S/S 2012

Definitely one of the most expected shows in PFW. Fashionistas all over the globe wait eagerly for the moment they get to see what the great Nicolas Ghesquiere will be showing on the runway. He never disappoints, seriously, he never seizes to amaze. Not even the crashing benches that left the front row standing did any harm, hey there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Plus, he did deserve a standing ovation. With the music from Twin Peaks playing, the show was stunning from the start. It was hard not to fall in love with every single one of the color-blocked looks.

First came the contrast between the oversized jackets with wide shoulders and those tiny but perfectly executed shorts, both in iridiscent materials. The collection was all about Ghesquiere’s take on futurism, and what a jaw-dropping take! He gave us high-waisted shorts, tailored jeans and trousers, printed blouses and lots of waist! In the end, a gorgeous and eye-catching cellophane skirt. It was all about construction, dramatic shapes and all the genius that is Mr. Ghesquiere.

BALMAIN S/S 2012

All eyes were on this one, on young Olivier Rousteing’s debut for the french house. Will he keep on with Decarnin’s legacy? Will he give it a twist? Will he change the brand completely? Will he return to the company’s roots? Many questions were asked, but in the end Rousteing stayed true to what he learned from his mentor, Christophe Decarnin, but he made it his. The collection had all the influences from the previous designer, but it also had the young designer’s twist. It was all so gold, so baroque, so rocker meets cowboy, meets chic, meets Vegas. Iza Goulart, Arizona Muse and Anja Rubik were among the amazons that walked the runway for Balmain this season.

The looks: high-waisted leather trousers and short shorts with a skin-tight fit, detailed mini skirts paired with simple, white tops, cropped jackets, studs and chains. Embellishments were everywhere, as expected. What killed us, those two floral looks you can see above, talk about some lust. In the end,  it all seemed so Balmain but so new at the same time. It was refreshing and I loved it, I hope you did too!

CARVEN S/S 2012

Oh Carven, I beg you to please come in at night and enter my closet and stay there for as long as I live. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands in the whole world. And even if the whole world thing sounds a bit childish, it’s true. There wasn’t a single piece form the collection that didn’t make me want to go out and rob the nearest bank. It was all so retro and all so cute, plus the prints and graphics were beyond beautiful (thank you Guillaume Henry).  It was all so wearable and fun. I’m in serious need of that mustard, leather dress you can see above.

Cut-out dresses, high-waisted shorts, flippy skirts and perfectly tailored jackets were among the garments the french designer presented on the runway. The inspiration was something like schoolgirl meets The Sound of Music. It was all in perfect sync. With a collection like this, who doesn’t want to be a Carven girl?

CELINE S/S 2012

Phoebe Philo knows what she does best and sticks to it, and so far it has been always a winning formula. She has mastered quite well the art of minimalism, and it shows. For this collection, the designer’s color palette was mainly white, black and emerald green, with a touch of burgundy and a vivid red. The shapes and cuts were executed to perfection, the tailoring itself deserved a standing ovation.

Volume trousers, mid skirts, some pleated, some in leather, some with movement, structured tops with peplums (that leather peplum one, score!), architectural garments and complicated but beautiful constructions. The waist, once again, enhanced by wide belts and it was all about playing with proportions. Another hit for the french house, we are so getting used to that.

CHALAYAN S/S 2012

You have to love a designer that loves to play a part, that loves to dress up. That’s the case of Hussein Chalayan. He had done it before and he did it again, this time dressed as a waiter and pouring champagne to his models. The collection was clean, perfectly executed and very innovative from my point of view. Three things very characteristic of him. It all started with neutrals, black, cream, white and beige in blazers and structured garments.

Little by little, the show seemed to grow in full bloom with Mr. Chalayan’s beautiful prints. Shift dresses, printed ones, others with panels. It was overall an interesting collection. More interesting is the character who designed it.

LOOK OF THE DAY

It’s all about the parisian chic! What’s more chic and romantic than lace! For this ensemble, I went for the cutest dress from TOPSHOP in tan. This little number from Jones and Jones drops from the waist into tiny pleats creating volume. To add more chic details, this tassel Gucci belt is the perfect accessory. For the bag, there’s nothing more classic and pretty than the Hermes Constance, also in tan.

Enough with the tan already! To take things more over the dramatic side, some burgundy platform pumps from Sergio Rossi.

For the jewelry, brace yourself for the most beautiful necklace my eyes have seen. It’s from MAWI and it gives the whole ensemble and unexpected twist with a gorgeous result. The green hues and the gold blend in perfectly with the dress and the other accessories. Some arm candy can never do any harm, so to keep on with the green vibe, the hermes Kelly Double Tour.

For beauty, an updo is definitely the way to go and matching the lips to the shoes makes it even more fun. This lipstick is “Sweet Cherry” by Laura Mercier, a master in the make up division!

As promised, this is the first post from Paris. One down, two to go (or maybe three, the shows to review are so many it’s hard to choose from the bunch). Anyway for more scoop, keep checking back. Read away, comment away and keep on visiting.

Sweet kisses…

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MFW Coverage: Remeber the Titans

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Hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week has come to an end, leaving my brain completely overloaded with runways, trends, shows and more. The weather is finally cooling off a bit, I wish my brain would do too but my blog’s to-do list is endless and I have to keep up (and speed up) with the posting. This is the last one from the MFW series, and of course we left the titans for last. Milan Fashion Week’s schedule is packed with some of the biggest names in fashion, legendary and that have been around for several years (or decades) now. I have given you Prada, Bottega and Versace, now I have for you the rest of the italian sharks. Let’s start our round-up with one of my momma’s faves:

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO S/S 2012

Color explosion suits just fine the classic Ferragamo woman. It was a collection that had Massimiliano Giornetti’s signature style all over, the elegance, the glamour and the slickness, but all of that with a twist. It was a tropical jungle, it was the clash of the colors, it was unrestrained but never over the top, always keeping it ladylike. The getaway collection was full of bold and fun prints, chiffon and slik. Everything was flashy, starting with that fabulous berry leopard print jumpsuit and the major color blocking usage.

The working girl image was left aside, leaving room for the one who jet sets across the globe or rocks the red carpet looks like no one else (mark my words, when the Hollywood awards season begins, a few of this gorgeous creations will be worn by some major A-listers).The color palette: bold, bold, bold… Bright pink and red, purple and electric blue. Our lust-worthy looks: those shiny pantsuits with the flashy tops and the colorful clutch, ADORO!

DOLCE & GABBANA S/S 2012

Since the show, I have not been able to get that “Mambo Italiano” song off my head! This past seasons the italian duo has really been keeping up the good work. First came the white lace madness (one of the best collections for S/S 2011), then they filled the runway with stars and now it was all about the garden prints and italian cuisine. Eggplants, cherry tomatoes, red pepperoncinos and garlic, yes garlic made their way into the beautiful garments presented by Domenico and Stefano. It was another gorgeous homage to their Scilian woman, this time with a 1050’s vibe and a Sophia Loren inspiration. They always make the best out of their italian heritage. This boys are proud of being italian and not afraid of showing it, and we thank them for that!

The show was filled with prints and textures, sheer chiffon, lace and embellishments, even some garments made out of plastic. As always, D&G’s favorite girls, brazilian bombshells Isabeli Fontana and Iza Goulart walked the runway, alongside other stars like Abbey Lee, Jacquelyn Jablonski and Karlie Kloss. For accessories, you can’t help but smile at the garlic and pasta earrings. The footwear was beyond cute and the venue was spectacular. The finale: like no other!

GUCCI S/S 2012

Frida Giannini and her powerful women walked again the MFW runway, and as always, with great success. The italian designer showcased a collection with a simple color palette: black, green, white and gold, but the way this four colors were paired up was strikingly beautiful! It was an architectural collection: the shapes, the garments. Everything was perfectly constructed and everything had a reason. The collection started out with a series of jacket and trousers looks, escalating little by little into those stunning dresses in the end.

It was hard not to stare, it was impossible not to drool. It was the flapper girl reloaded, it wasn’t just about sexy, it was about strength and power. 1920’s reloaded, 1920’s to conmemorate the time when the famous italian house was born. It was all so rich, all so opulent and all so beautiful. Frida Giannini can never get it wrong, she continues to prove it.

ROBERTO CAVALLI S/S 2012

It was lavish, it was rich, it was baroque, it had Roberto Cavalli written all over. The italian designer is famous for his extravagant and sexy couture. His woman was always been a wild one, one that is not afraid to show off, to go over the top and to turn some heads while she struts. He is the king of the urban jungle and this collection was no different from that signature style of his. It all started off dramatically as expected, with a serious splash of gold sequins, a reflection of the glamour and luxury in the collection.

Prints were everywhere, from the always present animal one to bright and vivid ones with a more boheiman vibe to them. Metallic and lace details, pantsuits and plissè skirts. It was albout the gold (funny take on Italy’s economic situation), the emboridery and the florals. Tuxedo jackets were all over the place in different textiles and textures, with trousers, skirts and even with long, elegant gowns. Mr. Cavalli gave us what is usually expected from him. The woman he portrayed: always strong and seductive, as always.

GIORGIO ARMANI S/S 2012

It was classic Armani and it was ladylike. The tailoring was precise and clean to perfection, Giorgio knows how to execute flawlessly. It was a collection full of light hence the textures and materials. The show was opened by the one and only Coco Rocha, the italian designer’s catwalk was the only one she did for the season. Cigarette pants with a slit down the hem, sharply tailored jackets, simple and silky strapless dresses and structured tops, all in soft and watery hues. For the finale, Giorgio Armani sent out three models, dripping in shimmery sequins. His guest of honor, of course, Princess Charlene of Monaco.

LOOK OF THE DAY

For our last day in the italian capital of fashion, my lovely Milan we had to go all out! And this beautiful dress from TOPSHOP is the perfect choice to do so. The spots, the shape and the colors give it an instant Old School glamour air. To give it a fun twist, a more casual belt made out of cord from Marni. To keep on twisting and having fun, this Vionnet leather sandals in pink and gold fall perfectly into place with the rest of our ensemble.

For accessories, the Miu Miu oversized clutch in black. The frame and the shape make it look almost vintage! And since we are going for some kind of vintage glamour, it’s the missing piece in our puzzle. For jewelry, a floral embellished crystal bangle and a pair of clip-on earrings. For a touch of drama, Essie’s Carry On from their latest fall collection.

For beauty, a simple updo with a high bun will do and light, natural, simple make up.

Remeber, for all the details on the look, check out my MFW LOOKS list at Fashiolista! Click here

Now that we are done with Milan, let’s move on to the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, PARIGI! Check back this week for PFW’s runway reviews and looks of the day.

Sweet kisses…

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