Monthly Archives: February 2012

NAIL FILES: Under the sea…

Well hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week has been driving me (and you) crazy with excitement, new trends, runways and more, up to the point were I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed right now. What better way loosen up a bit than with a beauty break. The nail files are back with a splash! That’s right, one of the biggest trends on the Spring 2012 runways was the underwater world (Versace, Lanvin, Stella just to name a few). Naturally, our nails have to get trendy as well. Here today, a sea inspired, nail polish post! Enjoy!

Right this way smiles a mermaid…

  • Mermaid’s Dream, Deborah Lippmann
  • Turquoise & Caicos, Essie
  • Teal Topaz, Estée Lauder
  • Go on Green, OPI

In labyrinths of coral caves…

  • Girls just want to have fun, Deborah Lippmann
  • Tart Deco, Essie
  • Distraction, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Flamingo Coral, TOPSHOP

All the more a pair of underwater pearls…

  • Birthday Babe, OPI
  • Pearly Queen, Butter London
  • White Gold, YSL La Laque
  • Pure Pearlfection, Essie

I believe in the sand beneath my toes…

  • Believe, Deborah Lippmann
  • Did you ear about Van Gogh?, OPI
  • Sand Tropez, Essie
  • Iced Frappe, Ciaté

Across the water, across the deep blue ocean…

  • On the Beach, Deborah Lippmann
  • Muse, Illamasqua
  • Fly, OPI
  • Go Overboard, Essie

I’d like to be under the sea, in an octopus’s garden…

  • Forget-me-not, Dior Vernis
  • Poker Face, NARS
  • Playdate, Essie
  • Violette Coquette, Lancome

I’m dying to try out each and every one of this beachy shades. What’s your favorite one?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: Google

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PFW LINE-UP, LITERATURE STYLE

Time for the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, time for lovely Paris. After three long and exciting weeks of runway madness, we still have seven beautiful days to enjoy what the prettiest city in Europe has to offer. The schedule is busy, the list is long, the names are powerful and I am sure that our expectations will certainly be  surpassed. Remeber my NYFW line-up post, that little game I played with baseball terms and designers? Well, for Paris I had to come up with a more cultural theme. After a long discussion with my sister, the one with the Literature degree, the one that calls my Chick Lit trash, this is what I came up with.

You don’t have to love Kafka, but I bet you sure know who he is. He was and still is one of the most powerful authors of all times. This six brands are to fashion what Kafka is to Literature. What we can expect from their shows: la creme de la creme, a killer front row, a jaw-dropping set and an impressive model line-up.

  • LOUIS VUITTON, Wednesday 7th
  • GIVENCHY, Sunday 4th
  • CHANEL, Tuesday 6th
  • LANVIN, Friday 2nd
  • BALMAIN, Thursday 1st
  • HERMES, Sunday 4th

They are the ones that always bring the romance, the flowers, the lace and the sheer to PFW. From Valentino´s long sleeved and flowy gowns and Nina Ricci’s lingerie inspired collections, to Elie Saab’s dreamy fabrics, their creations seem to really come out from a Jane Austen novel.

  • VALENTINO, Tuesday 6th
  • NINA RICCI, Thursday 1st
  • GIAMBATTISTA VALLI, Monday 5th
  • ELIE SAAB, Wednesday 7th
  • CHRISTIAN DIOR, Friday 2nd
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT, Monday 5th

Just like Oscar Wilde’s interesting personality, this group of designers not only bring their genius to the table, but also their  strong minded creations. Collections filled with drama and eccentricity, always make powerful statements on PFW. Like Mr. Wilde, they sure know how to draw attention to themselves in the purest form of art.

  • VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, Saturday 3rd
  • JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, Saturday 3rd
  • VIKTOR & ROLF, Saturday 3rd
  • JOHN GALLIANO, Sunday 4th
  • ALEXANDER McQUEEN, Tuesday 6th

Chick lit may not be considered classic literature, but it is what most of us girls like to read right now. And this six designers are what us girls are wearing right now or dream of it anyway. From Stella’s stellar collections, to Isabel Marant’s chic nonchalance, thanks to this brands and like a Sex and the City episode, the street has become our concrete catwalk.

  • STELLA McCARTNEY, Monday 5th
  • MIU MIU, Wednesday 7th
  • CARVEN, Thurday 1st
  • CHLOÉ, Monday 5th
  • CELINE, Sunday 4th
  • ISABEL MARANT, Friday 2nd

They put the d in dark and the t in twisted. These shows, like Mr. Poe’s stories and poems, are always on the mysterious and macabre side. Many of their looks may not be wearable (not even Anna dello Russo wearable), but they sure are beautiful works of art and construction.

  • GARETH PUGH, Wednesday 29th
  • ANNE DEMEULEMEESTER, Thursday 1st
  • YOHJI YAMAMOTO, Friday 2nd
  • MUGLER, Wednesday 29th
  • COMME DES GARÇONS, Saturday 3rd

And last but not least, this group is the Andre Breton of fashion (an expert when it came to breaking traditional shapes and transforming them into new ones). They are not afraid to try new materials and shapes. They always manage to do the unexpected. If you want novelty, innovation and genius, this are the ones to watch.

  • MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, Friday 2nd
  • HAIDER ACKERMANN, Saturday 3rd
  • BALENCIAGA, Thursday 1st
  • JUNYA WATANABE, Saturday 3rd
  • CHALAYAN, Friday 2nd
  • DRIES VAN NOTEN, Wednesday 29th

Now you know what to expect and when to expect it! PFW is just getting started and I’m sure some amazing creations are ready and waiting to walk the Paris runways.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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LFW COVERAGE: Bombers & Bows

Good Monday my sweet readers! A new week is beginning and with it, another LFW post. What we have seen so far has been beyond amazing, London has always that eclectic and fun vibe. For you today, five more runways reviews, including three Fashion Week titans: Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane and Peter Pilotto. Your favorite? You’ll tell me after I’m done reviewing…

J.W. ANDERSON

J.W. Anderson’s mind is always on repeat, that means three times one look but with different colors. And you know what, it seems to work. The show was called ‘Chamber of Isolation’, and you could clearly get the concept by looking at the first three, white and quilted looks. It was a fashion forward show, even classic shaped pieces were modernized with rare textures and colors. Coats were shapeless, coordinates were shiny in PVC, plaid was paired with quilted and colorful collars, all together to create an unexpected result. The young designer kept his signature, masculine tailoring (even for the many A line skirts he sent out the runway) and complemented each look with heavy footwear.

CHRISTOPHER KANE

With every collection, Christopher Kane continues to develop his very unique signature style and us fashion people are beginning to easily recognize it. The designer went for a purple setting for this season’s show. The collection´s mood was dramatic and dark, in a chills down the spine kind of way. His prints and textures were, as always, exciting and show-stopping. His Gothic shapes were executed to perfection:  knee-length dresses, sporty garments, leather cutouts, sleek trousers and beautiful knits. The color palette (red, black, purple and some white) was as diverse as the textures he used (leopard print, PVC, sheer materials and more). We are getting used to Mr. Kane’s fabulous futurism, we are seriously into it!

BURBERRY PRORSUM

Christopher Bailey can sure put together a hell of a collection, just have a look at what he gave us for the next season. A mix between girly and ladylike was the result of putting together stripes, bows, peplums and more.  It all looked so young and fresh, just like gorgeous Cara Delevigne, the show’s closer. The designer payed special attention to the waist, even the thickest of coats was cinched with beautiful belts. One of the key pieces of the exhibition has to be the cropped, puffy bomber, a must-have item for next fall.

The color palette was rather earthy with some violet and teal (in rusty versions) popping out every once in a while. Prints were floral with a retro take on them, mid-length trend was also present and those laid-back lace-ups that are bound to be one of the most coveted on the footwear department. The show ended with snow (yes, I said snow) and a final walk with umbrellas. This was a hit for Bailey, not only because of the beautiful clothes, but also because it was so different from what he had given us before.

PETER PILOTTO

Last season this was one of the best shows of all Fashion Week and this is why. Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos are true artisans when it comes to digital prints, this show is tangible proof. The color palette was a mixture of blue, green, yellow and poppy red. Some of the textures and shapes were accompanied by beautiful fur collars (I’m still gasping for air after seeing the blue-green-white one). The mood was somewhat futuristic with a touch of fetish. Pants were skin-tight, dresses mid-length. There was a bondage theme going on in some of the looks with sexy cutouts. The detailed shoes are worth mentioning, and worth dying for.

TOPSHOP UNIQUE

It was a very different show form the one we saw in Spring, 360º degrees different and better. It was a runway filled with separates: leather skirts, short shorts, volume coats and slouchy skirts. There was a clear military influence on the collection. The strongest color on the exhibition was olive and there was an utilitarian vibe to it all. At last, a show that shows a lot of leg, just the way I like it. The gray and black bootie? That piece I can actually afford and will be definitely buying next season.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Oh how I love the ladylike look. This time is a cream colored frenzy. I chose a beautiful lace, skater dress from ASOS. I accented the waist with a skinny, golden bird belt. I added a double-breasted blazer with a pearl button detail, also from ASOS. For some leg coverage, cute polka dot tights. The nude and white combo goes perfectly with the rest of the ensemble. For the shoes, a retro touch: tan intage looking t-strap pumps from Francesco Morichetti.

For the bag, a pearl embellished box clutch from COAST. For accesories, keep it simple: a pair of tan leather gloves from Forzieri and pearl studs for an air of sophistication. Last but not least, pretty and soft lips courtesy of Tom Ford’s Spanish pink lipstick.

This look is definitely one of my favorites of all Sweet’n’Raw’s times. Do you fancy it? Don’t hesitate to leave your much appreciated comments!

All details from this outfit can be found at FASHIOLISTA.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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LFW COVERAGE: Beautiful Chaos

It’s Sunday and instead of my relaxing routine, I find myself drowning in a sea of runway reviews, missed deadlines, photos and more. The good news is, I just went to the supermarket (ran out of coffee and milk, I die without them) wearing nothing than a thin, trench coat! Milano is finally accepting the fact that Spring is about to start and there’s nothing that stupid Winter can do about it. Anyway, as I told you yesterday, our lovely New York rendezvouz is now history. We find ourselves (a little late) in the beautiful city of London and what an opening line-up have I put up together for you, my sweet readers: Eye-popping Holly Fulton, drama king Giles, print clasher Erdem and my personal favorite, the fabulous Antonio Berardi. So, let the games begin!

ACNE

Leave it to Acne to keep the cool and simple with a twist of random. The Swedish brand is all about the natural swag and this collection is proof of it. This collection was all about shape distortion, Johnny Johansson took his inspiration in three artists. With one quick look at the works of André Kertész or Hans Bellmer, you can absolutely see the influence on the designer’s garments. With ‘Blue Monday’ playing on the back, Johansson sent out the runway a total of 35 looks, each an every one of them with an interesting construction and a beautiful color clash. The shoes are definitely something to remember, so are the volumes and proportions and that two-tone blazer (last image). Simply fabulous!

ANTONIO BERARDI

I’ve always had a soft spot for Antonio Berardi and after this show, it has become massive and softer. First of all, his color palette. It was so diverse but at the same time, it had a clear continuity. The transition from the gray, to the red, to the blush, to the aquamarine and so on, was so subtle and beautiful. Models looked perfectly put together in those precisely tailored numbers Berardi sent out the runway. Everything was sharply cut but never straight, just look at the curved panels and uneven pleats.

The collection was inspired by artist Giacomo Serpotta, hence the beautiful and sculptural silhouettes. Textures played a very important part on Berardi’s show, fur made a brief appearance, there was also shiny, glossy and those teal shoes, OH, THOSE TEAL SHOES! To me, it was all so beautiful, although I wasn’t crazy about his last gown. But hey, getting right 42 out of 43 is pretty damn good.

GILES

From the opening to the closing, Giles runways are always packed with drama. This season’s catwalk was no exception. Last year he gave us those monumental, bird headpieces, this time is was all about a dark romance and edgy glamour. The show opened up with a startling mask made by Stephen Jones (same mind behind the gorgeous swans) paired up with a sharp tuxedo number. From the first dark look, Deacon’s collection escalated into artistic and femenine shapes.

Color palette was mainly neutral and textures played a major role in the whole dramatic exhibition. Lengths went from mid and mullets to long with movement. The main detail worth mentioning: the burnt-like, laser cut stains that worked as prints on some of his final dresses. It was chaos, beautiful chaos.

ERDEM

If you thought the mash-up was a Spring trend, think again because Erdem has taken it to a whole new level for Fall 2012. After the soft floral hit from last season, the brand decided to maintain the theme but with a very different and darker take on it. With a front row that included editorial legends, Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani, the Erdem show was definitely the place to be. The color palette included bold colors such as fuchsia and chartreuse in beautiful laces and painted prints. As seen in most of this season’s fashion shows, the length was midi (it was almost all dresses and skirts, a few trouser looks made an appearance). My love for ERDEM grows and grows with each season, just like their powerful and beautiful prints.

HOLLY FULTON

It’s gonna be a flashy and bright Winter for Holly Fulton, also one filled with graphic prints and textures. Miss Fulton’s show was packed with sharp tailoring and simple shapes. Fitted dresses and pencil skirts were the main element one the runway and a lot of leg flashing. In a sea of midi lengths, she managed to give us a few mini ones, thank God. The high notes: the almost baroque black number, the Versacesque jacket/top/skirt flashy combos and the oversized pink blazer,  I sure love them all.

LOOK OF THE DAY

London calls for a laid-back look, and this is what I came up with. I chose a pair of yellow leggings with a liquid finish from ASOS. I paired them up with a plaid shirt with an ombre effect from ZARA. Over it, I threw on a navy v-neck jumper from CLOSED. For more contrast, poppy red platform shoes from NASTY GAL.

For the bag, a bright green City Balenciaga, a classic in a flashy color. Accessories are little bit on the edge, a pack of tribal bracelets, a claw golden ring and a skull one (all three from ASOS). Last but not least, Dior Vernis in Blue Label for your nails.

There you go! Better late than ever, right? 6 down, a lot more to go. London is on fire, Milan and Paris are on the pits, ready to get their engines started.

For all the details on today’s look, go to FASHIOLISTA.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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NYFW COVERAGE: Ralph’s Dapper Girls

While MFW is happening right now (and looking more fabulous than ever), I have the last delivery from New York. Runway after runway, it was an outstanding display of fashion. It was rather challenging to narrow it down to six shows to review. This is how I did it: Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein were a no-brainer, Ohne Titel is definitely one to watch, Jill Stuart is a personal favorite and Milly, well Milly’s collection was so damn chic. Without further ado, let’s get this party started (flashback to Korn’s song, not Pink’s).

OHNE TITEL

It was the opening look that killed me, and almost every fashion editor/blogger/fashionista out there, optical illusions gone wild with style. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting the beautiful creations of Flora Gill and Alexa Adams before, now that I have met them, I love them to death. The color palette and combinations were basic but beautiful: black, white, cobalt blue and a touch of ice gray. The weaving technique and patterns were beyond fabulous, after all, the show was inspired by the sculptures of artist Sheila Hicks. But the knits were not all there was in store, silk, bicolor pleats, fur, and even sheer sleeves were thrown into the mix as well.

CALVIN KLEIN

Signor Francisco Costa sure does know what he is doing and how Calvin Klein’s signature minimalism should be done. The designer sent out the runway a wide range of hour-glass shaped garments, the cinched waist was a key element to this lovely collection. Every single piece was collarless with a round neckline and the lengths were all midi. Costa managed to show sexy but without much skin flashing.

Aside from classic black, ivory and a rusty green, there were those pretty and eye-popping shades of red (the cinched coat on the first image above is probably the best piece on the whole collection). The show also had a wide variety of textures: sheer inserts, vintage looking jacquard, leather and wool. For accessories and beauty, it all came down to a classic black pump, metallic and minimal belts, sleek, pulled back hair and natural makeup.

RALPH LAUREN

It seems that Mr. Lauren is kind of hooked up on the whole Victor/Victoria, masculine/femenine vibe. Last season it was all about soft colors and The Great Gatsby, this one is Downton Abbey all the way. It was a game between dapper silhouettes and glamorous shapes. Colours went from earthy tones, to shiny black and lavish gold. The American designer added a touch of spice to some of his classic looks with leopard accents, a fiery red, fur collar and the dreamy, metallic painted ostrich feathers he paired up with a flowy, silk gown.

As usual, towards the end of the show, along came the red carpet dresses. Without a doubt, we will be seeing one of this numbers on a Hollywood awards show (let me remind you that the Oscars are to be held this Sunday). For the accessories, cloches will be big next season and pocket watches. Nothing goes better with a double-breasted jacket than a good old pocket watch (I can’t wait to get mine). Whether you are more of a Victor or a Victoria, Ralph Lauren has something to offer to both worlds.

MILLY

Everybody loves Parisian chic and after Milly’s runway, that love has grown for sure. It was a show in which the volume played the main role, accompanied by electric hues, texture clash and pretty details. The collection’s name was ‘Future Perfect’, hence the use of hi-tech materials and elaborate structures. Michelle Smith left the whole darkness behind, and focused on a more vibrant and colorful palette. It was beautiful, it was flirty but above all, it was fun!

JILL STUART

As I said on the opening paragraph of this post, Jill Stuart has always been a personal favorite. I love it how everything is always chic and easy. For Spring, the designer gave us a pastel world with lightweight fabrics and garments with so much movement. This time, Stuart entered into a darker zone. It was all a bit dramatic and with a retro take on it.

Inspired by nonchalant icons like PJ Harvey, the designer sent out the runway a mix of lace, berry leather, unusual floral prints and lots of sheer. Platform booties and ankle-strap sandals complimented Jill Stuart’s stylish, starlet looks. The key elements: the prints, the golden embroidery, the lace inserts and the cool chick vibe.

REEM ACRA

Want to shine? Want lavish? Want over the top? Then Reem Acra is your thing. From start to finish, the designer gave all sequin, or texture, or embroidery and more. From sexy trouser looks, to rockin’ mini dresses and for the grand finale, flashy red carpet gowns, just the way Hollywood likes them. Contrasting with a glossy, firey red runway, the show made the statement intended: total power, total glamour.

LOOK OF THE DAY

I wanted a cute ensemble for this one. I chose a cute playsuit from TOPSHOP in teal. Since the piece is too basic, I used it over a printed blouse with a scalloped collar from ASOS. The neckline allows the shirt’s collar to pop out as if they were one garment. For the cold, a camel cape from Nasty Gal. This baby is the queen of all capes. To add another fun detail, cinch it with a coffee skinny belt from ASOS. For the legs and the shoes, a pair of thigh-high socks in ice gray and the most resourceful heels a girl can have (get them ASAP if you don’t have them already inside your closet), ASOS Bitten in tan.

For more playfulness, a Reed Krakoff’s yellow ‘Gym Bag’. For the arm candy, a tortoiseshell watch from Michael Kors, a twisted, golden bangle from Erin Wasson and a beaded bracelet with skull detail from Orelia. The final touch: Essie’s Berry Naughty.

All the details on today’s look can be found at FASHIOLISTA.

We say bye, bye New York and hello London! From tomorrow, all the juicy and dirty details on London Fashion Week. I can’t wait to review my favorite pair, Meadham Kirchhoff!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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One sweet, sweet year…

It was on February 23, 2011, after several months of brain gestation, when I gave birth to a little baby named Sweet’n’Raw. A whole year has gone by, and since time flies when you love what you do, I didn’t even notice. Today I stand here admiring the result of 365 days of work, hard work (500 cups of coffee, my previous mac, the one that died on me and a sunken chair with my ass engraved on it were witnesses of it all) and I can’t help but smile.

This blog started out as a place for me to express my love for fashion, journalism and illustration. Little did I know that as time passed and posts grew, I will be experiencing some growth myself. Like a first-time mommy, I have learned more than ever about sense of responsibilty, after all, babies have to be nurtured and taken care of. I have redefined and reaffirmed my sweet and always raw personality and style and I’ve found out that the girl who could never do two things at the same time (that’s me), is a hell of a multi- tasker.

Sweet’n’Raw is one year old and is definitely here to stay and keep growing. All of this is thanks to you, my sweet readers: You give me that satisfaction that gets me going and that inspires me every single day. Readers are to a blog what red soles to Louboutin.

“Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. “

Confucius

Sweet kisses and lots of love…

Ana Sofia

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Cake: Martha Stewart.com

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NYFW COVERAGE: Oops, Proenza did it again…

Good Monday my sweet readers! As you might have noticed by now, I’m falling a little behind with my reviews but I’m trying to keep up. Even thought LFW is in full bloom, I’m still enjoying and digesting all the gorgeous things we got to see on the Big Apple’s runways. For this post, I’ve got some heavy artillery coming your way. The toast of NYFW is here and ready to be reviewed. Brace yourselves for some of the season’s home runs (MLB Spring Training is just a few days away, hence the baseball talk). Ready? Play ball!

THEYSKENS’ THEORY

Talk about fabulous clothes you can actually wear on a daily basis (well, almost all of them). It was sleek, it was chic, it was rad just like the man himself, Olivier Theyskens. His signature silhouette can be recognized miles away, even from an airplane. This man knows how to do slouchy and tailored like no one else. His tailoring skills are so perfect, that he makes everything look so effortless with a pinch of grunge (good grunge).

It was overall an eclectic mix, cool chick meets lovely lady: boyish trousers, sheer jumpers, cozy ones, leather garments, worn-out ones, structured blazers with zippers, full skirts and even one or two embellished t-shirts. The climax of it all, those two leg flashing, sheer, elaborate jaw-dropping numbers (last two pictures) that mi pins need and my heart loved.

RODARTE

Want vintage looking and fabulous ensembles, the Mulleavy sisters are definitely the ones to go to. They definitely delivered a stunning show as they are clearly getting used to doing on NYFW. With a color palette that included an outstanding shade of orange among other earthy colors, almost every look showcased midi lengths, a trend that was particularly popular in the 1940′s (the collection was inspired by that decade). The textured coordinates were a constant on the runway, so were those beautiful and cropped heavy knitted jumpers.

The high note of their runway, that strapless burgundy dress with a gathered bottom in a pale shade of pink, the collar was just the cherry on top of the cake. Accessories were incredibly feminine, elaborate pilgrim collars, round, multi-colored pumps (the first ever to come from the minds of Kate and Laura) and those boots, those lace-up boots that had me drooling all the way during their show. Well done, ladies, well done!

THAKOON

It was a bright meets neutral parade, mixed in with some fabulous colored leather and feminine accents. Last season’s collection was definitely one of Thakoon’s best and this one didn’t fall far behind. The dresses with some raffia-like inserts, the fiery red leather and those two material coats were key elements in the runway. The camel and gray contrasted beautifully with the rest of the energetic shades used by the designer (even the lips of the models turned into flashy, flirty puckers).

Color blocking definitely made its appearance. A combo that we have seen quite a lot on the runway before was present too, bright orange and fuchsia, but somehow, Thakoon managed to do it his way. What to say about the feather prints and embellishments? I’m a sucker for feathers, so bring them on. Overall, it was ladylike and happy, just like Winter fashion should be (we don’t want to pile on more darkness to an already somber landscape). Special mention to the crossed pumps, exceptional!

REED KRAKOFF

Layering and pannelling techniques that can be described as pure perfection, Reed Krakoff really killed it this season. It was a texture clash in every single look the designer sent out the runway. Fur, sheer and silk together in one jacket may seem insane, but on the catwalk, it looked dazzling. A mix between sophistication and minimalism was the main mood of the show, also a contrast between lengths and levels.

Color palette was neutral, except for those fiery red numbers that painted bright a moment on his runway show. The lengths were all below the knee (as you have probably sorted out, one of the major trends for the next season will be below the knee skirts). The accessories are something to pay attention to, since his Boxer is pure art in the shape of a bag. This time he presented us with hobos, buckle boots, masculine brogues with wide heel and fur collars, oh and that beautiful crocodile tote.

PROENZA SCHOULER

If you were to see me right now, you would notice that my jaw hasn’t been able to go back to its place since I saw this masterpiece. It’s rather unsettling how this fashionable duo seem to nail it every time but what’s even more shocking, is how they always manage to come up with new and never seen before ideas. With a clear inspiration on a trip to Nepal, Lázaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough made their show, hands down, the best one in FWNY. Perfectly tailored pieces, delightful patchwork, beautifully woven garments and those embroidered peacock jackets (I’d sell a kidney for the minty and golden one) were among the elements that made all of our hearts swoon with love and burn with desire.

It was all very Far East, there was Asian brocade, there were architectural shapes and volume (another one of the biggest trends we have seen so far). The belted, pleated, wide-legged trousers speak for themselves, breathtakingly beautiful. What to say about those ridiculously amazing accessories, I’m just done typing, see for yourselves, it’s definitely worth the look. It may seem to you that this review is major ass-kissing, but seriously, I do not know them, I’m just overwhelmed by this two and their mind-blowing collection. Seriously, major standing ovation material.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Glam chic with some color, that’s today’s outfit vibe. I chose a pair of bright pink skinny jeans from Zara. I paired them up with a silky teal blouse from Nasty Gal. It has a very low but tasteful neckline. For coverage, a furry jacket from Zara in ivory. Very resourceful and on sale right now! For a little contrast, a pair of leopard booties from Steve Madden. The platform makes them comfortable enough.

For the bag, another Givenchy Antigona clutch this time in beige. I just can’t get enough of this enveloped beauties. For accessories, dramatic jewelry for a dramatic cleavage: Mawi’s gray pearl necklace with a sapphire drop. Also, a leopard watch from ASOS to match the booties and a single loop ring from COCII. Match the whole ensemble with berry pretty nails, courtesy of Chanel Le Vernis APRIL.

All details on today’s look can be found on FASHIOLISTA.

There you go! Only one more review post from NYFW and we are off to what LFW has been lavishing us with! Keep checking back for Sweet’n’Raw’s coverage!

Sweet kisses…

PS: MFW is just two days away!

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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NYFW COVERAGE: The Sugar Princess and the Mad Hatter

Greetings from a less frozen Milan, Italy! As we began to warm-up for our Fashion Week, New York begins to wrap it up. It’s been a wonderful week so far (Proenza Schouler made my heart literally stop yesterday, but their review will be coming up tomorrow), Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren have yet to show their stuff on the runway. As for myself, I have five more reviews in store for you, my sweet and gorgeous readers. Ready for today’s round-up? I have Mr. Elegance, Oscar de la Renta, the showman, Marc Jacobs, and more! Let’s start!

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

It was a dream, a dream built by the man himself, Oscar de la Renta. It was a display of class, sophistication, femeninity but with a touch of fantasy. Who wouldn’t want to be turned into a de la Renta princess? I bet all of you raised your hands. It was all so old school, all so parisian chic and all so lavish. There was the Audrey Hepburn inspiration and then there were a gazillion jewels going down the runway (some real, some printed).

I have to admit I was hypnotized from look one, and kept on drooling till the final bow (I have a secret crush on Oscar). The Dominican designer mixed classic black looks with powdery colored ones. He sent out knits, lace, tulle, pleats, embellishments, and even colored fur, it was so overwhelmingly perfect! In the end, he had his usual red carpet moment with some dreamy and fabulous gowns, waiting to be Oscar’d. I loved his collection, I loved each and every one of his garments.

3.1 PHILLIP LIM

Moving on to a lighter and more minimal runway, 3.1 Phillip Lim’s. For the working woman, for the sleek and cool city chick, that’s the type of crowd the designer went for this season. Tailored pants in different cuts, unusually shaped knitwear, fitted blazers and the turtleneck, which was pretty much everywhere.

He did his fair share of color-blocking and layering, in a clean and precise way. It was a great show, wearable clothes for the glam gal who likes workwear and trendy in the same phrase.

DEREK LAM

When the tailoring is right, you can never go wrong, that was Derek Lam’s motto for this collection. Cream, black, mustard and a little bit rusty red painted the designer’s runway. Each look resulted in odd pairings, in a good way. Printed bombers accompanied printed midi skirts, fur, leather and silk as a combo, long and flowy skirts with thick and heavy knits. And it all worked out so damn well. It was effortless, it was laid-back with a touch of dressy and a pinch of sporty. I simply loved the movement in his final garments and the shoes, oh those shoes, someone get me a pair before I throw a fit.

DOO.Ri

This is the way proper draping should look, beautiful, artistic, flawless and wearable. This is the first time I review DOO.Ri and all I have to say by looking at the stellar collection is that it has been a pleasure. The color palette was mainly black & bone, there were a few hints of pink, a little gray and that gorgeous shade of teal she sent down the runway. The show had an air of fluidity and elegance, everything seemed to fit in the right place and at the right time.

Aside from her jersey draped beauties, we also got to see some different elements this time: silk dresses, wool knits, leather, tailoring skills and laser cutting.

MARC JACOBS

Definitely the show most people expect on NYFW. Yes, it is about the clothes, but it’s also because this man sure does know how to put on a show. This time the setting was a castle in ruins, the main attraction were hats and the accessory that you could spot on every ensemble were pilgrim shoes. The collection, as the designer said, was inspired by fashion icons Anna Piaggi and Lynn Yaeger. It was a texture parade, a big time mash-up, just the way his two muses would have done it.

Everything came oversized or cropped, notice the hips with volume and the flesh peeking out underneath those fabulous coats? It was edgy, it was daring, it was beyond dramatic, it was mad-hatter, it was disco, it was, after all,  Marc Jacobs.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Cute schoolgirl does the mash-up, that’s what I like to call today’s look! It’s is pretty but it has an edge. Let’s start with the first layer, a pastel blue sleeveless blouse from TOPSHOP. Second layer: a crocheted lace dress from See by Chloe, it’s flirty and femenine. To contrast with the girly stuff, a menswear sweater in grey with speckles. It’s from Oliver Spencer and you can find it on Mr. Porter. For the last layer, I added more texture and print to the game with this THU THU boucle bomber. For leg coverage, spotted natural tights from Modcloth and navy blue socks from TOPSHOP. For walking distances with style, this See by Chloe lace-up shoes are perfect for the ensemble.

For the bag, a classic in the making, the PS11 by Proenza Schouler in camel. For jewelry, the cute factor with a stripey bow necklace from ASOS and a leather bracelet in beige from Mulberry. Last but not least, pucker up with Dolce & Gabbana’s Scarlett lipstick.

All details from today’s look can be found HERE.

15 down, tons of more reviews to go. Tomorrow LFW kicks off my sweet readers! Which show are you most excited for? Me? Two words: Meadham Kirchhoff.

Sweet kisses…

PS: MFW is 6 days away!

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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NYFW COVERAGE: Darkness & Drama

Little by little I’m regaining traction with my runway reviews. No more slacking off, young lady! It’s Thursday and NYFW is almost coming to an end. An eager and stylish London awaits for us! But today, I got reviews for three of the most expected shows of the season: Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung. Are you ready to see what this fashion prodigies presented in New York? I am more than ready to walk you through their lovely and beautiful collections.

ALEXANDER WANG

He is working his ass off to become one of NYFW’s giants, and it shows. He always makes us go crazy with his creations and this show was no exception. It was a darker side of him, very different mood than the one he gave us for S/S 2012. But before getting into his collection, there is something I have to comment on first, his model line-up was insane. Almost every girl that has made a name for herself  in the industry walked that runway: Frankie Rayder, Shalom Harlow, Carmen Kass, Karmen Pedaru, Karolina Kurkova, Natasha Poly and of course queen Gisele, just to name a few. Enough with the chicks and off to the clothes.

It was a somber collection, but with a sense of luxury and a touch of gloss. The garments looked almost laquered and this was exactly what the designer was going for. His color palette was simple, black, white and some other rusty colors. It was a structure display, it was clean, it was precise and dramatic. It was a more mature side of him. I don’t know how he does it, but Mr. Wang always gets it right.

BAND OF OUTSIDERS: BOY & GIRL

I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t, I am a sucker for Band of Outsiders. I fell in love with Scott’s Menswear a few years ago when I chose his brand as a theme for a project. Now that he does Girl, I am even more infatuated by Mr. Sternberg’s fashion. This time, his theme was obviously western (the show opened to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack). Long and flowy dresses with soft prints for the Girl part, tailored pieces, fur vests and cool trousers for the boy part. There was a little Mexican influence on the whole collection, which made me like it even more. It’s might not be a novelty, but it’s realxed, it’s wearable and it has Band of Outsiders written all over.

PRABAL GURUNG

It was so hard to narrow Prabal Gurung’s entire collection to my 10 favorite looks. It was heartbreaking to leave so many out. As he usually does in Fashion Week, Mr. Gurung killed it again! It was a spectacular fashion display. From the perfect tailoring, to his texture mash-up, to his color palette, the result was pure perfection. It was darker than it usually is with him (darkness suits him just fine), but in his very own style, it escaladed and ended with light (hence the title of the show, “Uncursed”).

His signature trousers, metallic gowns, feathers, fur, neoprene, his also singnature cut-outs and sheer inserts, it was so Prabal Gurung but with a twist, a beautiful one. It was a sexy collection and a bold move from the designer, a move that payed off really well. I give him a standing ovation, even though I was not physically there to do so.

PREEN

Last season I became a fanatic, thank God they kept the same lines and shapes for fall. It was a subtle and delicate transition from Spring to Fall. The main inspiration for the digitized and abstract prints Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi presented on the catwalk came from Expressionism. They combined textures and printed elements in a collage kind of way. Some of the elements from their last show came back, the beautiful peplum, the soft and femenine silhouettes, the knee-length skirts, the lace and the sheer fabrics.

But also other elements made it to the runway, bold colors, sequins, print overlapping, beautiful knits and embellished garments. It was like a sequel to their lovely S/S 2012 collection, and if you think sequels are never good, this show definitely proves you wrong.

ALTUZARRA

Young Mr. Joseph Altuzarra is definitely the man of the hour. This collection has been, up to this day, his masterpiece. Can his creations get better than this? It’s gonna be a tough one to break, but I’m sure in the coming seasons, he will keep outdoing himself. It was a mix of trends and textures, with a winning result. Precise tailoring was a key element for his success. Heavy and meticulous knits were presented on the runway, along with embellished garments, fringes, structured pieces and sharp cuts.

Like his fellow designer Jason Wu, Joseph sent out the runway an olive, leather coat to die for. The show had a Moroccan feel to it, but it was not ethnic, it was Moroccan his way. He is the man to watch, and he has earned his place in Fashion. Beautiful is all I can say!

LOOK OF THE DAY

Who said Winter had to be harsh? I like mine powdery with a little pastel in it. For this Fashion Week look, I chose some skinny, minty trousers from Zara. I paired them with a printed, cat bodysuit (it’s actually a swimsuit, but it just looks rad with this ensemble) from Nasty Gal. Over it, a blush, sheer blouse, also from Nasty Gal. You just have to tuck it in and leave it slightly open for the cat’s face to peek out. To cover up, a faux fur coat from ASOS in a lovely shade of lilac. For the shoes, to keep on candy-coating, a pair of patent leather platforms in blush, also form Nasty Gal.

For the bag, I am currently in love with Givenchy’s Antigona line, so I went with a bright white clutch. It complements the look to perfection. Accessories? I rarely do the ring/bracelet/necklace combo, but this time it seemed right: pastel, spiked bracelet, swirl golden ring and pastel blue, Hello Salilor! necklace, all from TOPSHOP. For the nails, Essie’s Nice is Nice to contrast with the furry jacket.

All set! You can find the details of the look on FASHIOLISTA.

I’ve already given you 10 reviews and two looks, want more? There’s plenty coming your way! I better get to work. I’m giving you Oscar and Marc tomorrow so be sure to check back!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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NYFW COVERAGE: Wu does China, Lang goes sleek

Good Monday, my sweet readers! FWNY is on and better than ever. In this four days of A/W fashion, we have already seen an amazing display on the catwalks (I’m a little behind on my reviews, Winter cold is my excuse for slacking off). And as trends begin to surface and thousands of 6 feet amazons strut the runways in some fabulous designer creations, this Mexican chick is ready for the first review round-up, directly from Milan.

CREATURES OF THE WIND

We’ve seen just a few shows so far, but we are already sure about one of the strongest color tends, RED! Last A/W season was all about ice, it’s only fair this one they give us fire. I wasn’t familiar with this small brand going on big, but boy was it a pleasant surprise. The Chicago based duo presented us with a total of 23 looks, all different from each other and each with a life of its own. A mix of delicate embroidery, colored leather, stripes and squares, but above all, perfect construction and beautiful shapes. Their insipration: The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies book, an Episcopalian minister’s collection  in the of his parishioners’ supernatural tales. Shane Gabier and Chris Peters are definitely two to watch, bravo!

PETER SOM

Sheer, leather and THE peplum, three elements that were all over Peter Som’s magnifique collection. Four main colors, a shimmering white, elegant black, jewel green and red. A flawless but effortless execution, the peplums played the part of  an architectural detail.

Although some of his pieces may reminisce prior catwalk shows (the see-through skirts peeking out can be compared to Riccardo Tisci’s for Givenchy A/W 2011), he definitely put his own twist on them and made them his.  His fashion display of this season was very different from what we have seen from him before. It was an unexpected turn, but a much appreciated one.

JASON WU

He made us fall in love with his S/S 2012 collection ( I still dream about THE pink number). Now with his A/W 2012 show, it’s official, we are going bananas for this man’s creations. He is definitely one of the young designers that keeps on growing, and growing with each season. With a clear Chinese inspiration, his looks ranged from military chic (chinese army, hence the red and green shades) to beautiful and crafty embroidered pieces ( Chinese royal dynasty comes to mind).

The key elements: fitted pencil skirts, a gorgeous display of capes, prints and textures and a touch of fur. I still can’t get over that army green leather coat, it’s my dreamboat. Kudos to Mr. Wu, because he always delivers and his deliveries keep getting better and better with each season.

CHADWICK BELL

He may be from California, but there’s nothing californian about his collection. It can be described as sophsiticated with an edge, a big edge. The designer described his inspiration as:  “A perfect woman in an imperfect situation. She’s well-kept but dangerous.”  The dramatic hair and make up played along perfectly with the collection’s feel and mood. A wide variety of colors in his palette, and also textures: from feathers, to jacquard, to leather and even some fur, a girl has a lot to choose from.

HELMUT LANG

The neutral color palette was a predictable move for the Helmut Lang show, what we did not expect were those hints of rust red the designer duo sent out the runway. But the shades were not the only consistent part of this collection, the sleek chic silhouette was there too. Nicole and Michael Colovos are certainly walking the cocky and confident road and it suits them just fine.

It was all so architectural but with a flow. Asymmetrical cuts, funnel neck jackets, tigh-high boots, explosive lava-like patterns and that drool-worthy creme cape were among the elements Helmut Lang presented on the runway this season. Overall, a hit out of the ballpark!

RAG & BONE

It was layering at its best, like the puerst form of art. It all looked so effortless and at the same time, perfect. Asymmetrical garments with stripes, cinched at the waist, were all over Rag & Bone’s A/W 2012 collection.  With a slight vibe from India and their perfect tailoring, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright presented us with wonderful fashion, we will be lusting after next season.

Tapestry, pantsuits, and blanket capes, all paired up with some fab ankle boots and loafers. The beauty was simple and natural, as were the hair waves. It was beyond cool, and every girl loves some cool in her closet.

LOOK OF THE DAY

It’s cold outside but I’m feeling rather floral. Today’s look represents  just what I’m all about. Pastel and flower ensembles are my drug,  and lately I have a witness for green bags. Let’s start with the skirt, I chose a skater one in beige from Nasty Gal. The fit and the shape make it really chic and really cute. I tucked in a pussybow blouse in classic rose from ASOS. For a layering effect, I added a metallic jumper from H&M (seriously, run out the door and go get this garment, it’s a perfect companion for this coming season). For coverage and to give the outfit a little bit of a laid-back vibe, a twill, floral jacket from See by Chloé. Maybe, by looking at the image, you might think the legs are a little bare for the cruel temperature outside, but no. This lovely, pale pink tights are from TOPSHOP. For the shoes, with this ensemble, you can’t go wrong with some fabulouss high-heeled brogues from the Fergie (yes, the chick from the Black Eyed Peas, didn’t know she had a shoe line but styles are good and prices even more so).

For the bag, green purses are so happening right now. This lovely style is from Golden Goose and you have seen it before on this POST.  For the hands, one of my favorite accessories of all times, beige fingerless gloves and a kitsch watch from River Island. For teh final touch, Chanel Le Vernis MAY for your nails.

I am running a little behind, but I promise to make it op to you. Tomorrow we will have reviews for Mr. Wang, Mr. Gurung and Mr. Altuzarra. That’s a lot of work! I better get my beauty sleep!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

Reviews are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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