Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pretty Pastel Pants: MIGHTY MINT!

Friday fun for some, for me work and deadlines (the result of slacking off during the weekend). I am happy to bring you the first spin-off from our Spring Shopping Guide, the PPP: Pretty Pastel Pants series. You remember our Flashy Fancy Pants one? Since those posts were a big hit among you, my lovely readers, I decided to do the same with those sweet and powdery colors that have taken over the season: PASTELS. We had to have a strong opener, that’s why I chose mint, the most coveted color of the bunch. I have my fair share of minty garments, do you have yours? If not, why not start with a pair of tight, tight, skinny jeans?

MINTY SELECTION

1. Acquaverde  / 2. Current/Elliot / 3. Smith

4. Current/Elliot / 5. ATHE by Vanessa Bruno / 6. MiH Jeans Paris

MINTY LOOK 

For this look, I wanted to put together a mix of soft colors: pale pink, white and mint but give the whole ensemble an edge by going for unexpected and bold garments. The floral bra underneath gives it a girly touch. Like the result?

CLOTHING

ACCESSORIES

BEAUTY

So far, I am loving this pastel trend! How about you? Are you going all sugary and powdery too?

We’ll keep on going with our Spring Shopping Guide, alternating with this PPP series.

Sweet kisses…

PS: Giveaway announcement and two projects I will be sharing with you soon! Keep on visiting!

 

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The Birthday Girl

Another year, another candle burning…

This day, some years ago, Sweet married Raw and yours truly came out. Today I celebrate life and I say to my fabulous and flawed self:

There’s no one else I’d rather be, there’s no other mind I’d like to have.

Happy birthday, you complicated piece of work…

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NAIL FILES: Le Macaron

Happy and relaxing Sunday, my sweet readers! Today we are taking a break from our Shopping Guide because we are focusing on beauty trends. Our always fun and themed Nail Files are back and this time looking lovelier and tastier than ever. Who doesn’t love macarons? Even looking at them is always pleasant and since the fashion world is going crazy with pastel hues, a macaron inspired, nail polish post is all we need! Ready for a strong dose of sugar and a taste of sweet?

LAVANDE-BLUET

  • Lilac, Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet
  • L Esprit, American Apparel
  • Parma Violet, TOPSHOP
  • Lilacism, Essie

PETÁLE DE ROSE

  • Pink Crush, Tom Ford
  • Muchi Muchi, Essie
  • Pink-ing of you, OPI
  • Rose, Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet

VANILLE

  • Butter, American Apparel
  • Lemon, Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet
  • Load, Illamasqua
  • LA Confidential, Ciaté

MUGUET

  • Office, American Apparel
  • Nudge, Illamasqua
  • Jaded, Revlon
  • OSM, USLU Airlines x Bernard Whillhelm

FLEUR D’ORANGER

  • June, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Sugared Almonds, Ciaté
  • A crewed interest, Essie
  • Peach Sherbet, Models Own

CHOCOLAT AMER

  • Smokin’ Hot, Essie
  • Chocolately Brown, YSL La Laque
  • Chocolate, Dolce & Gabbana Intense
  • Unnatural, Illamasqua

CRÉME DE MENTHE

  • ZRH Headman, USLU Airlines
  • Caress, Illamasqua
  • Forget me not, TOPSHOP
  • Blooboo, Models Own

What’s your favorite macaron flavor? I’m a sucker for Laduree’s Vanilla one!

Have a lovely Sunday, sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis (minus the sofa, anyupholstery.com)
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site.

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Sweet’n’Raw’s Spring Shopping Guide: JUMPERS

Let’s get the weekend started with a new post, my sweet, sweet readers! Are you enjoying our first days of Spring? I certainly am! Doesn’t it feel amazing to go out without a heavy coat over our stylish ensembles? Like the season, our shopping guide is only getting started and after a dose of spring jeans, I have for you the low-down on jumpers. I’ve been a sucker for knitwear forever and this season, I am loving the trends for this particular garment (I already have half of this list). Sweet’n’Raw’s Spring jumper mayhem is about to start… Let the games begin!

This Spring you’ll keep hearing pastel, pastel and pastel everywhere. We can’t seem to get enough from this pretty trend and this season’s sweaters totally agree. Since we don’t actually need a knitted and powdery rainbow selection, just get one shade: MINT. From Zara and River Island to Miu Miu, you’ll have lots of shapes and fits to choose from.

  1. Jonathan Saunders
  2. TOPSHOP
  3. River Island
  4. Miu Miu

Shiny and glittery pieces seem to be haunting us since last season, and you know what? I love to be haunted by them. One of the most important pieces for this Spring has to be the sequin or metallic jumper. It’s a garment that can help you spice up your daily ensembles or tone down an evening one. One more thing, sequins will always draw more attention to your fabulous self. What’s not to love?

  1. H&M
  2. Juicy Couture
  3. Mango
  4. H&M

Knitwear and prints? Double YAY! Make a statement by buying a jumper with a single print but interesting print. Whether you go for a sequined one number, or a sweatshirt-like one, this is a must for spring. Pair them up with some digital or microprinted bottoms to have more fun.

  1. TOPSHOP
  2. Monsieur Karssen
  3. Wildfox
  4. Markus Lupfer

Hello romance! Get cute and pretty with a lace or pointelle jumper. Whether you go for a cropped version, an oversize one or a sheer number, this is a need not a want for Spring. My advice, the more detailed, the better!

  1. TOPSHOP
  2. Dorothy Perkins
  3. Ella Moss
  4. Mango

Tangerine is one of the strongest trends for Spring. Jeans, tops, clutches and even nail polishes are available in this lively hue, and so are jumpers. You can pair them with cream bottoms (I love this color combo), you can color-block, you can layer, you can have fun! Try it!

  1. ACNE
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Paul & Joe
  4. Burberry Prorsum

This is an oldie that never gets old. If you don’t already have the navy, boat inspired, striped jumper, I invite you to get it right away! It’s not only a basic for Spring, but a basic for life! No closet can ever be full without one of this babies.

  1. Stylebop.com
  2. Ralph Lauren
  3. Mango
  4. TOPSHOP

Start making your list and looking for the perfect jumper. What’s you favorite sweater trend? What garment would you like to see next on our Shopping Guide series?

Party hard! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

 

 

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Sweet’n’Raw’s Spring Shopping Guide: JEANS

Another week, another series of posts my sweet readers. As I told you before, it’s all about Spring here at Sweet’n’Raw and we are just getting started with our Shopping Guide. Have you done your Spring cleaning yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to start now. Whether you are a fan or not, jeans are a very important part of our wardrobe. I used to be the ultimate jean hater, until I discovered how resourceful they can be when it comes to combining and making the most of our closet. This season, the trends for jeans are as fun as they could ever get: colorful and printed! Sweet’n’Raw has enlisted the six biggest denim trends for this Spring. Let’s start!

As you have probably noticed and I’m sure that you are mad for this trend like me, it’s all about pastels this season. Entering a Zara store is like a trip to candy land with all of those sugary and powdery shades. Your best allies for the season, pastel jeans! My advice, get one in every color (mint, pastel yellow, powder pink, lavender, etc). I can guarantee you’ll be using this babies a lot, it’s worth the splurge. Skinny, high waisted, cropped or cuffed, they are key items on your Spring closet.

  1. River Island
  2. Current Elliot
  3. Topshop
  4. J Brand Denim

It’s not the same as the powder pink pair, it’s a whole different thing. You must get a pair of hot (not neon, we’ll be getting into that topic later on) pink skinnies! They work great as a color-blocking element, they will definitely get some heads turning your way and since Barbie, we all girls love hot pink! For this trend, go for skinny and low-rised.

  1. River Island
  2. Topshop
  3. Current Elliott
  4. J Brand Denim

The neon madness is here to stay! Designers have already made their bright statement with electric accessories, jumpers and even shoes. Evidently, jeans are never left behind. Right now, almost every retailer carries a wide range of this eye-catching shades of neon. Have a look around (you’ll have plenty to choose from), find the color that suits your skin and the shape that flatters your figure. Join the fluorescent cult!

  1. Current Elliot
  2. Rag & Bone
  3. J Brand Denim
  4. J Brand Denim

I have been mad for flowers for several years now, and this season, I can also wear them on my jeans. One of the biggest trends for Spring are floral printed jeans, and what better way to pull it off than with a pair of bright printed ones. Current Elliot, the current jeans king, offers a softer version, while River Island has some flashy and fun patterns. This babies are great if you want to try out my beloved Mash-up trend, so start mixing!

  1. Citizens of Humanity
  2. River Island
  3. River Island
  4. Current Elliot

Wild thing! You make my heart beat! That’s what everyone will be saying to you when you sport a pair of animal printed beauties. Whether you go for the rocker chick vibe, or you pair them up with some romantic pieces for an interesting twist, I can guarantee you are gonna love to have them in your repertoire. You can go for classic grey or camel washed-up version or for a bolder choice, blue leopard, baby!

  1. Current Elliot
  2. River Island
  3. Current Elliot
  4. River Island

May I introduce the color that flatters almost any skin type: TEAL. I have been a fan of this shade forever and now that I can wear it also in jeans, I adore it even more. It’s like wearing classic blue jeans, but with a hue twist. Choose the tone that you like best or that flatters you the most. A tip: to elongate your lower limbs, go for a skinny, non-cropped and darker pair. If you decide to go jegging, pay special attention to your pelvic area, camel-toe is definitely fashion blasphemy.

  1. Topshop
  2. J Brand Denim
  3. River Island
  4. Citizens of Humanity

Six types of denim that you absolutely have to have inside your closets for Spring! Girls just want to have fun and with this colorful jeans, dressing up will be just that!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis

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

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Sweet’n’Raw’s Spring Shopping Guide

It’s almost that time of the year, Sweet’n’Raw’s favorite time of the year: Sweet Spring! While trees start growing leaves, flowers start to bloom and we begin to catch the first glimpses of warm sun, our closets have to be ready and prepared to embrace the new season. It’s time to box our coats and heavy boots and leave some space for those cheery and lightweight pieces that will be accompanying us until Fall falls upon us yet again (seven “no coat” months, yay!).

Sweet’n’Raw has prepared a garment by garment guide that can help you, my lovely readers, build your wardrobe with all the trend essentials you’ll be needing. On the following days, I will be presenting the pieces that, according to Sweet’n’Raw, are key elements for the coming season. Also, I’ll be whipping up some looks and ideas on how to style it all.

Ready for Spring? Sweet’n’Raw sure is! Keep checking back to find out what to buy and where to find it!

Sweet kisses…

PS: Little fact, this is my b-day month and to celebrate it, a giveaway is in order. Expect more news soon!

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PFW COVERAGE: C’est fini

It’s been a long and fashionable month and I finally get to have some runway rest after this post. Probably you are in need of a break too. We close this season’s Sweet’n’Raw Fashion Week coverage happy with the results and with six of my favorite names from the Paris line-up: Hussein Chalayan, Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and my favorite, Haider Ackermann.

CHALAYAN

Thank you Hussein for bringing your usual colorful pop to the season. For this show, the designer chose a vivid color palette that included bright red, teal, lime, black, mustard and taupe. He mixed his long and minimal gowns with oversize garments, structured shapes, and cut-outs, lots of them. He did his fair share of color-blocking by putting together beautiful combos such as teal-mustard-white or taupe with holographic panels. As always, his prints were as interesting as his garments and he definitely hit a high note by pairing the looks to equally colored pumps.

BALENCIAGA

Leave it to Balenciaga to make the ultimate PFW statement. This show is among the most coveted of the week, I always silently curse my paisana Salma Hayek, her marriage to Mr. Pinault has snagged her a front row seat next to Anna Wintour. Nicolas Ghésquiere is always one step ahead of all of us mortals, and with this collection, it shows. The designer sent out the runway a display of high-waisted trousers with metallic finish, structured and oversize coats, sheer garments with shiny leather inserts, printed sweatshirts and volume A-line skirts. The collection had an air of sporty to it but also some 80’s vibe. For the accessories (major role at the Balenciaga show), pumps with a strap overload, two-toned ankle booties and gloves, beautiful leather gloves.

CHANEL

Shall we address the fact that the Chanel set is always insultingly beautiful? The Grand Palais always dresses up with its best pieces when it comes to the brand’s show. This time it was all about crystals and it was dazzling. Now about the collection, to be honest, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Miranda Kerr and company strutted the stellar catwalk in oversize garments, pants over dresses or skirts, metallic and sheer textures and colorful tweed. Color palette was jewel toned, so were the eyebrows of every model that walked Karl’s runway. My favorite parts, the side strap pumps and the little boy.

HAIDER ACKERMANN

This is my PFW climax, I was expecting this show for ages and it didn’t disappoint me one bit. Over the seasons, ,my love for Haider Ackermann keeps growing and growing. He has developed a signature style that can be recognized from a plane. This show, like his past two,, was delightful. The designer payed special attention to the woman’s waist by cinching almost every look on the runway, his artistic layering skills were at its best and his effortless and precise tailoring was done to perfection. His color palette was all about rusty, Autumnal shades. What killed me? The cobalt blue, cropped jacket number.

YVES SAINT LAURENT

It was the final bow at YSL for the great Stefano Pilati and what a dark & sexy way to say bye, bye. With a runway filled with dark puckered amazons, the designer sent out the runways a bunch of looks in which the waist was the main element. Almost every ensemble from the collection was cinched, enhancing the woman’s natural hour-glass figure. Form structured and leathery outerwear to sheer and delicate sheer, midi dresses, it was beautiful all the way. The accessories went perfectly with the collection´s mood, ruched black boots, wide belts and wait for it… metallic pumps (I’m a sucker for shiny stuff). It was a beautiful end of an era and on to the next question: “Where are you going Stefano?” We already know that Mr. Slimane is taking over Pilati’s position and that makes us very, very happy.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

A fabulous Italian in Paris, that’s how I like to think of Giambattista Valli. I’m a sucker for his romance and his beautiful silhouettes. This time his mixed up his signature femininity with some graphic and edgy prints. He pleated skirts with sheer inserts, he added peplums to knitwear, he did the “very popular this season” dress over trousers and for the end, he did a beautiful evening gown display (the long-sleeved, burgundy one took my breath away). It was a versatile collection, but it always stayed true to its creator’s style.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Last FW look and we had to do a little Parisian chic. I chose a green lace dress, that as soon as I saw it at ZARA, I fell for it. I made it jumper style by adding a red, striped button-down underneath, this one is from ASOS. To enhance the waist, a skinny belt in the same shade of green as the dress. This peacock snake one is from Malene Birger. For coverage, a chic tan biker, also from ASOS. For the legs, thigh-high socks in cream and tan booties (I have used them in previous looks) from ASOS, they are now on sale.

For the bag, I love the contrast between navy, green and tan. That’s why I went with Proenza Schouler‘s PS1 Large. For accessories, I kept it simple, a single deer ring from and ASOS beige & tortoiseshell watch. For the nail detail, Tom Ford‘s Scarlett Chinois polish.

For all the deets on today’s ensemble, go to FASHIOLISTA.

We officially close Fashion Month (even tough it ended a week ago) and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the new season, of course, Sweet’n’Raw style.

Wishing you a gorgeous weekend, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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PFW COVERAGE: All aboard!

Friday is near and so is the end of our Fashion Week coverage (we are just another post away from ending the beautiful madness that has been this fashion month). The Paris line-up is so impressive that also for today, some of the biggest names in the industry: Vuitton, Kenzo, Saab, McQueen and of course, Lovely Lanvin… Ready for your runway review overdose?

LOUIS VUITTON

I think it’s safe to say that Marc Jacobs is really into hats right now. The setting of his runway (he is starting to compete with venue king, Karl Lagerfeld) was a train, made specially for the show. Models strutted the runway accompanied by old school porters that carried their “luggage”. The key elements: volume, oversize coats, ladylike silhouettes, trousers under a-line skirts, embellishments and pantsuits. The color palette was all about camel, beige, navy and green, just to name a few. The patterns and prints had a 1970’s vibe to them and they were paired with platform heels and brogues.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN

Miss Sarah Burton can’t deny that she learned from the best, her constructions, shapes and vibe have the late Alexander McQueen written all over. Last collection was breathtaking, but with this one I can’t help but wonder, has she gone too far? It was a feminine collection where the volumes and the textures had the main role. Color palette was neutral (almost): black, white, ivory, gray, red and pink.  To create those artistic structures, the designer used feathers, fringes, fur, tiers and laser-cut.  Accessories showed the same textures as the ensembles and models sported visors that matched those metallic bow belts on the runway.

KENZO

Just before the Kenzo show, my twitter timeline was completely flooded with comments about the Museum setting, the Magnolia Bakery cupcakes and more. The amount of attention the show got and the stellar collection can only tell us two things: Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are doing a kick-ass job and Bernard Arnault can’t be happier. With the colorful venue as background, the designer duo sent out the runway a texture and pattern parade. Colors were so alive, that I can’t believe I’m about to say this, I can’t wait for the Kenzo Fall to arrive. The highlight of the catwalk: the high-waisted, wide, emerald green trousers and the Kenzo embroidered jumpers. Functional but also beautiful, Kenzo was definitely on the top of the PFW pyramid.

LANVIN

Hello lavish! That was the main theme of this season’s runway. Opulent and rich, the show started out with some jewel-toned numbers, then there was navy, red, ivory and black. Silhouettes were built so they would enhance the woman’s body ( hence the amount of cinching). Artistic draping was a key element on Mr. Elbaz’s show, it seemed to be perfectly built on some of the collection’s garments. As always, the jewelry was heavy and remarkable and the gloves, well the gloves gave the whole exhibition that air of sophistication and edge.

ELIE SAAB

Leave it to the “gown” man to make a girl look chic and feminine. Elie Saab never disappoints with his elegant and poised collections, and this one was no exception. He started out the show with sharp and dark daywear. Little by little, as looks and colors passed, the show arrived its climax, his signature, embellished, gowns (very popular among Hollywood A-listers). For his day ensembles, Saab used loose trousers, ladylike skirt suits, beautifully draped tops and some fur. For evening wear, his usual gown display. His color palette ranged from cream, gold and nude, to a beautiful emerald green and black. The most beautiful thing on the catwalk, his use of sequins and his sensual shapes. As his campaign girl, Miss Karlie Kloss was the show opener and the fabulous Anja Rubik the closer. Beautiful!

LOOK OF THE DAY

I’ve always had a thing for feather skirts and PFW is the perfect excuse to take them for a stroll. For this ensemble, I chose a cream, ostrich feather mini from one of my fave designers, Malene Birger. I paired it up with a vintage and lovely Hermes jumper with floral silk print. For the jacket, a boxy, quilted jacket from ASOS. I love how the micro floral print clashes with the one on the sweater. No tights for this one but a pair of killer wedges from Jeffrey Campbell. The crochet finish adds more texture to the outfit.

For the bag, to contrast with the jumper’s leaves and to give a little edge, Alexander McQueen’s khaki box clutch. Since the jacket has a reverse sleeve hem, arm swag is in order! To match the look’s color palette: a tan strap watch from ASOS, a triple bangle set from PIECES, a lip friendship bracelet from NW3, a cream enamel, stud bangle from Ted Baker and a wooden bead bracelet from River Island. For your fingers, a House of Harlow band ring and from Essie‘s new collection, Orange it’s obvious nail polish.

For all the details on today’s look, just click HERE.

Only one to go and we are done! Get your Spring engines ready because after the next post, Sweetn’Raw will be on full Spring mode.

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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PFW COVERAGE: La Parisienne

Buongiorno! Sunny days are finally here in Milan, weather forecast is already showing 20º and I couldn’t be happier! As Spring approaches, so does my B-day and the end of this Fashion Month coverage. Today I have some stellar Parisian fashion, courtesy of Valentino, Carven, Nina Ricci, Miu Miu and the always genius, Givenchy. What to expect? Cuteness, lingerie, romance, darkness and more! Ready, set, go!

CARVEN

This is my favorite brand that shows in Paris, season by season it just blows me away. The style, the shapes, the colors are really, really what I’m into. For this season, the wonderful Guillaume Henry sent out the runway a collection inspired by the Medieval times. With that characteristic chic vibe, Henry went a little more dramatic this time. Color palette included shades that the designer used beautifully on his Spring collection: mustard and red. He paired them up with some burnt orange, classic black and the very resourceful, cobalt blue. Textures included tapestry, laser cut, dazzling prints and cut-outs. For the shapes, it was all so clean and pretty: A-line skirts, oversized coats, capes, blazers and perfectly tailored, cropped pants. The t-strap shoes were to die for and collars and cuffs peeked out from some garments. I want to be a Carven girl, I need to be a Carven girl!

VALENTINO

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s dramatic romance has really become a trademark for the Italian brand. You can spot a creation by this duo from miles away. This collection was inspired by folk and may we say that the result was effortlessly beautiful. The show was packed with embellished gowns, structured and detailed coats, their signature colored leather and the classic Valentino red dress display. The air of femininity filled the catwalk with meticulous sheer inserts, Victorian lace, shimmering garments and pretty, ankle-strapped pumps. My favorite look, the long, nude dress with the flower embellishments and embroideries. Overall, it was fashion poetry…

GIVENCHY

Leave it to Signor Tisci to make an impact on the runway. Season after season, the Italian designer has worked his ass off to become one of PFW’s favorites. His genius, talent and construction skills just keep on sweeping us off our feet. As always, it was a dramatic and dark catwalk. His inspiration was clear: equestrian with the expected pinch of bondage. Leather was the main element on the show, it opened with a series of black, rubbery and structured numbers. His already signature sheer skirts also made it on to the runway over sexy enough, slip dresses. The boots were one of the highest notes and those slouchy, leather trousers (middle picture) are just pure French perfection. Riccardo Tisci just seems to always get it right, he is an all-time favorite that’s definitely here to stay.

NINA RICCI

It’s Peter Copping and his lingerie once again and we never get tired of it. Models strutted the catwalk with side-swept bangles and dramatic berry puckers and lovely, lovely garments. Nina Ricci is always about a game between seduction and cuteness. It was a neutral color palette with some hints of plum. Lacy and sheer slip dresses were paired up with heavy and structured coats. Volume (big trend of the season) played an important part with those puffy and printed numbers and soft fur embellished the perfectly tailored outerwear. The show had that Paris chic vibe that we all love so much. Special mention to the ankle-crossed pumps (BIG ACCESSORY TREND ALERT!) that complemented beautifully Copping’s sensual ensembles.

MIU MIU

Now that’s an unexpected turn. We were really getting used to Miuccia Prada’s cute and girly skirt parade and we kind of loved it. For this season, it was all about the menswear and the famous pantsuit. And guess what? We kind of love it too. With a jeweled color palette, Mrs. Prada sent out the runway a total of 37, perfectly tailored looks. The fabulous range of 70’s inspired prints (stripes, tapestry, hexagonal and more) created a game of optical illusion. Of course, some cute leg-flashing was present and some solid colors as well. As always, the shoes are definitely worth mentioning: loafers reinvented all the way. I always love Miuccia’s stuff, but I do have to admit that being a girly girl, I am more into her frilly and cute skirts and dresses.  Anyway, being objective, it was another amazing collection from the Italian designer extraordinaire.

LOOK OF THE DAY

This is definitely a Parisian macaron inspired look, and very appropriate to say bye, bye to those lovely furry coats that have kept us warm and stylish during the Winter (after all, Spring is almost here). I chose a pretty yellow playsuit from ASOS. The lace and front bow detail make it even cuter. For coverage, a striped furry coat in pale pink, also from ASOS. For leg coverage (this is going to be one of the last looks with tights), a Sweet’n’Raw favorite, Modcloth‘s spotty, white tights. For the shoes, keeping up with the pastel vibe, minty court shoes from CO-OP.

For the bag, a classic vintage Chanel one. This two-toned beauty is definitely a dreamboat. And since it’s all about lavish details, for jewelry: a pair of bow & pearl earrings from Kate Spade, a woven pink bracelet, a floral and butterfly one and a crystal stretch bangle. For the final touch, a pretty ring with an aquamarine stone from TOPSHOP and TOM FORD‘s Naked nail polish.

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

We are halfway through with our coverage and after that, a little giveaway and some Spring are on the horizon. Brace yourselves, fashionable ladies!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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PFW COVERAGE: Sporty Stella & King Balmain

After a forced break from the blog (I was in the mountains, where internet connection is actually nonexistent), I am back with the first post of the last from this Fashion Month.  PFW it’s officially over but for us, the party is just getting started. Reviews, looks and photos are already lined-up for you to read away and enjoy! For the fist Paris delivery, I have put together a group that’s used to dressing the cool chick with the sophisticated street vibe: Balmain, Marant, Chloé, McCartney and a personal favorite, Vionnet.

BALMAIN

There’s a mentor out there that’s so damn proud! I’m sure Christophe Decarnin, the man that managed to change and evolve Balmain’s style and direction, was a kick-ass teacher for young designer (and hottie from the block) Olivier Rousteing. He was able to keep Balmain’s winning formula but with his own twist on it: a wild & rocker Louis XIV. The macaroon inspired color palette against the signature, nonchalant silhouettes played along perfectly. Some of the looks even resembled the walls and ceilings of  Versailles or any other French villa from that era. The usual slouchy trousers and low-rise jeans, were beautifully paired with embellished jackets and button-downs. Leg-flashing, as always, played a major role on the catwalk and mini skirts and dresses were beyond beautiful. It was all paired up with delicious ankle boots and that cool vibe you can only get from Balmain,

VIONNET

The first show after changing the Creative Director is always key for the brand. Last season, Rodolfo Paglialunga bid farewell to Vionnet with a beautiful collection, where butterflies and softness were the main elements. This season, Barbara and Lucía Croce had a tough one to break. The show was decisively different from what the brand’s former designer usually brought to the table, but staying true to what Vionnet is about: ethereal elegance meet Parisian chic. It was more minimal and more about day than night (Rodolfo payed more attention to evening and gowns). Their twist, the trousers, not what you usually see from the french house. It was more real than Paglialunga’s red carpet stars, but I kinda liked it that way.

ISABEL MARANT

Keep doing what you are doing, cause you are doing it great. That’s probably what someone said to the coolest French woman that has walked this Earth. Isabel Marant’s style has become her strongest trademark. Her cigarette, cropped pants with a low-rise are regulars on all of her runways. This time, she added a touch of Western to that bohemian chic style of hers: fringes, suede, cowgirl shirts, cowboy embroideries and even some cowboy boots. The results were dazzling, look after look, I kept praying for more. My favorite part of her shows are always the final bow, when you get to see that Isabel really embodies the woman she designs for. J’adore!

STELLA McCARTNEY

They are saying that this collection is her masterpiece, but the truth is, Stella just keeps getting better and better with the seasons. With gal pal, Natalia Vodianova as her opener and closer, the British designer did hit it out of the ballpark with her luxury & sporty Fall 2012 collection (after all, she is designig the UK’s olympic uniforms). The show was a beautiful display of slouchy trousers, oversized coats, fitted dresses, structured garments and those heart-stopping flared numbers. The color palette was mainly blue (a color that she seems to adore lately) with hints of white, taupe and pink. My favorite part: definitely the ornate print , outstanding!

CHLOÉ

May I just say what a damn, fine work has Clare Waight Keller done for this season with Chloe’s collection. Critics were not so keen on her debut show, but this one was really, really different. It had that air of chic and effortless every girl loves and wants to really pull off. The color palette was completely neutral (some hints of red made their way on to the runway), shapes were structured and oversized. The designer did her fair share of layering by putting together those midi, volume skirts, with cozy jumpers and button-downs peeking out. The ankle-strap shoes were a lovely detail and everyone’s favorite look was definitely the pink number that came out first. Lovely Miss Waight Keller, really lovely…

LOOK OF THE DAY

Parisian chic is one of my favorite styles, with this in mind I developed a rusty, primary colored look. I chose a white pussybow  blouse (you should have on by now inside your closet) from ASOS. I tucked it inside a pair of tan leather shorts from A.P.C. For coverage, the most beautiful cardigan jacket there is: Tory Burch‘s Aldwyn cotton number. For hosiery, Modcloth‘s wine tights and for the feet, Opening Ceremony‘s fabulous suede booties.

For the bag, Parisian preppy calls for a satchel, a mustard one from Modcloth. For arm swag, a navy Toy Watch, a French Connection red bracelet and  Mulberry‘s double belted bracelet. For the finger factor, a circle ring from MEHEM and Bernard Wilhem’s dark blue nail polish.

For all the details on this look, go to FASHIOLISTA.

What do you think of Paris so far? All so lovely and chic like the city itself! Just a few shows more to review and we are done!

Wishing you a lovely week, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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