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PFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report


PFW ended three weeks ago and my coverage is still incomplete. With all the illustration and changes I’ve been doing to the blog, I considered leaving the Paris part of the fashion month out. But come on, Paris? With that line-up? The big finale? I just couldn’t ignore it and so here it is, better late than ever, my PFW trend report. This season was a game changer for me when it comes to the French fashion capital, I just wasn’t expecting what we saw. From Marc Jacobs and his final bow at Vuitton and Valentino’s ethnic romance to Balmain’s icing shades, it was all so very different and unique. Here they are, my top trends from the Paris shows.


Sequins, feathers and bodysuits! The Paris designers are thinking Vegas showgirl for Spring 2014.

  1. Louis Vuitton
  2. Maison Martin Margiela
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Balmain


London was very fond of this very same trend, sheer as sheer can get!

  1. Nina Ricci
  2. Stella McCartney
  3. Valentino
  4. Chalayan


Think of the flowers in Provence, lively, pretty and lovely. From Miu Miu’s Spring coats to Giambattista Valli’s textured florals, let them bloom!

  1. Elie Saab
  2. Giambattista Valli
  3. Nina Ricci
  4. Miu Miu


Not your usual metallics, next season will be all about the shimmer: Golden shimmer, pastel shimmer, bright shimmer

  1. Balmain
  2. Dries Van Noten
  3. Lanvin
  4. Rochas


Ruffles are back and this time with the most romantic touch ever!

  1. Chalayan
  2. Isabel Marant
  3. Balenciaga
  4. Balmain


The designers had an interesting inspiration when it comes to prints: the artistic brush stroke

  1. ACNE Studios
  2. Chanel
  3. Christian Dior
  4. Celine


The new stripes are not your regular kind of stripes, with leather, with mesh, with sequins and more!

  1. Balenciaga
  2. Christian Dior
  3. Givenchy
  4. Roland Mouret


Bombers will get the luxe treatment: embroidery, fur, oversize, textured and more!

  1. Balmain
  2. Rochas
  3. Stella McCartney
  4. Vionnet


We’ve seen this before but we can’t get enough of it!

  1. Balenciaga
  2. Giambattista Valli
  3. Maiyet
  4. Saint Laurent Paris


Mesh was amog the most used materials this season. We are loving Marant and Celine

  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. Celine
  3. Isabel Marant
  4. Jay Ahr


A little bit here and a little bit there, garments with sprinkles are a must this Fall and will be a must next Spring.

  1. ACNE Studios
  2. Viktor & Rolf
  3. Chloe
  4. Anthony Vaccarello


Purple in Milan, Blue in Paris. Bold colors for the next season.

  1. Chloe
  2. Kenzo
  3. Nina Ricci
  4. Stella McCartney


The oversize garments are very resourceful when it comes to the colder seasons, this Spring, they will be all over!

  1. Carven
  2. Celine
  3. Hermes
  4. Rochas


Lightweight garments with lots of movement? Count me in!

  1. Chloe
  2. Kenzo
  3. Vionnet
  4. Stella McCartney


Perhaps the most unexpected trend of them all, we just didn’t see that coming in Paris.

  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. Miu Miu
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Valentino

And we are done with the trends now on to our favorite shows! I promise, by the end of this month I will have finished my coverage.



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FALL 2013: Baby Loves Bondage


The Bondage/S&M/Tough Love trend took the S/S 2013 runways by storm. Harnesses, leather, lingerie styles were all over the place and designers loved it so much, that they decided to keep it for Fall 2013. No, they are not suggesting you to put on a latex jumpsuit and tranny boots, it’s a more subtle and sensual approach. This season is all about plaid, candy coats, men’s silhouettes, the return or Noir and boyish shoes so it’s only fair that they threw a little “sexy” our way. Don’t have that cropped top already? Go with one with a game of straps or cut-outs (I’ve been crunching myself to death in order to rock that trend right). Need a new biker jacket? Forget about plain styles, go for the ones with lots of zippers, belts or clips. LBD? Mini, mini with long sleeves! And shoes, well it’s all about pointy with a stiletto heel, a bunch of straps, patent leather and lace. Last but not least, there’s nothing sexier and more useful than silk camisoles, not only for this style but for everything else as well! Ready to join the chic bondage party? Keep on reading!


First let’s start with a garment selection:

  1. Biker jacket, Altuzarra
  2. Thin strap bralet, Tophop
  3. Lace sleeved jumper, Pucci
  4. Suede baseball cap, Eugenia Kim
  5. Mini dress with sleeves, Balmain
  6. Textured mini skirt, Maiyet
  7. Quilted belt, Jimmy Choo
  8. Silk and lace camisole, Mason by Michelle Mason
  9. Ankle strap pumps, Reed Krakoff
  10. Belted skort, Miu Miu
  11. Agent Provocateur perfume, Agent Provocateur
  12. Cut-out booties, Gianvito Rossi

And now an item-by-item shopping guide, all you’ll need to rock the bondage style!

silk skin

  1. By Malene Birger
  2. Mason by Michelle Mason
  3. Elizabeth & James
  4. Tibi
  5. Lipsy
  6. Topshop


  1. Topshop
  2. Michael Kors
  3. Junya Watanabe
  4. Balmain


  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Topshop
  3. River Island
  4. Ender Legard
  5. Topshop


  1. Roberto Cavalli
  2. Maiyet
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Alexander Wang
  5. Helmut Lang

sexy knits

  1. R13
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Raquel Allegra
  4. Topshop


  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. R13
  3. Acne
  4. Topshop
  5. River Island
  6. Theory


  1. Saint Laurent
  2. Michael Kors
  3. Reed Krakoff
  4. Jimmy Choo
  5. Oscar de la Renta


  1. Sophia Webster
  2. Gianvito Rossi
  3. Oscar de la Renta
  4. Valentino
  5. Giuseppe Zanotti


  1. Jimmy Choo
  2. Bottega Veneta
  3. Eugenia Kim
  4. KARL
  5. Zara
  6. Eugenia Kim


That’s a wrap for today! How are you liking the Fall 2013 season so far? I’m loving it and can’t wait for Autumn to arrive!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  My Theresa, Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew

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Spring 2013 Trends: BEETLEJUICE’D


Many, many were the trends we got to see on last September’s runways and I thought we should open this Spring 2013 special with one of the strongest of the bunch: the Beetlejuice stripes. Stripes have always been considered delicate subject when it comes to wearing them. We’ve all been said the following: “Careful with that dress with the horizontal stripes, it’s gonna make you look instantly chunky”. And that ladies and gentleman, it’s absolutely false. It’s not about the stripes, but about the fit, how the garment is constructed, whether it flatters you body type or not. So loose that fear and start embracing them! And since we are not blaming the lines anymore, how about we make the most of this fabulous trend and start creating fun looks, packed with optical illusion.


  • Marc Jacobs / Jonathan Saunders / Dolce & Gabbana
  • Moschino / Balmain / Michael Kors

Marc Jacobs went retro, Jonathan Saunders went bright, Moschino had a 60s take, Balmain gave them a 90s spin and Michale Kors went all rugby on his Spring 2013 collection. They are just a few of the designers who embraced this trend.  You go for a total stripes look like creep childhood icon, Beetlejuice. You can mash them up with other prints such as squares (thank you, Louis Vuitton for that) or even florals or you can just wear one striped garment against a bunch of solids for a fun twist.

THE MUST-HAVE PIECES: A striped blazer, a pair of striped pants (tapered is my favorite style for stripes) and a jumper that you probably already have inside your closet (if you don’t, run out to buy it. A striped sweater is one of the timeless closet classics. Think the LBD of sweaters).

Now here’s a selection of striped garments you can find online to start building that Spring 2013 wardrobe. There’s an option for every budget!

splurge stripes

  1. Jumper, Joseph
  2. Bag, Moschino
  3. Blazer, Lanvin
  4. Skirt, Balmain
  5. Dress, Marc Jacobs
  6. Mouse flats, Marc Jacobs
  7. Shorts, Raoul
  8. Jeans, Balmain
  9. Shoes, Sergio Rossi

steal stripes

  1. Blazer, Topshop
  2. Clutch, Lulu Guinness
  3. Jumper, We like Fashion
  4. Top, Marc by Marc Jacobs
  5. Dress, Topshop
  6. Jeans, River Island
  7. Flats, Target
  8. Shorts, Topshop
  9. Wedges, Pierre Hardy (super sale!)

There you go! Are you ready for the stripe invasion? I sure am! Just remember, you don’t have to stick to black and white. You can go with red, beige or even multiple colors! Your choice!

Happy Friday!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Style.com, Topshop, Polyvore, Farfetch, River Island, Target

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site


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PFW COVERAGE: Raffia Couture

Finally Friday, my sweet readers! Here in Italy, we are having a long, long weekend but a blogger’s duties never stop! Here I am with the first post about PFW and the 13th from our coverage series. We are almost done, I swear. I can’t wait to wrap this up and post more fabulous trends and wintery outfits. In the meantime, Paris is always a good idea! To open up the French reviews, we have an impressive line-up (who am I kidding, all the shows from Paris are nothing but stellar). For you, this Friday, Rochas eternal romance, Balenciaga’s innovative shapes, Dries Van Noten’s beautiful mash-up, Carven’s Parisian swag and last, but not least, Balmain’s raffia couture. Are you ready to rumble?


Rochas and its ethereal aesthetics have always been among my favorite from the Paris bunch. Not only because of the beautiful prints, but because I’m all about brands with a romantic vibe. For Spring 2012, it was a lavender heaven with touches of French grey, Raspberry and White. The collection had a retro chic feel to it, but there was also something sporty about it. Marco Zanini presented a large range of shapes and cuts: Double-breasted jackets intended as dresses, sheer and flowy maxi-skirts, hot pants + bralet ensembles, hourglass dresses with midi lengths. The polo shirts (biggest trend so far in the neckline department). One of the highlights? He played matchy, matchy and it worked beautifully. As for the accessories, round sunnies, head wraps and white, sock-like shoes.


There’s no doubt that Nicolas Ghesquiere has the x-factor when it comes to innovative skills. Season after season, the designer has always had raving reviews and while Balenciaga’s shapes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, he always manages to get all heads turning his way. For Spring 2013, he may have toned down the sharpness a notch. The shapes were beautiful and architectural, but not as boxy and structured. For the first half of the show, Ghesquiere built some dramatic ruffles into skirts and dresses (hello, gorgeous peplum). Then came the volume skirts with the asymmetrical pleats. Pairing them up with simple, knitted cropped tops was beyond genius. The skin flashing matched beautifully the almost neutral color palette.

For the second part of the show, he entered the “tweed” zone with simple mini skirts and his interpretation of the ladylike jacket. For the tops, he kept it cropped and the hemlines, he kept those short and sexy enough (an unsual thing for Balenciaga). As for the finale, those meticulous, laser-cut, detailed dresses were the cherry on top of that French cake. As for the footwear, always a highlight, low-cut booties in burgundy, cream and black. The front row? Overall, lovely and easier to wear than usual.


This collection has to be dubbed the queen of all mash-ups. Dries Van Noten really hit the ball ot of the park this Fashion Week. A collection so complex and so visually appealing at the same time: the colors, the shapes, the textures, the tailoring, a lot of fabulous things to take in on one runway show. It was grungy, but it was so damn chic. The plaid tops (in different colors and shapes) blended in to perfection with the floral prints and embellishments. There was a touch of sheer and sexy, some velvet here and there and even some ladylike, retro dresses. The best part of the show? The beautifully crafted, rosette skirts (particularly the one with the pastel shades). As for the shoes, pumps galore: metallic, printed, with laces, with cutouts, you name it!


When Christophe Decarnin’s departure was announced, everyone grieved. When Olivier Rousteing was appointed Creative Director, some eyebrows were raised. Could the really young apprentice take on such a big responsibility? After this show (and last season’s runway), the answer is abso-effin’-lutely. The designer has done a wonderful job so far, keeping the cool chick vibe Decarnin built but also taking it to a whole new level. Remember the signature, fitted jacket? Olivier has turned it into a boxier and sharper one. The leg-flashing mini dresses? He has made them his own with unique textures (hello, raffia) and beautiful tailoring. He had made clear why a top costs so much, there’s just a lot of work in them, a work of art.

His references were clear: the 80’s all the way. Big shoulders, cropped tops, big, high-waist trousers, black & white stripes and leather skirts. The star of the show? The pale blue, yellow and cream woven number (that’s going to be more photographed than Prada’s striped dress from Spring 2011). The accesories were also detailed and woven, peep-toe booties, statement belts and sharp pumps. Hands down, a stunning collection. If this beautiful man (because he is not only talented, but also gorgeous) keeps doing what he is doing, Balmain will remain on top (where his teacher Christophe left it).


What’s not to love about Guillaume Henry’s Parisian ladies. Season after season, he delivers chic and wearable clothes that we can’t help but drool after. For his Spring 2012 show, he presented a bunch of beautifully tailored and feminine pieces. Almost every ensemble was accompanied by cute and classic collars. Some of the dresses presented chest cutouts, the tops were cropped (mini jumpers never looked so good), skirts were perforated and there was Toilè. Yes, you heard me, Toilè. Pardon my excitement, but as a serial Francophile, this is really my cup of tea. It was another French delight from Carven, thank God for Carven!


Mixing florals and leopard print is always an interesting option. For a French twist, the jumper over a dress with a volume skirt and ankle-strap shoes. For accessories, the golden treatment!

1. Leopard Jacket, DKNY
2. Floral jumper, Dolce & Gabbana
3. Black dress, MAJE
4. Black wedges, ZARA
5. Pelican bag, ALEXANDER WANG
6. Black bangle, KATE SPADE
7. Leopard bangle, J. CREW
8. Ring pack, ASOS
9. Infusion prune nail polish, LANCOME

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

There you go, first five from Paris are up! It’s Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, My Theresa, ysl, Polyvore, River Island

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 11


Never, since I started the blog, had I gone sans posting for more than 10 days. I broke my record, I did 16 and I blame it on the wi-fi. I’m not gonna give you 1000 excuses, I’m just gonna make it up to you. I still have a bunch of runway reviews (even if posting them seems a little out of time) and new trends and series in the oven. Today I have for you another one of my Chictopia collaborations. They gave me the topic and this is what I delivered. Hope you like it!

The Hottest Ways to Wear Leather This Fall (Plus Extra Leather Essentials)

There’s no summer without sun, there’s no fall without leather. That is an unquestionable truth. Leather may have made the leap into the S/S collections a few seasons ago, but there is no doubt that when it comes to A/W, it is definitely the king.

When it comes to leather, just when you think you might have seen it all, along comes a new season. For Fall 2012, leather was a constant in almost every collection presented on the runway: Valentino made it ladylike, Thakoon injected some color in it, Tibi went all shiny disco ball and tired of wool, and Marni made coats out of leather. Craving to get some leather goodies this fall? Here’s all you need to know!

→ As seen in: Valentino
1. Top, Maje 2. Cardigan, Marni 3. Shorts, Haute Hippie 4. Ankle boots, Burberry 5. Trousers, J Brand

It may sound dangerous, it may sound bolder than bold, but layering leather over more leather is one of the strongest trends this season. No, we are not asking you to look like you just got lost from the Sons of Anarchy set. No, we are not asking you to raid the Undertaker’s closet. No, we don’t want you channeling the Village People’s leather dude. And no, there is not a handbook on how to pull it off and how to avoid that Matrix Reloaded look. There may not be a formula, but here are some tips that can help us along the way:

- Go for solid garments. Textures, embroidery and embellishments may book you a ticket to the land of tacky, where Snooki is Queen.
– It’s not mandatory to go all black, you can color-block. Try putting together shades with a similar intensity: rusty with rusty, bright with bright, neutral with neutral and so on.
– Go for feminine or simple shoes. Thinking of adding a chunky boot? That’s Sons of Anarchy all the way.
→ THE LOOK: We put together a jersey top with a leather peplum and a pair of skintight leggings. To add more drama, a statement pendant and a pair of black pumps with multiple straps.

→ As seen in: Thakoon
1. Bag, Proenza Schouler 2. Jacket, Balmain 3. Skirt, Karl 4. Dress, Richard Nicoll 5. Ankle boots, Chloé

The Summer nostalgia is always around, no more leg flashing, no more lightweight fabrics and welcome heavy garments. What better way to cheer us up on those gray and gloomy days, than with a pop of color. We all know that a good, black biker jacket is an all-time wardrobe basic and that those black liquid leggings are a Fall must-wear. But we also know that in Fashion, you gotta think outside the box. And there, outside that box, is where we will find some fabulous and show-stopping colored leather. From bright pink leggings and bottle green jackets to royal blue shift dresses, leather just got a bright and fun makeover this Fall.

- You can choose to color-block (it doesn’t get better than a pair of bright blue pants and a pink blazer) or you can go for mute shades to make your leather item pop.
– Colorful, leather accessories can be the perfect twist for your outfit.
– A pair of Oxblood skinny pants or a bright biker jacket are staples for your closet this Fall.
– Don’t be afraid of adding fun details. Leather can be strong, but sometimes, just the right amount of leopard can make the whole thing work.
→ THE LOOK: We paired up the Oxblood leather pants with a Western embroidered shirt (another big trend this season thanks to the always chic, Isabel Marant). It’s an interesting contrast and the leopard slingbacks just make the ensemble more fun.

→ As seen in: Creatures of the Wind
1.Circle, Markus Lupfer 2. Colored, DKNY 3. Mini, Mango 4. Pleated, Miu Miu 5. Pencil, E Luxe

Forget about the bodycon leather skirt that has been hanging inside your closet for years now. New shapes, lengths and styles are in the house! The pleated one was already a bestseller last Fall (raise your hand if you are the proud owner of the Zara version) and this season, it’s making a comeback. The circle skirt is both edgy and feminine at the same time and pencil ones just scream sexy. The colored and metallic versions are fun twists to classic black. And last but not least, a leather mini is always welcome!

- With leather skirts, possibilities are endless. You can go for a button-down and a blazer for a clean and dressy look. You can pair them up with a t-shirt and Converse for a casual ensemble.
– A match made in trend heaven: mini skirts and graphic sweatshirts. Sweatshirts are the new black.
– For the shoes, add some edge with a pair of booties.
→ THE LOOK: A simple look with some special details thanks to the studs from the skirt and the graphic print on the sweatshirt .

1. Coat, Marni 2. Skirt, Balmain 3. Sweatshirt, DKNY 4. Top, Maje 5. Trousers, Mango

- Leather coats: Whether is long and black, fire red and glossy, a trench or coat with leather accents, you are going to want one of this babies hanging inside your closet.
– Quilted leather: Balmain mastered the art of quilting for Fall 2012 and while a lucky few can afford their $3,000 skirts, we are just as happy with Zara’s version of them.
– Combined garments: A sweatshirt with leather sleeves? A skirt with leather panels? Garments with a texture combo are a must-have this season.
– Leather trousers: From Cavalli’s leggings to Theyskens’ Theory’s slouchy pants, the Fall 2012 runways were flooded with leather bottoms.
– Metallic leather: Shiny leather? Need we say more?

Which leather trend is your favorite this Fall? We love and want them all!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia

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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.


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,


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.


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!


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!


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…


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

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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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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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The Daily Fashion Bread: SPRING 2012 AD CAMPAIGNS

First post of the year my sweet readers! It’s always exciting when a new year begins, it’s a perfect time to start fresh, to keep trying, to change and to make new memories (I already fulfilled one of my resolutions, launch this blog’s Spanish version). But also with the new year comes new fashion! That is why today we have fresh bread! Starts to smell like Spring, doesn’t it? Even though we still have to wait two more months take out our bare legs for a stroll (that is if global warming allows it), designers are alredy making us dream and desire that moment by releasing their Ad campaigns for the coming season. Are you ready? Check them out!


Sugary, lovely and pastel! Even more beautiful than the collection itself, we all want a piece of Marc’s cotton candyland. Visually appealing but also playful and fun!

  • By Steven Meisel
  • Models: Kati Nescher and Daria Strokous


My favorite look from the runway was chosen for the campaign,the floral dress, Anja the chameleon and that funky neon glow.

  • By Inez & Vinoodh
  • Model: Anja Rubik


We always expect the best from Prada, both on runway and on ad campaigns. This season was no exception! All Prada, all retro, all fabulous!

  • By Steven Meisel
  • Models: Katryn Kruger and Meghan Collison


Leggy Daphne inside a town car, all in Jill Stuart’s pastel softness. I love the simplicity of it!

  • By: Mario Sorrenti
  • Model: Daphne Groeneveld


If you book Mariacarla Boscono for your campaign, you are guaranteed to hit it out of the ballpark!

  • By David Sims
  • Model: Mariacarla Boscono


There is something so alluring about Riccardo Tisci’s darkness, throw Miss Bündchen into the mix and you have a winner.

  • By Mert & Marcus
  • Model: Gisele Bündchen


It has Balenciaga written all over. It’s bizarre, it’s somehow futuristic and it’s beautiful. Even the model’s disheveled hair looks superb!

  • By Steven Meisel
  • Model: Rosie Tapner

What are your favorite ones so far? We still have lots of them in the oven, I had to make a selection. I didn’t want to give you ad campaign overdose!

Sweet kisses…


Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: NYMAG, Wikipedia (cracker)

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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Flashy Fancy Pants: METALLIC

It’s Monday, dreadful Monday my sweet readers, and it’s freezing cold! Here for you, the fourth look on my Flashy Fancy Pants series. It’s all about the bling, it’s all about the glitz, it’s all about metallic trousers! It doesn’t get better than this, I’m a self-proclaimed shiny shit junkie. Metallic is not a synonym for clubwear as many people think, you can wear metallics even for breakfast if you wish if the styling is proper (never wear metallic head to toe, they might confuse you with the club’s shiny disco ball). So here’s an idea, since this week has just begun, why not start plannig a chic & chic outfit for this weekend’s fun night out!

AS SEEN IN: Moschino, ETRO, Marc Jacobs, Balmain


Fancy dinner? Drinks with friends? This look is just the perfect thing for that! Playing down metallics with neutrals is definitely a big success. That is why with this outfit I went with soft colors for the garments and bold accessories. For the pants, I chose gold instead of silver because I wanted a warmer result. This amazing pair of trousers are from ZARA. For the top part, an oversized jumper in blush from ASOS for a casual/cool kind of vibe. I threw over a tailored, tux blazer (the tux trend is very IN right now) in cream from MANGO. For the shoes, I wanted some color impact and this bottle green platform pumps from Laurence Dacade were the answer to my prayers.

For the wild factor, this frame leopard clutch from French Connection can be found over at ASOS.com. Jewelry? Two gold bracelets, both from ASOS: one with spikes and the other with a heart charm. One ring: the classic ARTY from YSL.

For beauty, a simple updo will do and for your nails: Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Want all the juiciy details on today’s look, click HERE and check them out!

You likey? Feel free to comment! I still have two more flashy pants posts in store for ya! Come back to check them out!

Sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool (plus I use Copyscape quite often so don’t even try it)


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Flashy Fancy Pants

Jade, Fuchsia, Peacoat, Red, Mustard or Metallic?

It’s one of the biggest trends of the season and definitely a very much needed one. The bright pants are in and are here to stay. For this gray and cold Fall days (today here in Milan felt like a harsh Winter one) all we need is some hues to cheer us up! And that’s what the pants will be doing for us the rest of the season, as for me I plan on getting some color on my legs (colored fabric that is, my skin is so pasty Casper is starting to look orange next to me). The fun thing about it all is that the range is so wide, you can choose the hue that you like best, or the one that suits you better or that shade you have always been afraid to try (hello silver pants for me).

  • If you are a sexy siren, then Jade’s your thing (as seen in Gucci)
  • A head turner? Go with Fuchsia (as seen in Alberta Ferretti)
  • Feeling blue? Peacoat (as seen in Jil Sander and Miu Miu)
  • If you wanna start a fire, you should go with Red (as seen in Hermés and Prabal Gurung)
  • Not on my sandwich Mustard (as seen in Acne and Peter Som)
  • The ultimate disco diva in metallic trousers (as seen in Balmain and Gareth Pugh)
Guess what’s next? Six gorgeous looks with bright pants! Check back later on the week for updates on this trend!
Sweet kisses…
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool


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