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SHALLOW SOPH: Do more of what makes you happy.

happy96 copyIf you have been following my FB Page, you already know that I am a “one quote a day” kind of gal. I’m pretty picky when it comes to the words (and images) I choose for inspiration. I always stay away from the sappy love phrases, the ones with the tacky plastic rose background, the “Keep calm” stuff, the cheesy, optimistic, cliché sayings and the ones with a bad font (Comic Sans and Lucida Handdwriting come to mind). But as picky as I usually am, I also like to look at the fun and cheery side of things (with that touch of sarcasm that always comes in handy). That’s how I came up with my new series of illustrations, Shallow Soph, a vain but funny way to twist someone else’s words with a very pink and pretty sketch.

“Do more of what makes you happy”.

I’m sure the author of this quote meant something like this: Laugh a lot! Be with the one who makes you smile. Love, live and breathe. Enjoy the little things. Sunsets, hugs and long walks. I could go on forever, but then I’d get bored. Ok, Sensitive Sophie would enjoy that, but Shallow Soph, she has a different idea. What makes Shallow Soph happy? A new wardrobe, Hermes and Chanel. Productive but guilt-free shopping trips. Cocktail dresses and sparkly shoes. A comfy bed in a pink room, a glass of Champagne (ok, the whole bottle) and some fudge (lots of fudge, Mr. Stanley’s Luxury All Butter fudge).

Love, live and breathe? More like shop, eat and drink!

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis

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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MFW Coverage: Prada’s hot wheels and Donatella’s mermaids

My sweet readers, it all happens so fast in Fashion Week that is almost impossible to keep up (I’m about 4 posts behind). I’m trying my best and working my butt of to make sure you get your reviews and all the scoop from Milan and Paris (I already gave you a pretty decent coverage of New York and London). My city has gone back to normal, all the madness is now in Paris (my body could not join, but my mind certainly did). Back to what concerns us today, Milan and another fabulous Fashion Week.

Each fashion capital has a personality of its own. New York is hip, London is eclectic, Paris is elegance and drama, and Milan, Milan is all the glitz and glamour any sequin junkie could hope for. And this year it was that and more. Those italian big names showed us why they are so big in the fashion world! So lets get right to the point, here for you, our first five reviews and your look of the day.

FENDI S/S 2012

Hey lady, how about some stripes? Mr Lagerfeld’s girl for the next season is chic and femenine. With a playful and an easy to wear collection, the designer made us forget about that sexy-in-lace stereotype of the italian woman and say hello to a no less italian one that’s fresh and elegant, but not over-the-top. It was all about the A-line skirt, the wide-legged trousers, the shift dress, the trench and last but not least, the skirt suit. Almost everything with stripes, the only print of the show. The color palette: red, white, navy, neutral and black. It was polished and classy but with a twist (hello cut-out shoulders, knitted sheer panels and those oversized goggle glasses).

D&G S/S 2012

It was the last collection for the italian duo’s second line and also the end of an era. And you know what? Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made sure we remebered their last D&G show. For me, they hit it out of the ball park. It was a color explosion, a mix & match game. It was the 70’s, it was hippie chic, it was lavish, it was sunny, it was pure fun. The main star, the scarf. It was on every garment and everytime with a different usage, a different color and perfect execution.

Flirty sundresses, tight or with halter necklines, short shorts and mini skirts paired up with loose blouses or bandeau tops. It was like a printed, silk parade, even the shoes were made out of scarves. Tons of leg, tons of sexiness and glamour, after all that’s what Dolce & Gabbana is all about. The result: memorable, just like they intended it to be.

FRANCESCO SCOGNAMIGLIO S/S 2012

It was bold, it was dramatic, racy and a somewhat romantic. The italian designer sure does know how to handle lace. Evening gowns and suits in black, white an nude flooded the runway last Wednesday in Milan. There was not one garment that didn’t have at least one hint of sheer. The ruffles and giant peplums were all over his S/S collection. It had eccentricity written all over, and that’s what Francesco Scognamiglio does best.

VERSACE S/S 2012

It’s a big year for the italian house. With the H&M collection hitting the stores on November, Versace was expected to give a great show this Fashion Week. And dare we say Donatella Versace did a fine job. With a soft color palette and sea inspiration, the italian designer’s models seemed like mermaids, fresh out of the water and on to the catwalk. Big industry names, such as Lindsay Wixson (we forgive her catwalk stumble just beacuse she looked stellar) and Daphne Groenveld, strutted the runway with long and flowing manes and sky high platforms.

Structured, neoprene shorts paired with cropped, fitted jackets and bandeau tops, mini dresses with movement and pencil skirts. And of course, Versace’s legendary and red carpet worthy display of evening gowns. Arizona Muse in a sky blue revealing number, our Lindsay covered in studs and a starfish embellished Abbey Lee Kershaw, great finale for a great brand. All the glitz and glamour that can only come from Versace. And as for that H&M thing, you will find my fabulous self camping outside the store freezing my also fabulous cheeks (butt cheeks that is).

PRADA S/S 2012

This right here ladies and gentleman is the one show to beat at Milano Fashion Week. Season after season, the genius behind Prada, Signora Miuccia, seems to always deliver. She has become that annoying kid from school who always snags the honor roll. This year was not the exception, from the first to the last look, the italian designer had everyone including myself drooling. Rember the Prada stripes effect from S/S 2011? The Mary-jane boot effect from A/W 2011? Well this year it’s the same with her “Flaming Hot Rods” collection.

It was car meets girl. Leather skirts with automobile designs, also pleated and girly ones, crocheted garments, oversized coats with beautiful jeweled belts, flower printed bodysuits and that dress, that yellow printed number that stole my heart away. For accessories, there is no doubt she always scores in this department. Next season everyone will want to have the bag with the car or those fabulous 50’s sunglasses. For sure Miss Anna dello Russo will get to sport them first. There is no doubt in our minds that Miuccia Prada likes to always come first, this season’s theme just confirmed it!

MFW LOOK OF THE DAY

You know what MFW means right? You need to go all out! And that’s exactly what I did for the outfit. I have a weakness for sequins and when they are attached to hotpants, it is hot mess for me, hot, hot, hot. I chose a red violet, high waisted pair. Since the shorts are already flashy enough and there is a lot of leg action going on, you might want to avoid the cleavage, For that reason I chose a white button-down shirt, but not just any shirt. To keep on the shining, this Miu Miu blouse with navy blue sequins on the collar is perfect! To cover up a bit of derriere, unless you want to cause traffic incidents, a simple, classic trench coat is mandatory. I love how the traditional clashes with eccentricity.

For the shoes, the outfit would not be complete without a pair of huge Louboutin pumps. This emerald green ones are definitely worth its price.

For accessories, Sweet Sophie would dream… Yes, it’s a Birkin, a beautiful purple Birkin. And since I have this bag only in my dreams (for now), any other purple handbag will do. For your beautiful hands, YSL’s Arty ring and McQueen’s skull one (both classics and must-haves). Throw in some gemstone earrings, this ones are from Juicy Couture (keep it simple, don’t go all chandelier on me!). Last but not least, if there is something that drives me crazy: YSL’s La Laque in Ultra Violet.

Voilà… First post about MFW as promised. We still have to go over Ferragamo, Miu Miu, Dolce Gabbana, Versus and more. Now you know you have to come back to check the rest, right?

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Wishing you a fabulous week, sweet kisses…

Photos: style.com
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis (photoshopped into a google picture of Duomo)

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