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FALL 2013: Teacher’s Pet

teacher's pet

Fall is right around the corner! And although I am a warm weather person and I will miss my shorts and bikinis, I can’t be more excited to welcome another fabulous season. As I told you before, I’m not really a boots/coat/heavy knits kind of gal, but after witnessing the wonders that were shown last February on the runways, I can’t help but wonder: Is it Fall yet? This is the second post from our A/W 2013 Edit, first came pink (the strongest color trend) now come plaid and with plaid we get to have a style that we were kinda missing and that of course, we don’t need to take too literal: the school girl. Remember the “Baby, one more time” Britney days? Or Gossip Girl’s uniforms with a twist? Well, get ready my friends because this Fall, we will all wanna be the teacher’s pet! Warning: It’s called School Girl trend, that doesn’t mean you have to dress like a Halloween/sexy fantasy character. Remember, a trend is a mere suggestion, you take what you like and you wear it how you like! Ready?

school girl

Let’s start with a fabulous garment selection, from the affordable to the not-so-much, there’s a garment for every budget!

  1. Pussybow blouse, Jason Wu
  2. Fold skirt, Isabel Marant
  3. Double-breasted coat, Zara
  4. Gray sweatshirt, Helmut Lang
  5. Uniform dress, Moschino
  6. Structure shorts, 3.1 Phillip Lim
  7. Two-tone lace-ups, Charlotte olympia
  8. Bowling bag, Nina Ricci
  9. Flat Mary Janes, Zara

school runway

Not sure about this trend? Don’t know how to pull it off without looking like you belong to a costume party? Take a look at the different runway styles!

NYFW: Karen Walker / Marc by Marc Jacobs / Suno / Kate Spade

LFW: Vivienne Westwood Red Label / Mulberry / Emilia Wickstead / Preen

MFW: Moschino / Fausto Pugilisi / Alberta Ferretti / Blugirl

PFW: Celine / Saint Laurent Paris / Chanel / Chloe

And last but not least, a garment and accessory edit with all the stuff you’ll wanna buy if you wanna give your look that teacher’s pet flair!

LRD

  1. Moschino
  2. Topshop
  3. Alexander McQueen
  4. Alexander McQueen

doublebreasted

  1. Zara
  2. Jil Sander
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Zara

flirtyskirts

  1. Alice + Olivia
  2. H&M
  3. Moschino
  4. Isabel Marant
  5. Miu Miu
  6. Zara

buttondown

  1. MIH
  2. Band of Outsiders
  3. Chloe
  4. Miu Miu
  5. Equipement
  6. J.Crew

checked

  1. Paige
  2. Isabel Marant Etoile
  3. Lipsy
  4. Zara

sweats

  1. J.Crew
  2. Helmut Lang
  3. River Island
  4. Band of Outsiders
  5. A.P.C.
  6. Topshop

flats

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Zara
  4. Zara
  5. Zara
  6. Saint Laurent

satchels

  1. Mulberry Alexa
  2. Saint Laurent Duffle 6
  3. Nina Ricci bowling bag
  4. Saint Laurent Petit Cabas Classique
  5. Proenza Schouler PS1

scholars

  1. Lanvin
  2. Dsquared
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Charlotte Olympia
  5. Lanvin

schoolgirlchart

Like the trend? I love plaid so I think that I am gonna be wearing this style a lot! Is there any trend or color that you would like me to write about? Drop me a line!

Sweet kisses…

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

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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RESORT 2014, the recap

resort 2014Hello, hello my sweet readers! After an extensive coverage in my FB page, it’s time to make a full recap of the Resort 2014 collections. Over the seasons, Resort has become as important as the S/S and A/W collections. Some people even say that right now, Resort is the powerful one. The thing about it, it doesn’t go to the extreme. Designers always throw in a little of everything, from swimwear to seasonal coats. They also make their creations more wearable, don’t expect to find the Giambattista Valli feather, peplum, floor-length dress on his Resort collection.

There is also a debate going around about seasonal clothes. With the weather’s sudden mood swings, global warming and the different climate zones all over the world, seasons are not as predictable as they used to be. That’s why collections should be seasonless, that’s why Resort is the perfect season of them all.

I’ve rounded-up my favorite collections, based on my taste and also the trends the designers showcased on their presentations. Don’t be scared if you see lots of pink, not only am I a sucker for that girly shade, but it’s also one of the strongest colors for Fall and of course, Resort. Let’s start! Click on the pictures to enlarge them!

RESORT1Flirty and Witty: Stella McCartney

Holiday Fairy Tale: Giambattista Valli

Mother Nature: Valentino

resort 2Pastel Dream: Escada

Delightful Rose: Jill Stuart

Vintage Voyage: Tory Burch

RESORT3Parisian Feel: Carven

Sheer Perfection: Burberry Prorsum

Colorful Clash: Nina Ricci

RESORT5Seaside Chic: Rochas

Candy Sailor: Versace

Simply Oscar: Oscar de la Renta

RESORT4Cute as a button: Moschino Cheap & Chic

Purple Paradise: Just Cavalli

Tropical Silk: Gucci

RESORT6

Navy Chic: Chloe

Picture Pefrect: Erdem

Sportswear Couture: Prabal Gurung

RESORT8Back to classic: Chanel

Flirty meets Urban: Sachin + Babi

Resort at its best: Bottega Veneta

RESORT7Sparkly n’sporty: DKNY

Bold Clash: Fendi

It’s all in the details: Pringle of Scotland

RESORT9Groovy Safari: Michael Kors

Hedi’s Redemption: Saint Laurent

Tropical dark: Jason Wu

What was your favorite collection from the Resort bunch? What do you think about Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent presentation? Drop me a line!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  STYLE.COM

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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Spring 2013 Trends: SPRING LEATHER

spring leather cover

It’s almost Friday, my sweet readers and I finally got to see the sun after many, cold and cruel days of thunder. Couture week just wrapped up, NYC is getting ready for the Fashion Week kick-off and as February approaches, so does Spring (I can’t way to put away those heavy coats and get some decent color on my ghostly legs). We are halfway through with our Spring 2013 report, there are so many fabulous trends to cover and I plan on giving you an extensive and detailed coverage of each and every one of them. This is the sixth post from the series and one that I personally adore: LEATHER.  It’s been a while since leather took over the Spring runways (years ago, we only got to see this beauty on the Fall catwalks) and each season, we get positively surprised by the designers and their take on it.

For the coming season, possibilities are endless. There’s the trouser mania. Not your usual black, leathery leggings, but slouchy pants, tapered ones, joggers, neutral colors, bold shades. Dresses: a beige leather dress paired up with a floral jacket or an embroidered cardigan is a must! The barely there garments: whether you choose a pair of drawstring shorts, a sexy bodycon mini or some naked sandals, you’ll be rocking those legs all the way! Perforated leather garments are pure works of art so score one while they are out there! Last but not least, light leather outerwear can add a fabulous twist to your breezy, Spring ensembles.

WHO DID IT?

  • Ferragamo / Jason Wu / Versace
  • Mugler / Giles / Miu Miu

MUST-HAVE PIECES: The nude jacket, perfect companion for those Spring, windy nights. The trousers, worth investing in them. The barely there, leather sandals (sexy as hell). A leather top, a fun twist for your daily outfits.

leather splurge

  1. Biker jacket, Belstaff
  2. Shorts, Drome
  3. Texture shirt, Tibi
  4. Oxfords, Robert Clergerie
  5. Top, Mason by Michelle Mason
  6. Dress, Theyskens’ Theory
  7. Sunglasses, Linda Farrow
  8. Sandals, Chloe
  9. Two-tone tote, Rochas
  10. Zipper trousers, Emilio Pucci

STEAL LEATHER

  1. Jacket, Chicnova
  2. Shorts, Topshop
  3. Top, Monki
  4. Pencil skirt, All Saints
  5. Dress, Topshop
  6. Pants, Vero Moda
  7. Oxfords, Zara
  8. Bag, Romwe
  9. Heels, Asos

Digging leather for Spring? I am loving it! It’s almost Friday, hang in there!

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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SPRING 2013: The Trend Report

spring 2013

Hello, hello my sweet readers! The beginning of a new year is also the beginning of the end of the current season: the sales! And you know what a SALE means right? Not only that we get 40% and 50% discounts on all Winter items, but that the Spring collections are packed and ready to be displayed. and since February is always busy with posts about Fashion Week and Spring is less than three months away (THANK GOD), I’m ready to take on the trends, colors and styles of what promises to be a lovely, colorful and pretty season! The amount of trends is so overwhelming that I tried, but I couldn’t fit them all in this little collage of mine. Anyway, as of tomorrow, I will start posting a trend-by-trend Spring guide so you’ll know how to stock that closet of yours and have it ready when it’s time to say goodbye to those heavy coats and boots (more like “see ya later” than “goodbye”) and hello to bare legs, bare arms and bare necks!

Here’s a list of the strongest trends of the season and a sneak peek of what you’ll be reading about in the next few weeks! Ready?

  1. Sheer bliss
  2. Bejeweled and embellished
  3. Bermudas are back!
  4. Metallic sheen
  5. Bondage babe
  6. Midriff exposure (start crunching those abs)
  7. Bomber season
  8. Slits
  9. Cut-outs
  10. Ruffles galore!
  11. Stripes
  12. Lively florals… Again… YES!
  13. Statement sunnies
  14. The Swingin’ Sixties
  15. Black and White
  16. The New Gladiators
  17. THE COLOR: Many, many, many shades of Green

I left some trends out, but I will be also talking about them later. What’s your favorite trend so far? I’m all about the florals, but you knew that already.

Don’t forget to check back for more Spring 2013 updates. I will be waiting!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Style.com

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PFW COVERAGE: Tropical Boho

Happy Sunday, my sweet readers! We are just three posts away from wrapping the whole Fashion Week Coverage, it’s taken me a while to achieve that due to some major hiccups (no wi-fi connection qualifies as major drama. I cried, I really cried my eyes out several times). Anyway, even if it’s been a month since PFW came to an end and reviews and pictures have been posted ages ago, I hope you still enjoy my reviews and the spin I put on them. Today I have some major Paris shark. To be honest, almost everyone on the French line-up qualifies as a big shot. Here they are: Nina Ricci’s sensual romance, Chalayan’s fresh avant-garde, Lanvin’s power lady and the woman of every hour, Isabel Marant. Let’s start!

NINA RICCI

Leave it to Peter Copping to sex things up, in the classiest and prettiest way possible. Nina Ricci’s shows are always beyond delightful. It has to do with the romance, with the need of inserting hints of lingerie in almost every look, with the delicate and flowy fabrics, but above all, with the elegant and ladylike vibe the designer injects into his collections. It’s dressy, it’s chic but there’s always that sensual air, the right amount of sexy. For Spring 2013. The color palette can be divided in two groups: Sexy black, dramatic red, deep navy and flirty pink for the first half. A perfect blush and the most beautiful, oyster for the second. Copping’s signature silks ans sheers were cleverly paired up with some elements of bondage (a surprising turn, but one that definitely worked): delicate harnesses and fishnet tops. The bondage trend is buzzing right now and no and part of it thanks to the 50 Shades of Shit phenomenon (as you probably have guessed, I have some major issues with those books and I refuse, really refuse to read them).

Meticulous and beautifully crafted cardigans and knits were paired up with fringed skirts, shiny, gathered ones and even a polka dot sarong (a genius move, if you ask me). Copping presented a different side of the Nina Ricci woman, always keeping her femininity and poise, he toughened and roughed her up a notch and he did it a wonderful job. The last dresses, the ones with the layers that seemed petals, were poetic, the makeup was dramatic, the shoes were barely there (that detail added more sensuality to it all). It was alluring, it was enticing, it was pure, Ricci perfection. Among my top 5 for Spring 2013? Hell yeah!

CHALAYAN

Many collections from Spring 2013 have had a Fall feeling to them. Thank God Husein Chalayan didn’t get that memo (or better yet, ignored it). The avant-garde designer presented a Spring worthy of Spring: soft colors, lively prints, fresh fabrics and Summery accessories. All the looks had two things in common: sharp tailoring and structured shapes. Both elements together may result in a too serious collection but this was definitely not the case. The volume and boxes just added more flair and fun to Chalayan’s line. His signature, color panels and sheer were present, so were some major pleat and ruffle details.The Spring cocoon coat (a garment that Miuccia Prada loves so much) made its way on to the runway and so did the most interesting and colorful peplum (pictured far right). The accessories are worth mentioning:  slink-back booties! What’s not to love?

LANVIN

During his many years as the Creative Director for Lanvin, Alber Elbaz has worked hard on building a strong identity for the brand and the kind of woman he designs for. The Spring 2013 show opened with a series of black and sharply tailored numbers: tuxedo silhouettes, cut-out dresses with racy, thigh high slits and plunging necklines. The tuxedo, a constant trend in the fashion industry, was beautifully deconstructed by Elbaz. After the penguin extravaganza, the designer sent some serious party jumpsuits on the runway and his signature ruched, tight dresses. His creations were heavily embellished with crystals, which paired up with heavy accessories (Lanvin’s forte) resulted in lavish and opulent pieces (over-the-top for the “less is more” folks, but since we come from the country of “more is more”, hello disco jumpsuit).

After the serious tuxedos and the flashy ensembles, the show finale was all about jewel-toned, cocktail dresses. But they were not your usual ruffled, peplum-ed, shape-hugging Lanvin numbers. They were boxy and strangely shaped. Not really my cup of tea, nor my favorite part of the show. Moving on to the accessories, platforms with shimmery ankle straps, bomb-looking purses and a couple of statement necklace, always a must when it comes to Lanvin shows.

ROLAND MOURET

I have a thing for Roland Mouret lately, I just can’t help but be drawn to his collections. For his Spring 2013 show, he took us back to the 80’s. But it wasn’t the 80’s as we know them (Balmain had a more literal approach to this trend), he revisited them but made them his own. Colors were solid and basic and lines and shapes we sharp. Every garment was perfectly constructed: the blazers were on point, the trousers flattering to a woman’s silhouette and the skirts were sexy enough with asymmetrical splits. Folded tops accompanied Mouret’s gorgeous tapered pants and the leather ensemble? The star of the show.

ISABEL MARANT

She is faithful to her chic and nonchalant style. She knows her shapes, hems and silhouettes. Armed with this weapons, she manages to kill it every single time. The French designer has been on top of the PFW pyramid and show, after show, it’s clear why. For Spring 2013, Marant took her Parisian babe to a more tropical but always bohemian setting. The hemlines, as usual, were short enough. The trousers? A perfect fit. The mini shift dresses had prints and embellishment details.

Hawaiian prints with floral embroideries, paisley peplums and flowy tops with laces, bejeweled denim jackets and heavy detailed skirts were among the elements that were showcased on the runway. There were also ruffles, her signature low-rise pants (I won’t die without sporting a pair of her babies, even if I’m an 80 year old gal with a droopy bottom), leather accents and bejeweled pieces. The thing about her, not only does she manage to make everything effortlessly cool, she also makes her clothes fit like a pair of decadent gloves fit the hands.  For accessories, gladiator sandals, bejeweled ones and bangles, lots of them. It’s a boho trip to the beach for Miss Marant and we can’t thank her enough for that.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Fall and Winter don’t have to be all dark and somber. A bright coat is the ultimate staple this season, it can instantly add a fun twist to any ensemble. Why not pair it with pastels and neutrals for an eye-catching result. For accessories, more color and contrast to make it even more interesting.

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

Only two more! I swear, we are almost done! Have a lovely Sunday,

 

Sweet kisses…

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

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LFW COVERAGE: “Once you pop, you can’t stop”. Pringle of Scotland

It’s a sunny Sunday here in Milan, one of the last of the year I guess. Fall has fallen upon us and Fashion Week has come to an end (of course, I am behind with my reviews). On the bright side, we still have tons of reviews in store for you. London had a great season, it was all so new, all so spicy and all so special. Milano, you have some big shoes to fill. This is the last post and we have the last 5 shows from LFW. Are you ready to roll?

J.W. ANDERSON

After his Spring 2012 pajama show, this designer has been buzzing more than ever. Even more with the now available collection for British retail giant, Topshop. His designs are not everyone’s cup of tea and he has a thing for duplicates (you know, same dress, three times, different colors), but that’s part of his charm and mystery. For Spring 2013, he presented us with “The Treatment Room”: A show in which he explored new shapes and silhouettes but always keeping his signature aesthetics and vibe. Frills and peplums in dresses, skirts, cropped tops and skorts (yeah, you heard me, skorts), color contrasting panels, his already regular, printed pajama ensembles and some cut-outs were among the elements he sent down the catwalk. The shoes, as strange as they seemed, they kind of rocked.

PETER PILOTTO

Just when you think the digital print has reached its peak, along comes Peter Pilotto and takes it to new heights. For Spring 2013, their prints became livelier than ever, they added volume and texture into the mix. The color palette was vast but always bold: fire red with cerulean, navy with greens and blues, lavender with black and cream. Frills and peplums also played a major role on the catwalk, they were perfectly built on to the print (that allowed them to play with depths and proportions). Cut-outs were also present in many of the looks, clear proof that more is more when it’s done right. The woven shoes with laces had Nicholas Kirkwood written all over and let me do a fashion forecast, they are bound to become the next big thing next season. As for the set, when you manage to have a similar print on the carpet and still manage to make your designs pop, you know you took a risk and it really payed off.

HOLLY FULTON

It’s always a pleasure when we get to see that designers are not afraid of having fun with their creations, when they are not afraid of entertaining their crowd (think Moschino’s perky ways and Prada’s novelty). That’s exactly one of the main reasons I am always into Holly Fulton’s collections. Her color palette went from sweet and sugary to bright and perky: lavender, vanilla, salmon, pink, sky blue. Her deco motifs, prints and embellishments had that certain California dreaming, East Coast vibe influence (Ever been to LA? Happiest and kindest people on Earth). The print and texture mash-up was spot on: stripes with geometric prints, flowers on flowers, pajama pants and graphic jackets, pleats with circles and printed panels. It was all so new, so unique and eye-catching. Each and every one of her looks was paired up with pastel colored espadrilles. Fresh? More than fresh!

TEMPERLEY LONDON

I’ve never quite understood why the Middleton sisters have been dubbed style icons (the sight of their shoes makes my eyes feel like I just chopped a ton of onions). When I learned that Alice Temperley, Issa and Jenny Packham were among their favorite designers, I immediately tossed them into the “never to be reviewed” basket. Never say never, I just caught a glimpse of Temperley’s Spring 2013 collection and I actually loved it. It was all so clean, so elegant but with an air of romance. The 50’s silhouettes only made everything more feminine and more beautiful. The color palette was as visually appealing as a pricey and tasteful fondant cake (and I mean this, in a good way). She added sheer inserts to full satin skirts (a move that could’ve resulted in vulgarity, but on the runway it was more like poetry). Don’t even get me started on the prints, the lace, the embellishments and the knits. The cherry on top of the cake? The shoes were made by the one and only Charlotte Olympia. A word of advice to Alice, if Kate or the infamous Pippa are to wear one of this beauties, sell them the total look (footwear included). I’m tired of seeing this ladies ruin couture with their ghastly L.K. Bennett heels and their granny wedges.

PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND

The last review from LFW and the prettiest of them all. Listen, I’m a tough crowd (not that I am Cathy Horyn, not that they even care), but I’m not that easy to please (even if I squeak at the sight of Prada shoes). Pringle of Scotland was definitely the most pleasant surprise. Every season, when browsing their collections, I would just go “eh”. This season, I really went “woah”. From the shapes and the flawless tailoring to the soft and gentle colors, it all fell right into place. The highlight of the show, the jumpers paired up with same colored, pleated, volume skirts. It all was paired up with simple courts, metallic or in different shades. It all looked so tasteful, so well put-together but with a retro edge. I think that it’s safe to say this: “Alistair Carr, Pringle of Scotland doesn’t seem to miss you one bit”.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Very ladylike, very cute and very retro, that’s what I was going for with this look. Jacquard is a major trend for Fall and will be for next Spring, so a printed and textured coat was just the thing to wear. The creamy garments allow the accessories to be more colorful without making it look like a giant cotton candy ball.

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

That’s it, London we will see you next February (hopefully, I’ll be there to witness that in the flesh). Moving on to Milano and the Paris. I promise to whip this babies up faster! Have a relaxing Sunday!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, Net-a-porter, Farfetch, Asos, Selfridges, Polyvore

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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SPRING LEATHER: THE SHORTS

We are halfway through with this week, time flies my sweet readers! Today I have for you the second part of our Spring Leather series. I have been obsessed with leather for a while now, everything I design has to always have at least a hint of it. Leather shorts are resourceful and cool, you can wear them in Spring with a sheer top and sandals, on fall with some tights and a jacket and even on Winter with a pair if boots. If you ask me, a caramel shade has to be inside you closet (I can guarantee, you’ll wear them out). Here’s a selection you can find online:

SELECTION

TOP: Vince / Chloe / A.P.C.

MIDDLE: 3.1 Phillip Lim / Kelly Bergin / TOPSHOP

BOTTOM: Emma Cook / Ralph Lauren / TOPSHOP

LOOK OF THE DAY

Mustard, bottle green and navy are a combo that usually works for me. Add a touch of crimson and you are good to go. I love the athletic touch on the shorts, very trendy right now!

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

For all the details, go to FASHIOLISTA

Do you like this classic and casual look with an edge? Let me know, I’m here to listen and read!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
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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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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PFW Coverage: Stella’s groove and dreamy Valentino

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

CHLOÉ S/S 2102

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

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

NINA RICCI S/S 2012

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

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

STELLA McCARTNEY S/S 2012

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

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

VALENTINO S/S 2012

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

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

VIONNET S/S 2012

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

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

LOOK OF THE DAY

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

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

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

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

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

Photos: style.com
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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NWFW Coverage: Prabal Goes Purple and more

Unexpected and full of surprises, that’s how this Fashion Week has been so far. Out are the brights, the fruits and the stripes from last S/S season, in with the sporty, the jackets and sweaters, the leather, the mesh and bold colors. And in the same fashion of the last A/W, where pastels and vivid hues were in full bloom, this S/S is feeling a bit more on the wintery side. We have seen some wonderful creations on the catwalk, so to start Sweet’n’Raw’s Runway Review here are some of the designers that have already showcased their collections in the Big Apple.

PRABAL GURUNG S/S 2012

This man just keeps blowing me away (and not only me, but everyone who has an appreciation for fashion). Prabal Gurung has done it again, this time in purple perfection. Embracing the spring spirit but sticking with this season’s trends, the designer gave us 38 beautiful looks. He took in the sporty trend, giving mesh his own ladylike twist. Pixelated floral prints, perfectly executed cut-out details, laser cut leather in all the right places. Dresses that dropped form the waist, cigarette pants, a selection of evening gowns (hello Karlie Kloss working that black, sexy number) we will be seeing often in the red carpet…

Feathered hemlines, sheer madness and that latex! That hand-painted latex in metallic purple, that seemed to be dripping down the garment. Surreal, that’s the perfect way to describe this collection by one of fashion’s future stars. Yesterday Prabal was an emerging designer, today he is part of the big leagues (and this is only his 6th show)… And  if he keeps going as he is doing right now, we might as well be looking at one of the legends of tomorrow.

DEREK LAM S/S 2012

Talk about California retro! Inspired by Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann house in Palm Springs,Derek Lam gave us that california vibe but also a lot of fabulous knitwear. Hand-knitted sweaters paired with A-line skirts, crisp and perfectly tailored dresses and jumpsuits in warm, sunny hues. Pretty prints in trousers, jackets and dresses. Of course, he had some leather looks, signature of his brand. Overall, a fresh and slick collection, attractive to the eye, yet comfortably chic.

JASON WU S/S 2012

Short shorts and peplums? Tell me more… Pink, sheer and petals? Now you’re talking! Jason Wu’s collection was all things chic and lavish, but with a sporty and laid-back vibe to them. Bright colors, such as pink, lime and blue toned down with black and grey, lovely floral prints! From the first look with the bow-tie to that gorgeous bubblegum volume skirt, Mr. Wu’s woman is a sophisticated one that knows cool, and isn’t afraid to play. This is femenine but with an attitude. J’adore!

FWNY LOOK OF THE DAY

For my second FWNY look I chose (at least in my mind) to wear this lovely white lace dress from TOPSHOP. It’s flippy skirt and waist detail make it both, flattering and flirty, perfect combo! That waist detail I mentioned above, makes it a perfect cinching candidate! I went for a thin, snakeskin belt, also from TOPSHOP. To add some edginess, this leather vest in taupe seems to fall perfectly into place. For the shoes, I have been wanting to use this Jeffrey Campbell benched platforms, you can get them over at Nastygal.com (they have an amazing selection).

For the accessories, we want to add more drama to the outfit. This Chloé crystal-embellished clutch is perfect! There is nothing that I love more than to wear “night” bags in broad daylight. Two bangles, one with spikes in gold and the other one with crystals to match up with the clutch. And for the final touch, an Alexander McQueen silver, skull ring!

Voilá, an outfit in pale hues but with all the fierceness NYFW requires!

For more deets about today’s pieces, go to my FWNY Fashiolista List.

That’s all for today folks! Check back for some more NYFW madness!

Sweet kisses…

Photos: vogue.com, style.com, refinery29.com
Illsutration: Ana Sofia Alanis

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