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Sweet n’raw’s Xmas Gift Guide: MISS KITTY

MISSKITTY96The countdown has officially begun, only two weeks until Christmas! I better get moving because I am a little behind with the Gift Guide. Today I have for you the second part, a gift guide devoted to all of those cat lovers out there. Maybe real-life cats, maybe printed ones (I am one of those), but there’s a little something for everyone here. Are you ready for it?

KITTY SPSPLURGE

  1. Embellished top, P.a.r.o.s.h.
  2. Kitty beret, Eugenia Kim
  3. Catwalk jumper, Moschino
  4. Family pillow, K Studio
  5. Animal print clutch, Serpui Marie
  6. Long-sleeve dress, Jenni Kayne
  7. Spotty sunnies, Stella McCartney
  8. Noir de Noir Parfum, Tom Ford
  9. Wallet, Dolce & Gabbana
  10. Kitty flats, Charlotte Olympia
  11. Kitten plush, Nikoki
  12. Lips and nails set, Tom Ford
  13. PVC pumps, Gianvito Rossi

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STEAL:

  1. Mean kitty tee, Wildfox
  2. Fuzzy hat, Oysho
  3. Fuzzy jumper, Topshop
  4. Leopard booties, Zara
  5. Sleeveless dress, Alice + Olivia (The Outnet)
  6. Pour Femme Intense, Dolce & Gabbana
  7. Sleep mask, Zara Home
  8. Cat slippers, Urban Outfitters
  9. The Catwalk Cats by G. Coddington, Amazon
  10. Leopard to-go cup, G.B. Gibson Lolita
  11. Cocoa lipstick, Laura Mercier
  12. Cat-eye sunnies, ASOS
  13. Nail polish set, Essie
  14. Calf hair pouch, J.Crew

And we are done! I still have a lot to show you so keep checking back!

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Images: Zara, Net-a-porter, Topshop, Polyvore, Sephora, Selfridges, Essie

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SHALLOW SOPH: The Cat Lady

catlady96CAT LADY, a scary term for most women but not for Sophie.

Who said a cat lady had to be a single old woman living with numerous furry friends?

Who said a cat lady has to love the real, hairy fellas and not a kitty printed cushion (or a Miss Sicily animalier bag, or a pastel pink leopard tea dress, or a big cat coffee mug, or Grace Coddington’s Catwalk Cats, or a pair of pointy, calf hair, animal print pumps, or Eugenia Kim’s pink kitten ears hat or that Spring’14 Miu Miu coat Sophie has been eying with passion).

Her name is Sophie and she is a cat lady (printed cats only, she is more of a dog person).

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis (except wall decor, catwalk cats by Grace Coddington)

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SHALLOW SOPH: Wild Spirit?

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And so Shallow Soph takes over, again:

Me? A wild spirit?

Why, of course!

Can’t you see I’m wearing Dolce & Gabbana Animalier?

Don’t you know that when it comes to prints and pumps, I own the entire jungle?

I also love wild orchids and they seem to love me back!

I love to let my hair down sometimes (after a blowout, of course) and I’ve slept with my make up on.

Wild enough?

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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Milan’s Finest Spring 2014

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The Fashion Month is officially over and we got to see lots of new styles and dazzling collections from NYC, London, Milan and Paris. My last post was all about the trends we got to see in the Italian fashion capital and now it’s time for me to reveal my top 5 shows. As I have told you before, Milan has the shortest line-up and the one where almost every name is well-known and has been around for ages, Italian powerhouses such as Versace, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and the star of them all, Miuccia Prada. For Spring 2014, they presented us with a real variety show: from Alberta Ferretti’s folk florals and Prada’s artistic sporstwear to Cavalli’s shiny glamour. Ready to begin?

A.Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti is well-known for her sultry and ethereal gowns, her siren vibe and peaceful colors. For Spring 2014, she really changed things up. The peaceful shades turned into bright, bold and happy hues. Her delicate embellishments turned beautiful floral embroidery. Her inspiration was obvious: the ribbons, the flowers, the tiers, the lightweight fabric, the cheery mood and the youthfulness can only mean one thing: the seaside, the south of Italy. The result was beautiful and wearable, a Summer dream. With this collection, I’m sure Mrs. Ferretti has attracted a new client group, a younger one.

robertocavalli

Roberto Cavalli is well-known for his wild aesthetics. In every collection there is animal print present and some kind of unique boho glam. For the Spring 2014 collection, Mr. Cavalli presented a colelction in which craftsmanship and detail were spot-on. His color palette was almost mute (neutrals, pale pinks and greens) but played beautifully with the textures and prints. There were many jacket-shirt-pants combos, with similar shape but each with its own twist. There were kaftans, there were also clingy and second-skin dresses. There was something for everyone.

marni

Marni is always on my list and this Season was no exception. Consuelo Castiglioni always manages to make everything so effortless and even though I’m not really a fan of the term, chic definitely applies here. She presented a collection where sportswear separates had the most important role. The stunning show opener was a pair of perfectly tailored, wide-legged trousers paired up with a solid top, simple, elegant and wearable. Then Marni’s signature prints appeared, followed by what was the most pleasant surprise of them all, textured flowers all over the place.

prada

When it comes to Prada, it’s not about how wearable it is or how aesthetically pretty it is. When it comet to Prada, it’s all about the story behind Miuccia’s complex collections and ideas. Each season, it’s like getting a glimpse whatever was going on in the designer’s head at the time when the show was conceived. For Spring 2014, art met sportswear in such a unique way. Street art inspired prints could be found in the clothing and paired-up with tube socks (I’m certain that I will be wearing them next season) and ladylike bags (Miuccia Prada is a woman of contrasts). Strong women, strong colors, strong clothes, it was a powerful, powerful show.

d&g

Decadent, lavish, rich, Dolce & Gabbana’s eternal and faultless formula. The Italian duo have been having a winning streak. for some seasons now. Remember that all-white collection with the Broderie Anglaise from three years ago? That’s when it all started. They love to focus in their Italian roots, in the southern sirens, in what’s sensual, subtle, sultry. Air thin dresses with 3D flowers grazed the runway, along with print of ancient ruins (who new ruins could look good in a shift dress). The most used element of the show were those coins, coin belts, coin earrings, coin patterns, coin embellishments. The collection was dreamy, if this is what “more is more” means, get me some D&G, ASAP!

That’s a wrap for Milan! Paris trends and shows up next! Don’t miss it!

 

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MFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

mfw trendsFashion Month is officially over. Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Miu Miu closed the season with three fabulous and emotional (Marc Jacobs presented his last collection for LV yesterday), but we still have to go over what happened in my beloved Milano (God, I miss it so much). MFW’s line-up is noticeably shorter than the rest of the fashion capitals. The names you see on the schedule are historic fashion houses, there’s a little room for newcomers and rookies. Nevertheless, we still enjoy the allure, the glamour and lavishness we get from those picky Italians (I really, really miss my picky Italians). Ready for some “Made in Italy” trends? Keep on reading!

air

Sheer is not enough, it’s all about lightweight fabrics, movement and that ethereal vibe that’s really, really suitable for the warm seasons.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Francesco Scognamiglio
  4. Antonio Marras

sport

Remember when Alexander Wang did the sporty chic thing? Well, Italians just took athletic wear to a new level: a luxurious and lavish one.

  1. Antonio Marras
  2. Gucci
  3. Prada
  4. Max Mara

inbloom

Forget about the floral print! Next season, you are going to want to be wearing 3D florals. You can touch them and you can almost smell them!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Blumarine
  4. MSGM

cropped

You already know cropped tops will continue to be in trend for Spring 2014. What’s the Italian twist? Different shapes, sheer panels, texture, embroidery and more!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Emilio Pucci
  3. Jil Sander
  4. Marni

purple

Pastels from NYC, pink from London and bold purple for Milan. Those are the strongest color trends of the season.

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Blumarine
  3. Giorgio Armani
  4. Dsquared

stripes

Remember that Prada collection with the bananas and the bright stripes? Well, that’s the kind of stripes Milan has in store for the coming season.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Missoni
  3. Aquilano.Rimondi
  4. Luisa Beccaria

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Whoever said Italians were behind when it comes to prints was absolutely wrong. For Spring 2014, the designers are taking us to the museum.

  • Aquilano.Rimondi
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Missoni
  • Prada

pale

Pale is in and it’s here to stay! Monochromatic outfits in powdery shades will be a must-have next spring.

  1. Costume National
  2. Francesco Scognamiglio
  3. Gianfranco Ferre
  4. Jil Sander

rock

Italians just got tough! But not your ordinary kind of tough, the glam version of course.

  1. Blumarine
  2. Moschino
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Emilio Pucci

bejeweled

Jewelry makes everything prettier and for Spring 2014, everything will look shiny and pretty!

  1. Francesco Scognamiglio
  2. Blumarine
  3. Bottega Veneta
  4. Fausto Pugilisi

tropicana

Palm trees and Hawaiian florals? Yes, please!

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Etro
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Just Cavalli

b&w

The B&W combo is a classic and for Spring 2014, it will be everywhere!

  1. Moschino
  2. Antonio Marras
  3. Marni
  4. Jil Sander

shorty

So you thought mini skirts were too short? Italians are taking leg flashing to a whole new level and I couldn’t be happier!

  1. Moschino
  2. Just Cavalli
  3. Dsquared
  4. Dolce & Gabbana

shine

Whether you favor gold, silver or bronze, this Spring is all about that metallic shine. I’m a gold kind of gal.

  1. Dolce & Gabbana
  2. Roberto Cavalli
  3. Salvatore Ferragamo
  4. Versace

Liking the trends from Milan? Tomorrow I will have for you my top 5 shows!

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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BIKINI SEASON 2013: The Garden Goddess

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It’s July already, my sweet readers! Time sure flies by, so quickly I didn’t even see it coming. Today I have the 6th part of our Bikini Season 2013 special. And hoping you already have booked your little (or big) Summer getaway, I have a style that is a favorite of mine and will always be. Flowers are a basic when it comes to swimwear, but lately, the prints and patters have become so elaborate, so beautiful and so different from what we are used to seeing. Zimmermann, my favorite swimwear brand in the entire world, has a selection with a retro feel to it, the kind of flowers you could find on a vintage botanical print. We can also find florals so lively that you can almost smell them, those are perfect for the whole garden, picnic, day outside kind of look. I have put together our usual chart, this time it’s all about the garden trend. Are you ready for it?

GARDEN MIX

Gingham: Nothing says picnic like gingham And while someone may make the stupid “did you borrow from an Olive Garden table?” joke, a gingham top, sundress or bikini are as cute as cute can get.

  • Lauren Dolige
  • NewLook
  • Topshop
  • Zimmermann

Vintage rose: I’m a sucker for floral prints, the kind of prints that are as real as a flower can get. Dolce & Gabbana has been doing them for so long, and when it comes to swimwear, Zimmermann is definitely the way to go.

  • Zimmermann
  • Ted Baker
  • Zimmermann
  • Zimmermann

Micro florals: The smaller the print, the cuter it looks. Think Band of Outsiders, think a less tacky version of Sookie Stackhouse tanning in the backyard.

  • New Look
  • Zimmermann
  • J.Crew
  • J.Crew

Fresh Greens: We are talking about the garden style, right? That’s why solid green bikinis are a must, you can mix and match them with a vintage floral print top or a wear the whole green thing with a flowery kaftan or silk robe.

  • J.Crew
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • H&M
  • J.Crew

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Last but not least, the garment and accessory selection to complete The Garden Goddess style:

  1. Cropped top, Topshop
  2. Green sandals, ASOS
  3. Short-sleeve top, Dolce & Gabbana
  4. Floral bikini, Zimmermann
  5. Woven wedges, Dolce & Gabbana
  6. Vert, vert scent, Balmain
  7. Embroidered dress, Pull & Bear
  8. Texture shorts, Roxy
  9. Floral sunnies, ASOS
  10. Bucket bag, Ermanno Scervino
  11. Naughty Nautical nail polish, Essie
  12. Bikini top, H&M
  13. Bikini bottom, Ted Baker

Are you ready to pack your bags and leave this city? Are you ready for some sand and sun? I can’t wait to get out of here, I’ve got a tan to care of!

Sweet kisses…

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

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Milan’s Finest

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Milan’s runway line-up is noticeably smaller than the one in Paris, London or New York. The names are usually well-known, only a few new designers get to show their stuff (that’s something that should change) and choosing the best from all the rest is relatively easy. One thing about the city that I have loved and lived for four years is that it needs to open up to what’s new: new talents, new technologies, new shapes, new horizons. If Milan wants to stay current and interesting, they need to step up their game. Anyway, back to what concerns us today. I’ve chosen the five shows I liked the most. Let’s see if you agree with me.

D&G

This eccentric duo may not explore that much when it comes to shapes and silhouettes, what they are really good at is their beautiful craftsmanship. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been paying homage to the Sicilian woman for as long as one can remember. For their Fall 2013 collection, it was all so lavish, rich and extravagant as it usually is. The inspiration was clear, royal and religious. They Italians recreated the mosaics found in the Byzantine cathedral of Monreale. Their decadent prints appeared on a series of shift dresses, mid-length skirts and tailored coats. They paired them up with lace garments, lace is one of their specialties. As for accessories, regal crowns, heavy and shiny chandelier earrings, and golden shoes, the kind of golden that’s definitely fit for a Queen.

MARNI

Marni remains as one of Milan’s favorites (along with Bottega Veneta and Prada). Renzo Rosso recently acquired stakes from the Italian brand. For the Fall 2013 show, the setting was dark and simple, bare trees and a runway. It was different from what we are used to seeing from Consuelo Castiglioni, it was moodier, it was more somber, more minimal but equally fabulous. In Milan, fur has become the ultimate staple and Marni went with that flow (even if I personally support the use of faux). From the colorful stoles at the beginning to the full, furry coat at the nearly end, it was definitely the strongest trend on the runway. But not the only one: wool and tweed were all over the clothes, masculine and oversize silhouettes as well. Pleats and sheer inserts played a major role, one that made the collection a little softer, a little more feminine, a little more pretty.

B. VENETA

It’s no a surprise that Bottega made it on to this list, Thomas Maier always knows what he is doing and that he is doing it right. For Fall 2013, it was retro, it was ladylike, seriously it doesn’t get more ladylike than that. Each and everyone of the creations oozed elegance, oozed confidence, oozed sexiness without having to do some skin-flashing. The color palette was dark: navy and black mixed up with a rich red and a pretty darn pretty mustard. The length was the same in every look: midi. The dress coat was the highlight of the show, so were the a-line skirts and the skirt suits. The beauty really made and statement that complemented Maier’s garments: big, wavy hairstyles, strong lips and even stronger brows.

PRADA

Prada is always number one, the show-stealer, the had-turner. This year, Miuccia came in second. Not because her collection wasn’t good enough, but because someone else did better. It was darker than usual (no pink hot wheels, no red Asian comic flowers, no pretty bananas), but still pretty and still Prada-like. Following one of the season’s strongest trends, the off-shoulder, Signora Prada sent a bunch of tailored dresses and belted coats down the runway. Her prints and textures ranged from bold and wide vertical stripes, powder pretty, checkered tweeds and knitwear. The belt played a major role on the catwalk and as always, the footwear was a complete hit.

FERRAGAMO

Massimilano Giornetti has done wonders with Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian family should be proud and happy with the results. For this collection, the color palette was essential: black and navy with some hits of cream.
The tailoring, the construction, or better yet, deconstruction were spot on. The styling and layering were ven more beautiful, so was each garment separately: double-breasted pieces, cropped coats, turtlenecks, little dresses and more. The vibe and the atmosphere was sexy enough, so was the footwear. I’d love for my feet to freeze in those harness sandals next Winter!

That’s a wrap ladies and gentleman! We are done with Milan now moving on to Paris (I promise to finish the coverage before March ends).

Sweet kisses…

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Spring 2013 Trends: EMERALD CITY

emerald coverGood morning, my sweet readers! Another day, another post! We are picking up right where we left off, in the middle of our Spring 2013 guide. So far, we’ve had textures and prints galore, it’s only fair that we move on to the IT colors of the season. Last year, Pantone dubbed Tangerine the shade of the year. For this 2013, it’s all about Emerald (there’s even a Wizard of Oz movie coming out soon). Emerald is a color that can flatter almost any skin complexion. It’s a strong hue, with lots of personality and it’s sexy too, just ask a couple of fellas.

The Spring 2013 shows were packed with many shades of green (from mint and sea foam, to teal and grass, it’s gonna bee a green, green season), but it’s Emerald the one that takes the center stage. So like my favorite Batman villain, the one and only, Poison Ivy, let’s embrace it and start shopping!

WHO DID IT:

  • Acne / Burberry Prorsum / Ralph Lauren
  • Jonathan Saunders / Dolce & Gabbana / Vera Wang

MUST-HAVE PIECES: The emerald dress is a staple in a girl’s closet. An emerald maxi skirt, you’ll thank me later for this one. A pair of emerald tapered trousers, ideal for color-blocking duties. Sandals, give your sexy feet a punch of color with a pair of Emerald heels.

emerald splurge

  1. Top, Halston Heritage
  2. Shorts, Valentino
  3. Jumper, Girl by Band of Outsiders
  4. Oxfords, Eley Kishimoto
  5. Sunglasses, Linda Farrow
  6. Jacket, Dsquared
  7. Dress, Valentino
  8. Pants, J. Crew
  9. Tote, Jil Sander
  10. Sandals, Pierre Hardy

EMERALD STEAL

  1. Shirt, Romwe
  2. Skirt, Monki
  3. Jumper, H&M
  4. Slippers, Zara
  5. Sunnies, Ray-ban
  6. Dress, P.A.R.O.S.H.
  7. Trousers, John Lewis
  8. Bikini, Heidi Klein
  9. Satchel, The Cambridge Satchel Co.
  10. Sandals, Steven by Steve Madden

That’s it for the day! I’ll be back tomorrow with more trends and more fashion!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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Spring 2013 Trends: THE WALLFLOWER

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Finally Friday, my sweet readers! This is the third part of our Spring 2013 Trend Report and so far, you seem to be liking this posts a lot (nothing makes me happier, really). Today I have a trend that’s always a regular on the Spring runways, it’s also a personal favorite: FLORAL PRINTS. My love for floral prints started a long time ago and like pastel colors, it will never grow old for me. Season after season, flowers always get reinvented by designers all over the world. We’ve seen the microfloral style, the textured one, the digital print version, the embroidered, the embellished (with flowers, possibilities are endless). For 2013, flowers look so lively one might even think they are real. But wait (not everything is digital print), there is another take on them and one that I personally prefer: the wallpaper prints.

Remember those Laura Ashley dresses? Well, that kind of print is kinda back! Botanical prints, retro floral paper, vintage flower compositions? You are going to find them everywhere! From Erdem’s meticulous patterns (pure poetry) and Thakoon’s flowery birdcages to Dries Van Noten’s ethereal grunge, flowers are all around and thank God for that! Hey, Spring is all about blooming.

WHO DID IT?

  • Dries Van Noten / Peter Som / Thakoon
  • Erdem / Antonio Marras / Giambattista Valli

THE MUST-HAVE PIECES: A flowery sundress, I bet you have a bunch of those already! The silk, printed top, loose enough to look effortlessly chic when tucked inside a pair of trousers of shorts. A floral pencil skirt, workwear gone cute? Yes, please! Last but not least, the garden bikini (just beacuse they are lovely)!

WALLFLOWER SPLURGE

  1. Blazer, Rag & Bone
  2. Shorts, Stella McCartney
  3. Cardigan, RED Valentino
  4. Swimsuit, Gucci
  5. Slippers, Oscar de la Renta
  6. Dress, Dolce & Gabbana
  7. Sunglasses, Irregular Choice
  8. Skirt, Stella McCartney
  9. T-shirt, Moschino
  10. Bag, Dolce & Gabbana
  11. Pumps, Charlotte Olympia

steal wallflower

  1. Shirt, Romwe
  2. Bikini, Zimmermann
  3. Top, Mango
  4. Scarf, Modcloth
  5. Flats, Corso Como
  6. Playsuit, Topshop
  7. Sunnies, Asos
  8. Sweatshirt, Romwe
  9. Necklace, Romwe
  10. Platforms, Jeffrey Campbell
  11. Pants, Topshop

That’s a wrap for today? Loving the garden flowers for Spring? Drop me a line or two, I’d love to hear what you think and what trends you’d like to see next.

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

Sweet kisses…

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

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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

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.

BALENCIAGA

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.

DRIES VAN NOTEN

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!

BALMAIN

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).

CARVEN

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!

LOOK OF THE DAY

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

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