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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 14

Another week, another article for Everybody is Ugly. As a Fashion News Editor for Chictopia, I am given four themes a month. It’s always exciting to find out what I’m going to be writing about, I love doing my research, my illustrations and preparing my images. The best part of it all? Seeing my article published on their site and recieving all the marvelous feedback from the lovely readers. Most of the time, comments are positive, people share the pieces on Facebook and Twitter. What’s hard to stomach at first is the negativity, not because one can’t take a critique but because people are usually vicious and mean when commenting. I’m all about freedom of speech but I’m also about respecting other people’s work. Anyway, before I embark in a “love and respect” manifesto, here it is, this week’s article:

Neon: 5 NEW Ways To Wear The Bright Color Trend

Raise your hands if you got so excited by neon that you ended up buying a little too many electric hued garments. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. When the fashion world falls in love with a trend, they end up bombarding us with it until the next season arrives. Remember how you used to love Prada’s stripes from Spring 2011? Remember how you didn’t love them as much once they had been photographed a zillion times? That’s kind of what happened with neon. But before you press the panic button and throw all your neon pieces away (only Anna dello Russo could throw clothes away, and she doesn’t—she collects them!) or store it until the summer sun gets to shine again, there’s always a seasonal solution.

Neon was one of the strongest trends last spring, along with florals and pastel shades. From blazers and skirts to statement necklaces and heels, florescent colors dominated the season. Maybe that’s why every time we open our closets, we feel like we’ve been blinded by bright neon lights.

That hot pink satchel won’t have to wait until spring to be worn again, that Acne sweater that’s tired of being worn can easily be adapted to fall and even those platform sandals can have a wintery future. All you need is a little creativity and an open mind! Here are ideas on how to inject neon in that cold weather wardrobe of yours…of course, without looking like you are a season too late!

With Knits
As seen at: Kenzo Spring 2013

Forget about neon color-blocking, forget about neon with black (a little 80’s, if you ask us). This season, neon has taken the “matchy matchy” route. Now, we don’t want you looking like a giant popsicle. It’s all about blending some colorful bottoms with one of this season’s strongest trends: graphic knitwear. The trick? Choosing a jumper with a fun and interesting pattern but on color similar to the trousers. It’s an original and eye-catching idea that will also cheer up your mood on a grey, cold, rainy and gloomy day. It’s bright, it’s comfortable, it’s warm and it’s dressy. It doesn’t get better than that!

The selection:
1. Pink pants, Preen
Rose jumper, Romwe
2. Cropped jumper, Stella McCartney
Blue pants, Mango
3. Structured shorts, Harvey Nichols
Leaf sweater, Preen

You Can Still Wear Neon Jewelry
As seen at: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 street style

It may not be new and yes, it has been done. But also, you can’t deny how good it looks. The statement necklace over a printed blouse is a perfect way to change up an outfit and give the top a different twist: from “casual office day” to “happy hour ready” in seconds. Don’t stash away that neon, chunky necklace from Zara just yet. Don’t throw that chiffon, floral blouse inside your “open until Spring” drawer. Pair them up with a fluffy cashmere jumper and throw your favorite coat over. Want a challenge? Layer the necklace over a print and then, over another print. Fall and Winter don’t have to be all dark and somber!

The selection:
1. Leopard blouse, Malene Birger
Necklace, New Look
2. Baroque blouse, Stella McCartney
Necklace, Sass & Bide
3. Scarf print blouse, Versace
Necklace, Topshop
4. Leaf print blouse, Aminaka Wilmont
Necklace, Sheinside

With Neutrals:
As seen at: Roksanda Ilincic

Neons are strong colors, bound to get some heads turning your way. But when feeling not so flashy, a bunch or neutrals is all we need. When pairing neutral colors together, the result is always chic and somewhat ethereal. But a killer look is not a killer look without a fun twist and a pop of color always does the trick. Pick your flashy garment, we like pink, but yellow also looks surprisingly good with neutrals. For the rest, you can go monochromatic or color-block with shades like tan, peach, blush, cream or white. The more layering you do, the cooler it will look.

The selection:
1. Trench coat, Sheinside
2. Silk shirt, Equipment
3. Pink jumper, J. Crew
4. Ankle boots, Acne
5. Jeans, Rag & Bone

The Flashy Coat
As seen on: Viviana Volpicella PFW Spring 2013

Over the years, Winter coats have suffered all kinds of transformations: prints, ruffles, pastel colors, lace, jacquard and more. After a neon-crazy Spring, designers just couldn’t close the door on the brights. That’s why the gave us the neon coat. What better way to pump up your look than with flashy and colorful outerwear (even more when you know your fabulous look is kept under wraps because of the cold). Whether you go for a wool and boxy coat, the classic, two-button alternative or a hot pink parka, don’t miss out on this colorful Winter.

The selection:
1. Blue coat, Stella McCartney
2. Pink coat, Balenciaga
3. Yellow coat, MSGM

Accents

Accessories are always a constant and that neon clutch has definitely become a staple inside every woman’s wardrobe. The hot pink satchel? A great way to color a casual ensemble. The electric jewelry? We just can’t live without it and can’t stop wearing it. The tip? When you want to add a touch of edge or a pinch of happiness to your looks, think neon (pastel will also do the trick).

The selection:
1. Clutch, Acne
2. High-tops, Asos
3. Bracelet, Dannijo
4. Satchel, Modcloth
5. Earrings, Shourouk
6. Boots, Casadei

Trends are mere options that designers offer to us each season. It’s not about following, it’s about taking what you like and making it your own. It’s about being able to mix past trends with current ones, the old with the new, the colorful with the mute. But above all, it’s about having fun with it. Winter-up your neons!

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 13

Happy Thursday, my sweet readers! It’s almost Friday and as the days get colder, my posts are getting more wintery. As you already know, I have been contributing as a Fashion News Editor for Chictopia’s blog, Everbody is Ugly. They publish about four of my articles (with illustrations) each month and I couldn’t be happier. Being able to collaborate with important fashion sites is definitely a way to get your name out there, to show the world what you can do and to get more readers and blog visitors. My advice? When you have the chance, don’t waste it and just take it!

For my latest piece, I wrote about knitwear essentials. Knitwear is a staple for the cold season and with so many trends to choose from, it’s good to know your sweaters. I prepared a guide of the seven items you should invest on this Winter. Let’s start!

Serious Sweater Weather: All The Sweaters You’ll Ever Need For The Rest Of 2012

Winter is slowly moving in— as temperatures begin to drop, trees stand almost bare and “just a jacket” just won’t do anymore. It’s time to dust off those coats, wrap around those scarves and start playing the chicest winter game of them all: layering. One of the things we gotta love about colder weather is that we get to take out our comfy and fluffy knits out to play. Knitwear always has an important role on the runways, even on the spring ones. With designers trying to innovate in almost everything, sweaters are constantly reinvented and reshaped, and new threads and combinations always emerge.

There was a time when the black v-neck jumper was all you needed. Today, a girl can never have too many sweaters: basics, vests, blanket wraps, varsity cardigans, the cable-knit range, the shaggy number, the oversized one, the sheer and asymmetrical, the printed, the embroidered, the neon, the pastel and this list, with each season, keeps on growing and growing. So make more space in that sweater drawer of yours, because we have a whole lot of trendy and seasonal knitwear that you will be needing and will never regret buying!

The Graphic Jumper
→ As seen at: Preen

We are in the presence of one of the strongest trends from the Fall 2012 runways (along with Oxblood, White, Leather on Leather and Baroque). The Graphic Jumper was seen in almost every show during Fashion Week (we are still hoping to get our hands on Joseph Altuzarra’s horse printed sweaters), and with each designer giving it their own interpretation we can now choose between flowers, geometric shapes, wild animals, cute animals, hearts, stars and more. And while solid knits always come in handy, printed ones are much more fun to wear.

THE LOOK: A graphic sweater is already a statement piece by itself, but that doesn’t mean one has to keep it simple. Playing with prints and textures can result in a fabulous and eye-catching ensemble. A leopard print and flower jumper, a pair of teal leather pants and polka dot pumps may seem a bit too much, but when putting all the pieces together, it definitely works.

1. Eagle print, Topshop
2. Baroque print, River Island
3. Horse print, Altuzarra
4. Floral print, Dolce & Gabbana

The Cardi-coat
→ As seen at: Topshop Unique

On Winter, the coat is the new dress (since the rest of our clothes are stuck underneath it, for no one to see them). That is why investing on a few different options is always a good idea. A classic black coat is a must, the camel robe is just as important and this season, it’s all about military, white and pink. Another alternative and always a more economic one (unless you get the Loro Piana, floor-length, cashmere version), is the cardi-coat: a cardigan shaped as a coat. This particular garment is great for layering, you can even put an actual wool coat on it. It may not be as heavy as a coat, but we can guarantee that it’s just as warm.

THE LOOK: A cardi-coat is a great alternative to your usual black jacket. Pair it with a pair of smart shorts and a solid, sweatshirt for more coverage. If the weather allows it, it’s not too late for some leg-flashing. If it gets a bit chilly, a pair of sheer tights will do. The cute factor? A wool boater, we suggest you buy one in Oxblood. This season, the more Oxblood items, the merrier.

1. Printed cardigan, Antik Batik
2. Taupe wrap, Mason by Michelle Mason
3. Fluffy knit, Antik Batik

The Dressy Sweatshirt
→ As seen at: Kenzo

A couple of seasons ago, the sweatshirt got the fashion treatment. Bye, bye unflattering, GAP hoodie (ok, see you at night, when we change into our pajamas) and hello embellished, printed and shapely Kenzo baby. Sweatshirts are no longer “just got out of the gym” garments. Everyone, from Balmain to Zara, is carrying their own dressy version. Whether you pair them with some skinny jeans and ankle boots, or with a pencil skirt and some slingbacks, sweatshirts are a must-have for Fall. They are fun and easy to wear, but above all, versatile. Our advice: buy a bunch of them, you’ll thank us later.

THE LOOK: Kenzo made us crave the tiger sweatshirt, thank God retail followed! We paired it up with a pair of crossover shorts and an embellished bomber to complement the print. For and edgy bu always chic vibe, ankle booties are all you need.

1. Studded sweatshirt, Topshop
2. Peacock sweatshirt, Proenza Schouler
3. Leather sleeves, French Connection
4. Horse sweatshirt, Topshop

The Fair Isle Sweater
→ As seen at: Ralph Lauren

Who knew that what we once called “The Uncle Sweater” could look this fabulous? It was the sweater you refused to wear, but had to wear around Christmas because it was a gift from Granny. And the sweater you know regret throwing out because you could be wearing it right now. Thanks to Ralph Lauren and his Downton Abbey-inspired runway show, Fair Isle has never looked so good. You can pair it with some jacquard trousers and oxford shoes for a classic look. You can wear it with smart shorts and a jacket or even under a parka. Your choice!

1. Kenzo
2. A Wear
3. Topshop

Cropped Cable-knit
→ As seen at: Rodarte

If you are a sweater lover, you know there’s nothing better than chunky cable-knit. From the long cardigan to the classic, cream jumper, we have all sorts of shapes and lengths inside our closets. For this Winter, there’s nothing better to go with those tight, leather trousers and lace-up booties than a cropped, cable-knit sweater. Rodarte had a retro take on it, Oscar de la Renta a more classic one and Isabel Marant, well Isabel put her usual signature swag on it. Remeber, if Isabel Marant said it, we might as well buy it!

1. Kenzo
2. Isabel Marant
3. Rag & Bone

Ladylike Knits
→ As seen at: Oscar de la Renta

Lace, bows, ribbons, flowers and chiffon, the lady trend has been around for seasons now. And what’s not to love about that? For Fall 2012, designers made the lady a wintery one: from Oscar de la Renta’s opulent princess to Dolce & Gabbana’s Baroque queen. You too can add a touch of ladylike to your ensembles with some pretty, pretty knitwear: embellished collars, rhinestones, metallic textures, lace inserts, embroidered patterns or floral prints.

1. Tory Burch
2. Miu Miu
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim

The Combined Cardigan
→ As seen at: Creatures of the Wind

A sweater with a twist? This season, two-tone jumpers and combined cardigans are everywhere. Whether you go for wool and leather, or wool and lamé (that Rochas number is a dreamboat), you won’t regret buying one of this styles. Another great ingredient for layering. Wear a black, leather one underneath an oversize bomber. Throw in a pair of oxblood skinny jeans, some ankle boots and fingerless gloves for a fun twist.

1. Topshop
2. Rochas
3. Marni

Have these sweaters made it on to your must-have list? We sure hope so!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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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!

LEATHER ON LEATHER
→ 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.

COLORED LEATHER
→ 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.

LEATHER SKIRTS
→ 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 .

MORE FALL LEATHER ESSENTIALS
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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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 9

Y’all know by know that I have the pleasure of contributing with Chictopia as a Fashion News Editor. In other words, every other week I get to grace their site with an article of my own. This is the first piece I have done as an assignment, the ones before were themes chosen by yours truly. Let’s me know what you think!

3 New Ways to Wear Fur This Fall

It’s officially over— no more easy breezy dresses, no more life in bikini bottoms, no more summer until further notice (9 long, long months). As trees begin to get naked, we start to feel that need to cover up. We are in the middle of the summer to fall transition: sheets for blankets, beach towels for shawls, flip flops for slippers, shaving for stockings and so on. Saying goodbye to summer is not all about mourning and longing. In fact, we get to welcome a new season: Fabulous Fall. We get to embrace new trends, adopt new colors and above all, re-stock our closets!

Months ago, the trend zone began to buzz with new shades (hello oxblood, white, and royal blue), new styles (hello utilitarian, baroque, and futuristic), new textures and prints (hello graphics, leather, brocade) and new garment favorites (hello sweatshirts and jumpsuits). But this time we are going to tackle a controversial trend, a constant when it comes to autumn and winter collections: fur.

Fur has been in the hot seat for a while now. There’s been endless quarrel between those who fight against animal cruelty and those who defend their right to wear their hair of choice. Since fashion has given us the choice to wear faux fur that not only looks but feels like the real thing, and since we don’t want to raise PETA hell or we have respect and love for all the living creatures in the world, we are going to celebrate and thank mankind for the gift of faux fur.

This season, as every fall/winter season, the fur menu was vast and diverse: Dries Van Noten, Giorgio Armani and Blumarine colored it, Cavalli, Wu and Pugh made skirts out of it, Pucci and Fendi supersized it, Nina Ricci and Oscar de la Renta accessorized with it. In the end, there’s enough choice for us to take what we like and discard what we don’t. Here are the five faux fur, must-have items for fall:

- The leopard jacket: whether it’s cropped, fitted or oversize, you can find them in almost any store. From DKNY and Isabel Marant to ASOS and River Island, you’ll be glad you bought it.
– The Mongolian gilet: Nothing looks better with that pair of skinny jeans and some booties than one of this babies. River Island and Topshop have great options.
– The furry bag: Shoulder bag? Trunk? Messenger? Leopard? Zara has them all!
– The combined garment: whether it’s leather and sheepskin on a bomber, or rabbit (faux) and knit on a cardigan, this is a major trend for Fall.
– The colorful collar: collars are among the hottest accessories right now, so are stoles. Add a punch or color to give your outfits an original twist.

When it comes to styling fur this Fall, we have prepared three different ensembles. Get ready to go fur it!

LEOPARD BLOOM

If Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have taught us one thing in life, it has to be that flowers and leopard print are a match made in heaven (sexy heaven). A dress over a graphic jumper and an animal print jacket? Boom, you’ve got three hot trends in one outfit.

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

PASTEL FALL

Who said pastels were only for spring? And who said you can’t pull off a powdery combo for fall? We did it and we liked it! You’ll need your mongolian gilet, a pastel pair of skinnies, neutral pumps and another one of the hottest trends of the moments, the dressy sweatshirt.

1. Mongolian gilet, RIVER ISLAND
2. Tiger sweatshirt, ZARA
3. Mint skinny jeans, ZARA
4. Salmon pump, GIANVITO ROSSI
5. Metallic satchel, J. CREW
6. Pink beaded bracelet, NELLY.COM
7. Spike silver bracelet, ASOS
8. Rhinestone bracelet, J. CREW
9. Cat ring, MODCLOTH
10. Rose Astrait nail polish, YSL

ROCK’N’FURRY

Want a laid-back look with a pinch of edgy? A leather and fur bomber, a sweatshirt, a pair of leather shorts (leather on leather is flaming hot right now) and the famous high-tops (Isabel Marant is to blame for this one) is all you need.

1. Combined bomber, ZARA
2. Grey sweatshirt, ZARA
3. Leather shorts, ROMWE
4. High-top sneakers, ZARA
5. Pashli bag, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM
6. Ring trio, TOPSHOP
7. Ace pendant, LAURA LEE
8. Velvet Voyage nail polish, ESSIE

Pastel, wild or edgy? What’s your favorite style? And remember, tights are still optional (but not for long).

It’s finally Friday night and I’m ready to have some fun! What are you up to this weekend?

Sweet kisses…

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The Goodbye Summer / Hello Fall Mash-up: Pajamas and Baroque

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Another day, another mash-up post. August is almost over, Fashion Week is almost here and Fall is really catching up with us quickly. Three reasons why we need to get our closet ready for a month full of events, I like to call it September the Beautiful. This is the fourth post from the series, we still have two more to go and we are done. Today I have a Spring trend that drove crazy all the fashion world, pajamas. I also have the trend that seems to be driving everyone crazy as we speak: baroque (seriously, D&G, you are killing us with some lovely and fashionable showers). Let’s start, shall we?

  • THE TREND: Pajamas
  • Season: Spring 2012
  • As seen in: Stella McCartney, JW Anderson
  • Key wardrobe pieces: the pajama shirt, the printed loose pants, the slippers

Dubbed by everyone as one of the best collections of the season (along with Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto and my candy coated Louis Vuitton), Stella McCartney’s lavish pajama kingdom is definitely one to remember. No wonder all the retailers later followed with their own pajama sets. From Zara’s perfectly tailored, printed pants, to Theory’s silky shirts, wearing pajamas has never been more fun!

The selection: Shirt, TUCKER / Pants, DVF / Top, J. CREW / Slippers, OSCAR DE LA RENTA / Shorts, ADDITION by THAKOON

  • THE TREND: Baroque
  • Season: Fall 2012
  • As seen in: Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain
  • Key pieces: The clutch, the dress, the shorts

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana have been just killing it since Spring 2011 (who could forget the white Broderie Anglaise mania or the fresh produce prints from Spring 2012), now they swept us off our feet with their opulent and beautiful work of art. Baroque is everywhere this season and for a girl like me (my motto in life is “more is more”) I couldn’t be more happy! So embrace the lavish, embrace the gold, embrace the details, embrace Baroque.

The selection: Cardigan, RIVER ISLAND / Tank top, ALEXANDER McQUEEN / Bangle, RIVER ISLAND / Slippers, MIU MIU / Box clutch, ALEXANDER McQUEEN

I know, I now, I am not that much into black, but the leather, silk and baroque mix is my match made in heaven. I put together a flirty and romantic (with a touch of dark) look. Te lining on the pajama shirt fit in perfectly with the printed cardigan and the ruffle skirt. The bag was just the cherry on the cake!

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

That’s it for today! Tomorrow’s Friday! Who’s excited?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: STYLE.COM, Net-a-porter, Zara, Essie, Chanel, J. Crew
 

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Coming soon, really soon…

Twice a year, I give myself what seems to be the impossible task: give you, my lovely readers, the best coverage a one-man team can handle. Yes, I am no style.com and I won’t have the runway shots, detail photos and reviews an hour after the catwalk but I do make pretty decent photo selections, I give killer (at least I like to think about it that way) reviews or funny ones and I put together Fashion Week worthy looks for each post. No, you won’t see me posing in my Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and holding my Givenchy Antigona clutch, with Lincoln Center as background but you’ll definitely find some substance, some fashion substance (hey, at least I won’t be posting random runway shots with “Loved it” as the caption). So if you want to read my humble opinion on the upcoming Spring 2013 shows, if you want a concise and short summary of the London, NY, Paris and Milan catwalks with a funny twist, then Sweet n’Raw will be waiting for you over the next month, with arms wide open and with big-ass posts packed with new fashion and trends. Meanwhile, here’s the recap of Sweet n’Raw’s Fall 2012 coverage.

Sweet n ‘Raw’s Fall 2012 Coverage by the Numbers

NYFW RESULTS

  • 6 POSTS
  • 27 REVIEWS
  • 46 COLLAGES
  • 230 IMAGES
  • 5 LOOKS OF THE DAY

LFW RESULTS

  • 3 POSTS
  • 15 REVIEWS
  • 19 COLLAGES
  • 95 IMAGES
  • 3 LOOKS OF THE DAY

MFW RESULTS

  • 4 POSTS
  • 19 REVIEWS
  • 29 COLLAGES
  • 145 IMAGES
  • 4 LOOKS OF THE DAY

PFW RESULTS

  • 5 POSTS
  • 21 REVIEWS
  • 21 COLLAGES
  • 105 IMAGES
  • 4 LOOKS OF THE DAY

Looks of the day: 16

Accessories used: 101

THE GRAND TOTAL:

  • 18 POSTS
  • 82 REVIEWS
  • 115 COLLAGES
  • 575 IMAGES
  • 16 LOOKS
  • 101 ACCESSORIES

Pretty damn good for a team of one right? Well, expect me to break my record for this upcoming Fashion Week!

FASHION WEEK COUNTDOWN: -06

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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The Goodbye Summer/Hello Fall Mash-up: Flowers and lace

Afternoon, my sweet readers! August is almost over and so is my Summer, with the bf back in Italy and only two weeks left with my family, I’m starting to feel the nostalgia. God, time sure flies when you are having a good time. Anyway, back to what concerns us, fashion. As you probably know, we are in the middle of our season transition series, the Goodbye Summer / Hello Fall mash-up. Going from a season to another is much more fun (at least for me) than the start of a new one. Why? Because you get to play with the trends from both Spring and Fall, it’s the best of both worlds! Today I combined two trends that ooze romance and beauty, Spring’s vivid florals and Fall’s lovely lace. To me, the result of mixing them both is just a match made in heaven. And yes, to make things even more beautiful, I threw in a peplum (it was around for Spring and it’s even stronger for Fall). So without further ado, let’s start dissecting so we can later proceed to mash them both up.

  • THE TREND: Vivid Florals
  • Season: Spring 2012
  • As seen in: Preen, Erdem, Docle & Gabbana, Mary Katrantzou, Balmain (pictured)
  • Key wardrobe pieces: Nothing like a blooming dress and a chiffon blouse

Flowers are a constant in fashion but on Spring it was all about the real deal. No, not about making a bra out of real peonies but about the prints, prints so vivid and beautiful that they almost looked alive. And since we are not ready to give up this pretty trend, brace yourself for the Fall florals, the baroque ones (thank you Domenico and Stefano).

The selection: Sneakers, WET SEAL / Blouse, ROMWE / Dress, TED BAKER / Pants, TED BAKER / Boots, JEFFREY CAMPBELL / Bralet, TOPSHOP / Bag, DOLCE & GABBANA

  • THE TREND: Lovely lace
  • The season: Fall 2012
  • As seen in: Colette Dinnigan, Erdem (pictured), Lanvin
  • Key wardrobe pieces: the shorts, the jumper, the pencil skirt and the blouse

Lace is definitely one of my all-time favorite trends, I’m always happy to see it on the runway. I’m even more happy when I see retailers carrying a great variety of garments made with this ladylike and sexy fabric. This coming season won’t be the exception. One of the major trends we got to see on fashion week was the lace blouse with a different collar and the pencil skirt. J’adore!

The selection: Dress, TOPSHOP / Bodysuit, NORMA KAMALI / Blouse, FAITH CONNEXION / Shorts, ROMWE / Clutch, ASOS / Skirt, HAUTE HIPPIE / Shoes, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA / Jumper, ISABEL MARANT

For me, playing around with textures and prints feels like I’m a kid and I just got a new toy. The key: never be afraid to try. You won’t know if you’ll like it until you wear it so start experimenting. I paired up a pair of vivid floral jeans with a blazer. To give it a twist, the hard lace top with the peplum and the pumps to add up some spice. What do you think? Oh, and about that Rebecca Minkoff carved satchel… It’s the ultimate dreamboat!

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That’s a wrap for today! And remember, Fashion Week is just around the corner!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: STYLE.COM, ASOS, Nasty Gal, River Island, Rebecca Minkoff, Essie
 

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The Goodbye Summer/Hello Fall Mash-up: Scarf print and white

Good morning, my sweet readers! I’m up early, with my cup of coffee while it rains outside (God, it’s the best feeling in the world). Today I’m heading back to the city, leaving my gorgeous piece of seaside paradise and I have for you the second entry from our Summer/Fall mash-up. Scarf print was definitely my weakness this season, ask the Versace-esque Zara selection inside my closet and the whole article I wrote on this trend. Nowadays, mixing and matching prints is a must but since foulard-inspired garments are so beautiful to look at, I paired it up with a minimal Fall trend: white. Let’s see how this two trends clash together:

  • THE TREND: Scarf print
  • As seen in: Thakoon, D&G, Versace, Derek Lam
  • Key wardrobe pieces: Button-down shirt, smart shorts

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, both masters when it comes to all things sexy and dramatic, came up with this homage to the foulard for their final D&G collection for Spring 2012. The result: one of the freshest and most beautiful collections of the season. Who knew scarves could be used in so many ways? Anyway, after the Italian duo, retailers followed. From River Island’s sexy cropped tops to H&M’s flashy colors and prints, this trend was everywhere and thank God for it!

The selection: Pants, RIVER ISLAND / Dress, ROMWE / Top, DOLCE GABBANA / Shirt, DOROTHY PERKINS / Foulard, ROMWE / Skirt, D&G / Shorts, H&M

  • THE TREND: White
  • As seen in: Proenza Schouler, J. Mendel, Alexander Wang, Maison Martin Margiela
  • Key wardrobe pieces: tailored pants, cable-knit jumper, blazer

For Fall, white is the new black (at least that’s how I, the black hater, likes to think about it). Seasons ago, no one would’ve thought white would become such a strong color for the dark season, but since fashion is all about the unexpected, the white, Fall eagle has landed. Whether is a white total look (good luck staying clean) or just a garment, you must rock this color in the coming season. Why not start now?

The selection: Pants, STELLA McCARTNEY / High-tops, ASH / Tuxedo blazer, MANGO / Pumps, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA / Shorts, ACNE / Jumper, MANGO / Ring, MANGO / Collar, KARL / Blouse TOPSHOP

SCARF PRINT + WHITE LOOK

Using all white for the rest of the look does enhance and focuses the attention on the print.  The mustard and red accessories give the whole ensemble that navy, old school Moschino touch. For arm candy, a gold overload completes the outfit to perfection.

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Have a great day!

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llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: STYLE.COM, River Island, Topshop, Zara, Asos, Chanel
 

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The Goodbye Summer/Hello Fall Mash-up: Pastels and Oxblood

Rise & shine, my sweet readers! Summer is almost over and we have to start focusing all of our attentions on Fall (stocking for it, that is). Fashion Week is a month away and the coming season as well, that’s why our wardrobes must be armed and ready. As I told you on my last post (click HERE to read it), I wanted to mix up the best trends from this season with the new ones to bid farewell to Summer and welcome Fall. I wanted to start with a personal favorite from S/S 2012, pastels and probably the strongest color trend from A/W 2012, oxblood. Mixing them both is unexpected and fabulous: drama vs. sugar! So without further ado, let’s start!

  • THE TREND: Pastel colors
  • Season: Spring 2012
  • As seen in: Meadham Kirchhoff (pictured), Louis Vuitton, Jonathan Saunders, Versace, Versus
  • Key wardrobe pieces: mint skinny jeans and a powder pink silk button-down

Pastel was the king of all trends this season, not only did almost every designer used it on the catwalk, but retailers candy-coated their shops from head to toe. It’s fun, it’s pretty and guess what? Not always sugary, depends of the treatment you give it and on the pairings you make. We won’t have to bid farewell to this trend (I am positive that we’ll be seeing a lot of it next season), but we have to make way for the Fall King of trends and sadly powdery shades are not it.

The selection: Necklace, ZARA / Blouse, H&M / Jeans, RAG & BONE / Dress, RIVER ISLAND / Wedges, BOOHOO / Flats, ASOS / Clutch, DVF / Cropped shirt, TOPSHOP

Welcoming new trends and discovering them is my favorite part of a new season and happy I was to discover this bloody and sexy color as the strongest trend when it comes to shades. Oxblood was among the most used colors on the February catwalks, from the Isabel Marant’s chic western and Diane Von Furstenberg’s sexy woman (pictured) to Alexander Wang’s shiny coats. If you ask me, this is the new black (and I am a black hater, but this, this I’m ready to embrace).

  • THE TREND: Oxblood
  • Season: Fall 2012
  • As seen in: DVF, Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Acne, Peter Som
  • Key pieces: A peplum top, skinny jeans, slippers, a jumper

The selection: Dress, RIVER ISLAND / Peplum top, TOPSHOP / Jumper, THE ROW / Sunnies, STELLA McCARTNEY / Oxfords, VALENTINO / Skirt, T by ALEXANDER WANG / Skinny jeans, MARC by MARC JACOBS

OXBLOOD + PASTELS LOOK

A look that can work perfectly for work, for everyday life or even happy hour. The clash of the feminine sweater with the wild, wax pants make the whole thing more interesting. The shoes, you might hate them at first, but never underestimate the power of the off-white pump until you try it!

  • Powder pink sweater, CARVEN
  • Double collar shirt, ASOS
  • Wax oxblood pants, ZARA
  • Off-white pumps, ASOS

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY

  • Stylenomics nail polish, ESSIE

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That’s it for the day! Wishing you a perfect week,

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: STYLE.COM, River Island, Topshop, Zara, Asos, Barney’s, Essie
 

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The Goodbye Summer / Hello Fall Mash-up

Cover: Prada Spring 2012 bodysuit, Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 hat

Hello, hello my sweet readers! It’s finally Friday and I’m happily stranded on my little piece of paradise, commonly known as Acapulco. Days at the beach are always good for the spirit, the body and the mind (especially when you need to get that creativity flowing). Anyway, back to what concerns us today, fashion. Since we are done with our Summer Getaways series and this season is coming to an end, I decided to bid farewell to S/S 2012 and welcome A/W 2012 at the same time, mixing them up and pairing them up. Oh yes, this series shall be baptized as the Goodbye Summer / Hello Spring mash-up. You might be wondering how I’m gonna handle and juggle them both, well let me explain. I picked six of my favorite trends from Spring 2012 (the ones that almost left me and you almost bankrupt, damn you Zara!) and six of my favorite ones from the coming season, Fall 2012. Now that I have my teams formed, I’m going to make the pairings. For each Spring trend, a Fall one. One look, two trends (one S/S and one F/W). Hey, anything to make this transition easier. Let’s start with my Summer picks:

Last Spring (2011 that is) I said: “This is my favorite season ever, and I won’t like another one as much as I liked this one”. I was wrong. On September 2011, I fell in love (I think the runway candy coating had a lot to do with it) and yes, this was my favorite season ever and we’ll see if on September I’ll bite my tongue again (I most likely will). From the pastels, to the underwater world, to the pajama land, each and every one of the trends were to die for. Here are my favorite six:

PASTEL COLORS: Almost every runway show of the season did it: Louis Vuitton, Prada (pictured), Jonathan Saunders, Meadham Kirchhoff

SCARF PRINT: D&G (pictured) said goodbye to the world with this spectacular, foulard-inspired show

NEON: From dresses, to jeans, to shoes and box clutches, neon was everywhere this season. Peter Som (pictured) and Nanette Lepore were among the designers who showcased the trend.

THE PEPLUM: Need I say more? Jason Wu’s (pictured) pink number was among the most coveted looks of the season.

TANGERINE: It was officially named the color of the season. This sassy look was spotted on the Nanette Lepore catwalk (pictured).

PAJAMAS: Stella McCartney’s prints and shapes made her one of the top collections of the season (along with Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto and Proenza Schouler). Is that reason enough to start wearing pajamas? I’d say so.

I had always been a sucker for Spring and a Fall hater, up until the moment designers started using vivid colors and prints for the “darker” season. Seeing those lively prints, shiny textures and lightweight fabrics on the Fall runways, make me wish for it as much as I yearly wish for Spring. Here are my six favorite trends from Fall 2012:

BAROQUE: If more is more, then I’m absolutely in. Opulence ruled the catwalks for the coming season and no one does that better than my favorite Italian duo, Dolce Gabbana (pictured).

OXBLOOD: Remember how Tangerine Tango was the color of the season. Well Oxblood is the new Tangerine Tango. This seductive shade was everywhere, from DVF and Alexander Wang, to Rodarte (pictured) and Haider Ackermann.

FLORAL PRINT: Yep, let’s face it, whether is Spring or Fall, whether it rains or snows, flowers will always be on the trendy side. Erdem (pictured) is quickly becoming the floral master.

GOLDEN GIRL: More is more and the shinier the better. That’s my motto in life. This season brace yourself for those metallic jeans and those heavy and shiny dresses. One of Prabal Gurung’s (pictured) final numbers is proof of that.

LINGERIE: A trend that just keeps coming back and that gets constantly reinvented. A constant in Nina Ricci’s (pictured) Peter Copping’s collections.

WHITE AS SNOW: Absence of black! Absence of black! Another motto of mine. Imagine how thrilled I am to know that I’m gonna be going for white coats instead of dark ones this season. J. Mendel (pictured) shows us how to look fabulously chic and effortlessly perfect with this white and wintery look.

Now that you’ve seen my picks, you can help me do the pairings. Which Spring and Fall trends would you like to see together?

Friday, I wanna be drunk!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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