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SPRING LEATHER: THE PANTS

Little Friday my sweet readers, the weekend is just around the corner! I am here, armed and ready, with another post from Sweet’n’Raw’s Spring Leather series. Today is all about pants! Before temperatures reach boiling point, leather pants are a sexy way to flatter you legs without actually showing them. Let me tell you something, men go crazy for women in leather pants. Are you ready to take yours out to play? Here’s a selection you can find online!

SELECTION

TOP: J Brand / J Brand / Curent Elliot

BOTTOM: Roberto Cavalli / Joseph / Notify

LOOK OF THE DAY

I wanted to go a little bohemian, hence the lace and suede. I rarely wear black, in fact, it’s my least favorite color, but when it comes to leather pants, black is definitely my favorite.

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • Carry on nail polish, ESSIE

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

What do you think about this look? I think that the straw hat gives it a fun twist. Ready to try this trend out? Just remember, wear a sheer or light top and sandals (let’s avoid the I think it’s still Winter look).

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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Flashy Fancy Pants: FIRE RED

Happy Friday my sweet, sweet readers. As promised, here is look number two from the bright pants trend series. If you haven’t checked out the first two posts click HERE and HERE to read them. Today is all about fire red, a powerful and show stopping color not many people dare to wear. The success depends on how you style it, so let’s see if you like the way I did it!

AS SEEN IN: Monique Lhuillier, DKNY, Gucci and Michael Kors

THE LOOK

Since red pants are already a flashy and daring garment, I did not want to go with the whole rocker/biker chick kind of vibe. The red pants I chose are this fitted ones with side zipper pockets from ASOS. To tone down a bit the intensity of the color, I paired it up with the cutest jumper, also from ASOS, the cream Bonjour angora one. Underneath, for a more classic look, a black, basic button-down shirt from River Island. It is important to pick one with long sleeves so you have them peeking out from under the sweater (pick a slim fit so it doesn’t bulge underneath). To add some cuteness and since collars are very trendy right now, this ASOS chiffon bow tie is the cherry in top of our ensemble. For the shoes, I wanted some edge and if you want edge all you need is leopard in a bootie. This Mercer wedges can be found at Nasty Gal, one of my favorite online shops!

For the bag, I discovered this little treasure at Colette.fr, which is probably the best French concept store there is on earth. It’s a black grained clutch with stripes from Thom Browne. For accessories, quite simple: Chanel’s Blue Satin nail polish and Topshop’s  carved face ring.

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

There you go, another day another bright look for you before the weekend begins! And remeber, we still have four more to go!

Sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

 

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

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

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

FENDI S/S 2012

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

D&G S/S 2012

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

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

FRANCESCO SCOGNAMIGLIO S/S 2012

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

VERSACE S/S 2012

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

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

PRADA S/S 2012

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

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

MFW LOOK OF THE DAY

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

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

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

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

For all the details on today’s look, remeber to click here to go to my Fashiolista list.

Wishing you a fabulous week, sweet kisses…

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

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NYFW Coverage: PS’s Autumn, Jill Stuart’s Sorbet Selection

Yes, I photoshopped my fabulous self wearing Miu Miu,  sitting behind Anna Wintour
(Photo: Getty Images)

FWNY ended yesterday, London kicked-off today! I love September, and I love that I live in one of fashion’s four capitals. Milan is already packed with models, you recognize those amazons by their height but also by that photo book and map they are always carrying. And while my italian city is getting ready to recieve a horde of fashion-hungry, stylish people, New York is picking up the pieces of what was another fabulous Fashion Week. Here for you today, four more shows!

PROENZA SCHOULER S/S 2012

Is Autumn the new Spring? Apparently for Lázaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough it is! Proenza Schouler presented a collection in which short suits, A-line skirts and platform shoes were everywhere. Known for ther craftiness and innovative skills, the fashionable duo worked with eel skin for some of their garments, like thas stunning black & white dress you can see above or the shiny and colorful skirts like the blue one below.

The designers also threw into the mix a variety of colorful, floral prints, one of the strongest trends of the season so far. Outstanding collection once again from Proenza Schouler, they gave us nostalgia, they gave us edginess, they took us back to the 1950’s. But most importantly, by setting the mood with those colors and vibe, they reminded us that the world is not a happy place these days and that things are not looking good.

ANNA SUI S/S 2012

From PS’s 50’s vibe to Anna Sui’s 1940’s magical collection! In 55 looks she gave us so much versatility, a great range of materials, it was a burst of different styles! Retro but with a modern twist, the collection was fun, flirty and playful. With Karen Elson as her show opener, it was an immediate hit (if someone can rock the retro look, is Karen Elson). Anna took us from vibrant purples and reds to florals and ruffles to black mixed up with red. She also had a little 70’s vibe going on.

She gave us romance with beautiful lace and soft prints in neutrals. Model royalty including the coveted star, Karlie Kloss and Jessica Stam were styled with red lips and turbants, retro curls and waves to complete the look.  She ended the show with perfectly executed, black and lacy looks, a perfect finale for an overall perfect show.

JILL STUART S/S 2012

Another collection (Preen did it first, now Jill Stuart) that hit me right where my soft spot is, pastel mayhem from Jill Stuart! A color palette that looked like mix of candy and sorbet, a beautiful palm tree print to compliment the looks. Soft  and sheer fabrics paired up with tailored garments. Fresh, sweet and girly, that’s how I describe Stuart’s display on the runway.

A-line skirts (major trend alert!), candy colored, smart shorts, THE PEPLUM (j’adore!), dresses dropping from the waist, sheer madness, all this paired up with patent platform pumps or metallic ones. A collection so sweet and sugary, I don’t mind if it gives me cavities, I just want to wear it all!

PHILOSOPHY by Alberta Ferretti S/S 2012

The one thing about the italian designer is that she always stays true to herself, to her style, her colors, her vibe. This collection was no different from what we usually get from her. Hey, there’s a reason she called her second line Philosophy. With soft hues such as mint and blush, sheer fabrics and floral, romantic prints, Philosophy took us back to de 1920’s. Soft dresses with movement that looked light as feathers, some paired up with tailored jackets, one with a goregous sweater. Others beaded and embellished to perfection. All so Old Scool, all so “Great Gatsby.

NYFW LOOK OF THE DAY

This is the last one of FWNY’s series of looks, my mind is already in London. So I saved the best for last, my favorite look! And in a very sorbet fashion and because the Autumn sun still allows it, I chose this Miu Miu mango, structured top made out of silk. I paired it up with a lace skirt from TOPSHOP in raspberry. And since the top has a little built-in peplum (very in this season and the next!), it allows the skirt to fit perfectly underneath. To add more details, right where the peplum starts, I put on a leather, blush, skinny belt  with a fish buckle on it. The shoes had to be mint colored, I already knew that before trying to find a pair that went well with the ensemble. Platform pumps, pure perfection!

For accessories, Fendi’s leather Peek-a-Boo in blush, this bag is just my dreamboat! To keep on adding more colorful details, this Alexander McQueen sparkly bracelet (it’s on sale on the-outnet) made out from pink crystals and the coveted YSL Arty ring in mint. Perfect combo! For beauty, a cute, side ponytail and pink lipstick to add more cuteness, YSL’s Rouge Volupte in Rose Paris is a great choice.

There you go! There’s still one more post on FWNY coming up later this week! Ready for our London posts?

Remeber you can get more details about the outfit at my FWNY list at Fashiolista.com, just CLICK HERE!

Hoping you have a great weekend, sweet kisses…

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NYFW Coverage: Pretty Preen and Some Citrus

New York Fashion Week is almost over, one day left of fab fashion straight from the Big Apple. London, Paris and my beloved Milan await! So far we have been surprised with unexpected trends, impressed by flawless execution, interesting themes and inspirations. But most of all, we are never disappointed when it comes to creativity, innovation and new materials. On my previous post I reviewed three designers (CLICK HERE TO READ IT), Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam and Jason Wu. Today we have four more, and these are taking us back to S/S basics. No sporty trend, no mesh, no bold colors, all things bright, all things floral, all things sunny, all things beautiful!

PREEN S/S 2012

Preen is my queen, there I’ve said it! Blown away, that’s the term we can use to explain what I felt when I saw this collection up on style.com. There is a simple and personal reason, this colors, this shapes and garments are exactly my style, not only the style I wear everyday but the style I like when I am to design something. It was a pastel parade, a collection where prints had the starring role and femeninity was the guest of honor.

The british duo presented one of the top shows of the season with their digital checkerboard prints, their soft and femenine palette, the peplum (big trend of the season and one I personally love), sheer, lace and some paisley all mixed in for a perfect result. A big round of applause to Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi for delivering a beautiful collection that can only be described as lovely!

Alice + Olivia S/S 2012

In with the retro, once again! With bubbly colors and vintage-looking silhouettes, Stacy Bendet took us back to the swingin’ 60’s. Cocktail dresses and cute ensembles ready for a garden party setting. Overall, a fun collection, fun to watch, fun to wear. Wide range of colors mixed in with unexpected pairings made this collection a hit. High buns, scarves and old school sunnies were among the props Bendet used to make her models look picture perfect and decade perfect. A flirty and girly display of how fun fashion should be! I think it’s safe to say Miss Bendet really nailed it!

Oscar de la Renta S/S 2012

There’s a certain something that makes Mr. de la Renta unique and immediately recognizable, his very own trademark, his glamour. This collection was no exception to the designer’s usual ways. Opening dramatically his show with a colorful trio of taffetta skirts and delicate embroidered tops, he won the attention and admiration of every single person in the room. He gave us electric blue, citrus yellow, he gave us red, but not just any kind of red. He gave us that kind of head-turning red.

Then there were the evening numbers, all stunning, all perfectly executed. Fringes and tiers, tails and trails, it was Oscar de la Renta at its best. Yes it was romantic, naturally, but it was also fresh. Mr. de la Renta reached out not only to his usual crowd, but to a new one, a younger one, and he pulled it off rather successfully.

Rodarte S/S 2012

There’s this little thing the Mulleavy sisters want you to learn, knitwear and A-line skirts together are one successful kind of romance. It was a charming collection, very femenine but also there was something magical in it. Sunflowers and skies printed to perfection in those beautifully tailored dresses (a Van Gogh homage is more than obvious), a soft and  enchanting summery palette and skirts with movement of their own were among the fabulous things the girls from Rodarte gave us for the next season. They are always one of the most expected shows in NYFW, and they definitely lived up to our high expectations.

NYFW LOOK OF THE DAY

Another day, another Fashion extravaganza! First I gave you glitz & glamour, then I gave you eclectic romance. Today, today I’m giving you some preppy with a twist. To achieve the look, I chose this waisted, flare dress with polka dots in navy, very chic! I paired it with a light trench coat from Asos. To make te ensemble more interesting I cinched both garments (the trench coat must be open) with a vintage burgundy belt with a golden buckle. My ASOS Peacock platform sandals, they have glitter (I AM MAD ABOUT GLITTER RIGHT NOW) with a pair of burgundy socks, it may sound weird but it looks lovely!

For accessories, your always resourceful and gorgeous Alexa Oversized from Mulberry and your trendy as hell Oliver Peoples, square-frame sunglasses. For jewelry, simple golden clip-on earrings and a vintage looking ring from TOPSHOP. Go for an updo to really get your prep vibe going.

There you have it. Another FWNY hit, don’t you think?

For all the deets on today’s look, go to my list of FWNY LOOKS over at Fashiolista.com and follow me! I’ll be sure to follow back!

Sweet kisses…

Photos: style.com
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis, background also Ana Sofia Alanis
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Sweet’n’Raw’s Fashion Week Coverage: READY, SET, GO!

Oh September, beautiful September… Have I told you how much I love you? And my sweet readers, I know you love it too! The time has come for new Spring/Summer fashion to enter our lives, so let’s open our hearts and embrace this lovely month, let’s cherish every second and enjoy every minute (yes, I may sound like a priest in the middle of Sunday mass sermon, but that’s what happens when you eat, breathe, dream and drink fashion!).

Fashion Week kicked off today, being New York the first city in our list. And while many lucky fashionistas have the chance to be there in person (when it’s Milan’s turn, it’ll be MY turn), I will be giving you all the hot and dirty details, reporting directly from my computer. So expect a lot of information, updates and news, runway reviews, outfit suggestions and more. This September I’m turning myself into a fashion week, working, non-paid-but-happy bee.

So to begin with, here is your NYFW complete schedule, courtesy of Mecedes-Benz Fashion Week:

You can personalize your iCal by saving the shows you are interested in, to do so go to http://www.mbfashionweek.com/schedule

For live coverage, head to http://www.youtube.com/liverunway (here’s a tip, keep this window always open, you never know what you can miss!). Thankyou Mercedes-Benz Fashion week for the best props ever!

Last but not least, a little outfit suggestion to rock Fashion Week New York! Hope you love it!

I chose this structured, pop green, leopard print dress from TOPSHOP. Sexy enough, classy enough with the right accessories, but more importantly, flashy enough! When being in the middle of thousands of trendy gals and guys, you want to stand out from the crowd. To enhance your figure and make it super short (PG short, no cheek displays please) a patent leather belt, also in green. Patent is one of the biggest fall trends in accessories! For the shoes, since it’s FW, I went all out! Miu Miu’s glitter, peep-toe, ankle booties in pink and gold. I just can’t get over Signora Miuccia’s genius…

For accessories, a green envelope clutch, Casi0’s classic leisure watch and Dara Ettinger’s Disco ring.

For beauty, go light on the makeup. For hair, go wild… like your dress!

If you want all the deets about today’s look, go to my Fashiolista FWNY LIST, CLICK HERE

Check back tomorrow for new posts, Fashion Week is here and this is only the beginning!

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis (background unknown)

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