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FALL 2013: A Pink Season

LOVEPINK

It was about time! Mint had its season, Tangerine and Emerald most certainly did and I had been waiting too long for my beloved pink to finally have its moment! Sure, we saw pastel pink two seasons ago. We also had hot pink on Spring 2011 but this Fall, any shade of pink is on trend and pink is the strongest color (I’m doing a victory dance as we speak) for A/W 2013. Some may say that pink is better with warm weather, if you think like them, you haven’t seen the candy coats that some designers sent down the runway last February! Pink for Fall and Winter (I’ve written “PINK” like a million times in one paragraph, but that word is just music to my ears) is pure bliss and since any shade is part of the trend list, you can pick as many rosy garments as you like! Not into pastels? There’s always magenta, raspberry and barbie pink. Not into brights? Vintage rose, perhaps? Remember, we take what we like from the trends and make them our own! That’s why fashion is the most beautiful industry in the whole wide world!

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For today, I prepared a little “Shades of Pink” shopping guide (don’t you dare think I took the title from the infamous books). No, that’s not the name Pantone gave this colors and yes, I gave them the color that first spoke to me when I put the collages together. Ready for this blushing season? I can’t wait to paint my closet (and my room, and my nails, I would even have a pink car if I could) pink! Let’s start!

1BLUSH

  1. Peter Pan collar shirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs
  2. Zodiac slippers, Charlotte Olympia
  3. Leather biker jacket, Mango
  4. Powdery shoulder bag, Mulberry
  5. Ankle-strap pumps, Topshop
  6. Frisson nail polish, Chanel
  7. Lace sleeve dress, Emilio Pucci
  8. Pink frame sunglasses, Stella McCartney
  9. Pink jumper, Topshop

2TUTU

  1. Pink ruffle jumper, CLU
  2. Powder pink skort, Maison Martin Margiela
  3. Dressy button-down, Simone Rocha
  4. Pink leather handbag, Miu Miu
  5. Crystal embellished heels, Gucci
  6. Sleeveless dress, Nina Ricci
  7. Batman t-shirt, Zoe Karssen
  8. Ballet flats, Repetto

3peony pink

  1. Lace dress, Maison Valentino
  2. Bow smart shorts, Topshop
  3. Loose jumper, Topshop
  4. Pink wool hat, River Island
  5. Powder pink satchel, Cambridge Satchel Company
  6. Cocoon pink coat, Rochas
  7. Bow clutch, Maison Valentino
  8. Studded Pigalle pumps, Christian Louboutin

4vintage

  1. Flower skirt, RED Valentino
  2. Miss Sicily rose bag, Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Rose cardigan, Jardin des Oranges
  4. Rose short-sleeve shirt, Marc Jacobs
  5. Two-tone pumps, Oscar de la Renta
  6. Flirty sleeveless dress, Valentino
  7. Pink embellished baguette, Fendi
  8. Rose suede pumps, Alberto Moretti

5salmon

  1. Cropped shirt, Topshop
  2. Salmon PS1 bag, Proenza Schouler
  3. V-neck jumper, Miu Miu
  4. Wool skirt, J.Crew
  5. Suede ballerina flats, Repetto
  6. Salmon coat, Simone Rocha
  7. Denim shorts, Topshop
  8. Salmon pumps, Rupert Sanderson

6hot

  1. Feline sweatshirt, Brian Lichtenberg
  2. 2Jours bag, Fendi
  3. Draped blouse, Balmain
  4. Pink pumps, Manolo Blahnik
  5. Antigona bag, Givenchy
  6. Slip dress, tOPSHOP
  7. Draped high-waist skirt, Balmain
  8. Rockstud pumps, Valentino

7BARBIE PINK

  1. Wool trousers, Michael Kors
  2. Pink skirt, Moschino Cheap & Chic
  3. Silk blouse, Equipement
  4. Bayswater bag, Mulberry
  5. Pink wool coat, DKNY
  6. Pink shoulder bag, Proenza Schouler
  7. Suede pumps, Topshop

8bloody

  1. Magenta handbag, Asprey
  2. Color-block jumper, Stella McCartney
  3. Pussybow blouse, Fendi
  4. Two-tone pumps, Manolo Blahnik
  5. Peplum dress, Topshop
  6. Shoulder bag, Burberry Prorsum
  7. Ankle strap pumps, Proenza Schouler

I also made a chart in case you wanna look at all this shades together, don’t they look pretty and delightful? And remember, if you are not into pink, you just have to give it a shot! I used to like black, Korn and dog spikes, look what I’ve turned into!

pink chart

That’s a wrap for today! And remember to keep checking back because anything you wanna now about the coming season, you’ll find here! Have a lovely day, my sweet readers!

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

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

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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MFW COVERAGE: Italian Big Shots

It’s Tuesday and I have for you some of Milan’s finest, I won’t make much of an introduction because they certainly do not need it. Today’s line-up: Ferragamo, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni and of course, Prada. Shall we?

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

The thing about Ferragamo is that it always delivers beautiful clothes that ooze elegance. For this collection, it was all about old-school army meets sexy chic. Massimiliano Giornetti took inspiration from the time of Russian Czars, but not only on the military side, but also on the elegance and femininity of the women of that era. The show consisted on a game of contrasts, sharp tailored coats, heavy knits, slouchy trousers with boots and on the other hand, sheer garments, delicate lace and romantic pieces.

The color palette always stayed on the neutral side (except for a retro blue and some hints of plum): earthy shades and black. The strongest trend patterns: texture parade, sheer romance, military-inspired, sharp tailoring and double-breasted coats. The accessories were so detailed and beautiful and the lace-up heels were just the icing on the cake. The key element for Sweet’n’Raw: the metallic pencil skirt with the plum, see-through blouse and the knotted chain belt, OH BOY!

FENDI

Another Nature inspired collection from Italy, but this time with a more dramatic take. That’s what Fendi’s runway was all about for the coming season. Karl Lagerfeld’s overwhelming and detailed looks included colored fur (huge trend on MFW), PVC inserts, beautiful tailoring, asymmetrical and sharp shapes, texture combination and more. The strong garments are surely intended for a bold and aggressive woman, a fashion warrior. The double-toned ankle boots are definitely jaw-droppingly beautiful and all of the looks were paired up with dark colored tights.

DOLCE & GABBANA

Why do I love this duo so much? Because they are, like me, really allergic to minimalism. And also like me, they have a lace obsession. This collection was just what I hoped and expected, opulent, filled with baroque details and beautiful textures and fabrics. Always remaining close to their heritage (Italian Opera played on the background), Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana payed, once more, homage to their sensual muse: the Sicilian siren. A mix of tulle, delicate lace and brocade was displayed beautifully on the runway by some of the biggest names on the modelling world: their favorite girl, Bianca Balti, Russian bombshell Natasha Poly, rising star Cara Delevigne and ebony queen Joan Smalls.

They managed to sexify one of the season’s strongest trends, the volume. Capes played a major role on the runway, so did meticulous embroideries, the classic leopard print and lots of leg-flashing. Their signature bodysuits (my favorite part of their shows) were present, all decorated with colorful flowers or delicate ruffles. As always, their shoes were beyond pretty and that elaborate, baroque jewelry will be everywhere next season.

MARNI

All eyes were on Marni due to the upcoming H&M collaboration. In a peachy runway, fly queen, Consuelo Castiglioni sent out the runway a color-blocking and tapestry texture display. Models wore everything with white tights (another trend for the season) and the cutest cross-over pumps my eyes have ever seen. Textures included fur and jacquard. Shapes were sharp and boxy, volume was present and so were beautiful and eye-catching prints. The collection, as all things Marni, had a retro touch and a vintage vibe to it.

PRADA

Definitely the most expected show on MFW. After Miuccia Prada’s runway winning streak, the question was: “Will she be able to pull it off again?” The answer is yes. With a catwalk packed with graphic and retro prints, Signora Prada did it again. Her key element or star was a vest/cape hybrid we got to see on almost every look she sent out the runway. The color palette was a mix of black with some happy colours she used for her retro, geometric prints: purple, pink, orange and some red. Heavy embellishments played an important part on each ensemble.

Almost everything was cinched, almost everything was bejeweled. Don’t even get me started on the shoes, I am still getting over those fiery pumps from Spring and she now gives the world rubber-soled Mary-Janes. Overall, it was a simple and vibrant collection and one that will be snagging many magazine covers next fall, just as it’s happening right now with her Hot Rod collection.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Embracing the pastels all the way! For this look I chose a metallic, high-waisted skirt in lilac from ASOS. I tucked in a light green blouse with white collar and details from ZARA. For coverage and since MFW has such beautiful and sunny days, a white blazer with golden buttons from Nasty Gal. For an edge, bare leg show and the fabulous Jeffrey Campbell clear & silver booties.

For the accessories, a MISSONI classic knit clutch in pastels, a skull ring from TOPSHOP and an arm candy trio from ASOS: a spiked rainbow friendship bracelet, a plastic chained one and a Swarovski bangle. For your nails, add some Chanel Le Vernis in JUNE.

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

Last post from MFW is coming up tomorrow and then we are off to the last destination: PARIGI! Keep checking back for all you need to know about Fashion Week.

Sweet kisses…

PS: Marni for H&M comes out in two days, remember to go and get in line early!

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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The Daily Fashion Bread: SPRING 2012 AD CAMPAIGNS part 2

Good Sunday my sweet readers! There’s nothing better than fresh-baked bread for our Sunday morning coffee. This is the second post regarding Spring 2012′s exquisite ad campaigns. We’ve already seen what Givenchy, Balmain, Balenciaga released for the coming season. Want to know what Mulberry, Bottega Veneta, Fendi and Jil Sander have in store for us? Keep on readin’ baby, keep on readin’.

BOTTEGA VENETA

Ebony princess, model Liya Kebede, embodies the perfect Bottega Veneta woman: effortless chic, with elegance. Clutching a beautiful “Intrecciato” tote and sporting a beautiful pair of sunglasses, she is one of the faces of this season’s campaign with the also stunning Karmen Pedaru.

  • By Jack Pierson
  • Model: Liya Kebede

For Bottega Veneta’s ads featuring Karmen Pedaru click HERE

MULBERRY

Fresh, summery and cute, just like Mulberry’s S/S collection. This season´s campaign features models Frida Gustavsson and Lindsay Wixson, looking all pretty and candy-coated on the beach, with Brighton Pier behind.

  • By Tim Walker
  • Models: Frida Gustavsson and Lindsay Wixson

For more shota about Mulberry’s bubbly campaign, click HERE

JIL SANDER

It’s seem’s like a poster from a horror movie, but not just any cheap blockbuster, more like an Alfred Hitchcock one. With a retro take to it, Jil Sander does it again, this time with Natasha Poly and Daria Strokous as the stars (oh and that fabulous mid-length dress that made me drool at the runway). Oh Jil Sander, I may not be a minimalist, but I think I’m falling in love.

  • By Willy Vanderperre
  • Model: Natasha Poly

For more about Jil Sander’s spooky & chic Spring, click HERE

GUCCI

It has Gucci written all over. It’s powerful, it’s strong, it’s sexy and also femenine. That’s the kind of woman Frida Giannini has always presented on the runway. And when that woman is represented by two of the best models, Abbey Lee and Karmen Pedaru, in the biz right now, it’s a win-win situation.

  • By Mert & Marcus
  • Models: Abbey Lee & Karmen Pedaru

For a beautiful ans sultry close-up of Australian wonder, Abbey Lee, click HERE

PROENZA SCHOULER

It’s Russian godess, Natasha Poly, sporting those fabulous prints that rocked our world on FWNY last September. Another hit for the fashionable duo, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. It’s stunning and retro, but not your usual kind of retro. Everything from the styling and beauty, to the lights, looks picture perfect.

  • By Willy Vanderperre
  • Model: Natasha Poly

For more modern retro shots of Miss Poly for Proenza Schouler, click HERE

JUST CAVALLI

It’s what is always expected from the animal print master, italian designer Roberto Cavalli. It would’ve been boring, instead, by bringin’ in faces like the fabulous Ruby Aldrige, the stunning Lindsay Wixson, the mysterious Monika Jagaciak and the boys, the result is rather interesting.

  • By Terry Richardson
  • Models: Benjamin Eidem, Monika Jagaciak, Lindsey Wixson, Ruby Aldridge and Josh Beech

FENDI

It’s everyone’s favorite girl she’s wearing Fendi. Like some other brands this coming season, the italian fashion house also decided to go retro. With the mastermind behind the collection, Karl Lagerlfed, also behind the lens, the result is really breath-taking.

  • By Karl Lagerfeld
  • Model: Arizona Muse

No doubt this will be a fun season, with lots of trends and contrast. What is your favorite one so far? Jil Sander’s spooky chic posters, Fendi’s italian retro or Gucci’s glamour? I’m sticking with my beloved pastels, Mulberry is the one for me!

Wishing you a lovely Sunday, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: Fashion Gone Rogue

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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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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