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SUMMER GETWAYS 2012: The Party Princess (evening)

Finally Friday, my sweet readers! And Friday definitely calls for the perfect party outfit! That’s why today I wanted to give you a club ready ensemble, from the one and only Party Princess, our dear Jaime. This is the second post from the Summer Getaways series, evening round. So if you are at the gate, waiting for your Vegas flight while you are reading this, if Miami is what’s on the menu this weekend, if you intend to party till you drop, then you’ll need a killer look to get some serious heads turning your way. Colorful, shiny, bright and sexy, that’s all you need! Here’s what I came up with:

  • Sequin shorts are definitely a party girl’s best ally. Whether you go colored, silver or with embroidered details, it’s the best choice.
  • If you have a larger bottom, look for shorts with more coverage. Nude cheeks hanging out in the open are for Rap guys girlfriends.
  • I like to pair detailed garments with simple ones, to give them the attention they deserve. Go with a basic, sleeveless top. Avoid the necklace, you want all the attention on your legs and cheeks (lower cheeks).
  • There was a time when matching your purse to your shoes was a rule, my newest obsession is matching my purse to my top.
  • For jewelery, golden arm candy and a thin ring
  • For your nails, a sweet shade of pink to keep on with the colorful vibe

WHAT JAIME IS WEARING

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

There you go! Now you are ready to party, Vegas style!

Happy Friday! Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Topshop, Selfridges, Lulu’s, Givenchy, Mango
 

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Girl looks like a lady! THE PEPLUM SERIES

Yes, my sweet readers, I’ve been wanting to tackle this trend for a while now (I’ve been savouring this moment since September 2011). The time has come for me to devote an entire series to… wait for it… THE GODDAMN PEPLUM! You already know by now that I’m a sucker for pastels (you can seriously get a sugar high from looking at my layout), I’m mad about flowers (thanks Mom, that’s all on you. She’s a floral designer) and a leather (not black leather, I hate black) junkie. There’s something else you should know, even though I don’t always act like one, I sure like to dress-up like a lady! That’s the thing about peplums, they are ladylike, they are pretty, they are cute and they are really in trend right now. A peplum has the power of twisting any outfit, in a beautiful way. Don’t be afraid to try it, once you get the hang of this trend, you won’t be able to stop loving it. Let’s start with the runway peplums!

RUNWAY SELECTION

TOP:  Jason Wu / Givenchy / Preen / Yves Saint Laurent

BOTTOM: Giambattista Valli / Nina Ricci / Thakoon / Kenzo

ONLINE SELECTION

THE BRIGHT PEPLUM

Blue top, H&M / Orange dress, TOPSHOP / Pink skirt / LIPSY

THE FLORAL PEPLUM

Floral top, SUNO / Floral strapless dress, RIVER ISLAND / Floral skirt, M&S

THE NEUTRAL PEPLUM

White top, RIVER ISLAND / Sand dress, DOROTHY PERKINS / Ivory skirt, TOPSHOP

From tomorrow, the peplum styling madness begins! Be sure to check back if you want to find out how Sweet’n’Raw does THE PEPLUM (I just love that word).

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

Photos: Style.com

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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol 2.

Happy and relaxing Sunday, my sweet readers! The Garden Goddess series is officially on hold, only because today I wanted to show you Sweet’n’Raw’s latest article for Chictopia. As I told you before,  I am contributing with a weekly article for the site, each Monday you can read some new lines, by me. For this article, I wanted to do something different from my usual styling illustrations, I wanted to pay homage to the season’s most wanted, designer garments. So here they are, the coveted.

5 Spring 2012 “IT” Girl Styles That We Love

Not too many seasons ago, it was all about the girl on the cover. Nowadays, it’s more about what the girl on the cover is wearing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it all started with the S/S 2011 Prada dress, the one with the stripes, the ruffled hem and the Vitamin-colored hues. Signora Miuccia’s colorful creation snagged more covers and editorials than Kate and Naomi together.

After the Prada moment, it has been a seasonal race among designers and their creations. Spring is halfway through and some of the season’s “IT” garments have already been determined. Who will take
the crown? Gucci’s flappers? Prada’s retro engines? Ralph Lauren’s Gatsby girls? Keep on reading and you shall find out.

PRADA’S DANGEROUS BODYSUIT

It’s a fact: covers are to Miuccia Prada what MVP awards were to Michael Jordan. Win them big and win them all. First the bananas, then the sequin scales and now it’s time for her hot wheels to take over the editorial world. There is not one magazine issue that doesn’t feature the green leather skirt with the automotive print, the pastel, micro-pleated dress, the crochet coat or the bandeau top. However, in addition to all of this there’s one piece that really stole the show. The textured bodysuit with the bejeweled belt and the dangerous curves has made Prada, once again, queen of the covers.

DOLCE & GABBANA’S VEGGIE COMBO


These are some seriously fashionable and proud italians. Every season, they pay their signature homage to their beloved Sicilian siren. This Spring, inspired by Sophia Loren, the bombshell par excellence, Italian cuisine got sexy on the runway to the sounds of Mambo Italiano.

Before Dolce & Gabbana, wearing garlics and onion would have been for vampire slayers only and a chili pepper print could easily get you mistaken for a jalapeño bag of chips. To Domenico & Stefano, the vegetable garden is not only wearable, but fabulous. If in doubt, grab a magazine, flick through it and there you’ll find it: the onion combo,cropped jacket, bralette and high waisted shorts.

GIVENCHY’S SHINY DISCO RUFFLES


Riccardo Tisci has consistently delivered great fashion and art on behalf of Givenchy. This year was no exception for the Italian designer. Glossy magazine pages have been invaded by his perfectly tailored ruffles, and since fashion beings tend to love all things shiny, Tisci’s sequin suits have taken the spotlight. A French, human disco ball? We’ll take it!

MIU MIU’S WALLPAPER PRINTS


Wonder Miuccia can do it all: whip up two stellar collections each season, put together the best ad campaigns and of course, snag more features, covers and editorials than everyone else. Mrs. Prada is clearly on a mission, she wants to conquer the world (move over Karl, the time has come for a Fashion Kaiserin). Miu Miu’s Spring collection reminded us why we love the brand so much. It’s only natural that the off-shoulder capes, the cropped tops with the a-line skirts and the mismatched micro prints earned a big spot inside our monthly fashion bibles.

LOUIS VUITTON’S COTTON CANDY DRESS


As if the magical carousel set wasn’t enough, the showman, Marc Jacobs put together a collection that brought us all a sugar high (in a good way). Everything about it from the powdery color palette and the feminine shapes, to the meticulous and beautiful eyelet work, screamed magazine material. Said and done, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, “The New Body” Kloss and many more have been immortalized by many world-renowned lenses wearing Louis Vuitton’s candy coated creations.

The season is still young and we are bound to see more cover-worthy fashion. Prada took the first leg. Will Proenza or Prabal take the next?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article, I have a feeling you are really gonna dig it! Now I’m off to bed, big & busy day tomorrow. My overloaded brain needs to shut down and my freshly washed & moisturized face needs its beauty sleep. Have a good one y’all…

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
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PFW COVERAGE: La Parisienne

Buongiorno! Sunny days are finally here in Milan, weather forecast is already showing 20º and I couldn’t be happier! As Spring approaches, so does my B-day and the end of this Fashion Month coverage. Today I have some stellar Parisian fashion, courtesy of Valentino, Carven, Nina Ricci, Miu Miu and the always genius, Givenchy. What to expect? Cuteness, lingerie, romance, darkness and more! Ready, set, go!

CARVEN

This is my favorite brand that shows in Paris, season by season it just blows me away. The style, the shapes, the colors are really, really what I’m into. For this season, the wonderful Guillaume Henry sent out the runway a collection inspired by the Medieval times. With that characteristic chic vibe, Henry went a little more dramatic this time. Color palette included shades that the designer used beautifully on his Spring collection: mustard and red. He paired them up with some burnt orange, classic black and the very resourceful, cobalt blue. Textures included tapestry, laser cut, dazzling prints and cut-outs. For the shapes, it was all so clean and pretty: A-line skirts, oversized coats, capes, blazers and perfectly tailored, cropped pants. The t-strap shoes were to die for and collars and cuffs peeked out from some garments. I want to be a Carven girl, I need to be a Carven girl!

VALENTINO

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s dramatic romance has really become a trademark for the Italian brand. You can spot a creation by this duo from miles away. This collection was inspired by folk and may we say that the result was effortlessly beautiful. The show was packed with embellished gowns, structured and detailed coats, their signature colored leather and the classic Valentino red dress display. The air of femininity filled the catwalk with meticulous sheer inserts, Victorian lace, shimmering garments and pretty, ankle-strapped pumps. My favorite look, the long, nude dress with the flower embellishments and embroideries. Overall, it was fashion poetry…

GIVENCHY

Leave it to Signor Tisci to make an impact on the runway. Season after season, the Italian designer has worked his ass off to become one of PFW’s favorites. His genius, talent and construction skills just keep on sweeping us off our feet. As always, it was a dramatic and dark catwalk. His inspiration was clear: equestrian with the expected pinch of bondage. Leather was the main element on the show, it opened with a series of black, rubbery and structured numbers. His already signature sheer skirts also made it on to the runway over sexy enough, slip dresses. The boots were one of the highest notes and those slouchy, leather trousers (middle picture) are just pure French perfection. Riccardo Tisci just seems to always get it right, he is an all-time favorite that’s definitely here to stay.

NINA RICCI

It’s Peter Copping and his lingerie once again and we never get tired of it. Models strutted the catwalk with side-swept bangles and dramatic berry puckers and lovely, lovely garments. Nina Ricci is always about a game between seduction and cuteness. It was a neutral color palette with some hints of plum. Lacy and sheer slip dresses were paired up with heavy and structured coats. Volume (big trend of the season) played an important part with those puffy and printed numbers and soft fur embellished the perfectly tailored outerwear. The show had that Paris chic vibe that we all love so much. Special mention to the ankle-crossed pumps (BIG ACCESSORY TREND ALERT!) that complemented beautifully Copping’s sensual ensembles.

MIU MIU

Now that’s an unexpected turn. We were really getting used to Miuccia Prada’s cute and girly skirt parade and we kind of loved it. For this season, it was all about the menswear and the famous pantsuit. And guess what? We kind of love it too. With a jeweled color palette, Mrs. Prada sent out the runway a total of 37, perfectly tailored looks. The fabulous range of 70’s inspired prints (stripes, tapestry, hexagonal and more) created a game of optical illusion. Of course, some cute leg-flashing was present and some solid colors as well. As always, the shoes are definitely worth mentioning: loafers reinvented all the way. I always love Miuccia’s stuff, but I do have to admit that being a girly girl, I am more into her frilly and cute skirts and dresses.  Anyway, being objective, it was another amazing collection from the Italian designer extraordinaire.

LOOK OF THE DAY

This is definitely a Parisian macaron inspired look, and very appropriate to say bye, bye to those lovely furry coats that have kept us warm and stylish during the Winter (after all, Spring is almost here). I chose a pretty yellow playsuit from ASOS. The lace and front bow detail make it even cuter. For coverage, a striped furry coat in pale pink, also from ASOS. For leg coverage (this is going to be one of the last looks with tights), a Sweet’n’Raw favorite, Modcloth‘s spotty, white tights. For the shoes, keeping up with the pastel vibe, minty court shoes from CO-OP.

For the bag, a classic vintage Chanel one. This two-toned beauty is definitely a dreamboat. And since it’s all about lavish details, for jewelry: a pair of bow & pearl earrings from Kate Spade, a woven pink bracelet, a floral and butterfly one and a crystal stretch bangle. For the final touch, a pretty ring with an aquamarine stone from TOPSHOP and TOM FORD‘s Naked nail polish.

All the deets on today’s look can be found at FASHIOLISTA.

We are halfway through with our coverage and after that, a little giveaway and some Spring are on the horizon. Brace yourselves, fashionable ladies!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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THE MASH-UP: Texture Collage

 

Lazy Sunday my sweet readers! Oh how I enjoy days like this, working inside the covers, with a big, fat cup of coffee while watching Kelsey Grammer’s Boss al day long. Today I’m introducing our new trend series and frankly, this is one I’ve been wanting to do for a while now (you’ll underestand later on why). The mash-up has become very popular in the music business. Who hasn’t seen a video on Youtube featuring one with an Adele or Rihanna song? Obviously, the fashion industry came up with their on wersion of a mash-up. During Fashion Week in February, we witnessed how hundreds of models strutted the runways in particular creations, overloaded with details. Remeber the”print over print” we were given a few season ago? Well, this is the 1.0 version. Not only are we now allowed to mix and match prints, but also different textures, knits and finishes, all at once. So if you like scrapbooking, why not do it on yourself?

RUNWAY SELECTION

Here’s a selection of looks that some of the designers displayed on their runways on Fashion Week A/W 2011.

TOP:

  • Garden collage, Mary Katrantzou LFW AW 2011
  • Futuristic textures, Balenciaga PFW AW 2011
  • Detailed volumes, Marni MFW AW 2011
  • Temptress mix, Givenchy PFW AW 2011

BOTTOM:

  • Retro salad, Marc Jacobs NYFW 2011
  • Romantic randezvous, Valentino PFW 2011
  • Pastel madness, Missoni MFW 2011
  • Shiny contrasts, Anna Sui NYFW 2011

There you go! Over the next few days I will be presenting some looks that can help you get ideas on how you can pull this trend off. I hope you like them! Wanna know why I love this trend so much? You should know by now… I’m allergic to minimalism.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: Style.com
Mixed wallpaper: Sammy Davis vintage, fabricsandpapers.com, artgalleryfabrics.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

 

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The Daily Fashion Bread: SPRING 2012 AD CAMPAIGNS

First post of the year my sweet readers! It’s always exciting when a new year begins, it’s a perfect time to start fresh, to keep trying, to change and to make new memories (I already fulfilled one of my resolutions, launch this blog’s Spanish version). But also with the new year comes new fashion! That is why today we have fresh bread! Starts to smell like Spring, doesn’t it? Even though we still have to wait two more months take out our bare legs for a stroll (that is if global warming allows it), designers are alredy making us dream and desire that moment by releasing their Ad campaigns for the coming season. Are you ready? Check them out!

LOUIS VUITTON 

Sugary, lovely and pastel! Even more beautiful than the collection itself, we all want a piece of Marc’s cotton candyland. Visually appealing but also playful and fun!

  • By Steven Meisel
  • Models: Kati Nescher and Daria Strokous

BALMAIN

My favorite look from the runway was chosen for the campaign,the floral dress, Anja the chameleon and that funky neon glow.

  • By Inez & Vinoodh
  • Model: Anja Rubik

PRADA

We always expect the best from Prada, both on runway and on ad campaigns. This season was no exception! All Prada, all retro, all fabulous!

  • By Steven Meisel
  • Models: Katryn Kruger and Meghan Collison

JILL STUART

Leggy Daphne inside a town car, all in Jill Stuart’s pastel softness. I love the simplicity of it!

  • By: Mario Sorrenti
  • Model: Daphne Groeneveld

YVES SAINT LAURENT

If you book Mariacarla Boscono for your campaign, you are guaranteed to hit it out of the ballpark!

  • By David Sims
  • Model: Mariacarla Boscono

GIVENCHY

There is something so alluring about Riccardo Tisci’s darkness, throw Miss Bündchen into the mix and you have a winner.

  • By Mert & Marcus
  • Model: Gisele Bündchen


BALENCIAGA

It has Balenciaga written all over. It’s bizarre, it’s somehow futuristic and it’s beautiful. Even the model’s disheveled hair looks superb!

  • By Steven Meisel
  • Model: Rosie Tapner

What are your favorite ones so far? We still have lots of them in the oven, I had to make a selection. I didn’t want to give you ad campaign overdose!

Sweet kisses…

PS: SI QUIERES LEER EL ARTÍCULO EN ESPAÑOL HAZ CLICK AQUI

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: NYMAG, Wikipedia (cracker)

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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PFW Coverage: Haider is dark and Alber goes sharp

Ahoy mate!

Another Monday, another post! And we are still on FW mode (even though it ended a few weeks ago). I promised you yesterday this was gonna be the last one about PFW, but it was impossible for me to narrow down the shows. Tomorrow you will be having my last round-up about this gorgeous S/S 2012. But today I have for you 6 more shows and in this windy and cold weather (I used today my first pair of boots with tights) a fresh and sunny look to remeber the Summer that refused to go away (eventually Fall gave him the boot, sadly). So while we get used to this chilly days, by watching the S/S shows we can only hope and dream of the sunny days that will come (by now you can probably tell I’m a sucker for sunny seasons). So, without further ado, here they are!

HAIDER ACKERMANN S/S 2012

If the formula worked before, why not try it again? That was probably Mr. Ackermann’s motto for the season. And you know what? He was right, not only did it work, it was a hit out of the ball park. His darkness is always overpowering, his execution is supreme and his vision is so unique he always manages to blow us away. He played with textures, he played with patterns and prints that resulted in a beautiful and particular collection. His color palette was as varied as his shapes: black, purple, bordeaux, some beautiful powder neutrals and more.

The tailoring was as sharp as a blade and the natural movement in every garment was to die for. One of the most interesting things was how his usage of leather seemed to blend in perfectly with the silk and other materials, as if they were one, it was effortless, it was flawless. It was a sea of trousers, all the collection with that manly vibe. After this fashion display, ther is no doubt Haider Ackermann is part of the ones to watch, with a bright, bright future ahead of him.

GIVENCHY S/S 2012

It had Riccardo Tisci’s genius written all over, but this time it was not hardcore, it was more on the softer side. With the beautiful Natalia Vodianova as the show opener and the iconic brazilian amazon, Miss Gisele Bundchen as a closer, the italian designer outdid himself, once again. It was a star-studded catwalk, Erin Wasson, Karolina Kurkova, Frankie Rayder, the coveted Zuzanna Bijoch, Saskia de Brawu and the muse herself shining in sequins, Mariacarla Boscono. It was a Ready-to-Wear collection packed with Couture elements and shapes. It was fresh, it was beautiful and it was magnificent.

Everything was nude, cream, black and green, with the exception of those shiny ensembles. It was an almost printless show, something different from what he has been doing the past seasons. But instead of the prints, it was all about the textures and how he played with materials. The woman’s figure was definitely enhanced by each and everyone of the looks we saw on the parisian runway. Tailored shorts, figure hugging skirts and dresses, cropped and tight pants, almost like leggings and beautifully tailored tuxedo jackets were the main components of another stunning show that puts again the name of the french house on the top of the fashion food chain. Thank you Riccardo!

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI S/S 2012

With his collaboration with Macy’s coming soon and the hit that was his Resort collection, all eyes were on the italian designer this season. And we are glad to say he did not disappoint, on the contrary, he had us dreaming the second his first look came out the runway. It was a game of textures, layer and skin. It was sexy but it had a touch of innocence to it. The prints (floral, animal) were the guests of honor and the feathers a perfect complement.

The ruffles were there, the peplum and the brocade were there, the 60’s vibe also, but more importantly, the designer’s signature style was all over the venue. Accessories included heavy arm jewelry and snakesin heels. Be ready to get in line for this man’s Macy’s thing, it’s gonna be crazy!

LANVIN S/S 2012

You won’t argue with me when I say the Lanvin show is one of the most expected on PFW and that Mr. Alber Elbaz is one of the future legends of fashion and one of the most talented designers out there. Season after season he has had everyone drooling after his creations (people almost stabbed each other to snag one of his dresses for H&M), and this year’s tough chick collection was another one of those. It was all so modern but never sober and it was very different from what everyone else presented. He gave us the power woman, the working gal in sharp and tailored garments, pencil skirts,  low-rise trousers with beautiful and simple blouses and shirts, minimalism.

But even though he was doing something different, he never abandoned his usual style. He gave us beautifully draped dresses, sheerness, cut-outs, his signature neck action, the usual embellishments and perfect jewelry dressing. At the end, it was all pure and perfect Alber, when those soft and colored dresses came out on the runway.  I never have anything bad to say about Lanvin, that is because there is never anything bad to say about it.

ISABEL MARANT S/S 2012

She is the cool and hip chick in fashion everyone wants to be friends with. Laid-back, casual and sporty, I always end up saying I want to be Marant girl (God! I hope Zara copies a lot of this collection, my legs need those python print pants). With lightweight knits, rock & roll and a lot of mix and match, the designer presented her collection in Paris with great feedback. Arizona Muse, Anja Rubik, Carmen Kaas and everyone’s favorite ebony girl, the lovely Joan Smalls, embodied to perfection the typical Isabel Marant woman.

Serious leg flashing and figure flaunting was displayed on the runway along with very chic crystal embellisments that we saw on the last looks. That metallic onesie you can se above is among my lust-worthy items. Everything was paired up with chain sandals, very naked and very sexy. Isabel Marant gave us a lesson on how to not be femenine, but always freakin’ sexy.

MIU MIU S/S 2012

And there’s nothing that can stop Queen Miuccia. I must admit that when I saw the first looks from this collection I wasn’t thrilled, when I got to look 5 I was already in love. That’s what I call Signora Prada’s effect. Her collections keep getting better and better, it’s just ridiculous. This time it was time for lace, but lace in a way only the italian designer could do it. The color palette was bold but beautiful to look at: cerulean, burgundy and a sunny yellow. The prints were so unique and the way the italian designer played with them was absolutely stunning.

As usual, her footwear and accessories were major hits! And those shoulder cover-ups with the bows, I went speechless for them. Overall, it was all so pretty, all so polished and cute. But the thing that amazes me the most, is how her Prada collection mood (another huge success for her) had nothing to do with the one for Miu Miu. Miuccia Prada is not only talent and genius, she is one who knows her different crowds and she sure knows what to gives to make us fashionably happy!

LOOK OF THE DAY

Well all this mix and match and print madness made me want to think a little more out of the box than usual. Ahoy mate with the hat, hellooo! For this ensemble (Remeber, it was still sunny back then, now I’m freezing my ass off) I chose a beautiful and sunny dress, perfect to say goodby to what seemed to be an eternal summer. This floral print dress from NASTYGAL has this vintage vibe to it, thanks to the shape and the pleats. It’s cute as a button! To make it a little playful, I paired it up with a striped blazer in white and navy, also from NASTYGAL. The fitting is so perfect that it seems to as if it was painted on one’s body. To keep on twisting, this Marni belt we have used before (click here) to add more shape to the waist and more color contrast. For the shoes, it is all about the tassel! This Luciano Padovan fringed sandals complement the outfit in a very, very postivie way.

For the bag, Proenza Schouler’s PS1 Extra Large suede bag in a fab shade of green! For jewelry, a single bangle, also in green from Stylebop.com. Paint your pucker with a bright pink shade, like Stila’s lip enamel in Pretty pink. Last but most definitely not least, the naughty touch: the skipper hat from Hugo Pratt (it’s for men but, to heel with it! If it looks good, it’s a keeper!).

For all the details on today’s look, you know you have to click here!

That”s it for today folks! Tomorrow’s round-up: Elie Saab, Chanel, LousVuitton and more! You have to check back to get the scoop on those french giants!

Sweet kisses and lots of love!

Photos: style.com
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
All texts are written by me. PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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Fall Couture 2011: THE MEMORABLE

Twice a year in Paris, we get to see more than fashion and trends, we get to see art on the runways. In those few minutes, the designers give us a piece of their genius, their hard work, drama, elegance, eccentricity, lavishness and luxuriance. Couture is not just a show, it’s art at its best. And this year was no exception, some of them blew our minds, some enriched our pupils, others made us swoon and drool, and others, well let’s just say we’d rather forget. But to my humble opinion there were three who exceeded my expectations.

First honorable mention goes to italian wonder, Giambattista Valli

A game of volume and flowing fabrics. Movement in colorful fucsia and red. Monochromatic floral and animal print embellished with feathers. Garments cinched with golden, baroque belts. Overall, a gorgeous collection, but also a fun one. Fun to watch, would have lots of fun wearing. Lovey Signore Valli.

Sweet’n’Raw’s favorite looks:

A standing ovation to the man of the hour, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

Godesses in gold and white. Heavely bodies wrapped up in beautiful, crafted gowns. Mr. Tisci showcased 10 angel looking beauties, among them my favorite brazilian bombshell, Iza Goulart. White, gold and sheer reigned in Paris for the show. Embrodiery, handwork, lots of it, beading, and more. An exquisite technique that can only belong to the master of darkness, the gread Riccardo Tisci.

Sweet’n’Raw’s favorite looks

Better than ever, Azzedine Alaïa

He has always dealt with fashion his way, he has always done fashion setting his own times. He doesn’t believe in pressure. And this is the result of how he creates. His first Couture in eight years, and it was a great one. Fur, croc-stamped leather in coats, coat dresses, each garment perfectly crafted and tailored. A standing ovation at the end was expected and well deserved.

Sweet’nRaw’s favorite looks

FRONT ROW ROYALTY

Anna dello Russo: Amazingly perfect in every single way

For more Couture and some sunny posts, check back tomorrow. From Acapulco,

Sweet kisses…

Photos: style.com

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The Daily Fashion Bread: July 12, 2011

Hello my sweet readers! After a 5 day pause (I’m so sorry about that) I am back to bring you some freshly baked bread! And since the fashion industry doesn’t stop, even if I am on holiday, here are some highlights.

  • Armani underwear goes bad Hollywood bombshell, Megan Fox, has been replaced! The italian designer has chosen a bad girl as the new spokesperson for the underwear and jeans ad campaigns. With the distinguished Victoria Beckham as his first choice a few years ago and the world’s hottest woman, Miss Fox as his second one, Mr. Armani is spicing things up a bit this year. Rihanna, well known for her daring fashion, risquè outfits and rauchy performances, has already shot the ads that are set to come out this September. Brace yourselfs for some wild photos, sexy poses and a touch of porn. Thank God those ads will be black & white, I’m kind of sick of her channeling Bozo the Clown.

  • Kenzo and Antonio Marras parts ways The LVMH group announced today that the italian designer is to be replaced with retail duo, Humberto de Leon and Carol Lim. The pair behind the store Opening Ceremony were chosen in an attempt to refresh the brand. Opening Ceremony has had major success since the opening in 2002. Antonio Marrras was creative director of the brand for 8 years and has his own brand. Little do we know about his future, but the rumors are starting to say he could be the next head designer at Dior.
  • Mariacarla is on fire The 30 year old italian is better than ever and at the top of her modeling game. At that age, usually modeling careers are over or about to end. But for Mariacarla Boscono, this is not the case. It’s well-known that she is Riccardo Tisci’s muse. But for this season, she seems to be everyone’s favorite girl. We will be seeing her as one of the faces of Givenchy this fall, along with Naomi Campbell and Natalia Vodianova, as the star of Loewe’s glamorous and a bit raw campaign, and with Natasha Poly and Karen Elson for the always dramatic, Roberto Cavalli.
  • Swanepoel is definitely high fashion We know her for her Victoria’s Secret’s wings and some other catwalk now and then. But for this coming season, Candice is the face of the man of the hour (every hour that is), Tom Ford. Shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, the South African beauty showcases a sexy, fierce, glamorous woman. The shots are brigh with color, glossy and with a touch of drama. For the gentleman, Tom has given us the gorgeous Jon Kortajarena, looking slick, sophisiticated and cool.
  • Balenciaga Fall/Winter Campaign Now this is a first! Nicolas Ghesquière has released a backstage video of his new ad campaign, featuring models Liya Kebede, Liisa Winkler, and Julia Nobis. It was shot by Steven Meisel, who has been very busy this year. Click here to see the video.
  • Hermione Granger’s last red carpet This is the last we’ll see of the Harry Potter character, certainly we will be seeing a lot more of the british beauty, Emma Watson. For the New York premiere of the film, Emma chose a daring and interesting Bottega Veneta gown. Not a safe choice, but definitely Miss Granger really pulled it off, as always.
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The Daily Fashion Bread: July 1, 2011

Finally Friday! Lots of things happening this weekend, sales are starting, Prince Albert is marrying Charlene, Kate Moss is tying the knot as we speak, and 4th of July is just around the corner. In the meantime, here is your piece of hot and fashionable bread!Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Hince. A few moments ago, the Royal Wedding of fashion took place. Iconic Kate Moss married rocker Jaime Hince. The supermodel wore a stunning dress made by John Galliano, as it was expected, with a pair of shoes from Manolo Blahnik. The bride looked gorgeous and natural (at least one Kate exceeded my expectations). The Groom was wearing YSL, as was his best man/woman, the fabulous Alison Mossheart. The guests included Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell and Stella McCartney. It’s nice to hear John Galliano’s name again linked to a dress and not to the words court or racism.

  • Fall sneak peek. As the summer season is passing by, the fall campaigns are starting to surface. This week it was Givenchy’s turn, showing legendary model, Naomi Campbell, doing some snarling. Campbell, along with Natalia Vodianova, Kristen McMenamy and Mariacarla Boscono are looking fierce, perfect for Riccardo Tisci’s Pantera mode. WATCH THE MAKING OF HERE  Then we have Chanel’s leaked images, where we can appreciate the fabulous Freja Beha Erichsen channeling a cat. The model was styled by the amazing Carine Roitfeld and shot by the Kaiser himself. We are seeing a lot of wilderness for the coming season, Are you feeling the feline vibe? And last but not least, True Grit’s acting prodigy, Hailee Steinfeld as the star of Miu Miu’s new campaign. The first ads were realeased this week. Shot by Bruce Weber, the young actress looks lovely and chic for the italian brand. Makeup and styling looking not a day over 14. Nice!

  • Victoria Beckham is always news. But this time it’s not about Victoria the mom, but about the fashion designer. Ater the great success of her main line, the former spice girl has just announced the birth of her second and slightly cheaper brand, Victoria by Victoria Beckham. The collection, set to be released for Spring 2012, is very different from her usual creations. Girlier and brighter, she took inspiration from the cartoon character, Emily the Strange. With a bit of a 1960’s vibe, Victoria is also targeting younger costumers. We’ll see how it plays out. Will you be buying?

  • Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani does it again “I dislike men in fashion. I don’t like it when a man dresses as a fashionista. I don’t think it’s attractive at all. Women in fashion, on the other hand, are very attractive. Women can always make you dream.” It’s not the first time the italian editor stris controversy, first with her strong opinions about fashion bloggers, now against men who dress fashionably. She likes to spice things up every once in a while.
  • Former Vogue Russia’s editor gets new gig.With billionaire Vladislav Doronin, also known as Naomi Campbell’s boyfriend and Bernard Runge as investors, Aliona Doletsakaya will be launching Interview magazine Germany and Russia by the end of 2012.
Sweet kisses…
Photos: Styleite, The Daily Mail, Chanel, Miu Miu, Givenchy
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis

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