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MFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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

air

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

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

sport

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

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

inbloom

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

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

cropped

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

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

purple

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

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

stripes

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

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

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

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

pale

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

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

rock

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

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

bejeweled

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

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

tropicana

Palm trees and Hawaiian florals? Yes, please!

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

b&w

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

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

shorty

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

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

shine

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

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

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

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com

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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FALL 2013: A Woman’s Right to Shoes

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Even though we should be enjoying the last days of Summer (at least here in Mexico), it’s already starting to feel like Fall. But rain showers and chilly weather will not stop me from baring my legs and wearing my naked sandals and denim cut-offs. The jacket/tights/coats/boots season is just around the corner and the warmer one won’t arrive until April 2014. But, even though my body and my tan are refusing to accept the fact that Summer went by in a jiffy, my mind is already getting  A/W ready! Before the Fashion Week mayhem begins, I wanted to start with the trends you need to know for the coming season and like every season, today is all about the shoes! The February runways were filled with some fabulous footwear! From revamped classics to futuristic styles, there’s something for everyone and also, it’s always good to try something new even if you think it’s not really gonna be your thing. I’m not a grunge fan, but ever since those tough, cut-out booties came out, I’ve been dying to get a pair for my collection! Ready for some Fall 2013 shoeporn? Let’s start!

dapperdudep

Blame it on Gatsby, blame it on whoever you want but thank God for brogues, loafers and oxford shoes! Being comfy and dressed-up at the same time? Best combo-in-a-shoe ever!

  1. Tod’s
  2. Zara
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Givenchy
  5. ASOS
  6. Miu Miu

flats

Remember the Teacher’s Pet trend I posted last week? Casual footwear has gone good! Shiny Mary-Janes, Penny loafers, tassels and laces are in for the season. Think school girl all the way!

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Zara
  4. Zara
  5. Zara
  6. Saint Laurent

buckles

The Chloé Susanna boots have been around for a couple of seasons and yes, even though buckles have been around for a lifetime, they were the ones that unleashed the “ankle-boot with buckles madness”. They still haunt my dreams and the Zara or Jeffrey Campbell knock-offs just won’t do! Want a little more heel? There are also plenty of buckled styles for you!

  1. Giuseppe Zanotti
  2. Tabitha Simmons
  3. Chloe
  4. Toga Pulla
  5. Altuzarra

jungle

I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while, being an animal print junkie and all! The time has come, the time has come for us to embrace, wear and never take off the colorful, happy and bright animal print pumps! Join the wild and happy army, now!

  1. Brian Atwood
  2. Givenchy
  3. Maison Valentino
  4. Nicholas Kirkwood
  5. Carvela

laces

You know that already (my last post was all about that), bondage is still in and sexier than ever. Personally, I die when I see a sexy heel with laces and this Fall, I think I’m gonna be dying over and over and over!

  1. Zara
  2. Jason Wu
  3. Alexandre Birman
  4. Aquazzurra
  5. Alice + Olivia

toe-caps

Spring 2011, silver toe-caps were major… Fall 2013, any kind of toe-cap is MAJOR and thank God for that. Whether you like a metallic one, a classic black paired up with a little Houndstooth or suede with PVC, possibilities are endless!

  1. Jimmy Choo
  2. Saint Laurent
  3. Paul Andrew
  4. Gianvito Rossi
  5. Gianvito Rossi

meshy

Think cut-outs are sexy? Well, it doesn’t get sexier than mesh in a heel. This season, you can’t possibly survive without a pair of meshy booties or sandals, or pumps, just go out there and buy a pair!

  1. Nicholas Kirkwood
  2. Bionda Castana
  3. Sophia Webster
  4. Sophia Webster
  5. Aquazzurra

cutout

Oh the cut-outs, it’s like an ankle boot with sexiness of a stiletto! It’s powerful and it’s showing a little skin in a season where covering up is almost mandatory. Have you gotten your pair?

  1. Sophia Webster
  2. Gianvito Rossi
  3. Oscar de la Renta
  4. Maison Valentino
  5. Giuseppe Zanotti

retro

I just saw The Great Gatsby and fell in love, not only do I want a guy like Mr. Gatsby but I also want Daisy’s wardrobe  and even though I will not get Miuccia Prada’s dresses anytime soon, I can get her shoes and so can you!

  1. Miu Miu
  2. Charlotte Olympia
  3. Nicholas Kirkwood
  4. Bottega Veneta
  5. Max Kibardin

grungy

The famous or infamous Balenciaga cut-out boots are responsible for this and even if I despised everything about Hedi Slimane’s Fall 2013 collection, I do have to thank him for bringing back the grunge into our lives. I have to admit that this normally would not be my cup of tea, being a sugary, pastel princess. But in fashion and in life, it’s all about trying new things!

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Zara
  4. Zara
  5. Zara

old

One of the biggest trends of the season is “Blast from the past”. It’s all about the retro, the Noir films, the black and white format, the ladylike silhouette. And an old school lady is never really a lady without a pair of old school pumps.

  • Dsquared
  • Zara
  • Zara
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Gucci

CHELSEA

My favorite shoe trend of the season, I’ve been chasing the perfect pair for ages and I’m even trying to convince my brother to get a pair (he is resisting). Have you got your own?

  1. Bottega Veneta
  2. Saint Laurent
  3. Church’s
  4. Kenzo
  5. Burberry Prorsum

shoes

That was the Fall 2013 shoe guide! Start making your list, start shopping and start wearing! Fashion Week is 9 days away, brace yourselves! As always I will be giving you an extensive coverage, looks, trends, calendars, everything you need!

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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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Hey, sexy lady!

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Often, human beings confuse the term trashy with sexy. No, you don’t have to put on perspex platforms and string, Ice-T’s Coco bikinis to look sexy enough by the pool and no, you don’t need to wear garments that risk exposing your lady parts. You can look the part by wearing swimwear that covers and bares in all the right places and pair that bikini up with clothing and accessories with just the right amount of vixen. Club sequins, peep-toe pumps (yes, I’ve seen swimming pool goers wearing them, wishing they would slip so they would learn that those shoes are not meant for beach cruisin’) and underwear (we know Beach Bunny does the whole lingerie bikini look, they actually look like bikinis, your Agent Provocateur padded bra is gorgeous but for your bf’s eyes only) are banned from any pool or beach, so is heavy makeup and false eyelashes. You can be sexy with just a bikini and a nice cover-up! Here’s a list of shapes that will definitely give you that sensual siren look.

sexy lady

 

Hello tan lines! It’s risky and yes, you will get marks of straps all over your torso. Is it sexy without being trashy? Hell, yeah! Whether you go for a one-piece with cut-outs or for a bikini with mutli-strap details, this is one of the best ways to get that sexy lady look.

  • Herve Leger
  • River Island
  • Herve Leger
  • Topshop

Second skin: One of my all-time favorites! The nude bikini is great when you are sporting a great tan (keep it inside your luggage if you are still corpse white), neutrals clash beautifully with sun-kissed skin. Remember that Bo Derek one-piece, beach moment? She was wearing a nude swimsuit.

  • River Island
  • New Look
  • Miu Miu
  • H&M

Itsy Bitsy: Some may say it’s for athletic bodies only, for small breasted girls. Well, guess what? You’ll never know until you try it! I’m a big fan or this shape and I happen to have a full chest, a natural one. What the triangle shape does for me? It lifts them up, some people have even asked me if they are fake.

  • Melissa Odabash
  • Isabel Marant
  • Missoni
  • Gucci

Take the plunge! If you are not sure about the cut-outs, if you want to show some skin in a one-piece, the plunging swimsuit is just the right thing for you! If you are afraid of a nip slip, try one with back-tie for more support!

  • Charlie by Matthew Zink
  • Melissa Odabash
  • Millie
  • Melissa Odabash

 

sexy sel

And now, a selection of garments and accessories to pair uo with your already sexy bikini. As you can see, everything is very subtle, not really over-the top.

  • Neutral nail polish selection, Lancome
  • Jewel flat sandals, Zara
  • Cat-eye sunnies, ASOS
  • Bralet, Nelly’s
  • Bandage one-piece, Herve Leger
  • Leopard playsuit, Mimi Holliday
  • Silk shorts, New Look
  • L’Agent perfume, Agent Provocateur
  • Snakeskin wedges, Sergio Rossi
  • Leopard tote, Roberto Cavalli
  • Bikini top, Isabel Marant
  • Bikini bottom, Zimmermann

That’s a wrap for tofay’s bikini selection! Is the sexy lady you beach style? I sure like it a lot!

Wishing you a great week, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara

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: Mermaid stories and fairy tales

Good Sunday, my sweet readers! Fashion Week ended three weeks ago (a lifetime in Fashion terms). I had planned an entire schedule of runway reviews about Milan and Paris, then I found myself without internet connection for 18 days ( I blame it on the Italian phone company and their wonderful costumer service). Anyway, better late than never, right? And since I take my FW coverage way too serious, I am gonna blast you with catwalks and trends from Spring 2013 until my mission is complete. Today we start reviewing the Glitz and Glamour of Fashion Week, the beautiful city of Milano. Let’s get this runway started!

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Talk about wearable and fabulous. In fashion, almost every collection is composed by looks you can wear and looks that you can’t (unless you are Anna dell Russo, then you can wear whatever you want). When it comes to Ferragamo’s Spring 2013 collection, there wasn’t a single outfit meant just for show, everything was made for us mortals (well, mortals who can actually afford them). With an almost neutral color palette, Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti sent a game of textures and asymmetrical hemlines down the runway. Between the creamy, snakeskin, the metallic fabrics and the leather, choosing a favorite ensemble would be nearly impossible (I’m rooting for the belted, python skirt with the shiny top). It was all so feminine and sexy, but edgy at the same time with all those laces and straps. A hint of S&M? Yes there was, but always keeping it delicate and demure. As for the accessories, as awesome as the garments: caged heels, gladiator sandals, sandal-booties (a big no, no for me usually, but for this babies, I’m willing to make an exception).

MOSCHINO

God bless Rossella Jardini for always granting us a fun breather on Fashion Week. For her Spring 2013 show, the Italian designer was all about optical illusion, short hemlines and her regular, colorful prints. Her inspiration was clear, in a sea of pop art and mod dresses it was all about the 60′s. The show opened with a series of black and white ensembles, then escalading into perky colors and fun patterns. There was a lot of leg flashing, double breasted jackets, stripes (big, big trend this season), simple and flirty mini skirts and even one or two crisp, white outfits.

As for accessories, it was all about sassy helmets, white paste sunnies (very Jackie O), PVC hoops and some serious glittery shoe porn. The groovy vibe was increased by the beauty: big, bouncy and sprayed half updos, shiny eye makeup with bright and happy lips. Our favorite part? The eyelet looks at the end, it was a refreshing finale for her heavy themed collections. We love Mrs. Jardini, because when she picks an inspiration, she is not afraid ob being too literal. A pretty escape from all those conceptual and way-to-serious designers out there.

ALBERTA FERRETTI

A collection worthy of a Queen of the Sea, an ocean nymph. So soft and ethereal one cannot help but be drawn to it. The color palette was an ode to the mermaid, a fantastic and mythical creature that was perfectly represented by Mrs. Ferretti for her Spring 2012 show. The mix of textures was almost harmonic: Chantilly lace, chiffon and silk merged together in the Italian designer’s creations. The lengths went from short and midi, to long and flowy. Among the sea of neutrals and sheer, a few shiny ensembles popped out. As for the gowns, the delicate fabrics were covered in what seemed like sailor nets (the glitter version, of course). It was all so poetic and romantic.

GUCCI

For Gucci this season, it was an unexpected turn from what we are used to seeing from the iconic, Italian brand. There was no trace of Frida Giannini’s powerful and seductive vixen, instead it was all about a bright and colorful lady. The show opened with some solid and bold pink ensembles, then there was royal blue, coral, turquoise, Chartreusse, Gucci’s signature black and to close it up, crisp white. The shapes were simple, but with a lot of movement (she payed a lot of attention to sleeves, adding ruffles, pleats and bubbles). The solids were contrasted with reptile print in different hues, from the classic cream python to pink and aqua snakeskin.

Other prints included 70′s inspired feathers in pajama-like ensembles. As for the accessories, simple dresses were embellished with same-colored, statement jewelry, sandals were part naked, par bondage and the sleek hair allowed the models to showcase some serious statement ear candy. As much as we respect Giannini’s decision to change direction, we have to admit we are more drawn to the sexy ways she is best known for.

BLUMARINE

Speaking of unexpected turns, we are always used to some pretty bold, over-the-top collections from Mrs. Anna Molinari. Remember Fall 2012 and the neon fur and the python print overload? Well this year, it was soft and sweet, mind-blowing soft and sweet. It was all so seasonal and romantic: flowy mini dresses, peasant tops, easy trousers with embellished tops, chiffon garments with crystal and sequin appliques, gathered skirts and a beautifully done dip-dye. It was a feminine delight, one I’d be loving to wear each and every single day of the week (when the sucky Winter bows goodbye).

LOOK OF THE DAY

Simple look, but always chic. A leather skirt is always a staple inside our wardrobes. Pair it up with a graphic sweatshirt (a must-have piece for Fall 2012) and you’ve got a winning combo. The cool and fun twist? A pair of solid ankle boots to pump things up. For accessories, sticking to black and gold is just what the Doctor ordered.

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

We still have a bunch of reviews from Spring 2013. Bear with me, I’ll make it quick!

Happy Sunday

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, Opening Ceremony, J. Crew, Chanel, Polyvore

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MFW COVERAGE: Moschino’s girls just wanna have fun!

The first post from MFW is finally here (even though Paris is halfway through) and I couldn’t be happier! I always  love the Italian part of this fashion month, the designers always throw in that special pinch of glamour on the runways. The line-up is so stellar that picking shows to review is always a difficult task. For you today, Gucci’s sexy vixens, Bottega’s classy ladies, Versus and the underground and more. Without further ado, let’s start this reviewing mayhem!

MOSCHINO

Moschino’s shows are always about having fun looking good. From start to finish, they are delectable and this season was no exception. With a primary and basic color palette that included bright red, royal blue, pretty yellow and black, Rosella Jardini presented a cute, cute collection. Among the key elements was the skirt suit (this trend’s popularity keeps on growing and growing), military and double-breasted coats, my beloved pussybow blouses and feathers.

Signora Jardini paired everything up with leather cowboy hats, futuristic eyewear, platform sandals with a double button detail, patent leather booties and quilted bags. The show stealers: Miss Cara Delevigne, the show closer (and my favorite girl of the moment) and those two dressy numbers she wore on the runway. A lesson we always get from Moschino, don’t take life to seriously and learn to have fun!

FRANCESCO SCOGNAMIGLIO

Well talk about the unexpected with Francesco Scognamiglio’s Fall 2012 show. We were getting used to his dramatic, baroque and detailed creations when… Bam! He takes it down a couple of notches. It was a rather sober runway from what we usually see from this italian designer. Black, salmon, light gray and a beautiful metallic green was his color palette for the season. Textures and fabrics included leather, silk, wool and even some eel skin (used to perfection by lovely Proenza Schouler for Spring 2012). The elements? Major leg-flashing, geometric shapes, lamp shade skirts with leather hems, oversized coats (major trend for the next season) thigh slits and one or two grapefruit numbers to throw us a bit out of balance.

GUCCI

For this show, Miss Frida Giannini took her powerful and sensual amazons to a time of decadence, that was the inspiration for Gucci’s creative director. The color palette was as dark as the garments and the collection’s mood: eggplant, crimson, touches of blue, an interesting and unusual shade of green and of course, black. Sheer, volume, draping and movement, Giannini’s signature elements, were all over the catwalk.

Among the pieces were beautifully constructed capes, slouchy trousers paired up with shiny boots, velvet garments with artistic draping and that green, feather cropped coat that will haunt my dreams from now on until I get to touch it. The last part of the runway show was hypnotizing, with those dark and flowy, transparent gowns, embellished in all the right places.

VERSUS

May I just say that Donatella Versace and Chrisopher Kane make a hell of a team, and by looking at this collection, an electric one as well. The inspiration was the Camden underground scene and the color palette was so alive that you could almost feel that electricity running through your veins: Yellow, turquoise, fuchsia, crimson and blue took the catwalk mixed in with sequins, see-through lace, woven pieces and the furry coats… Sweet Jesus, those furry coats! Mr Kane is the best thing that could ever happen to Versace’s younger sister, Versus. B-R-A-V-O!

BOTTEGA VENETA

What’s Bottega Veneta all about? Luxury, class and sophistication. What was this collection alla about? Exactly that. Thomas Maier sent out the runway a bunch of dark-lipped, sharply dressed glamazons that embodied the perfect BV woman. Precise tailoring on coats and trousers, beautifully constructed peplums and embellishments were among the collection´s key elements.

Color palette was mainly dark, except fotr a happy pink and an oyster look. The show had its fair share of evening wear: a giant, volume peplum in one gown, texture madness on another, jewel embellishments and that corseted dress worn by runway favorite, Karmen Pedaru. With Bottega, success is always guaranteed.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Primary color-blocking, that’s what this look is all about. I chose a pair of skinny, navy jeans from ZARA. I tucked in a see-trough, mustard lacy top, also from ZARA (remeber to wear a beige bra with good coverage). To contrast with this two strong colors, an Emerald green blazer with gathered sleeves. For the shoes, the cutest pair of peep-toe, mary-janes from Rupert Sanderson (I’d sleep in this shoes if I could).

For the bag, a bit of tan and basic: Dolce & Gabbana’s lovely St. Tropez tote. For accessories, to dress up the t-shirt, a Betsey Johnson necklace and the classic green Arty ring from YSL for your fingers. The final touch: a fiery pucker with Lancome’s L’absolut Rouge.

You can get all the dirty deets on this look on FASHIOLISTA.

Italian’s sure know how to do glamour and fashion right? That’s why I moved here. J’adore Milano!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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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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Flashy Fancy Pants

Jade, Fuchsia, Peacoat, Red, Mustard or Metallic?

It’s one of the biggest trends of the season and definitely a very much needed one. The bright pants are in and are here to stay. For this gray and cold Fall days (today here in Milan felt like a harsh Winter one) all we need is some hues to cheer us up! And that’s what the pants will be doing for us the rest of the season, as for me I plan on getting some color on my legs (colored fabric that is, my skin is so pasty Casper is starting to look orange next to me). The fun thing about it all is that the range is so wide, you can choose the hue that you like best, or the one that suits you better or that shade you have always been afraid to try (hello silver pants for me).

  • If you are a sexy siren, then Jade’s your thing (as seen in Gucci)
  • A head turner? Go with Fuchsia (as seen in Alberta Ferretti)
  • Feeling blue? Peacoat (as seen in Jil Sander and Miu Miu)
  • If you wanna start a fire, you should go with Red (as seen in Hermés and Prabal Gurung)
  • Not on my sandwich Mustard (as seen in Acne and Peter Som)
  • The ultimate disco diva in metallic trousers (as seen in Balmain and Gareth Pugh)
Guess what’s next? Six gorgeous looks with bright pants! Check back later on the week for updates on this trend!
Sweet kisses…
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
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MFW Coverage: Remeber the Titans

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Hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week has come to an end, leaving my brain completely overloaded with runways, trends, shows and more. The weather is finally cooling off a bit, I wish my brain would do too but my blog’s to-do list is endless and I have to keep up (and speed up) with the posting. This is the last one from the MFW series, and of course we left the titans for last. Milan Fashion Week’s schedule is packed with some of the biggest names in fashion, legendary and that have been around for several years (or decades) now. I have given you Prada, Bottega and Versace, now I have for you the rest of the italian sharks. Let’s start our round-up with one of my momma’s faves:

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO S/S 2012

Color explosion suits just fine the classic Ferragamo woman. It was a collection that had Massimiliano Giornetti’s signature style all over, the elegance, the glamour and the slickness, but all of that with a twist. It was a tropical jungle, it was the clash of the colors, it was unrestrained but never over the top, always keeping it ladylike. The getaway collection was full of bold and fun prints, chiffon and slik. Everything was flashy, starting with that fabulous berry leopard print jumpsuit and the major color blocking usage.

The working girl image was left aside, leaving room for the one who jet sets across the globe or rocks the red carpet looks like no one else (mark my words, when the Hollywood awards season begins, a few of this gorgeous creations will be worn by some major A-listers).The color palette: bold, bold, bold… Bright pink and red, purple and electric blue. Our lust-worthy looks: those shiny pantsuits with the flashy tops and the colorful clutch, ADORO!

DOLCE & GABBANA S/S 2012

Since the show, I have not been able to get that “Mambo Italiano” song off my head! This past seasons the italian duo has really been keeping up the good work. First came the white lace madness (one of the best collections for S/S 2011), then they filled the runway with stars and now it was all about the garden prints and italian cuisine. Eggplants, cherry tomatoes, red pepperoncinos and garlic, yes garlic made their way into the beautiful garments presented by Domenico and Stefano. It was another gorgeous homage to their Scilian woman, this time with a 1050′s vibe and a Sophia Loren inspiration. They always make the best out of their italian heritage. This boys are proud of being italian and not afraid of showing it, and we thank them for that!

The show was filled with prints and textures, sheer chiffon, lace and embellishments, even some garments made out of plastic. As always, D&G’s favorite girls, brazilian bombshells Isabeli Fontana and Iza Goulart walked the runway, alongside other stars like Abbey Lee, Jacquelyn Jablonski and Karlie Kloss. For accessories, you can’t help but smile at the garlic and pasta earrings. The footwear was beyond cute and the venue was spectacular. The finale: like no other!

GUCCI S/S 2012

Frida Giannini and her powerful women walked again the MFW runway, and as always, with great success. The italian designer showcased a collection with a simple color palette: black, green, white and gold, but the way this four colors were paired up was strikingly beautiful! It was an architectural collection: the shapes, the garments. Everything was perfectly constructed and everything had a reason. The collection started out with a series of jacket and trousers looks, escalating little by little into those stunning dresses in the end.

It was hard not to stare, it was impossible not to drool. It was the flapper girl reloaded, it wasn’t just about sexy, it was about strength and power. 1920′s reloaded, 1920′s to conmemorate the time when the famous italian house was born. It was all so rich, all so opulent and all so beautiful. Frida Giannini can never get it wrong, she continues to prove it.

ROBERTO CAVALLI S/S 2012

It was lavish, it was rich, it was baroque, it had Roberto Cavalli written all over. The italian designer is famous for his extravagant and sexy couture. His woman was always been a wild one, one that is not afraid to show off, to go over the top and to turn some heads while she struts. He is the king of the urban jungle and this collection was no different from that signature style of his. It all started off dramatically as expected, with a serious splash of gold sequins, a reflection of the glamour and luxury in the collection.

Prints were everywhere, from the always present animal one to bright and vivid ones with a more boheiman vibe to them. Metallic and lace details, pantsuits and plissè skirts. It was albout the gold (funny take on Italy’s economic situation), the emboridery and the florals. Tuxedo jackets were all over the place in different textiles and textures, with trousers, skirts and even with long, elegant gowns. Mr. Cavalli gave us what is usually expected from him. The woman he portrayed: always strong and seductive, as always.

GIORGIO ARMANI S/S 2012

It was classic Armani and it was ladylike. The tailoring was precise and clean to perfection, Giorgio knows how to execute flawlessly. It was a collection full of light hence the textures and materials. The show was opened by the one and only Coco Rocha, the italian designer’s catwalk was the only one she did for the season. Cigarette pants with a slit down the hem, sharply tailored jackets, simple and silky strapless dresses and structured tops, all in soft and watery hues. For the finale, Giorgio Armani sent out three models, dripping in shimmery sequins. His guest of honor, of course, Princess Charlene of Monaco.

LOOK OF THE DAY

For our last day in the italian capital of fashion, my lovely Milan we had to go all out! And this beautiful dress from TOPSHOP is the perfect choice to do so. The spots, the shape and the colors give it an instant Old School glamour air. To give it a fun twist, a more casual belt made out of cord from Marni. To keep on twisting and having fun, this Vionnet leather sandals in pink and gold fall perfectly into place with the rest of our ensemble.

For accessories, the Miu Miu oversized clutch in black. The frame and the shape make it look almost vintage! And since we are going for some kind of vintage glamour, it’s the missing piece in our puzzle. For jewelry, a floral embellished crystal bangle and a pair of clip-on earrings. For a touch of drama, Essie’s Carry On from their latest fall collection.

For beauty, a simple updo with a high bun will do and light, natural, simple make up.

Remeber, for all the details on the look, check out my MFW LOOKS list at Fashiolista! Click here

Now that we are done with Milan, let’s move on to the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, PARIGI! Check back this week for PFW’s runway reviews and looks of the day.

Sweet kisses…

PS: Lots of surprises, new sections and more coming up on the blog! Don’t miss them!

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Summer Getaways: THE CITY BLONDE

Hello sweet readers, as I told you in my previous post, this is the second part of my Summer Getaways series of posts. As you should know by now (if not click HERE to read my previous post), this is Anita, otherwise known as Countess Winston. A girl who is all about allowing herself to get blinded by big city lights. Her favorite vacation spot, the great city of New York. No, on her itinerary there’s no visitng the Statue of Liberty, nor the Met or Times Square. Instead she loves to wander the streets in the search of that perfect cup of coffee, that vintage shop filled with treasures disguised as bargains. Under a Central Park tree is the perfect place to find inspiration, she’s a writer. She loves nothing more than Sunday brunch,flea markets and old bookshops. And when it gets darker, drinks are in order, followed by some dinner and dinner followed by more drinks!

So here for you, two looks, one for day, one for a night out in the gorgeous NYC!

DAY LOOK

Wether you are taking a stroll, a long walk in the park, visiting Moma or just having some brunch, this outfit is perfect for a casual and hot day in the Big Apple. I chose an emerald green chiffon playsuit. Short and flirty, perfect for the Summer. And in my very personal opinion, this green is going to be huge this coming season, so start greening your closet. To refresh the look, a blush kimono with a butterfly print from TOPSHOP. The kimono is also a key piece that every girl should have in her wardrobe, it has te power of giving your outfit a twist. As for shoes, I would love to be able to wander around the city in sky-high heels, but since bleeding feet are not attractive at all, flats are the way to go. This cute and pointy ballerina from ASOS seems to fall perfectly into place with the whole ensemble.

For accessories, this Gucci Lattice leather tote in taupe, a metallic owl vintage looking bangle, Isabel Marant’s “For the Queen” opal ring and for your paws, Essie’s Master Plan.

NIGHT LOOK

A night out in a big cosmopolitan city calls for a big cosmopolitan outfit! New York is a one of the world’s nightlife meccas. So that’s the time to put your chic on. I chose a skin-tight, high waisted python print skirt from ASOS. Remember, python is the new leopard. I paired it up with a long sleeved blouse with a twisted hem, also from TOPSHOP. To give it a touch of colorful fun, a pair of platform courts in Teal.

For accessories, Alexander McQueen’s military skull leather box clutch in black. A pair of gold stone tassel drop earrings and a claw with a black stone ring, both form River Island. For your manicure, Illamasqua’s nail polish in Load. For beauty, go for an updo. With the dangling earrings, you don’t want a whole bunch of hair hanging around your face. Give the earrings the importance they deserve.

 So there you have it, two very summery and very New York outfits for your getaway! I hoped you like it. Next up, Summer Getaways: ST. TROPEZ

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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