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NY’s FINEST SPRING 2014 part 1

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They were the cream of the crop and the best of the bunch. NYFW has so much to offer each season, and between the new talent, the regulars and the stars, it’s always hard to choose my top 10. This year though, it was kind of a no-brainer. I had expectations about some shows and I definitely wasn’t expecting to get that pleasant surprise from so many others. There were lots of trends and styles, as you might have seen in my previous post. I chose my top shows based on color combos (you know I’m completely biased when presented with a pastel color palette), wearability, originality and  visual impact. So here for you today, the first part of my top 10 list from the NYFW Spring 2014 runways.

honor

First time Honor makes it on to my list and after this six snaps from the runway, you have to understand the reason. I am traditional when it comes to the seasons, I love when a Spring collection feels like Spring and that’s exactly the vibe I got from this catwalk. That air of vintage romance, the gowns filled with details and dramatic ruffles, the smart beautiful use of lace, sheer in all the right places and dressy shorts, I’m a sucker for dressy shorts. The color palette was soft, the prints were powerful but played beautifully with the shades and everything looked picture perfect with a pair of pointy flats. Overall, a delightful collection with a touch of retro.

wesgordon

I’ve been a fan for a couple of seasons now but it’s the first time this young designer presents on a runway, rather than on a presentation. His collection was a clash between the pretty and the rough. Pastels (lavender, mint, vanilla) and white were paired against gray shades and the always resourceful, black. Midi skirts in lace and silk and delicate knits were paired up against candy-colored biker jackets (one of the trends I presented to you yesterday). And the footwear…. Those PVC, toe-capped ankle boots deserve standing ovation, at least from me!

j.crew

You may agree with me or not. Fact is, I am completely biased when it comes to J.Crew. After the Lyons takeover, the brand I used to dub a dull and boring, has become a personal favorite. In front of my eyes, J.Crew can do no wrong! For Spring 2014, J.Crew went to Maui. Surfer chic is back but not in that literal “Tommy Hilfiger with the neoprene and zippers” kind of way. This was more subtle and with the kind of swag we always get from this brand’s flawless styling. The collection featured mostly trousers: printed, with textures, wide, tapered. The t-shirt had a strong presence in the collection and the cherry on top of the cake? Sophia Webster designed the shoes! I already have a piggy bank with the following label: “Sophia Webster for J.Crew polka dot pumps”.

del pozo

First time ever also for Delpozo on my list. He got my attention last Fall, but he definitely got my heart racing this season. Romance doesn’t even begin to cover it! It was a beautiful display of fashion, of tailoring, a breathtaking game of volumes and lengths. The color palette went from sugary shades to bolder ones. There were textures involved, prints as well and of course, beautiful embellishments. The garden-like runway played perfectly against the Spanish designer’s elaborate garments. It could’ve turned out to be a little costumey, but it had just the perfect amonut of drama. And that metallic bow sandal? I don’t know how I will manage to get that inside my closet, but I will. Mark my words!aliceolivia

After a few seasons of the same (fruity and flowery prints, pleats, wide belts), I was starting to feel a little bored with Stacy Bendet’s aesthetics. After the Spring 2014 collection, she really managed to give her audience a fresh breath of air. With a creamy and old school glamour setting, the clothes came alive even if most of the color palette was as neutral as the background. The mint show-opener was a good as a show-opener can get (cropped top with a volume, full skirt? yes please). The thigh-high ivory boots with the toe-cap, a dream come true. The use of lace, the pairings, the styling, it was all so beautiful, all so meticulous but at the same time, all so clean. That’s what I call to hit the ball out of the ballpark!

That was the first part of my top 10 list. Tomorrow I will reveal the first five spots so stay tuned! In the meantime, let’s enjoy Milan Fashio Week (even if for the first time in five years, I’m not there to witness it).

Sweet kisses…

lustrations: 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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NYFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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NYFW ended about a week ago and with an endless line-up, it takes some time to review and identify the strongest trends and colors of the coming season. As always, there were lots of surprises, new styles, comebacks and more! I wanted to present to you no more than 10 trends but it was impossible to narrow them down (I ended up with 20). Best thing about it? There’s something for everyone and pastels for me, yay! Let’s start!

sweatsForget about your classic pullover, it’s all about sheer panels, textures, graphics and even sequins this Spring!

  1. 3.1 Phillip Lim
  2. Alexander Wang
  3. Prabal Gurung
  4. Reed Krakoff

powdery

Powdery is the new nude! Pale blue, pale peach and pastel gray will be everywhere next season!

  1. Jason Wu
  2. Marchesa
  3. Narciso Rodriguez
  4. Tocca

shorts

The short suit has been around for a while now. But this Spring, forget about the blazer combo it’s more like a twinset.

  1. Alice + Olivia
  2. J. Mendel
  3. J. Crew
  4. Michael Kors

festival

For all of you, Coachella junkies, this season you’ll have a lot of garments to choose from. Festival fashion has gone from a style to a trend.

  1. Anna Sui
  2. Naeem Khan
  3. Donna Karan
  4. Rebecca Minkoff

slit

Spring 2014 will not only be about leg flashing, is all about thigh flashing!

  1. Altuzarra
  2. Ralph Rucci
  3. Rodarte
  4. Thakoon

cropped

We need to keep on crunching like crazy because cropped tops will be the strongest trend of Spring 2014.

  1. Rag & Bone
  2. Peter Som
  3. Narciso Rodriguez
  4. Jill Stuart

90sNobody saw this one coming but the nineties are back (all new and improved, of course)!

  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Rag & Bone
  3. DKNY
  4. Rodarte

oarty hem

Pretty hems with tons of volume, ladylike and beautiful!

  1. Cynthia Rowley
  2. DKNY
  3. Victoria Beckham
  4. Oscar de la Renta

surferBring on the neoprene, the zippers and the tropical florals, surf’s up this Spring!

  1. Tommy Hilfiger
  2. J. Crew
  3. Cynthia Rowley
  4. Calla

white

White trousers will be next season what leather pants are this Fall, a must-have!

  1. Calvin Klein
  2. Helmut Lang
  3. J. Crew
  4. Helmut Lang

sequins

Shiny disco ball? Hell, yeah!

  • Jason Wu
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs

sheer

Sheer panels are always in trend, but when you add some texture, you definitely get the peek-a-boo effect!

  1. Oscar de la Renta
  2. J. Mendel
  3. Jill Stuart
  4. Oscar de la Renta

pastels

Two Springs ago pastels were the strongest trend of the season, this Spring, they are back!

  1. Rebecca Minkoff
  2. Philosophy
  3. Alexander Wang
  4. Prabal Gurung

slip

Lingerie has been around for ages, but for Spring 2014, the slip will be your best friend!

  1. Jason Wu
  2. Thakoon
  3. Jill Stuart
  4. Tocca

wallpaper

Flowers are always very resourceful for Spring but for the coming season, we are really embracing wallflowers!

  1. Honor
  2. Marc Jacobs
  3. Tory Burch
  4. Oscar de la Renta

blue

Last season, it was all about the greens. This coming season, it’s all about the blues!

  1. Ralph Lauren
  2. Honor
  3. Jenny Packham
  4. Sachin + Babi

preppy

Tennis jumpers, pleated skirts, mod dresses and polo shirts, preppy is back!

  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Karen Walker
  3. Ralph Lauren
  4. Ruffian

citrus

I’ve never been a fan of citric shades, but it looks like I’m gonna have to start  liking them.

  1. Oscar de la Renta
  2. Costello Tagliapietra
  3. Ralph Lauren
  4. Lela Rose

golden

We all love gold and shiny clothes, so did the designers when thinking about next Spring!

  1. Altuzarra
  2. Creatures of the Wind
  3. Josie Natori
  4. Kate Spade

bikerBikers with nice and romantic dresses? Never say never until you give it a try!

  1. Jason Wu
  2. Ruffian
  3. Ralph Lauren
  4. Robert Rodriguez

What’s your favorite NYFW trend? I’m all about the slip, the powdery shades and of course, the pastels!

Sweet kisses…

llustrations: 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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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Hello, Sailor!

sailor cover

Hell, hello my sweet readers! Summer has just started (Mexico City did not get that memo, rainy season in London seems nothing compared to this) and I can’t wait to pack my bikinis and leave again to a sunny destination! This is the fifth post from our Bikini Season special. Today’s style is not the newest of trends but a classic one: a sailor bikini is a must in every girl’s Summer closet. This beachwear trend lets you play the mix & match game (stripes with polka dots, anchors with solids and so on), it gives that old school, retro vibe we all love and it looks great with a tan and a skipper hat (you may laugh, but skipper caps are more fun than a straw or Panama hat). To start with today’s post, I made a Sailor Cheat Sheet, everything you’ll need to put together the “Ahoy, mate” look! Let’s start:

sailor chart

The balconette bra: It’s flattering for any boob style (padded for those who have less, with good coverage and underwire for those who have more) and it looks great with any bikini bottom. Look for a navy one with prints or with draping details for a retro vibe.

  • Topshop
  • J.Crew
  • Topshop
  • River Island
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Heidi Klein

The stripes: Nothing says sailor like a stripe bikini. Buy a two piece so you can mix the top or the bottom with other prints or solid pieces. A stripe one-piece? It’s a risk but one you must not be afraid of! Try it!

  • J.Crew
  • Vix
  • By Malene Birger
  • Dorothy Perkins

Polka dots: Also a classic, always a classic when it comes to swimwear. Polka dots have a great retro vibe and a touch of Lolita. Don’t be afraid to mix up the colors, the size of the dots and the prints. Have fun!

  • Seafolly
  • NewLook
  • J.Crew
  • Rosamosario

Solid bottoms: Like the lovely France flag, get one blue, one white and one navy. Solids are the best way to reinvent your bikinis. And when it comes to the sailor style, this three colors will go with every stripe, every dot and every nautical motif.

  • Heidi Klein
  • Violet Lake
  • La Perla
  • Orlebar Brown
  • River Island
  • J. Crew

sailor

Now I have a garment and accessory selection so you can rock on the sailor style this Summer:

  1. White bikini top, Heidi Klein
  2. Anchor bikini bottom, J.Crew
  3. Striped slippers, Zara
  4. Anchor tee, By Malene Birger
  5. Drawstring shorts, Eberjey
  6. Straw hat, Eugenia Kim
  7. Nail polish selection, Dior
  8. Stripe dress, SEA
  9. Cherry in the Air perfume, Escada
  10. Navy sunnies, Balenciaga
  11. Red rope sandals, RED Valentino
  12. Quilted bag, Moschino
  13. Striped bikini top, Topshop
  14. Stripes bikini bottom, EJE

That’s a wrap! Hope you like this style as much as I like it! Soon, new surprises, more illustrations and of course, more Summer fashion! Don’t miss it!

Sweet kisses…

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

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BIKINI SEASON 2013: The Boho Babe

boho babe cover

Another day, another post, my sweet readers! This is the second part from our long, long Bikini Season 2013 coverage and so far, I’m loving putting these together for you (I hope you are enjoying them as well). The Boho trend is always around when it comes to beachwear! the paisley, the embroidery, the gypsy floral print, the Broderie Anglaise and the always favorite crochet are Summer regulars. Last S/S was all about the crochet mini shorts, this season, it’s all about the ones with the boho print (thanks, Isabel Marant for that). The multi-strap sandals are also another style that comes straight from the runway, it’s all about gladiators, gladiators, gladiators! And when it comes to bikinis: embroideries, bohemian patterns, knit bottoms and more. The ultimate boho piece? A kimono with a cool pattern. Trust me, the kimono is the ultimate beach cover-up: you get to show skin and your bikini instead of enclosing them inside a dress or a playsuit. Here are some fun garments for you to check out, in case the boho babe is your beachwear style!

boho babe sel

  1. Printed kimono, Athena Procopiou
  2. Paisley shorts, Isabel Marant
  3. Lightweight top, Topshop
  4. Round sunnies, J.Crew
  5. Bikini separates, Emamó
  6. Salmon cover-up, Melissa Odabash
  7. Crochet one-piece, JETS
  8. Multi-strap heel, J.Crew
  9. Nail polish trio, Dior Vernis
  10. Tan shoulder bag, Chloé
  11. Falling in love perfume, Philosophy
  12. Gladiator sandals, Aldo

That’s it for today! What’s your favorite beach style? Drop me a line!

Sweet kisses…

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

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SPRING GROCERIES, part 1

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Spring has definitely Sprung! Trees are growing their leaves, flowers are blooming, my coats and boots are stored in boxes and my feet are pedicure ready for sandals and barely there heels. Prior to Sweet n’raw’s Fashion Week special, we began covering this season’s strongest trends: Emerald, the Beetlejuice stripes, the palate cleansers, the floral prints and more. But there’s one thing about trends, no everyone likes to follow them and they don’t suit everyone who attempts to wear them. That’s why I have made my grocery list (Ok, ok! Shopping list… if only grocery shopping was that fun), packed with all the items that one must own this Spring and Summer and classified into colors, patterns and prints and even occasions. Over the next few days, I will be showing you two parts of the list in one post (I don’t want to bore the socks out of you with endless images and texts that resemble a puberty diary) and then we will be moving on to another section: How to wear our recently purchased “groceries”. So get your note pad and star scribbling, and then the fun part, start crossing out the items you already have or have just bought! Ready?

bolder

Prints and patterns are the best way to give that basic pair of pants the ultimate twist or to spice up an entire ensemble. This Spring, they are getting bolder and more fun than ever. Here’s the items you simply must have in your closet:

  1. The statement wedges: Whether you go for patterns, graphic or fabric prints, a flashy wedge sandal is a must this Spring. Charlotte Olympia and Zara have a great selection, but this Sergio Rossi pair took my breath away.
  2. Volume + stripes: Skirts with some structure always come in handy when creating playful looks, add some stripes (one of the biggest trends this season) and you have a winner. Skirt is from MSGM.
  3. Peplum with a twist: Last Fall, the peplum was everywhere! This Spring, it stuck around but with a new twist: colorful printed and textured. This fierce little number is from Preen.
  4. Tribal clutch: We all know and probably own tribal skirts and mini shorts, but how about some tribal arm candy? Zara has a bunch of options, including the one in the picture.
  5. Bold and flat: Long, pointy and flat is the new ballerina. Don’t discard them until you try them. This printed pair is from Zara.
  6. Head-turning trainers: Isabel Marant set them loose and we have loved and worshipped high-tops ever since then. Leave it to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to put some silk and prints into the already lovely equation.
  7. Wild jacquard: I have to blame Jenna Lyons for my jacquard pants obsession and thank the rest of the designers who followed. This Spring is not only about printed pants, it’s also about the texture. Pants, Kenzo.
  8. Show-stopping shift: With the digital print revolution, you don’t need to spend $3,000 on a Mary Katrantzou or Peter Pilotto (pictured) dress. A shift with a bold pattern is a life savior when the heat is unbearable: you’ll look cute and put together, but you’ll feel comfy and fresh.
  9. Pattern knits: Fall gave us graphic jumpers, Spring is giving us patterned ones. Ideal for when creating texture and print mash-ups. Jonathan Saunders (pictured) has a great selection.
  10. Shorty and spotty: A major staple and one that I can guarantee you’ll use over and over are a pair of leopard shorts.
  11. Red bright lips: It’s all about a bright, almost orange pucker this Spring.
  12. Colorful crochet: Bold colors and Missoni? What’s not to love?

love notesRomantic pieces are not only pretty but also useful. You can get playful with them, pair them up with unexpected pieces: a biker jacket perhaps, or some hardcore boots on a lacey dress. You can put together a girly and ladylike ensemble. This season you will need the following:

  1. Pastel wedges: Pink, powder blue, minty or lavender, you choose! Stella McCartney is responsible for this darling babies.
  2. Retro sunnies: Think ladies of Mad Men, maybe Jackie O if she is more your style. Stella is also responsible for this pair.
  3. Firty skirt: flouncy with volume and in a pretty color and fabric. It’s not only for dressing up but can also be worn off-duty with a sheer tank or a tee. This pink number is from Miu Miu.
  4. Ruffle top: Chloe did ruffles, so did Gucci and Balenciaga. And since the white Chloe shift is almost unreachable, a romantic ruffled blouse is the perfect substitute. Blouse, Chloe
  5. Vivid bikini: Zimmermann has the best shapes when it comes to swimwear, but also the best prints. They make the most vivid and romantic, almost retro floral prints and you, my friend, need to own one of their bikinis.
  6. Princess flats: I assume you already have your mirrored heels, but you definitely need your glittery and sparkly pair of flats. Perfect fo when you want to add a touch of bling to an off-duty look or when you want to ditch the heels for an evening and still look picture perfect.
  7. Floral pants: Choose your style: harem, tapered, skinny, capri or wide. This come from the extraordinary mind of J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons.
  8. Creamy & lacy: A dress, no matter the length or shape, no matter the sleeves or the neckline, in creamy lace will always come in handy when it comes to sunny weather. This piece of art is from Jesus del Pozo.
  9. The pretty clutch: Pretty colors and heavy embellishment make this kind of bag the perfect companion for an important event or a fancy dinner. Purse, Lanvin
  10. Cutie pie jumper: Last Fall, Graphic knits were all about mad dogs, growling tigers, fierce eagles. This Spring is all about deers, pretty birds, cute cats and darling doggies.
  11. Floral shorts: I don’t need to say anything more, you should know by now that this are a must. Peter Som makes this pink pair.
  12. Afternoon tea heels: I have named them that way for a reason: Think about the kind of shoes you would wear if invited to an afternoon tea party in a garden. Ankle straps, printed fabric, girly details. You can find this pair on Zara.

There you go, from the bold to the lovely. Are this items already inside your closet? If not, start looking! On tomorrow’s post I will give you the on duty and off-duty items, don’t miss it!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Topshop, 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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You’re invited, bring a gift…

invitation

Remember that SATC episode called “A woman’s right to shoes”? The one where Carrie’s Manolos get stolen at a friend’s party and she refuses to pay for them? I was watching (again) that episode last night and with my b-day coming up in two days, I had one thought: brides-to-be and pregnant ladies get to register and have the presents they really want or need. What do I, an unmarried gal with no kids (and no desire for them), get? I get Christmas and one birthday a year (but they do too) and I should be able to register for the gifts I do desire. That’s why, prior to my twenty something birthday, I made my list. I know that that list will probably be ignored by my dearly beloved, especially the $1,400 Versace Gladiator boots (thanks to Lena Perminova, I dream of them every single night). So if your birthday is near, make your list and take a look at mine. You might get inspired!

gift bday

  1. Faith Connexion sweatshirt with leather inserts My love for sweatshirts just keeps on growing. Sweatshirt+mint+leather? Sign me in!
  2. Urban Decay’s NAKED palette This should be a part of every girl’s makeup bag. I still don’t have mine and I’d really like to own it now!
  3. Zara biker blazer If a biker and a blazer had a child, this would be it. Plus, it’s a great staple for those Spring windy nights.
  4. Versace caged boots Just look at them, fall in love…
  5. Victoria’s Secret TEASE perfume I don’t care about the scent, the bottle is so darn pretty that I need it on my dresser.
  6. Zara lace flats This season is all about dressy flat shoes. This are the perfect alternative when ditching heels.
  7. J. Crew Edie purse The color, the shape, the retro feel, the price… It’s perfect!
  8. Grace, A Memoir I’ve been wanting to get my hand on Grace Coddington’s memoir for so long. You can help me, it’s just one Amazon click away.
  9. Tom Ford Santal Blush scent Tom Ford beauty, need I say more?
  10. Sephora by OPI Spring collection Creamy, pretty and lovely, ideal for Spring
  11. Zara mirror heels I’m obsessed with metallic footwear this season.
  12. Eberjey pajama set My mom loves to gift pajamas, they always come in handy. This set looks comfy and pretty at the same time (I tend to do the hobo sleepwear thing, it’s not nice).
  13. Zimmermann bikini Zimmermann has to be the brand with the loveliest prints and shapes right now. Every single piece of their collections is always covetable. But this number, this number hits just too close to my style.
  14. Layout markers As an illustrator, I do need to complete my marker collection. And as a shoe junkie, I have to admit, I like markers better than shoes.
  15. Stella McCartney sunnies I’ve always been a Ray Ban Aviators girl, but changes are always good.
  16. Zara mirror sandals Minimal and perfect for the season, very Alexander Wang

What’s on your b-day list?

Sweet kisses…

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

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NY’s FINEST, part 2

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It’s MFW day 2, and unlucky us, we woke up this morning to a storm, followed by some light snow. By the time the clock hits 4:00 pm, we will be covered in it. It’s the last post about NYFW, and then we are moving on to the LFW trends! It’s the final countdown, the five shows that made it on to the top: the ringmaster, the prodigy, the surprise, the dynamic duo and even bigger surprise. Are you ready to discover them? Keep on reading!

wang

All eyes were on his show on this edition of NYFW. After all, he is the new Creative Director of Balenciaga, his debut for the French brand is scheduled for Feb. 28. It will be an intimate affair, only a chosen few will get to witness it (Salma, you bitch!). Back to his namesake, leave it to Mr.Wang to completely reinvent the coat. With a basic color palette (black, grey and white), he combined textures and textiles (shiny leather and wool, silk and fur, leather and fur), he draped, he folded and he killed it. The fun detail? Boxing fur gloves and sweater-covered shoes! I may be needing those next Winter. Overall, this was a sartorial sneak peek of what we may be seeing on Balenciaga next week. Is he gonna be able to fill Ghesquiere’s gigantic shoes?

j.crew

I bet you didn’t expect this one, right? With Jenna Lyons on the steering wheel, J. Crew has really been stepping up its game. The Fall 2013 collection was a celebration of all that hard work, but more importantly, it really put J.Crew up there, where the big shot designers live. Every single piece of the presentation was covetable and wearable. The mash-ups were out of this world: colors, florals, herringbone, embllishments and jacquard played beautifully together. The highlight? The coats and the shoes. Those colorful ankle straps and the metallic t-bars will be everywhere next season, mark my words. To Jenna Lyons, you are simply the best!

marc jacobs

Marc has been around for quite a while and he is the ringmaster of NYFW. He has the “big dramatic show” syndrome, like fellow designer Karl Lagerfeld. The difference between these two? Call it age or whatever… With the seasons, Karl’s creations drown in the set (they are not as powerful as they used to be). Marc on the other side, his sets really empower his collections (they work together and they deliver). For this season, he took the concept of evening pajamas to a whole new level. The color palette was soft, but the textures and the fabric were out of this world. The show was all about shiny, almost liquid gowns, beautiful knitwear adorned with lavish, fur stoles and hotpants, lots of them. It was all paired up with retro, ankle-strap sandals.

p schouler

Lázaro and Jack have accustomed us to their crazy mix of prints and beautiful embroideries. This season, we definitely were not expecting what came down the runway: Neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals. They clearly focused on construction, sartorial details and simplicity. But their simplicity is more complex than it seems: they played with volumes and layers, and they did an incredible job. The accessories (one of the main reasons why we love this duo): oversize clutches and the pointy shoes (with bows, with straps, grey, you name it). It was a clean and sophisticated collection, different from what they usually do, but equally perfect.

phillip lim

He has been working hard for the past seasons and this collection really shows how far he’s come. It was, without a doubt, the best show of the bunch. The construction was spot on, the colors and the textures worked to perfection, the shapes and the details were so unexpected and beautiful at the same time. Layering was flawless, just check out the first look and you’ll understand. It was effortless, it was chic, it was urban, it was the epitome of cool. I could go on and on praising him, because the truth is, I can’t stop looking at his collection. He paired motorcycle vests with simple knits, slouchy trousers and statement skirts with sweatshirts and plaid. The highlight of the show? The textured shorts and the patchwork. I give him a standing ovation, how about you?

That’s a wrap! NYFW has been reviewed and covered! What was your favorite show?

Sweet kisses..

Image sources:  Style.com

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Sweet n’raw’s X’mas Gift Guide: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

queen of diamonds

It’s almost Friday and as days go by, X’mas is getting closer and closer. Office parties, dinners with friends, family get-togethers are filling up our calendars and gifts to buy are seriously piling up. We still have 10 days to finish shopping and wrapping our presents. And since Christmas is not the time to browse and look around (more like pushing and elbowing fellow shoppers in search of the perfect item), it’s better to go shopping knowing exactly what to get and where to get it. This is the fourth part of Sweet n’Raw’s X’mas Shopping Guide and one that will help you a lot on your gift quest.

There’s a princess inside every girl and most of us have a weakness for all things glittery. That is why today I’m giving you, wait for it… the Queen of Diamonds. So if you have a friend that’s lusting over those pretty, shiny  phone cases… If you have a friend that owns more sequin jumpers than she does shoes… If you know someone who is a sucker for all things embellished and embroidered… If powdery shades and nude are your colleague’s favorite… If a chignon and a delicate skater dress make up for the perfect holiday party outfit, this is the list you are gonna need to check out.

queen splurge

  1. Lingerie set, Stella McCartney
  2. Nail polish selection (Silver Smoke, Gold Haze, Naked), Tom Ford
  3. Jewel clutch, Marchesa
  4. Glitter oxfords, Miu Miu
  5. Bow dress, RED Valentino
  6. Sequin jumper, Haute Hippie
  7. iPad cover, Dsquared
  8. Reflection eau de parfum, Amouage
  9. Crystal ring, Lanvin
  10. Statement necklace, J. Crew
  11. Clear pumps, Gianvito Rossi

diamonds steal

  1. Mirror box, Zara Home
  2. Nail polish selection (Yogaga, Beyond cozy, No place like chrome), Essie
  3. Jewel clutch, Miss Selfridge
  4. Two-tone flats, Vince Camuto
  5. Glitter iPhone cover, J. Crew
  6. Escale aux Marquises perfume, Dior
  7. Sequin dress, Topshop
  8. Embellished jumper, Topshop
  9. Statement necklace, Zara
  10. Le Petit Patisserie travel set, Laura Mercier
  11. T-bar heels, Zara

I hope you can get some great gift ideas from here. Let me know how that shopping trip goes!

Sweet kisses…

Sweet kisses…

 

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Zara, My Theresa, Selfridges, Polyvore, Topshop, Net-a-porter

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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PFW COVERAGE: Tropical Boho

Happy Sunday, my sweet readers! We are just three posts away from wrapping the whole Fashion Week Coverage, it’s taken me a while to achieve that due to some major hiccups (no wi-fi connection qualifies as major drama. I cried, I really cried my eyes out several times). Anyway, even if it’s been a month since PFW came to an end and reviews and pictures have been posted ages ago, I hope you still enjoy my reviews and the spin I put on them. Today I have some major Paris shark. To be honest, almost everyone on the French line-up qualifies as a big shot. Here they are: Nina Ricci’s sensual romance, Chalayan’s fresh avant-garde, Lanvin’s power lady and the woman of every hour, Isabel Marant. Let’s start!

NINA RICCI

Leave it to Peter Copping to sex things up, in the classiest and prettiest way possible. Nina Ricci’s shows are always beyond delightful. It has to do with the romance, with the need of inserting hints of lingerie in almost every look, with the delicate and flowy fabrics, but above all, with the elegant and ladylike vibe the designer injects into his collections. It’s dressy, it’s chic but there’s always that sensual air, the right amount of sexy. For Spring 2013. The color palette can be divided in two groups: Sexy black, dramatic red, deep navy and flirty pink for the first half. A perfect blush and the most beautiful, oyster for the second. Copping’s signature silks ans sheers were cleverly paired up with some elements of bondage (a surprising turn, but one that definitely worked): delicate harnesses and fishnet tops. The bondage trend is buzzing right now and no and part of it thanks to the 50 Shades of Shit phenomenon (as you probably have guessed, I have some major issues with those books and I refuse, really refuse to read them).

Meticulous and beautifully crafted cardigans and knits were paired up with fringed skirts, shiny, gathered ones and even a polka dot sarong (a genius move, if you ask me). Copping presented a different side of the Nina Ricci woman, always keeping her femininity and poise, he toughened and roughed her up a notch and he did it a wonderful job. The last dresses, the ones with the layers that seemed petals, were poetic, the makeup was dramatic, the shoes were barely there (that detail added more sensuality to it all). It was alluring, it was enticing, it was pure, Ricci perfection. Among my top 5 for Spring 2013? Hell yeah!

CHALAYAN

Many collections from Spring 2013 have had a Fall feeling to them. Thank God Husein Chalayan didn’t get that memo (or better yet, ignored it). The avant-garde designer presented a Spring worthy of Spring: soft colors, lively prints, fresh fabrics and Summery accessories. All the looks had two things in common: sharp tailoring and structured shapes. Both elements together may result in a too serious collection but this was definitely not the case. The volume and boxes just added more flair and fun to Chalayan’s line. His signature, color panels and sheer were present, so were some major pleat and ruffle details.The Spring cocoon coat (a garment that Miuccia Prada loves so much) made its way on to the runway and so did the most interesting and colorful peplum (pictured far right). The accessories are worth mentioning:  slink-back booties! What’s not to love?

LANVIN

During his many years as the Creative Director for Lanvin, Alber Elbaz has worked hard on building a strong identity for the brand and the kind of woman he designs for. The Spring 2013 show opened with a series of black and sharply tailored numbers: tuxedo silhouettes, cut-out dresses with racy, thigh high slits and plunging necklines. The tuxedo, a constant trend in the fashion industry, was beautifully deconstructed by Elbaz. After the penguin extravaganza, the designer sent some serious party jumpsuits on the runway and his signature ruched, tight dresses. His creations were heavily embellished with crystals, which paired up with heavy accessories (Lanvin’s forte) resulted in lavish and opulent pieces (over-the-top for the “less is more” folks, but since we come from the country of “more is more”, hello disco jumpsuit).

After the serious tuxedos and the flashy ensembles, the show finale was all about jewel-toned, cocktail dresses. But they were not your usual ruffled, peplum-ed, shape-hugging Lanvin numbers. They were boxy and strangely shaped. Not really my cup of tea, nor my favorite part of the show. Moving on to the accessories, platforms with shimmery ankle straps, bomb-looking purses and a couple of statement necklace, always a must when it comes to Lanvin shows.

ROLAND MOURET

I have a thing for Roland Mouret lately, I just can’t help but be drawn to his collections. For his Spring 2013 show, he took us back to the 80’s. But it wasn’t the 80’s as we know them (Balmain had a more literal approach to this trend), he revisited them but made them his own. Colors were solid and basic and lines and shapes we sharp. Every garment was perfectly constructed: the blazers were on point, the trousers flattering to a woman’s silhouette and the skirts were sexy enough with asymmetrical splits. Folded tops accompanied Mouret’s gorgeous tapered pants and the leather ensemble? The star of the show.

ISABEL MARANT

She is faithful to her chic and nonchalant style. She knows her shapes, hems and silhouettes. Armed with this weapons, she manages to kill it every single time. The French designer has been on top of the PFW pyramid and show, after show, it’s clear why. For Spring 2013, Marant took her Parisian babe to a more tropical but always bohemian setting. The hemlines, as usual, were short enough. The trousers? A perfect fit. The mini shift dresses had prints and embellishment details.

Hawaiian prints with floral embroideries, paisley peplums and flowy tops with laces, bejeweled denim jackets and heavy detailed skirts were among the elements that were showcased on the runway. There were also ruffles, her signature low-rise pants (I won’t die without sporting a pair of her babies, even if I’m an 80 year old gal with a droopy bottom), leather accents and bejeweled pieces. The thing about her, not only does she manage to make everything effortlessly cool, she also makes her clothes fit like a pair of decadent gloves fit the hands.  For accessories, gladiator sandals, bejeweled ones and bangles, lots of them. It’s a boho trip to the beach for Miss Marant and we can’t thank her enough for that.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Fall and Winter don’t have to be all dark and somber. A bright coat is the ultimate staple this season, it can instantly add a fun twist to any ensemble. Why not pair it with pastels and neutrals for an eye-catching result. For accessories, more color and contrast to make it even more interesting.

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

Only two more! I swear, we are almost done! Have a lovely Sunday,

 

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, My Theresa, ysl, Polyvore, River Island

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SUMMER GETAWAYS: The Free Spirit (beachwear)

Rise & shine, my sweet readers! Monday, Monday, bloody Monday. A new week is just starting and we are halfway through with our Summer Getaways, beachwear round. Today I have for you the perfect beach outfit for the Free Spirit. So if you are the kind of gal who is all about relaxing on a deserted beach, if you enjoy spiritual cities and vacations are a synonym of finding peace and balance, then this ensemble is just the thing you need. If heading out to India, Thailand or a virgin, Mexican beach, keep on reading baby, keep on reading.

  • Printed bikins are so hot this season, go for bohemian graphic prints and paisley.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match, it always adds that special touch.
  • Ethnic shorts were among the most coveted items, so you won’t have any trouble finding a pair on sale
  • Nothing says “Free Spirit” better than a pair of tan sandals with chunky straps
  • Even if it sounds like the biggest clichè, fringed bags are always a free spirit’s best friend
  • Beach waves and a headband? Hell yeah!

WHAT FLORA IS WEARING

  1. Bikini top, ZIMMERMANN
  2. Bikini bottoms, J. CREW
  3. Cotton twill shorts, MAJE
  4. Sandals, STEVE MADDEN
  5. Bucket suede bag, ZARA
  6. Tortoiseshell sunnies, OLIVER PEOPLES
  7. Leather bracelet, FOSSIL
  8. Red braided bracelet, ETTIKA
  9. Beaded wrap bracelet, M. COHEN
  10. Ring set, ZARA MARTIN
  11. Sand Tropez nail polish, ESSIE
  12. All Tied up nail polish, ESSIE
  13. Bobbing for Baubles nail polish, ESSIE

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

There you go, my sweet readers! Three down, two to go and then we will be stepping into DAYWEAR. My NYC countdown has officially begun so I’m starting to get into an Empire State of Mind.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Net-a-porter, Zara, Polyvore, Endless.com, Essie
 

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