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SPRING 2013 TRENDS: A Girl’s Guide to Shoes

decisions

Shoes are the most important part of a girl’s closet, correct me if I’m wrong. We treat our heels and sandals as if they were important pieces in our personal museum (if you don’t, you should). That’s why when we start thinking of a new season, it’s always important to know what to buy and where to buy it. I’ve put together, as part of our Spring 2013 Trend Report, a rather extensive guide of heels, sandals, slippers and wedges you will be needing inside you closet! Are you ready to rumble? Let’s start!

BLACK & BLUSH

It’s monochromatic with a spin, a damn cute spin! One of the strongest trends of the season is definitely the black and white combo. But if you are on the softer side, like me, you can always go for the black and blush version!

SELECTION:

  • T-bar heels, Zara
  • Leather loafers, Reed Krakoff
  • Naked heels, Alexander McQueen
  • Ankle strap sandals, Chloé
  • Ankle booties, Reed Krakoff

mirror, mirror

Metallics are all over for Spring 2013 and what better way to put a glam spin on our ensembles than with a pair of mirrored shoes. And since we are not in the 1950′s anymore, where fashion had its rules and guidelines, why not sport a pair of flashy sandals with your work ensemble?

  • Strappy sandals, Jimmy Choo
  • Mary-jane flats, Miu Miu
  • Gold and mesh sandals, Robert Clergerie
  • Two-tone mid heels, Marni
  • T-strap wedges, ASOS

disco

Thank you Christopher Bailey for unleashing the colorful sheen trend! What we’d give to sport a fabulous, glossy, purple Burberry Prorsum trench coat! But since that’s a little out of our budget (at least mine), we will be embracing this trend with our feet!

  • Naked sandals, ASOS
  • Mirror slippers, Nicholas Kirkwood
  • Snakeskin heels. Stella McCartney
  • Flat sandals, Jimmy Choo
  • Snakeskin pumps, Jimmy Choo

B&W

Of course we had to showcase this trend! And while I’m still not embracing the black and white stripes garments (I’m sure I’ll grow to love them, just not yet), when it comes to shoes, monochromatic sure is my cup of tea! A pair of pumps is the safest way to go, but brogues? Now brogues, brogues are the ultimate dapper twist, the cherry on top the cake!

  • Lace-up pumps, Jason Wu
  • Creepers, Alexander McQueen
  • Ankle strap sandals, Nicholas Kirkwood
  • Oxford shoes, Reed Krakoff
  • Two-tone pumps, 3.1 Phillip Lim

MINI-HEEL

The sandal with the barely there heel might have been a geek thing years ago, this season, it’s the new black! You can go for the mini wedge or the square heel, or both! The more the merrier!

  • Scalloped sandals, Lanvin
  • Red sandals, Maison Martin Margiela
  • Two-tone wedges, Pierre Hardy
  • Golden heel sandals, Marni
  • Bow wedges, Valentino

pastel pump

Sadly for me (and all those powdery lovers out there), pastels are not as big as they were last Spring when it comes to the clothing department. Thankfully, when it comes to accessories, specially shoes, they are a must-have! The staple? A pretty and perfect pair of pastel pumps!

  • Apple pumps, Rupert Sanderson
  • Baby pink heels, Miu Miu
  • Studded heels, Valentino
  • Bow pumps, Bottega Veneta
  • Two tone Pigalle, Christian Louboutin

cutouts

Bondage is really happening this Spring (and no, it’s got nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Shit) and in an S&M sea of leather, slits and harnesses, we can also find the cutout heels. No, I’m not talking about latex, lace-up, tranny boots, but chic and somewhat racy heeled sandals.

  • Black wedges, Christian Louboutin
  • Nude cutouts, Alaia
  • Two-tone sandals, Tory Burch
  • White heels, Oscar de la Renta
  • Black sandals, Zara

SPOTTY

Leopard print is not considered a trend anymore, it’s a regular. It’s funny how I’m always drawn to it every time I’m shoe shopping! I’m sure I’m not the only one out the with the animal print syndrome. For this Spring, lace-up sandals are the way to go and kitten heels (kitten heels just keep getting better and better).

  • Pumps, Mulberry
  • Kitty flats, Charlotte Olympia
  • Lace-up sandals, Zara
  • Slingbacks, Zara
  • Leopard espadrilles, Brian Atwood

PRINCESSY

Ah, the beauty of embellishments! This season, screw Cinderella! Score a pair of bejeweled and sparkly shoes to feel like the princess you truly are. My advice? Match them to prints and textures for a fun twist. Remember, more is more!

  • Blue sandals, Gucci
  • Sparkly pumps, Zara
  • Rhinestone pumps, Moschino
  • T-bar pumps, Mulberry
  • Platform sandals, Lanvin

gatsby

We have been patiently waiting for Baz Lhurmann’s The Great Gatsby. Our anxiety grows and grows with all those Miuccia Prada sketches, the trailers and the teasers, and of course, the fashion. This will be a movie that will unleash a bunch of trends, and shoes are one of them.

  • T-bar heels, Robert Clergerie
  • Deco sandals, Jimmy Choo
  • Stripe sandals, Saint Laurent
  • Gold heel sandals, Zara
  • T-bar nude pumps, Asos

crystal

Leave it to fashion to turn clear PVC into a must-have! Clear heels used to be for those girls who work the pole at Uncle Jim’s Boobie Bungalow, but not anymore! If you are not keen on the plastic shoe, but you still wanna embrace the trend, get a pair of shoes with an acrylic heel.

  • Happy pumps, Sophia Webster
  • Red pumps, Gianvito Rossi
  • Bow sandals, Nicholas Kirkwood
  • White ankle straps, Manolo Blahnik
  • Acrylic heels, ASOS

gladiator

Last but not least, the sexiest and boldest trend of the bunch (and a personal favorite): the new gladiators! High heeled, flat, with laces, your choice! The key? Go as tall as tall can get. Your thigh is the limit!

  • Black, Jimmy Choo
  • Two-tone, Bionda Castana
  • Flat, Grey Mer
  • Lace-up, Aquazzura

Ready to go shoe shopping for the coming season? Now you know what to get! Ready for Fashion Week? I’m already working on it!

Sweet kisses…

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

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

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: All aboard!

Friday is near and so is the end of our Fashion Week coverage (we are just another post away from ending the beautiful madness that has been this fashion month). The Paris line-up is so impressive that also for today, some of the biggest names in the industry: Vuitton, Kenzo, Saab, McQueen and of course, Lovely Lanvin… Ready for your runway review overdose?

LOUIS VUITTON

I think it’s safe to say that Marc Jacobs is really into hats right now. The setting of his runway (he is starting to compete with venue king, Karl Lagerfeld) was a train, made specially for the show. Models strutted the runway accompanied by old school porters that carried their “luggage”. The key elements: volume, oversize coats, ladylike silhouettes, trousers under a-line skirts, embellishments and pantsuits. The color palette was all about camel, beige, navy and green, just to name a few. The patterns and prints had a 1970′s vibe to them and they were paired with platform heels and brogues.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN

Miss Sarah Burton can’t deny that she learned from the best, her constructions, shapes and vibe have the late Alexander McQueen written all over. Last collection was breathtaking, but with this one I can’t help but wonder, has she gone too far? It was a feminine collection where the volumes and the textures had the main role. Color palette was neutral (almost): black, white, ivory, gray, red and pink.  To create those artistic structures, the designer used feathers, fringes, fur, tiers and laser-cut.  Accessories showed the same textures as the ensembles and models sported visors that matched those metallic bow belts on the runway.

KENZO

Just before the Kenzo show, my twitter timeline was completely flooded with comments about the Museum setting, the Magnolia Bakery cupcakes and more. The amount of attention the show got and the stellar collection can only tell us two things: Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are doing a kick-ass job and Bernard Arnault can’t be happier. With the colorful venue as background, the designer duo sent out the runway a texture and pattern parade. Colors were so alive, that I can’t believe I’m about to say this, I can’t wait for the Kenzo Fall to arrive. The highlight of the catwalk: the high-waisted, wide, emerald green trousers and the Kenzo embroidered jumpers. Functional but also beautiful, Kenzo was definitely on the top of the PFW pyramid.

LANVIN

Hello lavish! That was the main theme of this season’s runway. Opulent and rich, the show started out with some jewel-toned numbers, then there was navy, red, ivory and black. Silhouettes were built so they would enhance the woman’s body ( hence the amount of cinching). Artistic draping was a key element on Mr. Elbaz’s show, it seemed to be perfectly built on some of the collection’s garments. As always, the jewelry was heavy and remarkable and the gloves, well the gloves gave the whole exhibition that air of sophistication and edge.

ELIE SAAB

Leave it to the “gown” man to make a girl look chic and feminine. Elie Saab never disappoints with his elegant and poised collections, and this one was no exception. He started out the show with sharp and dark daywear. Little by little, as looks and colors passed, the show arrived its climax, his signature, embellished, gowns (very popular among Hollywood A-listers). For his day ensembles, Saab used loose trousers, ladylike skirt suits, beautifully draped tops and some fur. For evening wear, his usual gown display. His color palette ranged from cream, gold and nude, to a beautiful emerald green and black. The most beautiful thing on the catwalk, his use of sequins and his sensual shapes. As his campaign girl, Miss Karlie Kloss was the show opener and the fabulous Anja Rubik the closer. Beautiful!

LOOK OF THE DAY

I’ve always had a thing for feather skirts and PFW is the perfect excuse to take them for a stroll. For this ensemble, I chose a cream, ostrich feather mini from one of my fave designers, Malene Birger. I paired it up with a vintage and lovely Hermes jumper with floral silk print. For the jacket, a boxy, quilted jacket from ASOS. I love how the micro floral print clashes with the one on the sweater. No tights for this one but a pair of killer wedges from Jeffrey Campbell. The crochet finish adds more texture to the outfit.

For the bag, to contrast with the jumper’s leaves and to give a little edge, Alexander McQueen’s khaki box clutch. Since the jacket has a reverse sleeve hem, arm swag is in order! To match the look’s color palette: a tan strap watch from ASOS, a triple bangle set from PIECES, a lip friendship bracelet from NW3, a cream enamel, stud bangle from Ted Baker and a wooden bead bracelet from River Island. For your fingers, a House of Harlow band ring and from Essie‘s new collection, Orange it’s obvious nail polish.

For all the details on today’s look, just click HERE.

Only one to go and we are done! Get your Spring engines ready because after the next post, Sweetn’Raw will be on full Spring mode.

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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NAIL FILES: Under the sea…

Well hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week has been driving me (and you) crazy with excitement, new trends, runways and more, up to the point were I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed right now. What better way loosen up a bit than with a beauty break. The nail files are back with a splash! That’s right, one of the biggest trends on the Spring 2012 runways was the underwater world (Versace, Lanvin, Stella just to name a few). Naturally, our nails have to get trendy as well. Here today, a sea inspired, nail polish post! Enjoy!

Right this way smiles a mermaid…

  • Mermaid’s Dream, Deborah Lippmann
  • Turquoise & Caicos, Essie
  • Teal Topaz, Estée Lauder
  • Go on Green, OPI

In labyrinths of coral caves…

  • Girls just want to have fun, Deborah Lippmann
  • Tart Deco, Essie
  • Distraction, Chanel Le Vernis
  • Flamingo Coral, TOPSHOP

All the more a pair of underwater pearls…

  • Birthday Babe, OPI
  • Pearly Queen, Butter London
  • White Gold, YSL La Laque
  • Pure Pearlfection, Essie

I believe in the sand beneath my toes…

  • Believe, Deborah Lippmann
  • Did you ear about Van Gogh?, OPI
  • Sand Tropez, Essie
  • Iced Frappe, Ciaté

Across the water, across the deep blue ocean…

  • On the Beach, Deborah Lippmann
  • Muse, Illamasqua
  • Fly, OPI
  • Go Overboard, Essie

I’d like to be under the sea, in an octopus’s garden…

  • Forget-me-not, Dior Vernis
  • Poker Face, NARS
  • Playdate, Essie
  • Violette Coquette, Lancome

I’m dying to try out each and every one of this beachy shades. What’s your favorite one?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: Google

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

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PFW LINE-UP, LITERATURE STYLE

Time for the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, time for lovely Paris. After three long and exciting weeks of runway madness, we still have seven beautiful days to enjoy what the prettiest city in Europe has to offer. The schedule is busy, the list is long, the names are powerful and I am sure that our expectations will certainly be  surpassed. Remeber my NYFW line-up post, that little game I played with baseball terms and designers? Well, for Paris I had to come up with a more cultural theme. After a long discussion with my sister, the one with the Literature degree, the one that calls my Chick Lit trash, this is what I came up with.

You don’t have to love Kafka, but I bet you sure know who he is. He was and still is one of the most powerful authors of all times. This six brands are to fashion what Kafka is to Literature. What we can expect from their shows: la creme de la creme, a killer front row, a jaw-dropping set and an impressive model line-up.

  • LOUIS VUITTON, Wednesday 7th
  • GIVENCHY, Sunday 4th
  • CHANEL, Tuesday 6th
  • LANVIN, Friday 2nd
  • BALMAIN, Thursday 1st
  • HERMES, Sunday 4th

They are the ones that always bring the romance, the flowers, the lace and the sheer to PFW. From Valentino´s long sleeved and flowy gowns and Nina Ricci’s lingerie inspired collections, to Elie Saab’s dreamy fabrics, their creations seem to really come out from a Jane Austen novel.

  • VALENTINO, Tuesday 6th
  • NINA RICCI, Thursday 1st
  • GIAMBATTISTA VALLI, Monday 5th
  • ELIE SAAB, Wednesday 7th
  • CHRISTIAN DIOR, Friday 2nd
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT, Monday 5th

Just like Oscar Wilde’s interesting personality, this group of designers not only bring their genius to the table, but also their  strong minded creations. Collections filled with drama and eccentricity, always make powerful statements on PFW. Like Mr. Wilde, they sure know how to draw attention to themselves in the purest form of art.

  • VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, Saturday 3rd
  • JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, Saturday 3rd
  • VIKTOR & ROLF, Saturday 3rd
  • JOHN GALLIANO, Sunday 4th
  • ALEXANDER McQUEEN, Tuesday 6th

Chick lit may not be considered classic literature, but it is what most of us girls like to read right now. And this six designers are what us girls are wearing right now or dream of it anyway. From Stella’s stellar collections, to Isabel Marant’s chic nonchalance, thanks to this brands and like a Sex and the City episode, the street has become our concrete catwalk.

  • STELLA McCARTNEY, Monday 5th
  • MIU MIU, Wednesday 7th
  • CARVEN, Thurday 1st
  • CHLOÉ, Monday 5th
  • CELINE, Sunday 4th
  • ISABEL MARANT, Friday 2nd

They put the d in dark and the t in twisted. These shows, like Mr. Poe’s stories and poems, are always on the mysterious and macabre side. Many of their looks may not be wearable (not even Anna dello Russo wearable), but they sure are beautiful works of art and construction.

  • GARETH PUGH, Wednesday 29th
  • ANNE DEMEULEMEESTER, Thursday 1st
  • YOHJI YAMAMOTO, Friday 2nd
  • MUGLER, Wednesday 29th
  • COMME DES GARÇONS, Saturday 3rd

And last but not least, this group is the Andre Breton of fashion (an expert when it came to breaking traditional shapes and transforming them into new ones). They are not afraid to try new materials and shapes. They always manage to do the unexpected. If you want novelty, innovation and genius, this are the ones to watch.

  • MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, Friday 2nd
  • HAIDER ACKERMANN, Saturday 3rd
  • BALENCIAGA, Thursday 1st
  • JUNYA WATANABE, Saturday 3rd
  • CHALAYAN, Friday 2nd
  • DRIES VAN NOTEN, Wednesday 29th

Now you know what to expect and when to expect it! PFW is just getting started and I’m sure some amazing creations are ready and waiting to walk the Paris runways.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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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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Harper’s Bazaar’s new IT girl?

Move over Karlie Kloss, suck it Arizona Muse. There’s a new model in town. And no, it’s not this month’s covergirl Anne Hathaway. Featured inside the magazine sporting next season’s most coveted accessories, she’s fabulous, she’s fierce and she’s also blue. Hello Smurfette! With her movie coming out this summer, is her turn for the spotlight. Harper’s Bazaar dedicated a 4 page spread to the blueish blonde. Wearing Marc, Vuitton, Dolce and Lanvin, she is a sight for sore eyes.Marvelous in Marc: Looking cute and sassy in polka dots, thanks to the man himself, Marc Jacobs.

Luscious in LV: If looks could kill, they would probably be wearing this Louis Vuitton boots.

Lady wears Lanvin: She owns the hat, she owns the gloves, she owns the whole look!

Dolce Delight: Somewhere around the globe, there is one jealous Anna dello Russo.

Like the teaser said, the world’s about to get Smurf’d. Don’t be surprised if Smurf Papa is next on GQ or Gragamel in well…. Gothic Magazine?

I promise a big post tomorrow, with all the packing frenzy (I’m leaving in two days for my beloved Mexico) I haven’t had much time!

Sweet kisses…

Photos: Harper’s Bazaar

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RESORT 2012: Candy, Sorbet and Alber

Oh the sweet smell of Resort…. There’s not one thing I love the most than to open Style.com to find the latest reviews of the shows. Resort is that guilty pleasure we fashion lovers have while we wait for the next S/S in September. For those of you that are not familiar of the Resort concept, it is a Ready-to-Wear collection presented in between seasons (F/W & S/S). The reason: offer more choice to those jetsetters or just people who are going on holiday. So since many shows have already been presented, starting with Chanel, which you can read all about HERE, let’s start dissecting our first three.

NINA RICCI: Replacing Oliver Theysken seems like an impossible task. Those are some big, genious, shoes to fill. But in these two years as creative director of the brand, Peter Copping has demonstrated he not only gets the brand’s essence but has complete control of it. And Resort 2012 was perfect proof. Hourglass silhouettes, romantic and soft shapes, candy colors but also neutrals. The 50′s and 60′s influence still going strong, portraying an elegant and ladylike woman. But also a dramatic tone to the collection with the long gowns. The shoes, perfection. I’d say lovely, what do you think?

Sweet’n’Raw’s favorite looks:

EMILIO PUCCI: We are now used to big sex atmosphere that we get from Pucci, collection after collection (I love Pucci for that). For Resort 2012, Peter Dundas gave us a lighter dose. The collection was mainly composed by cropped pantsuits in sherbet shades. Supertight jeans paired up with perfectly tailored jackets and shirts. He gave us zebra, zebra is the new python for Cruise. Of course the prints were present, and the sexy vibes too. With see-trough and long dresses, letting us see a peek of bikini. Special mention to the house’s tailoring skills, the garments looked flawless, flattering and painted on the model.

Sweet’n’Raw’s favorite looks:

LANVIN: I cannot begin to express my admiration for the genious mind that is Alber Elbaz. A man who not only does good stuff on the runway, but every year he does it even better. This season, Mr. Elbaz blew us wasy with a mix of mettalic lamè, delicate draping, togas and fringe perfection. And in the middle of all that madness, a white maxi dress, so beautiful my eyes hurt just by looking at it. Of course very ensemble was perfectly accessorized with chunky necklaces, chokers, beads, brooches. Monsieur Elbaz definitely know how to season his concoctions. Overall, beautiful. And just because he can, he gave us the perfect ending to a perfect line, he presented his little girl collection. Let the images speak for themselves. J’adore Lanvin!

Sweet’n’Raw’s favorite looks:

More Resort 2012 coming your way. So keep on checking us out

Sweet kisses…

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The Daily Fashion Bread

Hello sweet readers, for you today (aside from the usual post coming your way later tonight) a new section, a brief rundown of fashion’s biggest happenings. So fresh and out of the oven, enjoy your choice of bread.
  • Lanvin mastermind, Alber Elbaz unveils kids line: This man just keeps on going, and he is apparent destination seems to be perfection. Once again Lanvin’s creative director pulled off another magnificent move by presenting his little girls only collection, consisting of 25 gorgeous little pieces. The collection will be available from November. And by the looks of it, these dresses are Fashion Week worthy, just in smaller sizes,
  • A taste of Angelina Jolie’s campaign ads for Louis Vuitton was released yesterday. Shot in Cambodia (location chosen by the actress herself) by the talented photographer, Annie Leibovitz. Brad Pitt’s other half appears wearing her own clothes, with no make-up (just a little photshop), barefoot and carrying her own LV tote, sitting on a wooden boat. And although I do not support LV”s choice of celebrity testimonial, I think it is nice she is donating a part of her 10m deal to charity.
  • Dakota Fanning’s ads for Marc Jacobs’ “Oh Lola” stir controversy. Too sexy, suggestive, sexually charged, not proper for her age, even some are saying it could be labeled as child pornography. My opinion, I kind of like them, they have that Lolita vibe, Marc Jacobs himself stated that this was the look he was going for. The dress is cute, and for those who say it looks like she is holding a fallus between her legs, that’s just dirty, and mean.
  • Emma Watson, Vogue USA’s newest covergirl. All grown and revamped, the Harry Potter star graces the front page of America’s biggest fashion magazine. Sporting some luscious berry lips, Emma opens up about life, fame, fashion and beauty, wearing nothing but the best, McQueen, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. She looks great,I just wish she would let her hair grow.
Check back later for my daily post,
Sweet kisses…
Photos, style.com, Louis Vuitton

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