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London’s Finest Spring 2014, part 2

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Yeah, I know, I’m a bit behind schedule when it comes to my Fashion Week coverage since PFW is almost coming to an end and I have yet to review the last from London, Milan and Paris. But better late than ever, right? I already gave you the trends and spots 10-6 from LFW, now it’ time for the big reveal: Sweet n’raw’s top 5 colllections. I hope you liked them as much as I did and I hope you agree with the ones I chose. Ready?

J.Saunders

The clothes and the details were complex. The result was easy relaxed and easygoing. With a rich color palette and meticulous embroidery, Jonathan Saunders managed to make dressy garments for the free-spirited. His blooming bombers with a perfect fit were paired up with slouchy trousers and sheer bottoms. Degraded fabrics played a really important role in the collection, not only because of the visual impact but also because the color combinations used were really unexpected. The somewhat boyish pieces (boy shorts and track pants) were beautifully paired up with more feminine tops (sheer embellished cardigans and button-downs). It was fun, it was psychedelic and wearable. I have to get me one of those satin bombers next Spring.

antonioberardi

Pink will still be in next season! Antonio Berardi seems to think so and I thank him for that! For Spring 2014, the designer did two different things: he twisted some classics (pastel leopard jacquard, pretty bikers, pretty sweatshirts with sheer panels and embroidery) and he gave an urban edge to his always ladylike woman. The result was wearable enough and breathtaking. His oversize sleeves and tailored trousers had the right amount of sheer, his mullet dresses and multi-strap heels had just the right amount of sexy.

peterpilotto

If Mary Katrantzou is queen of prints, the designer duo behind Peter Pilotto are kings. For their Spring 2014 colellection, they whipped up interesting looks where the shapes and volume were as important as their patterns. Layering had a major role (it made everything more beautiful and complex), so did those full skirts with longer back hemlines. There were fuller skirts, there were pencil skirts but each and every one of the looks were beautifully constructed and the separates came together perfectly for an even more perfect result.

burberry

Christopher Bailey has made Burberry Prorsum the must-see show of LFW and I bet his Spring 2014 show didn’t disappoint. His color palette was packed with powdery and sugary shades (they make me weak in the knees). Nottingham lace and beautiful cashmere were all over Bailey’s collection. Lightweight coats and cute cardigans were placed over his midi pencil skirts. The shoes were as delightful as the clothes. And I really, really have to mention that mint, embellished trench coat, the dreamboat of all trench coats!

C.Kane

 

This was a no-brainer, Christopher Kane came in first because he can do no wrong! It was a botanical delight, flowers like you’ve never seen them before and that makes him even more genius than he already was. The sweatshirts with the Biology textbook prints paired up with midi skirts with lively petals were the highlight of the show. He experimented with new fibers and textures (metallics and plastic immediately come to mind), he also used more familiar ones like satin and organza. Who knew photosynthesis could be so fashionable? Apparently, Mr. Kane did and he killed it!

We are done with LFW (finally) now moving on to MFW, trends and best runway shows. Fashion Month is almost over, so is September!

Have a great week!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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London’s Finest Spring 2014, part 1

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Good morning, my sweet readers! Yesterday’s post was all about the trends we got to see a week ago in London, today it’s all about the best shows! I’ve said it before, a million times, London is fun, colorful, bold, innovative, packed with talent and my personal favorite of the fashion capital bunch. This season, the trends and styles were right up my alley: candy hues, bombers, floral prints and textures. I’ve put together, like I did for NYFW, my top 10 collections from London. Here for you, the first five.

fashioneast

10. Remember how I always say that London is the perfect spot for young and emerging designers? Well, that’s exactly what Fashion East does (Meadham Kirchhoff, Jonathan Saunders and Holly Fulton are part of that “success” list). For the Spring 2014 collection, Ryan Lo, Claire Barrow, and Ashley Williams gave us a bold and fun show, packed with texture, colors and interesting aesthetics. Ryan Lo went with pastel colors and cake-like layers, completing the look with fluffy ears and fluffy tails. The texture clash and the styling were the cherry on top of those fabric angel cake creations (last look belongs to Ashley Williams).

SRocha

9. Simone Rocha just keeps getting better at this! Her Fall 2013 collection gave us a taste of her creative and spot on constructions skills, her Spring 2014 collection was a mouthful. With a neutral color palette, Rocha played with shapes and volume, adding some feminine details such as pearl embroidery and some racier ones (slits and sheer pockets revealed some skin in a subtle way). Each and every one of the elaborate looks was paired up with a pair of knee-high, embellished stockings.

householland

8. Just by taking a look at the runway you could tell we were in for a wild and fun ride, after all, it’s House of Holland. What we weren’t expecting was that beautiful texture and print clash. His inspiration? Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, the Los Angeles 90′s street style and my beloved Mexico City. The tattoo inspired prints were places beautifully in both ladylike looks and tougher ones. There was also Gingham, leopard and lace. The collection had a strong urban chic vibe and that purple lace number? That has my name written all over!

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7. Now this was really different from what we usually get from Erdem. It was darker, it lacked color and the flowers, well the flowers didn’t feel as alive. And you know what? It was great and romantic anyway! Sheer fabrics were adorned with feathers and floral appliques. Floor-length gowns and midi dresses that oozed got the edge when paired up with biker jackets and bombers. Monochromatic layering got a major moment in the show, so did those bootie, sky-high platforms. Erdem Moralioglu went on completely different direction for Spring 2014 and we are really, really diggin’ it!

MaryK

6. Queen of the prints, that exactly who Mary Katrantzou is and with every collection, she just keeps on proving it. The runway show started with a showstopper, who knew a shoe print could be so chic? Buckles, laces and leather were beautifully and digitally placed in Katrantzou’s elaborate frocks. Her shapes were as architectural as it can get and for the last part of the shows, Mary gave us what she does best: lively florals, short hemlines and volume. The highlight? They were all paired up with lace-up shoes with flower digital prints.

Tomorrow I will post my top 5 from LFW and then moving on to the MFW trends! Fashion month is almost over, let’s enjoy what’s left of it!

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LFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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Good morning, my sweet readers! It’s PFW day one but for us, for us is LFW Trend Report day! After this LFW edition, I can finally confirm that London is my favorite fashion capital. New York’s swag, Milan’s glamour and the drama in Paris don’t hold a candle to the excitement, innovation and surprise that always happens in the English capital. There’s always new talent, trends and styles get revamped, renewed and reinvented every season. I’m not getting overexcited here, I’m just writing it as I saw it. As I was working on the spring 2014 trends, I couldn’t help but feel giddy and happy. Pastels? Sweatshirts? Flowers? Bombers? Pink? Those really are among my favorite things in the whole wide world. Are you ready for 14 fabulous trends from the always exquisite London? Let’s start!

pink

Pink is the stongest color this season and for the coming one, the London designers decided to make it stick around. But it’s not your ordinary pink, it’s perky, it’s pretty, sweet and above all, cute!

  1. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  2. Giles
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Burberry Prorsum

flowersFlowers are to Spring what leather is to Winter. But for Spring 2014, the florals are getting the texture and graphic treatment. Love them already? I do!

  1. Mary Katrantzou
  2. Matthew Williamson
  3. Christopher Kane
  4. Jonathan Saunders

candyjPastels are not to be confused with candy hues. Candy hues are slightly brighter, a little more alive! LFW was all about this sugary colors, I can’t wait to see what Zara will come up with next season.

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Fashion East
  3. David Koma
  4. Emilia Wickstead

sheer

Forget about mesh panels and subtle translucence. Sheer for Spring means business! With the right coverage underneath, you will be able to show everyone your legs under a completely sheer skirt or dress.

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Simone Rocha
  3. J.W. Anderson
  4. Mulberry

matchy

They are really making it easier for us to dress each morning. A pair of embroidered shorts with a matching top? Pajama trousers with pajama shirt in the same print? That will be a big trend this Spring!

  1. Eudon Choi
  2. Mulberry
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Pringle of Scotland

sweats

Dressy sweatshirts have been around for a couple of seasons now (thank you Nicolas Ghesquiere for that). But leave it to the LFW designers to make it even prettier and even dressier!

  1. Christopher Kane
  2. Antonio Berardi
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Erdem

green

Mint was huge a couple of seasons ago, now it’s time for a less blueish and more yellowish shade of pastel green.

  1. Emilia Wickstead
  2. Peter Pilotto
  3. Temperley London
  4. Matthew Williamson

glossy

Yeah baby, PVC wear is back in the form of trench coats, skirts and even shift dresses. Thought you were daring by wearing a pair of clear heels? I dare you to wear a plastic dress next Spring, I will!

  1. Felder Felder
  2. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  3. Fashion East
  4. Burberry Prorsum

bikers

This is the perfect trend for someon like me, someone who loathes black but loves the shape of biker jackets. Next season we will be able to find them in floral prints, pastel leopard jacquard, lightweight white fabrics and more.

  1. Antonio Berardi
  2. House of Holland
  3. Richard Nicoll
  4. Eudon Choi

patches

The more patches, the more interesting the look. The runways were filled with elaborate constructions, beautifully made and beautiful to look at.

  1. Preen by Thorton Bregazzi
  2. Michael Van Der Ham
  3. Jean- Pierre Braganza
  4. Jonathan Saunders

bad girl

Not to be mistaken to this Fall’s trend, grunge. This is more transgressive, it’s about sexing it up a notch and darkening it a whole lot more but always staying chic and fabulous.

  1. Felder Felder
  2. Tom Ford
  3. KTZ
  4. Mark Fast

bombers

And this is where I clap and jump around! My favorite piece of outerwear has always been the bomber and for Spring 2014, us bomber lovers will have a wide selection to choose from!

  1. Richard Nicoll
  2. Jonathan Saunders
  3. Sister by Sibling
  4. Pringle of Scotland

mullet

If the mullet hairstyle has become fashionably acceptable (the better version of it), the dress had to have its moment too. As you can see in the Peter Pilotto image, the mullet dress doesn’t have to hit the floor from behind. The back can be slightly longer than the front hem.

  1. Antonio Berardi
  2. Jean-Pierre Braganza
  3. Peter Pilotto
  4. Julien McDonald

fluffy

Usually a popular style for the colder seasons, but think Spring in a fluffy, pink skirt or a nude dress with a feathery hem! J’adore!

  1. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  2. Sister by Sibling
  3. Giles
  4. Fashion East

What was you favorite trend of the bunch? I’m all about the candy shades, the bombers, the pink, the pretty bikers and pretty much everything I just wrote about today. I LOVE LFW!

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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LONDON’S FINEST, part 2

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Good morning, my sweet readers! And we are down to the top four from what was a marvelous Fashion Week. It’s always so hard to pick my favorite shows from London, there’s just so much talent to choose from. For this season, my top four have very different reasons. For innovation and visual impact, Christopher Kane. For prints that are mere works of art, Peter Pilotto. For wearable chic, Burberry Prorsum. And number one, because each and every one of her looks took my breath away, Emilia Wickstead. Let’s start reviewing!

kane

Christopher Kane has definitely left the rookie department in London. With each show, he gets closer and closer to becoming the ultimate star (think Proenza Schouler in New York). His always inventive and dramatic collections always have a positive impact among the fashion people of the world. For his Fall 2013, it was all about the details and the craftsmanship. Each piece was so elaborate, so meticulous and so painfully beautiful. Against a glossy and vivid ref runway, Kane’s creations seemed to pop even more with that kind of setting. Textures, volume and structure were all over, from the complex patterns to the breathtaking floral appliques. It was a beautiful show, beautiful is the only word to describe it.

pilotto

You better watch your back and step up that game, Mary K. Peter Pilotto just keeps getting better and better with their digital prints and their complex creations. They are developing a signature style that could be recognized from miles away. For their Fall 2013 collection, they were inspired by the Spanish Golden Age. They accompanied their colorful prints with sharp tailoring. From the separates to the form fitting dresses, it was all so perfect and in place. Their creations were all paired up with simple, classic, patent Ofxord shoes.

burberry

Since Christopher Bailey took over, Burberry has become a favorite. The man sure does know how to please a crowd. Over the years, he has reinvented the trench (Burberry’s trademark) in the most unexpected ways. Last Spring’s metallic shower was not gonna be easy to outdo, he knew that and that’s why he pulled through. It was lovely, it was bold but at the same time wearable (expect Zara to copy those little hearts, here’s hopin’). The color palette was simple, the prints and textures were not. Rubber-like pencil skirts, trench coats in different materials (the half leopard half camel is driving me nuts), tight skirts paired with lovely knits (doesn’t get more ladylike than this) and flats, yes, all the shoes were flat. The highlight? The little hearts, I can’t help it, I’m obsessed.

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And finally, the number one show for me. This was a no-brainer, I knew as soon as I saw this collection for the first time. It’s not only about the beautiful use of powder pink (yes, I am a sucker fro pale shades of pink), it’s about the retro feel, the delicate silhouettes, the accessories, the tartan gone cute, the air of romance. It’s not as complex as Christopher Kane’s show, it’s doesn’t have the powerful prints from Peter Pilotto. But that’s the beauty of it, it doesn’t need to pull all the stops to take you breath away. The accessories? Pumps, ankle-straps and luggage bags, gorgeous luggage bags. The highlight? The pearl embellished pink dresses, I told ya, I’m a sucker for pink and pretty.

That’s a wrap! We are now moving on to MFW, then Paris and the we are done! Keep checking back for more Fall 2013 coverage.

Sweet kisses…

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London’s Finest, part 1

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Paris Fashion Week is about to end and with it, what has been a wonderful Fashion month. As promised, I’m trying to keep up with my posts and to give you the best coverage I can. This is the second post about LFW. I’ve already given you the trends, it’s time to review the best shows of the bunch. London is always a pleasant surprise, new talent, new designers, new trends, new everything. I  have chosen eight runways, four for today and the top four for tomorrow. Are you ready to rumble, London style?

simone rocha

She is part of the brilliant and really talented wave of new designers based in London. With each show, she keeps on growing and she keeps on getting better and better. For her Fall 2013 collection, she decided to open up with a series of powerful pink numbers, the kind of pink that’s bound to get some heads turning your way. After the pink came the black, the mellow yellow and of course, more black. Her silhouettes were sharp and structured, her details were meticulous and precise, but more importantly, her clothes were fun and whimsical. She focused on the textures: faux fur, patent leather, tweed and even cotton.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

I’ve always considered myself a Vivienne Westwood fan, not only because of her clothes but because I just love her whole persona. After her Red Label Fall 2013 show, even more so. Shapes had a retro feel to them and the colors were as bold as the sexy silhouettes. She mixed electric zebra stripes with tartan and stripes. She paired those fancy colored tights with metallic heels and cobalt pumps. Every model sported wild doll makeup that clashed beautifully with Dame Westwood’s clothes. Overall, it was fun, it was eye-catching, it was pure Westwood.

MULBERRY

Mulberry never disappoints, the clothes are always wearable, trendy and pretty darn cute. For this season, Emma Hill took plaid to a whole new lever, gorgeous one. The color palette was perfect for Fall: burgundy, navy and olive green played beautifully with cream and salmon (I’m still drooling over the salmon coat and the burgundy trousers). As for the shapes, knits were oversize, pants were cropped, shoulders were supersized and the layering was spot on. As usual, the cute poodle made it on to the runway and the bags were a big part of the show. The highlight? The all-leather combos, especially the green one.

GILES

What’s not to love about Giles Deacon’s theatrical ways. His clothes are always dramatic, they always tell a story. For Fall 2013, Giles dreamy presentation went from light to dark. He has Kristen McMenamy as his show opener, in a floor-length, white silk gown with oversize sleeves. Then came the metallic details, oh so decadent, oh so goth! The textures and prints clashed beautifully with each other: silks and laces, laser-cut leather. Even though wearable is not really in the menu when it comes to Giles, seeing his works of art on the runway is always a pleasure. Too bad the award season is now over, that golden leaves dress would’ve been a hit at the red carpet!

What was your favorite show from London? Drop me a line! Wanna discover what were my top 4 shows? Check back tomorrow!

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LFW FALL 2013: The Trend Report

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Happy Sunday, my sweet readers! I’m catching up with our Fashion Week coverage as fast as I can. Today I have for you the second trend report, this time from the painfully beautiful and unique London. Even though I’m crazy about New York, Milan and Paris, I have to admit that London Fashion Week is the most interesting of the bunch. London is where young designers really get to show their stuff to the world. In London, innovation and creativity have no limits. London is crazy, Londn is fun, London has always something new happening. I have put together a list of the trends we got to see at Somerset House. Let’s start!

bloody redForget about Oxblood, next Fall red will get more dramatic than ever!

  • Erdem
  • Burberry Prorsum
  • Christopher Kane

skirts & sweatersVery ladylike, very Joan from Mad Men. The sweater and skirt combo is the next big thing.

  • House of Holland
  • Burberry Prorsum
  • Vivienne Westwood Red Label

roses are redNo, not floral prints this time, just roses galore!

  • Emilia Wickstead
  • Erdem
  • Matthew Williamson

pinkFor all of us, pink lovers, it’s pink season in London

  • Eudon Choi
  • Simone Rocha
  • Topshop Unique

shine onMetallic sheen continues its trendy streak in London as well.

  • Giles
  • Clements Ribeiro
  • Issa

uptown girl

“Uptown girl, she’s been living in her uptown world”.

  • Matthew Williamson
  • Moschino Cheap & Chic
  • Pringle of Scotland

wildcatAnimal print was everywhere in the London catwalks.

  • Burberry Prorsum
  • Tom Ford
  • Moschino Cheap & Chic

muppet

It’s time to color that fur and get crazy with it!

  • House of Holland
  • Simone Rocha
  • Tom Ford

the robeThink Gone with the Wind

  • Giles
  • Meadham Kirchhoff
  • Emilia Wickstead

PRINTSLondon Fashion Week’s trademark is better than ever: powerful prints

  • Peter Pilotto
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • Tom Ford

ladylikeLadylike is always in style, even more so for Fall 2013

  • Temperley London
  • Vivienne Westwood Red Label
  • Simone Rocha

tartanLeave it to the brits to do Tartan right

  • Mulberry
  • Emilia Wickstead
  • Roksanda Ilincic

bombersBombers are back!

  • Christopher Raeburn
  • House of Holland
  • Roksanda Ilincic

That’s is for today! Next up, the best five shows from LFW. Who will make the list? Check back tomorrow!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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FASHION WEEK COVERAGE, Feb. 7 – March 6

FASHION WEEK copyIt’s that time of the year again, almost! We are a week away from NYFW’s kick-off and the beginning of the always exciting Fashion month. Right now, NYC is as cold as cold can get (well, not if you compare it with Eastern Europe), here’s hoping that when it’s Milan’s turn, the weather has softened at least a bit. It’s time for the Autumn/Winter collections to hit the runways and while I am more of a Spring girl (I’ve told you that a million times), when it comes to Fashion Week, I’m a sucker for everything! It’s a goal of mine to make the Fashion Month tour, but it’ll have to wait for at least another season to make that happen (here’s hopin’). In the meantime, I will have to settle with covering the whole thing via internet for you. Here are some things you need to know about this FW edition:

  • There will be no Alexander McQueen runway show, due to Sarah Burton’s pregnancy. There will be a small presentation for a chosen few ( 50 editors and journalists).
  • Peter Som also announced that he won’t be presenting his collection in the NYFW runways. He will be presenting, but on another format.
  • Chris Benz is also skipping Fashion Week, he plans to revamp the brand for a new and more contemporary target.
  • Betsey Johnson will be showing on NYFW, so does Kenneth Cole after a seven year absence.
  • Swedish retailer, H&M, will be holding a Paris fashion show for the first time in eight years.
  • Also, Whistles has announced they will be showing at LFW. Seems retailers are following Topshop’s Unique steps.

THE DATES:

  • NYFW: February 7-14
  • LFW: February 15-19
  • MFW: February 20- 26
  • PFW: February 26- March 6

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Remember that most of the shows can be watched live on streaming! I will be providing all the links and dates on my FB page. Like it HERE. In the meantime, keep checking back for more coverage on the Fashion Month. It’s gonna be a good one!

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LFW COVERAGE: “Once you pop, you can’t stop”. Pringle of Scotland

It’s a sunny Sunday here in Milan, one of the last of the year I guess. Fall has fallen upon us and Fashion Week has come to an end (of course, I am behind with my reviews). On the bright side, we still have tons of reviews in store for you. London had a great season, it was all so new, all so spicy and all so special. Milano, you have some big shoes to fill. This is the last post and we have the last 5 shows from LFW. Are you ready to roll?

J.W. ANDERSON

After his Spring 2012 pajama show, this designer has been buzzing more than ever. Even more with the now available collection for British retail giant, Topshop. His designs are not everyone’s cup of tea and he has a thing for duplicates (you know, same dress, three times, different colors), but that’s part of his charm and mystery. For Spring 2013, he presented us with “The Treatment Room”: A show in which he explored new shapes and silhouettes but always keeping his signature aesthetics and vibe. Frills and peplums in dresses, skirts, cropped tops and skorts (yeah, you heard me, skorts), color contrasting panels, his already regular, printed pajama ensembles and some cut-outs were among the elements he sent down the catwalk. The shoes, as strange as they seemed, they kind of rocked.

PETER PILOTTO

Just when you think the digital print has reached its peak, along comes Peter Pilotto and takes it to new heights. For Spring 2013, their prints became livelier than ever, they added volume and texture into the mix. The color palette was vast but always bold: fire red with cerulean, navy with greens and blues, lavender with black and cream. Frills and peplums also played a major role on the catwalk, they were perfectly built on to the print (that allowed them to play with depths and proportions). Cut-outs were also present in many of the looks, clear proof that more is more when it’s done right. The woven shoes with laces had Nicholas Kirkwood written all over and let me do a fashion forecast, they are bound to become the next big thing next season. As for the set, when you manage to have a similar print on the carpet and still manage to make your designs pop, you know you took a risk and it really payed off.

HOLLY FULTON

It’s always a pleasure when we get to see that designers are not afraid of having fun with their creations, when they are not afraid of entertaining their crowd (think Moschino’s perky ways and Prada’s novelty). That’s exactly one of the main reasons I am always into Holly Fulton’s collections. Her color palette went from sweet and sugary to bright and perky: lavender, vanilla, salmon, pink, sky blue. Her deco motifs, prints and embellishments had that certain California dreaming, East Coast vibe influence (Ever been to LA? Happiest and kindest people on Earth). The print and texture mash-up was spot on: stripes with geometric prints, flowers on flowers, pajama pants and graphic jackets, pleats with circles and printed panels. It was all so new, so unique and eye-catching. Each and every one of her looks was paired up with pastel colored espadrilles. Fresh? More than fresh!

TEMPERLEY LONDON

I’ve never quite understood why the Middleton sisters have been dubbed style icons (the sight of their shoes makes my eyes feel like I just chopped a ton of onions). When I learned that Alice Temperley, Issa and Jenny Packham were among their favorite designers, I immediately tossed them into the “never to be reviewed” basket. Never say never, I just caught a glimpse of Temperley’s Spring 2013 collection and I actually loved it. It was all so clean, so elegant but with an air of romance. The 50′s silhouettes only made everything more feminine and more beautiful. The color palette was as visually appealing as a pricey and tasteful fondant cake (and I mean this, in a good way). She added sheer inserts to full satin skirts (a move that could’ve resulted in vulgarity, but on the runway it was more like poetry). Don’t even get me started on the prints, the lace, the embellishments and the knits. The cherry on top of the cake? The shoes were made by the one and only Charlotte Olympia. A word of advice to Alice, if Kate or the infamous Pippa are to wear one of this beauties, sell them the total look (footwear included). I’m tired of seeing this ladies ruin couture with their ghastly L.K. Bennett heels and their granny wedges.

PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND

The last review from LFW and the prettiest of them all. Listen, I’m a tough crowd (not that I am Cathy Horyn, not that they even care), but I’m not that easy to please (even if I squeak at the sight of Prada shoes). Pringle of Scotland was definitely the most pleasant surprise. Every season, when browsing their collections, I would just go “eh”. This season, I really went “woah”. From the shapes and the flawless tailoring to the soft and gentle colors, it all fell right into place. The highlight of the show, the jumpers paired up with same colored, pleated, volume skirts. It all was paired up with simple courts, metallic or in different shades. It all looked so tasteful, so well put-together but with a retro edge. I think that it’s safe to say this: “Alistair Carr, Pringle of Scotland doesn’t seem to miss you one bit”.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Very ladylike, very cute and very retro, that’s what I was going for with this look. Jacquard is a major trend for Fall and will be for next Spring, so a printed and textured coat was just the thing to wear. The creamy garments allow the accessories to be more colorful without making it look like a giant cotton candy ball.

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

That’s it, London we will see you next February (hopefully, I’ll be there to witness that in the flesh). Moving on to Milano and the Paris. I promise to whip this babies up faster! Have a relaxing Sunday!

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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LFW COVERAGE: Rain, rain don’t go away. I wanna wear my metallic trench!

Happy Thursday, my sweet readers! It’s almost Friday and our fashion month is almost over. Lucky for you, since we still have a bunch of pending reviews, Fashion week will still be hanging around Sweet n’Raw for a few more posts. Today I am delivering to you another five shows from London: Christopher Bailey gets metallic for Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katrantzou’s breathtaking works of art, eccentric meets Disney for Meadham Kirchhoff and Christopher Kane in all his sorbet glory. Ready for it? Let’s go!

BURBERRY PRORSUM

Christopher Bailey has twisted and turned Burberry Prorsum through the seasons, making it one of the most important shows in LFW. This season, the designer didn’t fail to stun by presenting a collection in which metallic shades and lots of leg flashing had the main roles. The show started out as sexy as sexy can get: a coat and some hotpants (shiny, disco hotpants), confirming that we gotta start squatting and lunging since this little garments will be everywhere on Spring 2013. The color palette was bright and bold with a pinch of taupe and blush: bubblegum pink, teal, fuchsia, midnight blue and so on.

Color-blocking, peplums, lace, fitted dresses, cute and sassy capes (remember last show’s cropped bombers, it’s like that, only better), colorful lace (lots of it) and pencil skirts were among the elements presented on the catwalk. The highlight of the show? How Bailey managed to re-vamp, reload and reinvent the brand’s staple garment: the famous Burberry trench (satin, leather, lace, metallic, you name it). The model line-up? Sellar. The front row? Even more so.

MARY KATRANTZOU

She is the print, drama Queen and we all know it. She stunned with the lampshade dresses seasons ago, she has been doing the same ever since. For her Spring 2013 show, the Greek designer was all about post stamps and bills (yes, as strange as that may sound, it was a bold and beautiful move). The color palette is so hard to define, there’s so much going on with those prints that the colors are just one of the many elements you can find in one garment. About the shapes and lengths, you just have to keep it simple to make those prints pop: pantsuits, button-down shirts, flowy dresses and some cleavage. Trend spotting? Brocade, it’ll be everywhere next Spring (mark my damn words).

PREEN

We missed this show in the NYFW line-up, but it was definitely worth the wait. Prints and panels are definitely one of their signature styles and this time it involved python and flowers, navy and leather, printed chiffon and lace. The trousers were slouchy enough, the slits on the skirts were sexy and high and the sheer, well there was sheer in all the right places. Wild elements met romantic ones for a feminine look with an edge. The mix between python and those chunky roses was my favorite part of the show, so were the barely there shoes.

MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF

Why are they my favorite duo? Because they sure know how to get that over-the-top vibe to awesome heights. They enchanted me last Spring with their candy cartoon show, then came the crazy disco, and now they enchanted me all over again. The show had some opulent, Marie Antoinette-esque elements paired up with some Minnie Mouse t-shirts. Socks were high, hats were big, jewelry was lavish, bows were everywhere and the drama was on! If you ask me, I want to be wearing that black little number and the lace, pajama yellow jumpsuit right now and forever until the day I die and after the day I die. You might as well throw me into the casket and bury me wearing them but not just the garment, the accessories, the headpieces, the make up and even the curls.

CHRISTOPHER KANE

It was Frankenstein for Christopher Kane’s Spring 2013 show. But not the supermarket costume, green mask kind of Frankenstein. He managed to take the monster and transform him into a lady, a sorbet, sugary one (thank you, Mr. Kane, thank you for keeping those colors alive). Biker jackets were paired up with ladylike garments, sheer inserts and embellishments were held together by what looked like a sort of fabulous black, duct tape (in a very Victor Frankenstein fashion), even the simplest of the looks had that dark but subtle twist.

The color palette went from pastels to soft shades of gray and the textures, we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  For the accessories, the sandals looked almost like hardware, delicate hardware (if that is even possible and if it is, get me the number of that hardware store). Overall, a masterpiece. Oh Mr. Kane, you just make it so hard not to adore you. The critics may agree with me on this one, he is the star of LFW (even if my beloved Mr. Saunders may be hurt by this remark).

LOOK OF THE DAY

Well, I can’t stick to pastels and neutrals forever… I came up with this look thanks to the fabulous, Balmain inspired jacket. I added some boots and the crossover shorts to put more edge to it. The Givenchy clutch just belongs there, there’s no doubt about that!

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

It’s a wrap! Two down, two to go and then we will be moving on to MFW. Tomorrow’s Friday!

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, Colette.fr, Chanel, Ssense

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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LFW COVERAGE: It’s cool, Acne cool…

Hello from Milan, my sweet readers! I’m finally back from home, in my second home, after two blissful months of vacation. This post has been hanging in the oven for a bit too long, almost ready to overcook. Between packing, catching planes, cleaning a dusty apartment (60 days worth of dust are no joke) and unpacking, life has been a little bit hectic. Naturally, I’m completely behind on my reviews and with other deadlines to meet, I’m barely breathing. Anyway, enough with the nagging. Milan Fashion Week ends today and we are just getting started with London (we’ve still got a long, beautiful and fashionable road to walk together). London has always been the most shocking of them all (in a good way), there’s always new talent, there’s always innovation and there’s always that pinch of boldness we can only get from that rainy and fabulous city. So, without further ado, let the London reviews begin (a bit late).

ANTONIO BERARDI SPRING 2013

The last two collections from Antonio Berardi were among my top 5 from London Fashion Week Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 (of course, Meadham Kirchhoff took the throne on Spring 2012). Maybe I raised the bar too high for this season and it’s not that I didn’t like the show, but it just didn’t drive me crazy. It all started out with geometric panels and layers (maybe I’m the only one, but it kind of reminded me of Stella McCartney AW 2012), escalading into pantsuits and skirt ones, to end in a shiny, dress sequence that to me, was the best part of it all. There were sequins, sheer inserts, graphic cuts and embellishments. But there was a main star, tails, tails were everywhere from dresses to shirts.

The color palette also played an important role in the designer’s exhibition. From the khaki, cream and royal blue combo to hot pink, white and cerulean.The show made a subtle transition from an architectural, graphic sobriety to a shiny and detailed opulence. The meticulous and detailed embellishments we got to see on the last looks were definitely the highlight of the show.

ACNE SPRING 2013

With Acne, one can never expect the ordinary but you can always expect that “cool” factor. Over the seasons, Acne has become one of the favorites among fashion elite and the blogosphere (the pink bag Instagram photos with the “I sinned, I couldn’t help it” are part of the daily dose. Acne has always focused on shapes, on layering and on the art of visual impact. For the Spring 2012 collection, the color palette was vast. It went from bights (poppy red and parrot green) to neutrals (white, khaki, eggshell) and there was even a hint of pastel (the lavender skirt is my favorite piece from the runway). Stripes, pantsuits, vests and blazers, mid length skirts with slits and maxi skirts were among the elements Johnny Johansson used for the collection he named “Wrecking ball”. Everything had that chic, street style vibe, even the buckle gladiators (we are going to be seeing a lot of gladiator next season).

MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC

Leave it to Rossella Jardini to produce perky and cute collections, with a lot of swag. Even if that just made me sound like a modern Flavor Flav, that’s the only way to describe them. Between the game of happy shades, the texture contrast and the “comedy” elements she always injects on her collections, the Cheap & Chic show has definitely become one that’s easy and fun to watch (and review). The inspiration was clear as glass: the groovy ’60s (think Austin Powers, think Scooby Doo’s mystery machine van). Pantsuits, tops with floral appliqué, cropped jumpers and bustiers, dip-dye dresses paired with sneakers, bold and eye-catching prints and sheer, a lot of sheer. The comedy element we were talking about above? It was all about the pineapple! Cute, cute, cute, as a button cute, that’s all I have to say!

TOPSHOP UNIQUE

With last season’s army parade and this season’s collection, the “Walk like an Egyptian” fiasco from Spring 2012 has definitely been forgotten. If I may say, this is one of the most delightful shows from this Fashion Week edition. Everything from the color palette (neutrals and metallics) to the shapes and the layering, was so perfect (and the most exciting thing of it all, those silvery trousers will be affordable to us mortals). Sheer panels played an important role on this ’90s inspired show, so did oversize jackets, blazers and vests. It was all so clean and sharp. For a girl who is all about more is more, Topshop’s minimalism definitely won me over. I’ll take two of everything, please!

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

Yeah, maybe his Summer collection for H&M didn’t get the same buzz as Lanvin or Versace, but that’s when Matthew Williamson caught my eye and won my admiration. It’s not only about his shapes, his colors and the attention he pays to details, it’s about craftmanship in its purest form. With a clear ethnic inspiration, Williamson presented some serious (and dramatic) prints, so lively that the pink flowers on those cropped trousers seemed almost real.

But the prints were not the only thing worth mentioning on his catwalk, there were embellishments (his signature ones), flawless tailoring, colorful dip-dye, sheer sleeves and gown, beautiful, ethereal gowns. The accessories included, long, tasseled necklaces, ankle strap wedges and detailed sandals (I’ve got my eye set on those gold ones). Overall, a colorful delight! Matthew Williamson, it’s always a pleasure.

LOOK OF THE DAY

On my defense, it was still sunny when this happened. This look is definitely a reflection of my personal style, I love to look like a walking sorbet. This wonderful dress from Three Floor was an ASOS discovery and to be honest, love at first sight! The YSL clutch and the Carven shoes just add more cuteness to it all!

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

One more down, plenty more to go! It Paris time right now, the dramatic closing to a fabulous Fashion Week. Hang in there!

Sweet kisses…

llustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, ASOS, Net-a-porter, Forever 21, Piperlime, Essie
 

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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