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Is it Fall yet?

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Yes, I know many of you are still parading around in your bikinis, enjoying what’s left of your Summer vacations. And yes, I know that there are many sunny and bare legged days left for you to rock those sundresses and those denim cut-offs. But in Fashion, we always have to be one step ahead. I’ve already given you enough bikini trends and styles to last until next Summer, so I’m moving on to the next season: Fall. I have told you a thousand times that I’m a Spring/Summer kinda gal, I love when clothes get lighter, smaller and more colorful. I love when legs are bare and tights are well kept inside a drawer. I love a good pair of sandals and a short pair of shorts. But this time, I really can’t wait for Fall to arrive. The February runways were so good, that I wouldn’t mind switching my white Zara skorts (you know what I’m talking about, you have them as well) for a candy colored coat. The trends are so vivid, so bold, real showstoppers. That’s why today, even if we are more than a month away, Sweet n’raw is welcoming the Fall 2013 season. All you need to know about it, what to buy now to wear later, which trends to love and which trends to hate, what to keep from your Spring wardrobe, transition garments and pieces, the shoe guide, the accessory edit, everything! And to start with the madness, I have for you every single one (almost) of the Fall 2013 ad campaigns! Ready?

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  1. Salvatore Ferragamo: Daria Werbowy by David Sims.
  2. Dolce & Gabbana: Bianca Balti, Monica Bellucci, Kate King and Andreea Diaconu by Domenico Dolce.
  3. Mulberry: Cara Delevingne by Tim Walker
  4. Tom Ford: Soo Joo Park, Gemma Refoufi, Herieth Paul and Zuzanna Bijoch by of course, the man himself.
  5. Jean Paul Gaultier: Karlie Kloss by Stephane Sednaoui
  6. Balenciaga: Kristen McMemany by Steven Klein
  7. Giorgio Armani: Mariacarla Boscono by Mert&Marcus

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  1. Kenzo: Rinko Kikuchi and Sean O’Pry by Maurizio Cattelan, Micol Talso and Pierpaolo Ferrari.
  2. Bottega Veneta: Raquel Zimmermann and Mathias Lauridsen by Ralph Gibson
  3. Blumarine: Candice Swanepoel by Camilla Akrans
  4. Versace: Kate Moss by Mert & Marcus
  5. Louis Vuitton: Gisele Bundchen, Karen Elson, Carolyn Murphy and Isabeli Fontana by Steven Meisel
  6. Miu Miu: Katlin Aas, Emily DiDonato, Daphne Groeneveld, Georgia May Jagger, Adriana Lima, Marina Nery, Hind Sahli, Anne Verhallen and Lindsey Wixson by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
  7. Missoni: Stella Tennant by Alasdair McLellan

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  1. Lanvin: Edie Campbell by Steven Meisel
  2. Escada: Kendra Spears by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer
  3. Christian Dior: Maricarala Boscono and Elise Crombez by Willy Vanderperre
  4. Jil Sander: Edie Campbell by David Sims
  5. DKNY: Cara Delevingne, Ollie Edwards and Curtis Kulig by Mikael Jansson
  6. Prada: Christy Turlington, Freja Beha Erichsen, Catherine McNeil, Fei Fei Sun, Amanda Murphy, Caroline de Maigret and Malaika Firth by Steven Meisel
  7. Blugirl: Jemma Baines by Angelo Pennetta

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  1. Alexander McQueen: Edie Campbell by David Sims
  2. Celine: Daria Werbowy by Juergen Teller
  3. Calvin Klein: Vanessa Axente by Mert & Marcus
  4. Gucci: Abbey Lee Kershaw by Mert & Marcus
  5. Stella McCartney: Suvi Koponen and Chiharu Okunugi by Mert & Marcus
  6. Michael Kors: Karmen Pedaru and Simon Nessman by Mario Testino
  7. Isabel Marant: Daria Werbowy by Karim Sadli

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  1. Costume National: Julia Frauche and Lyle Lodwick by Glen Luchford
  2. 3.1 Phillip Lim: Kiko Mizuhara and Louis Simonon by But Sou Lai
  3. Oscar de la Renta: Iris van Berne, Kate Bogucharskaia and Patrycja Gardygajlo by Norman Jean Roy
  4. Alberta Ferretti: Maricarla Boscono by Peter Lindbergh
  5. Balmain: Cora Emmnauel, Elisabeth Erm, Manon Leloup, Khadija and Clement Chabernaud by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
  6. Proenza Schouler: Sasha Pivovarova by David Sims
  7. Just Cavalli: Karlina Caune, Julia Frauche, Manon Leloup, Dominik Bauer, Rodolfo Zanforlini and Ben Hunter by Giampaolo Sgura

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  1. Max Mara: Ashleigh Good by Mario Sorrenti
  2. Valentino: Maud Welzen, Kati Nescher, Magdalena Jasek, Irina Kravchenko, Sam Rollinson, Erika Labanauskaite, Tamara Weijenberg, Laura Kampman, Nouk Torsing and Sasha Luss by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
  3. Rebecca Taylor: Karlina Caune by Carlotta Manaigo
  4. Rebecca Minkoff: Aline Weber by Ben Weller
  5. Fendi: Cara Delevingne and Saskia de Brauw by the Kaiser, Karl Lagerfeld
  6. IRO: Karlie Kloss by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer
  7. Lover: Karen Elson by Lina Scheynius

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  1. Sonia Rykiel: Sam Rollinson by Mert & Marcus
  2. Rag & Bone: Léa Seydoux by Glen Luchford
  3. Burberry Prorsum: Sienna Miller and her fiance Tom Sturridge by Mario Testino
  4. Pierre Balmain: Andreea Diaconu and Paolo Anchisi by Lachlan Bailey
  5. Alexander Wang: Malgosia Bela by Steven Klein
  6. Elie Saab: Karmen Pedaru by Craig McDean
  7. Jason Wu: Christy Turlington and Jason Wu by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

What’s your favorite from the bunch? I’m loving Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin and of course, 3.1 Phillip Lim!

Sweet and happy August!

Image sources:  Fashion Gone Rogue

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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SWEET’N’RAW DOES CHICTOPIA vol 2.

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

5 Spring 2012 “IT” Girl Styles That We Love

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

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

PRADA’S DANGEROUS BODYSUIT

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

DOLCE & GABBANA’S VEGGIE COMBO


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

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

GIVENCHY’S SHINY DISCO RUFFLES


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

MIU MIU’S WALLPAPER PRINTS


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

LOUIS VUITTON’S COTTON CANDY DRESS


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

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

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

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them 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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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

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

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The Daily Fashion Bread: SPRING 2012 AD CAMPAIGNS

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

LOUIS VUITTON 

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

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

BALMAIN

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

  • By Inez & Vinoodh
  • Model: Anja Rubik

PRADA

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

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

JILL STUART

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

  • By: Mario Sorrenti
  • Model: Daphne Groeneveld

YVES SAINT LAURENT

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

  • By David Sims
  • Model: Mariacarla Boscono

GIVENCHY

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

  • By Mert & Marcus
  • Model: Gisele Bündchen


BALENCIAGA

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

  • By Steven Meisel
  • Model: Rosie Tapner

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

Sweet kisses…

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

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

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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PFW COVERAGE: Les Géants

Good Saturday my sweet, sweet readers! I saved some of the biggest names from PFW for last (bigger is not always better as you will see and read further ahead). After 14 really, really long posts, 54 runway reviews, thousands of photos and illustrations, hours of research and writing and two very tired butt cheeks (the hours I spent sitting down preparing this posts have given my ass more flatness than usual), I am D-O-N-E with my Fashion Week Coverage and I can proudly say I did it all by myself! Talk about multi-tasking baby! Anyway, this is my last from Paris (that is until February catches up with me and unleashes the FW mayhem all over again). So without futher ado, I bring to you The PFW Giants.

CHRISTIAN DIOR S/S 2012

You can feel it, I do too. Galliano’s absence is something that can be precieved miles away. For years we got used to his drama, his theatrical props, his unconventional genius and his style. We all know that Bill Gayten is for LVMH as the Pope John Paul I was for the catholic church, mere transition. And while the luxury group is holding off on naming the new Creative Director for the brand, Gayten has been doing what is expected from him: safe collections and no drama whatsoever. He went for fresh but always classic Dior shapes in a soft and subtle color palette (blush, cream, bright red and black among others).

It was all very femenine, very ladylike with dresses that dropped down from the waist, romantic lace and ruffles. It was a very delicate and sophisticated collection (also the sheer gave it an air of sexiness). And although it was all so risk-free and controlled, the tailoring and the cuts were perfect, the garments had beautiful movement and the clothes were wearable enough. Overall Bill Gayten did a a fine job, but enough already with the mystery, we all wanna know who’s next!

CHANEL S/S 2012

I am  always the first one to praise Karl “The Kaiser” Lagerfeld, his multi-tasking abilities, his genius and talent, his creativity and the character he has created for himself. This time I have to be blunt about his S/S show, although the Grand Palais sea set he created for the show was overpowering and breathtaking, his collection (at least in my very own personal opinion) was not. Yes there were some interesting shapes, unconventional textures and materials but it wasn’t the clothes that got my attention, it was the beautiful scenery, those giant shells and corals scattered all over the venue and obviously the highlight of the show, Miss Florence Welch singing like a mermaid inside one of the clams, very Botticelli.

The styling and beauty was absolutely flawless, more so when you see the backstage photos and the close-ups on the models ready to walk the runway.  The color palette was mainly composed of pastel colors. He showcased over 80 looks  on the runway, some forgettable but also some spectacular ones. The tweed was present, also the lace and his very resourceful feathers. He also gave us new and unexpected materials and space-like ensembles. It was all very ladylike but with Karl’s own take on the sea. It was interesting, but not in my FW top collections (this is the part where Karl says, “who cares what you think, you bloody mortal”.)

ELIE SAAB S/S 2012

We all know what to expect from Mr. Elie Saab. Year after year he fills the runway with his glamour, elegance and jaw-dropping fabrics. He is a favorite among the red carpet regulars and it shows why. This year he started off with some neutrals, then the mustard and the soft orange to end with green and purple, no wonder he named the collection “Color Shock”. From beautiful cocktail dresses to lavish, long and flowy gowns, all perfectly exectuted and all with that natural movement that can only be achieved by a man with his sartorial skills.

There was lace, there were sequins, sheer and those leg slits that open up and finish up on strategically perfect places. He never lost his elegance but he played with some risque and daring necklines: plunging, peek-a-boo, see through, halter and even some greece inspired ones. The best part of the show: when the first green look came out the runway, the drooling started. When did it stop? When the show was over. Kudos to you Mr. Saab, for your craftmanship, for being always loyal to your signature style but never falling into a boring rut and in advance, for all those dresses made by you we will be seeing on the red carpet when the award season kicks off next year!

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER S/S 2012

We can’t say we didn’t love the props and the tricks the designer pulled of for his S/S 2012 show. The flashcards with the numbers, the non-models walking the runway covered with real ink tattoos, the tongues, the frowns and the funny faces from model stars like Karlie Kloss and Lindsay Wixson, the music replaced by narration, like it was done once upon a time in old couture shows. It wasn’t your usual uptight fashion show, it was fun, fun to watch for the guests, fun to walk for the models.

The clothes were all classic Jean Paul Gaultier, bustier tops all over, asymmetrical shapes, leather and bondage hints, lingerie and stockings. The beauty was exactly that, beautiful, Miss Kloss and Miss Swaenpoel looking more than fabulous and somewhat vintage with rolled up hair and dramatic makeup. It was all about the female figure, enhancing it, adorning it, embellishing it and Jean Paul Gaultier sure knows how to do the task.

LOUIS VUITTON S/S 2012

Let me start off by saying one thing, this was another show-stopper from the man of the hour himself, Mr. Marc Jacobs. He had already closed FWNY with a stellar collection for his namesake, now he did it again for Louis Vuitton. The setting and the venue were beautiful, seems like the french house wants to outdo Chanel when it comes to lavish and over-the-top runway sets (although Chanel did first a couple seasons ago the carousel thing). The color palette was like cotton candy, all so soft, so fun and so sugary. Pastel leather? Sign me up! It was a lace, feathers and Broderie Anglaise parade. I’m a sucker for the last one, which was in almost every look the american designer sent down the runway: coats, jackets, volume dresses, collars and more.

The beauty and styling was very princessy with high buns and shiny head pieces. The shoes? Worth taking your grandma over to the pawn shop to get a pair of those patent mules. It was all so young, so beautiful and beyond adorable. The finale: With Kate Moss as a closer you can never go wrong. The stunner walked the carousel in a beautiful white dress adorned with feathers, regal as the queen of fashion she is. Bravo Marc Jacobs, once again, BRAVO!

ALEXANDER McQUEEN S/S 2012

It’s undeniable that Sarah Burton had the best teacher she could ever have. The late fashion genius, Alexander McQueen gave her all his best couture secrets and tricks but more importantly made her understand his style and his ways to perfection. With Sarah Burton, McQueen’s legacy to the world has remained intact. Once again, the display of fashion and craftmanship was flawless. The excentricity and the shapes with which the british designer was best known for are always perfectly recreated but also reinvented by his pupil, Miss Burton. For the show, all the models had their faces covered with lace, it was almost like a bondage thing.

The detailed garments presented on the runway were beautifully executed, it was both femenine and obscure, but it had a fragile vibe to it. It was another ocean nature inspired collection, but it had a very different take on it than the others (Versace was very literal, and Chanel was very, well very Chanel). Embellished gowns, ruffles, beading, embroidery and lace were some of the elements that were incorporated for the collection. The result, that kind of beauty that gives you the chills. You learned from the best Sarah Burton, you really did.

LOOK OF THE DAY

The las FW look and the last leg flashing one for a long, long, time (as we speak my legs are enclosed in a pair of chocolate brown tights, SAD). We saved the glam for last. I have a new obsession, mixing sequins with leather. And that’s exactly what I did for this look. I chose a silver, clingy dress from ASHISH. It has the right amount of short to stun the whole world with your killer pins and the right amount of sequins to literally shine through. Since back then was a bit chilly, this nude leather jacket from J. CREW contrasts to perfection with the flashy dress. For the shoes, you gotta glam it up and twist it up! That’s why with Vionnet you will always get that. This suede and python heels by Giuseppe Zanotti for Vionnet are extraordinary, making the outfit pop out even more.

For the bag, we’ve added glam and shine, why not add some wild as well? This Marc by Marc Jacobs panther clutch is just what we were looking for. For the jewelry, we are going heavy with the arm candy. A bracelet foursome composed by two glitter belt bracelets in gold and silver from TOPSHOP, Chan Luu’s beaded black bracelet with skulls and a Marc by Marc Jacobs resin bangle. To finish off your glammed up hands, a ring trio by River Island and the very coveted Chanel Peridot nail polish.

For more deets on today’s look, head over to FASHIOLISTA! You can also follow me there!

Voila! Last post from S/S 2012. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed working my ass off to get this ready. It’s a passion but it’s also a lot of work, one I am very happy to do and also one I hope to do someday while earning some serious cash! Check back for some new sections and surprises, also some sections will be making a big comeback. Halloween is just around the corner and since Sweet’n’Raw is all about dressing up, expect some spooky posts coming up in the next few days!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

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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The Daily Fashion Bread: June 16, 2011

  • Louis Vuitton’s Resort 2012 in collaboration with Sofia Coppola New York was witness of the presentation of LV’s Resort 2012. Creative Director Marc Jacobs with help of the filmaker designed the Cruise line. Presented at the Four Seasons, with coveted model Arizona Muse as its star, the collection was all about french chic. A mix of materials, tweed, leather, denim, lace,and more, were used to create 32 different looks, perfect for a holiday extravaganza.
  • Jimmy Choo celebrates 15th anniversary 15 years worth of sexy footwear. So the brand has decided to celebrate it by releasing their ICONS Collection. The 15 most emblematic styles overall, including that feather sandal Carrie loses in an episode of Sex and the City. The shoes will only be sold in Jimmy Choo’s boutiques. The styles, as Tamara Mellon said, will not only be the most popular, but also those that have a personal story.
  • Alexa gets Mulberry rich The brand is celebrating their 40th anniversary, but they also have another reason to celebrate. Their profits have skyrocketed thanks to the customer demand for the Alexa bag, named after TV presenter and fashion icon, Alexa Chung. Also very profitable, the styles Edie and Tillie. The sales in their stores have doubled and the brand is expected to keep on growing financially speaking.
  • Oh Dear, oh dear…. Just because I find it amusing, Snookie, yeah that orange girl from the Jersey Shore, is planning to expand her footwear line (I didn’t even know she had one) which already includes leopard print slippers. Snooki Enterprises (I am trying hard no to laugh) has signed a licensing deal for a line of PICKLE flip-flops. The Jersey Shore people sure know how to milk the cow, while it lasts. Will you be buying? (Please don’t).

See you tomorrow for a big, fat, new post!

Sweet kisses…

 

Photos: Style.com, Refinery 29, Stylite.com
Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis 
Bagel: Source unknown

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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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