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NY’s FINEST SPRING 2014, part 2

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Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking. You might be thinking that this is not a race, that everyone’s a winner. Well, that doesn’t really happen when it comes to fashion. When it comes to Fashion Week, some finish last, some finish first. That’s why every season I like to choose my top 10. Yesterday we started our countdown, the spots from 10 – 6 have already been filled. Now it’s time to reach the top of this little chart of mine, the five best shows (in my opinion) from what was a fabulous Fashion Week in New York. Are you ready to discover my picks? Keep on reading!

proenza

Lázaro Hernandez and Jack McCoullough can do no wrong. Their collections always rank really high, their shows have always so much buzz around them and there are many reasons why that keeps happening. But the main one, their clothes are always exquisite. For Spring 2014, with a neutral color palette and some hints of shimmer, they presented a collection packed with beautiful tailoring and craftsmanship. And no we are not talking hand-embroidery or embellishments, we are talking construction. From coats to evening dresses, it was all so effortless and chic at the same time!

jasonwu

Jason Wu had been following a patter until now, that chic goes bondage theme was a regular in his runway shows. For Spring 2014, he went all soft and glam on us. And guess what? We kind of love it! The color palette was all about powdery shades and pastels (touch of navy and black here and there). The shimmery fabrics played the most important role of the collection, paired up against slouchy coats and loose midi skirts. The slip was everywhere, from those sultry sparkly numbers to sheer, crisp white ones. It was different drom what we’ve always seen from him, but it still had Jason Wu written all over.

MKors

Oh boy, this was a beautiful surprise and a beautiful collection! The most important thing, it was so wearable and so likeable and it had that retro feel that everybody loves. The structured garments (blazers and trench coats) worked perfectly with those leaf-printed, breezy dresses. And while the color palette was a little bit on the earthy side (I’m not that fond of that range), I couldn’t care less, I fell in love. The highlights? The pin-up bikini, the short suits and short combos, that dress with the thigh-high slit and plunging neckline (it would’ve been too much, but it somehow worked) and the platforms (simple platforms, but platforms ever girl needs inside her closet).

jmendel

I’m always drawn to peachy colors and meticulous garments and that’s exactly what J.Mendel gave me for their Spring 2014 collection. Ever since that all-white Winter collection, I’ve been keeping an eye on this brand and I’m not disappointed at all. This collection was all about the short, short hem (thank God someone out there is still thinking about legs, with all the midi and 3/4 skirts we have been seeing) the pastels and the details (even the simplest of dresses had a little special something). We got to see short combos, skirt combos, pleated and ruffled hems, embellishments and beautiful prints and shoes. Those shoes, those shoes were even better than Sophia Webster’s range for J. Crew. Those shoes were even better than Delpozo’s bow sandals. I have to get me some J. Mendel heels next Spring, I really have to.

altuzarra

And last but definitely not least, the top of the list. With an effortlessly sexy collection, one of my favorite NYFW designers, Mr. Joseph Altuzarra. The slits on his skirts went as high as a slit can get. The layering and the styling was spot on. The collection was all about separates coming together and variations. He understands that there has to be something for everyone in a collection. While some of his sexy skirts were paired up with silk button downs, tank tops and long sleeve t-shirts were also an option. The highlight? The metallic fabric he used on some of the skirts and lightweight jackets. He gets the first place not only because it was all so wearable, but because it was original and beyond desirable!

That’s a wrap! We are moving on to LFW Trends and best shows. Are you ready for more Spring 2014? Don’t worry, I’m on it!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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RESORT 2014, the recap

resort 2014Hello, hello my sweet readers! After an extensive coverage in my FB page, it’s time to make a full recap of the Resort 2014 collections. Over the seasons, Resort has become as important as the S/S and A/W collections. Some people even say that right now, Resort is the powerful one. The thing about it, it doesn’t go to the extreme. Designers always throw in a little of everything, from swimwear to seasonal coats. They also make their creations more wearable, don’t expect to find the Giambattista Valli feather, peplum, floor-length dress on his Resort collection.

There is also a debate going around about seasonal clothes. With the weather’s sudden mood swings, global warming and the different climate zones all over the world, seasons are not as predictable as they used to be. That’s why collections should be seasonless, that’s why Resort is the perfect season of them all.

I’ve rounded-up my favorite collections, based on my taste and also the trends the designers showcased on their presentations. Don’t be scared if you see lots of pink, not only am I a sucker for that girly shade, but it’s also one of the strongest colors for Fall and of course, Resort. Let’s start! Click on the pictures to enlarge them!

RESORT1Flirty and Witty: Stella McCartney

Holiday Fairy Tale: Giambattista Valli

Mother Nature: Valentino

resort 2Pastel Dream: Escada

Delightful Rose: Jill Stuart

Vintage Voyage: Tory Burch

RESORT3Parisian Feel: Carven

Sheer Perfection: Burberry Prorsum

Colorful Clash: Nina Ricci

RESORT5Seaside Chic: Rochas

Candy Sailor: Versace

Simply Oscar: Oscar de la Renta

RESORT4Cute as a button: Moschino Cheap & Chic

Purple Paradise: Just Cavalli

Tropical Silk: Gucci

RESORT6

Navy Chic: Chloe

Picture Pefrect: Erdem

Sportswear Couture: Prabal Gurung

RESORT8Back to classic: Chanel

Flirty meets Urban: Sachin + Babi

Resort at its best: Bottega Veneta

RESORT7Sparkly n’sporty: DKNY

Bold Clash: Fendi

It’s all in the details: Pringle of Scotland

RESORT9Groovy Safari: Michael Kors

Hedi’s Redemption: Saint Laurent

Tropical dark: Jason Wu

What was your favorite collection from the Resort bunch? What do you think about Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent presentation? Drop me a line!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  STYLE.COM

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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Spring 2013 Trends: BEETLEJUICE’D

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Many, many were the trends we got to see on last September’s runways and I thought we should open this Spring 2013 special with one of the strongest of the bunch: the Beetlejuice stripes. Stripes have always been considered delicate subject when it comes to wearing them. We’ve all been said the following: “Careful with that dress with the horizontal stripes, it’s gonna make you look instantly chunky”. And that ladies and gentleman, it’s absolutely false. It’s not about the stripes, but about the fit, how the garment is constructed, whether it flatters you body type or not. So loose that fear and start embracing them! And since we are not blaming the lines anymore, how about we make the most of this fabulous trend and start creating fun looks, packed with optical illusion.

WHO DID IT:

  • Marc Jacobs / Jonathan Saunders / Dolce & Gabbana
  • Moschino / Balmain / Michael Kors

Marc Jacobs went retro, Jonathan Saunders went bright, Moschino had a 60s take, Balmain gave them a 90s spin and Michale Kors went all rugby on his Spring 2013 collection. They are just a few of the designers who embraced this trend.  You go for a total stripes look like creep childhood icon, Beetlejuice. You can mash them up with other prints such as squares (thank you, Louis Vuitton for that) or even florals or you can just wear one striped garment against a bunch of solids for a fun twist.

THE MUST-HAVE PIECES: A striped blazer, a pair of striped pants (tapered is my favorite style for stripes) and a jumper that you probably already have inside your closet (if you don’t, run out to buy it. A striped sweater is one of the timeless closet classics. Think the LBD of sweaters).

Now here’s a selection of striped garments you can find online to start building that Spring 2013 wardrobe. There’s an option for every budget!

splurge stripes

  1. Jumper, Joseph
  2. Bag, Moschino
  3. Blazer, Lanvin
  4. Skirt, Balmain
  5. Dress, Marc Jacobs
  6. Mouse flats, Marc Jacobs
  7. Shorts, Raoul
  8. Jeans, Balmain
  9. Shoes, Sergio Rossi

steal stripes

  1. Blazer, Topshop
  2. Clutch, Lulu Guinness
  3. Jumper, We like Fashion
  4. Top, Marc by Marc Jacobs
  5. Dress, Topshop
  6. Jeans, River Island
  7. Flats, Target
  8. Shorts, Topshop
  9. Wedges, Pierre Hardy (super sale!)

There you go! Are you ready for the stripe invasion? I sure am! Just remember, you don’t have to stick to black and white. You can go with red, beige or even multiple colors! Your choice!

Happy Friday!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Style.com, Topshop, Polyvore, Farfetch, River Island, Target

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’s NEON NATION: The Dress

The city is officially on fire!  Summer is about to hit us hard and I am armed an ready to welcome it (I sure hope you are too). This is our last post from the NEON NATION series. Don’t get me wrong, I love neon but I think after this electric fashion overload, I’m gonna be doing a neutral palette series. Anyway, back to today’s theme. I’ve already given you the jacket, the top, the skirt and the shorts, someone’s missing… THE DRESS. Neon dresses are the ultimate show-stopping weapon for a girl, you get to show the legs, enhance the tan and if it’s a tight little number, also your figure. But there’s a risk, tacky girls tend to love neon, before buying a dress ask yourself this question: “Is it something Snooki or Ice T’s Coco would wear?”. If the answer is yes, stay away! Here’s a non-tacky selection of dresses you can find online.

DRESS SELECTION

TOP: Topshop / Topshop / Alexander McQueen / River Island

BOTTOM: Michael Kors / Lipsy / Ilaria Nistri / Lipsy

LOOK OF THE DAY

Since I really, really dislike the neon and black combo, I wanted to do the opposite: neon and white together is my ultimate delight. I threw a statement necklace to make it more interesting and since the color is the same, it almost looks as part of the dress Add some neutral accessories and a colored clutch for some pop.

ACCESSORIES:

BEAUTY:

  • Sand Tropez nail polish, ESSIE

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

I hope you really enjoyed the NEON NATION posts as much as I did preparing them. I’m still deciding the trend for the next series so if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears!

It’s almost Friday, it’s almost Summer, what’s not to love?

Sweet kisses…

lllustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis 

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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MAN UP! The Tuxedo Series

Having a relaxing Sunday before Monday madness, my sweet readers? I hope you had a great weekend! It is time for Sweet’n’Raw to give you a new section and to explore some trends that come straight from our friends from the testosterone-filled world: MEN. I have been finding myself completely fascinated with menswear for a while now, and when masculine trends make their way into womenswear, oh boy, now that’s something I go crazy for. So here it is, the first of our MAN UP! series, of course dedicated to one of the sharpest and flyest of them garments, the tuxedo.Yes, it has been around for a while now for us girls but this season, it was everywhere and with very different twists and takes for us to try out! In the next few days, Sweet’n’Raw will be getting tux’d! But first, let’s see how designers showcased this fabulous trend.

RUNWAY SELECTION

TOP:

  • Shiny sequins, Ruffian NYFW A/W 2011
  • In a coat, Alexander Wang NYFW A/W 2011
  • Boyish, Dolce & Gabbana A/W MFW 2011
  • White chic, Jason Wu NYFW A/W 2011

BOTTOM:

  • Cool chick, Michael Kors NYFW A/W 2011
  • Pink accents, Moschino MFW  A/W 2011
  • Classic touch, Emilio Pucci MFW A/W 2011
  • Black tie gala, Ralph Lauren NYFW A/W 2011

You likey? Are you ready to get tux’d? I know I am! Let’s show’em boys how they are not the only ones that can pull it off and kill it (James Bond, eat your heart out)!

Sweet kisses…

PS: Just a tip, try browsing through the menswear department, everyone loves a girl in men’s clothes and you’ll find some really cool stuff.

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: Style.com

All texts are written by me, PLAGIARISM is not cool

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The City Blonde presents… THE GIFT GUIDE

Well hello, hello my sweet readers! As I am getting ready for my winter escape to my beloved mexican beaches and our lovely Charlotte won Sweet’n’Raw’s first giveaway, I am delivering to you the third gift guide for this holiday season. This time is all about what our gorgeous city blonde wants and desires. Remeber her? If you don’t CLICK HERE to meet this sophisticated, concrete jungle diva.

The City Blonde, otherwise known as Countess Winston, is more versatile than a jukebox. She’s into books but she’s also into parties. She actually understands and loves poetry (most of us mortals don’t) but she is also part of the Brunch Mimosa Abuse programme. So let’s see what this New Yorker in the making wrote on her letter to Santa!

  1. Deborah Lippmann’s Billionaire, Call me irresponsible, Satin Doll and Just walk away Renee: The perfect hues for the perfect city girl! Talk about making a statement with your nails!
  2. Michael Kors neoprene laptop case: Why not add some chic and color to your laptop cover, courtesy of Mr. Kors
  3. Cambridge Satchel Company blue satchel: A satchel is perfect for running around the city, choose one in a flashy color!
  4. Chanel Nº19 perfume: A powerful perfume for a powerful city lady!
  5. YSL Arty ring: Do you have yours? If not, now’s the time.
  6. Steve Madden MADEE leopard slippers: Slipper and leopard, two words that together make the perfect combo! Comfortable yet stylish! So New York.
  7. Nars “Funny Face” lipstick: Brighten your pucker and brighten your day with this exquisite and creamy lip color by the makeup master, François Nars
  8. Paris vs. New York by Vahram Muratyan: Now there’s one book that has to be in every New Yorker’s coffee table.
  9. Steve Madden SHASHAYY bootie in Taupe Nubuck: Cruisin’ the street with style!
  10. Benefit Cha Cha tint:get blushy, get happy!
  11. Sequin black mini dress: Get spotted and turn some heads over on New Year’s Eve with this flashy and plunging neckline dress. Now that’s what I call cleavage.

Three down, one more to go! Tomorrow I shal give you the Jet-set Junkie and for all you guys out there (in case you stumble into this fashion blog with a pastel substance abuse), I will be posting something for the lads as well!

13 days till X-mas

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos, wallpaper and frame: Google

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

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Flashy Fancy Pants: FIRE RED

Happy Friday my sweet, sweet readers. As promised, here is look number two from the bright pants trend series. If you haven’t checked out the first two posts click HERE and HERE to read them. Today is all about fire red, a powerful and show stopping color not many people dare to wear. The success depends on how you style it, so let’s see if you like the way I did it!

AS SEEN IN: Monique Lhuillier, DKNY, Gucci and Michael Kors

THE LOOK

Since red pants are already a flashy and daring garment, I did not want to go with the whole rocker/biker chick kind of vibe. The red pants I chose are this fitted ones with side zipper pockets from ASOS. To tone down a bit the intensity of the color, I paired it up with the cutest jumper, also from ASOS, the cream Bonjour angora one. Underneath, for a more classic look, a black, basic button-down shirt from River Island. It is important to pick one with long sleeves so you have them peeking out from under the sweater (pick a slim fit so it doesn’t bulge underneath). To add some cuteness and since collars are very trendy right now, this ASOS chiffon bow tie is the cherry in top of our ensemble. For the shoes, I wanted some edge and if you want edge all you need is leopard in a bootie. This Mercer wedges can be found at Nasty Gal, one of my favorite online shops!

For the bag, I discovered this little treasure at Colette.fr, which is probably the best French concept store there is on earth. It’s a black grained clutch with stripes from Thom Browne. For accessories, quite simple: Chanel’s Blue Satin nail polish and Topshop’s  carved face ring.

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

There you go, another day another bright look for you before the weekend begins! And remeber, we still have four more to go!

Sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

 

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