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Sweet n’raw’s Xmas Gift Guide: BUNNY

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December is flying by! Only less than ten days till Christmas and if you are still behind with your gift shopping list, it’s time to get moving! This is the fourth part from our annual gift guide and it’s a darn cut one! I’ve always had a little obsession with bunny slippers, always wanted them, never have been able to find them. This year, i wanted to make a gift idea post for all of those bunny lovers out there. It’s all about the furry garments, the fuzzy slippers, sweet perfume and some pretty, pretty, powdery shades. Are you ready?

bunny splurge

SPLURGE

  1. Rabbit gloves, Eugenia Kim
  2. Bunny ears ring, Natasha Zinko
  3. Bunny jumper, Markus Lupfer
  4. Rabbit hat, Maison Michel
  5. Turtleneck sweater, Matthew Williamson
  6. Flowerbomb Fairy perfume, Viktor & Rolf
  7. Plush bunny, Jellycat
  8. Nail polish trio, Tom Ford
  9. Pink evening dress, Lela Rose
  10. Pom pom flats, Nina Ricci
  11. Pom pom heels, Jimmy Choo
  12. Love pillow, Calypso St. Barth
  13. Shoulder bag, Saint Laurent Paris

bunny steal

STEAL

  1. Bunny jumper, Topshop
  2. Beanie, Oysho
  3. Rabbit sweatshirt, Topshop
  4. Violetta iPhone case, Moschino
  5. Suede flats, Zara
  6. Champagne cocktail dress, Topshop
  7. My Little Chloe perfume, Chloe
  8. Nail polish set, Essie
  9. Ankle-strap heels, Zara
  10. Rabbit moleskin journal, Etsy
  11. Vanity bag, Oysho
  12. Bunny mug, Amazon
  13. Pink shoulder bag, Kate Spade

And that’s it for our bunny guide! I hope you could get some great ideas for your loved ones and we still have time for a couple of more! Stay tuned!

Christmas Eve -7!

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Sweet n’raw’s Xmas Gift Guide: LA GARÇONNE

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December is just getting started and so is the Holiday season. You know what that means right? Lots of parties and gatherings and Christmas preparations: decorating the house, planning the dinner menu and then there’s my favorite part, shopping for presents and making wish lists! If you have been reading me for a while, you already know how I do it. If this is your first year with me, here’s how it goes: I don’t make lists for the boyfriend, the girlfriend, the parents or the best friend. I focus on cliches (I’m a cliche lover and there’s nothing wrong with being one, that’s part of the irony of my work as an artist and illustrator) because everybody, no matter how hard they try to fight it, has a favorite cliche of their own.

For our first part of this gift guide, I went with the one that defines me: the francophile in me. As you already know, I am a lover of all things French and all Parisian stereotypes. So leaving the pastels and macarons aside, here are some present ideas for that sister or friend (or yourself) that has a little garçonne living inside her brain.

garcconeplurge

SPLURGE

  1. T-shirt, Moschino
  2. Beret, Eugenia Kim
  3. Striped top, T by Alexander Wang
  4. Pointy flats, Tabitha Simmons
  5. Red dress, Alexander McQueen
  6. No. 5 Perfume, Chanel
  7. Merci thank you notes, Selfridges
  8. Paris Je t’aime cushion, Jules Pansu
  9. Oversize sunnies, Oscar de la Renta
  10. Nail polish trio, YSL La Laque Couture
  11. Pierre le Baer, Nikoki
  12. Two tone pumps, Alexandre Birman
  13. 2.55 vintage bag, Chanel

garconne steal

STEAL

  1. Striped jumper, Topshop
  2. Red beret, ASOS
  3. Double-breasted coat, Zara
  4. Pink ballet flats, Repetto
  5. Red sunnies, Zara
  6. Paris perfume, YSL Beauty
  7. Red dress, DVF (The Outnet)
  8. Two tone pumps, Zara
  9. Paris Street Style book, Urban Outfitters
  10. Eiffel tower mug, Bed Bath and Beyond
  11. Red lip crayon, Tarte
  12. Nail polish trio, Essie
  13. Quilted shoulder bag, Rebecca Minkoff

Already adding items to your Christmas shopping list? I hope this helps you get some fresh and original ideas for yourself or your loved ones. I still have  a lot of gift guide cliches to show you, so keep checking back!

Have a lovely, lovely December day,

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Images: Zara, Net-a-porter, Topshop, Polyvore, Sephora, Selfridges, 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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FALL 2013: Teacher’s Pet

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Fall is right around the corner! And although I am a warm weather person and I will miss my shorts and bikinis, I can’t be more excited to welcome another fabulous season. As I told you before, I’m not really a boots/coat/heavy knits kind of gal, but after witnessing the wonders that were shown last February on the runways, I can’t help but wonder: Is it Fall yet? This is the second post from our A/W 2013 Edit, first came pink (the strongest color trend) now come plaid and with plaid we get to have a style that we were kinda missing and that of course, we don’t need to take too literal: the school girl. Remember the “Baby, one more time” Britney days? Or Gossip Girl’s uniforms with a twist? Well, get ready my friends because this Fall, we will all wanna be the teacher’s pet! Warning: It’s called School Girl trend, that doesn’t mean you have to dress like a Halloween/sexy fantasy character. Remember, a trend is a mere suggestion, you take what you like and you wear it how you like! Ready?

school girl

Let’s start with a fabulous garment selection, from the affordable to the not-so-much, there’s a garment for every budget!

  1. Pussybow blouse, Jason Wu
  2. Fold skirt, Isabel Marant
  3. Double-breasted coat, Zara
  4. Gray sweatshirt, Helmut Lang
  5. Uniform dress, Moschino
  6. Structure shorts, 3.1 Phillip Lim
  7. Two-tone lace-ups, Charlotte olympia
  8. Bowling bag, Nina Ricci
  9. Flat Mary Janes, Zara

school runway

Not sure about this trend? Don’t know how to pull it off without looking like you belong to a costume party? Take a look at the different runway styles!

NYFW: Karen Walker / Marc by Marc Jacobs / Suno / Kate Spade

LFW: Vivienne Westwood Red Label / Mulberry / Emilia Wickstead / Preen

MFW: Moschino / Fausto Pugilisi / Alberta Ferretti / Blugirl

PFW: Celine / Saint Laurent Paris / Chanel / Chloe

And last but not least, a garment and accessory edit with all the stuff you’ll wanna buy if you wanna give your look that teacher’s pet flair!

LRD

  1. Moschino
  2. Topshop
  3. Alexander McQueen
  4. Alexander McQueen

doublebreasted

  1. Zara
  2. Jil Sander
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Zara

flirtyskirts

  1. Alice + Olivia
  2. H&M
  3. Moschino
  4. Isabel Marant
  5. Miu Miu
  6. Zara

buttondown

  1. MIH
  2. Band of Outsiders
  3. Chloe
  4. Miu Miu
  5. Equipement
  6. J.Crew

checked

  1. Paige
  2. Isabel Marant Etoile
  3. Lipsy
  4. Zara

sweats

  1. J.Crew
  2. Helmut Lang
  3. River Island
  4. Band of Outsiders
  5. A.P.C.
  6. Topshop

flats

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Zara
  4. Zara
  5. Zara
  6. Saint Laurent

satchels

  1. Mulberry Alexa
  2. Saint Laurent Duffle 6
  3. Nina Ricci bowling bag
  4. Saint Laurent Petit Cabas Classique
  5. Proenza Schouler PS1

scholars

  1. Lanvin
  2. Dsquared
  3. Saint Laurent
  4. Charlotte Olympia
  5. Lanvin

schoolgirlchart

Like the trend? I love plaid so I think that I am gonna be wearing this style a lot! Is there any trend or color that you would like me to write about? Drop me a line!

Sweet kisses…

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

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BIKINI SEASON 2013: Hello, Sailor!

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

sailor chart

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

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

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

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

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

  • Seafolly
  • NewLook
  • J.Crew
  • Rosamosario

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

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

sailor

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

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

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

Sweet kisses…

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

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MFW FALL 2013: The Trend Report

mfw trend report

Better late than ever, right? It took a while for me to round-up all the trends from MFW, we still have Paris (that’s gonna be even harder). Anyway, Milan is known for the glamour, the exentricity, the exaggeration. The list of designers is not as long as in Paris, London or New York. Most of the names are already big and well-known and even though there’s a debate about how Italian designers are staying a little behind, this Fashion Week was really, really good for the Italian fashion capital. The best shows? You’ll find out on Sunday, for today, enjoy the prettiest and strongest trends from the always stylish Milano.

pretty lady

  • Bottega Veneta
  • Antonio Marras
  • Alberta Ferretti

cinch it

  • Blumarine
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Gianfranco Ferré

TARTAN

  • Fausto Pugilisi
  • No. 21
  • Moschino
  • fit for a queenFausto Pugilisi
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Antonio Marras
  • crazy furFendi
  • Blumarine
  • Marni

fire red

  • Alberta Ferretti
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • good girlsMoschino
  • Blumarine
  • Alberta Ferretti
  • blue bloodedJil Sander
  • Missoni
  • Salvatore Ferragamo
  • bare legsRoberto Cavalli
  • Blumarine
  • Versace
  • sheerAlberta Ferretti
  • Gucci
  • Emilio Pucci
  • we are goldenAntonio Marras
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Emilio Pucci
  • embellishedRoberto Cavalli
  • Gucci
  • Emilio Pucci

That’s a wrap! Remember, on Sunday Sweet n’raw’s favorite shows. Don’t miss it!

It’s Friday, rock on!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Style.com, Pinterest,

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Spring 2013 Trends: LADY MELLOW

LADY MELLOW COVERGood morning, my sweet readers! We are just three days away from the start of what will be a glorious fashion month. I’m already whipping up some posts and getting all prepped and ready for Sweet n’Raw’s coverage. In the meantime, I still have a bunch of Spring trends in the oven, sitting there, waiting to be published. While we wait for the Fall collections to walk the runways, we can start lusting after the Spring items that will be joining our closets.

Today I have for you an all-time favorite trend: LADY MELLOW. My affair with pastel colors began after my punk and goth teenage years. I went from being a girl with Che Guevara t-shirts and neck piercings, to being the queen of lace (no, not black and vampy, but sugary and pretty) with a powdery shades obsession. That’s why every time my beloved mint and my baby pink appear on the runway, I get high as a kite. This season, pastels are not the strongest trend but thankfully, they are still around. But the Lady Mellow trend is not only about pastels, it’s about powdery garments, with a ladylike vibe, lots of lace, crepe de chine, volume skirts, picture perfect handbags, sheer and jacquard, and lovey dovey knitwear. Think Betty Draper, when she was more sweet than sour.

WHO DID IT:

  • Peter Som / Rochas / Erdem
  • Christopher Kane / Carolina Herrera / Oscar de la Renta

MUST-HAVE ITEMS: A pretty yellow dress for sunny days. A pair of pastel, tapered shorts. A pink, flirty skirt. A pastel bikini (a girl always has Summer in her  mind) and a bunch of powdery button-downs.

mellow splurge

  1. Printed blouse, Equipment
  2. Tailored shorts, Moschino
  3. Diamond jumper, Carven
  4. Embellished slippers, Dolce & Gabbana
  5. Yellow dress, Rochas
  6. Green sunnies, Stella McCartney
  7. Mint coat, Moschino
  8. Structured bag, Miu Miu
  9. Blush skirt, Alexander McQueen
  10. Lace-up heels, Moschino

LMELLOW STEAL

  1. Pussybow blouse, Topshop
  2. Mint bikini set, Carine Gilson
  3. Texture jumper, Chicnova
  4. Detailed flats, Zara
  5. Jacquard dress, Topshop
  6. Jacquard pants, J. Crew
  7. Vintage sunnies, Leonard Vintage
  8. Heart print skirt, River Island
  9. Shoulder bag, River Island
  10. Toe-cap pumps, ASOS

That’s it of the day! I still have a couple of trends before we unleash the Fashion Week madness, stay tuned!

Sweet kisses…

PS: Sweet n’raw is almost two years old!

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

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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 X’mas Gift Gide: OLD HOLLYWOOD DIVA

old hollywood

It’s Sunday and Milan has never felt colder for me (I’ve been living here for four years). Then I think about my beloved Mexico, my little piece of paradise called Acapulco and I die a little inside (30º and Summer sun, 365 days a year). I’m not saying that I hate Winter in Europe, I’d like it better if I were inside a mountain chalet, wrapped up in a furry blanket, sipping hot chocolate (ok, maybe a White Russian to get the heat going). Holiday season really makes me homesick. Anyway, back to what concers us today. This is the sixth and probably last post from our X’mas Shopping Guide (I’m not sure if I should do a couple more, let me know if you’d like me to).

I’ve been wanting to do the classic Audrey Hepburn illustration for so long, and I finally found the perfect excuse: the gift guide for the Old Hollywood Diva. We all have that certain friend that dresses like she just got out of a Fellini movie. We all have that friend that has watched every single Audrey Hepburn movie more times than we’ve watched Sex & the City re-runs. We all have that friend that still prefers a good old Hollywood romance, than that Twilight crap playing in your nearest multi-plex. If you do have a friend like this, her it is, the gift guide for the Old Hollywood Diva. Enjoy!

audrey splurge

  1. Bow swimsuit, Miu Miu
  2. Oversize sunglasses, The Row
  3. Perles de Lalique perfume, Lalique
  4. Pearl & Onyx earrings, Scully & Scully
  5. Sailor jumper, Joseph
  6. Red & black ballet flats, Repetto
  7. Pearl embellished dress, Moschino
  8. Pink scarf, Agent Provocateur
  9. 2Jours bag, Fendi
  10. Embellished bracelet, Miu Miu
  11. Bow necklace, Miu Miu
  12. Two-tone heels, Jason Wu

audrey steal

  1. Pearl embellished jumper, Romwe
  2. Dreamer eye-mask, Urban Outfitters
  3. Pink clutch, Prada
  4. Andy warhol nail polish, Nars
  5. Pearl statement necklace, Ann Taylor
  6. Just Being Audrey book, Margaret Cardillo
  7. Oversize sunglasses, Asos
  8. Bejeweled flats, Aldo
  9. Black fitted dress, Topshop
  10. Miss Dior perfume, Dior
  11. Caviar & oyster makeup set, Bobbi Brown
  12. Ankle-strap heels, Zara

I hope you are having a relaxing and beautiful Sunday! X’mas is just a week away. Aren’t we excited?

Sweet kisses…

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

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MFW COVERAGE: Mermaid stories and fairy tales

Good Sunday, my sweet readers! Fashion Week ended three weeks ago (a lifetime in Fashion terms). I had planned an entire schedule of runway reviews about Milan and Paris, then I found myself without internet connection for 18 days ( I blame it on the Italian phone company and their wonderful costumer service). Anyway, better late than never, right? And since I take my FW coverage way too serious, I am gonna blast you with catwalks and trends from Spring 2013 until my mission is complete. Today we start reviewing the Glitz and Glamour of Fashion Week, the beautiful city of Milano. Let’s get this runway started!

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Talk about wearable and fabulous. In fashion, almost every collection is composed by looks you can wear and looks that you can’t (unless you are Anna dell Russo, then you can wear whatever you want). When it comes to Ferragamo’s Spring 2013 collection, there wasn’t a single outfit meant just for show, everything was made for us mortals (well, mortals who can actually afford them). With an almost neutral color palette, Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti sent a game of textures and asymmetrical hemlines down the runway. Between the creamy, snakeskin, the metallic fabrics and the leather, choosing a favorite ensemble would be nearly impossible (I’m rooting for the belted, python skirt with the shiny top). It was all so feminine and sexy, but edgy at the same time with all those laces and straps. A hint of S&M? Yes there was, but always keeping it delicate and demure. As for the accessories, as awesome as the garments: caged heels, gladiator sandals, sandal-booties (a big no, no for me usually, but for this babies, I’m willing to make an exception).

MOSCHINO

God bless Rossella Jardini for always granting us a fun breather on Fashion Week. For her Spring 2013 show, the Italian designer was all about optical illusion, short hemlines and her regular, colorful prints. Her inspiration was clear, in a sea of pop art and mod dresses it was all about the 60’s. The show opened with a series of black and white ensembles, then escalading into perky colors and fun patterns. There was a lot of leg flashing, double breasted jackets, stripes (big, big trend this season), simple and flirty mini skirts and even one or two crisp, white outfits.

As for accessories, it was all about sassy helmets, white paste sunnies (very Jackie O), PVC hoops and some serious glittery shoe porn. The groovy vibe was increased by the beauty: big, bouncy and sprayed half updos, shiny eye makeup with bright and happy lips. Our favorite part? The eyelet looks at the end, it was a refreshing finale for her heavy themed collections. We love Mrs. Jardini, because when she picks an inspiration, she is not afraid ob being too literal. A pretty escape from all those conceptual and way-to-serious designers out there.

ALBERTA FERRETTI

A collection worthy of a Queen of the Sea, an ocean nymph. So soft and ethereal one cannot help but be drawn to it. The color palette was an ode to the mermaid, a fantastic and mythical creature that was perfectly represented by Mrs. Ferretti for her Spring 2012 show. The mix of textures was almost harmonic: Chantilly lace, chiffon and silk merged together in the Italian designer’s creations. The lengths went from short and midi, to long and flowy. Among the sea of neutrals and sheer, a few shiny ensembles popped out. As for the gowns, the delicate fabrics were covered in what seemed like sailor nets (the glitter version, of course). It was all so poetic and romantic.

GUCCI

For Gucci this season, it was an unexpected turn from what we are used to seeing from the iconic, Italian brand. There was no trace of Frida Giannini’s powerful and seductive vixen, instead it was all about a bright and colorful lady. The show opened with some solid and bold pink ensembles, then there was royal blue, coral, turquoise, Chartreusse, Gucci’s signature black and to close it up, crisp white. The shapes were simple, but with a lot of movement (she payed a lot of attention to sleeves, adding ruffles, pleats and bubbles). The solids were contrasted with reptile print in different hues, from the classic cream python to pink and aqua snakeskin.

Other prints included 70’s inspired feathers in pajama-like ensembles. As for the accessories, simple dresses were embellished with same-colored, statement jewelry, sandals were part naked, par bondage and the sleek hair allowed the models to showcase some serious statement ear candy. As much as we respect Giannini’s decision to change direction, we have to admit we are more drawn to the sexy ways she is best known for.

BLUMARINE

Speaking of unexpected turns, we are always used to some pretty bold, over-the-top collections from Mrs. Anna Molinari. Remember Fall 2012 and the neon fur and the python print overload? Well this year, it was soft and sweet, mind-blowing soft and sweet. It was all so seasonal and romantic: flowy mini dresses, peasant tops, easy trousers with embellished tops, chiffon garments with crystal and sequin appliques, gathered skirts and a beautifully done dip-dye. It was a feminine delight, one I’d be loving to wear each and every single day of the week (when the sucky Winter bows goodbye).

LOOK OF THE DAY

Simple look, but always chic. A leather skirt is always a staple inside our wardrobes. Pair it up with a graphic sweatshirt (a must-have piece for Fall 2012) and you’ve got a winning combo. The cool and fun twist? A pair of solid ankle boots to pump things up. For accessories, sticking to black and gold is just what the Doctor ordered.

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

We still have a bunch of reviews from Spring 2013. Bear with me, I’ll make it quick!

Happy Sunday

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, Opening Ceremony, J. Crew, Chanel, Polyvore

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5 Seriously Stylish Costumes You’ll Maybe See This Halloween

October is coming to an end and you know what that means. Halloween is just around the corner! The one night of the year where silly, slutty, and even plush dressing are more mandatory than optional. Come October 31st, millions of human (and canine) souls transform themselves into all kinds of monsters, characters and strange, never seen before, walking objects.

After deciding what party to attend, we all ask ourselves the same question: “What am I going to be this Halloween?” For some, deciding on a costume involves a trip to the supermarket (the shiny, ill-fitting devil jumpsuit comes to mind). For others, playing it safe is the way to go, you can’t go wrong with last year’s costume, right? Some like it sexy, some like it way sexy (NC17 sexy), some like it big (Teletubbies and Sponge Bobs) and some, like us, like it stylish. The runway is a great source of inspiration and since designers usually get inspired by films, paintings, movements and eras, you will be getting a lot more than you bargained for.

For this Halloween, here are five different costumes, all catwalk inspired:

CATWOMAN
You might be thinking: “Been there, done that.” The Catwoman costume has been around for years and it’s an all-time favorite among the ladies and among the gentlemen too (never underestimate the seductive power of a latex jumpsuit). This year, Selina Kyle’s sexy attire got the ultimate makeover thanks to Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, we remember Michelle Pfeiffer’s shiny spandex number with the rough, white stitches. We also remember (even if the movie was more forgettable than memorable) Halle Berry’s midriff baring, bondage version. But this year, it’s all about Anne Hathaway’s sophisticated leather ensemble. Some branded it simple and gray (compared to the previous catsuit owners), some found it too high-tech but to us, to us it’s sexy meets classy all the way. Plus, she had boots, leathery and soft thigh-high boots!

→ As seen at: Mugler F/W 2012
As expected, a movie that creates that much buzz serves often as an inspiration for fashion designers around the globe. One of the biggest trends this fall is definitely the leather on leather look, and if you ask us, that has Selina Kyle written all over.

Going for sexy kitten this Halloween? Here’s what you’ll need:
– You don’t need the full bodysuit to pull it off, a simple leather jacket and a pair of liquid leggings will do the trick.
– Thigh or ankle boots? Your choice, just make sure the heel is high and hot.
– Catwoman would never go out without her ears and mask. Don’t have any? You can do them yourself.
– Don’t forget the gloves!
– Last but not least, you’ll be needing bright and luscious red lips!

1. Cuff, Marc Jacobs / 2. Cat mask, Party Packs / 3. Red lipstick, Armani# / 4. Leather top, Balmain / 5. Leather gloves, Agent Provocateur / 6. Ankle boots, Zara / 7. Leather pants, Helmut Lang

DAISY BUCHANAN
The waiting is killing us and the trailers and the pictures are not helping at all. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is one of the most expected movies, not only because of the impressive cast line-up, the brilliant direction and the 1920’s settings, but also because it has a high dose of fabulous fashion (thanks Miuccia the Great). This Halloween, thousands of ladies out there will be channeling the lovely Daisy Buchanan. But it’s different this time, forget about your black and boring H&M dress with the fringes, the long pearl necklace with a knot, the black and white feather boa and the straw/cigarette holder. The Great Gatsby has gotten the glamour treatment and it’s all about the bling. Embellished flapper dresses, metallic fringe ones, sequins and rhinestones, feather shrugs, deco jewelry and baroque headpieces are some of the items you can choose to take the Glam Gatsby Girl to a whole new level. Need some pointers? Just take a look at the trailer.

→As seen at: Marchesa S/S 2012
Almost everyone, from Gucci and Ralph Lauren to Marchesa and Alberta Ferretti, had 1920’s inspired collections on Spring 2012. The Gatsby fever was unleashed and now that we are getting closer to the movie premiere, the fever will be getting higher and higher for sure.

Will you be Daisy B. this Halloween? Here’s what you’ll need:
– Embellished, embroidered and shiny dresses are all over the stores right now. From River Island and Zara, to Net-a-Porter, choose the shape and length that suits you the most.
– For a chilly night, a faux fur scarf or a feather shrug will match your pretty dress to perfection.
– Whether you go for a rhinestone comb or a feather fascinator, the headpiece is a must.
– Want to take it up a notch? Deco necklaces and embellished cuffs are just what you need.
– For the shoes, t-straps or a delicate Mary Jane

1. Feather shrug, Alexander McQueen / 2. Deco necklace, 1928 / 3. Sequin dress, Michael Kors / 4. Box clutch, Reiss / 5. Hair comb, John Lewis / 6. Sandals, Topshop

PRETTY PRINCESS
A girl never stops dreaming about being a princess, we still hold a grudge towards Kate Middleton for actually becoming one. And while our tiaras (because we have a tiara stashed somewhere) can’t come to work with us, we sure can take them out to play on Halloween night. The Princess costume doesn’t have to be the supermarket one with the wrinkled polyester dress nor the adult version (the one with the thigh.high socks, the x-rated hem and the perspex, stripper platforms). You can take Princess to a fashionable and classy land, and still look all costumed-up. You’ll look like you just came out of a fairy tale, not from a nightmare called “The Gentleman’s Club”.

→ As seen at: Oscar de la Renta
For Fall, some designers went all out. One of the strongest trends of the season was opulence. Jewelry became part of dresses and jackets, embellishments and embroideries were all over lavish prints and beautiful shapes.

What you’ll need:
– The long, puffy dress is not mandatory. For a fun twist, choose a full skirt, mini dress. Jacquard and brocade always have that royal touch.
– A pair of embellished pumps will complement your look perfectly.
– For the jewelry, go for a statement necklace with gems
– Gloves are optional, but they do make it all cuter
– The tiara, well there’s no costume without one

1.Tiara, Debenham’s / 2.Pendant necklace, Dolce & Gabbana / 3.Lace gloves, Forzieri / 4.Dress, Alexander McQueen / 5.Box clutch, Zara / 6.Embellished pumps, Moschino Cheap & Chic

ARMY BRAT
Cargo pants, an olive green tank and combat boots? Yeah, that’s as common and overrated as a costume can get (even if you painted your cheeks to channel Rambo). Army costumes don’t have to be boring, especially with the military trend invasion this fall, we have a ton of props and items to play with. Forget about the parka and get that sharp, tailored coat you’ve been eyeing for a while now. It’s not about camouflage anymore, it’s all about old school military!

→ As seen at: Moschino
Moschino, Burberry and Topshop Unique all have one thing in common: the made military as chic as possible. This Fall, utilitarian dressing is part of the trend heaven.

What you’ll need:
– Topshop has a wide range of military coats: different styles, different lengths, different textures.
– Underneath your coat, wear some retro army shorts and a button down (make it sheer for a fun twist).
– For the boots, the higher the better, the heel and the length.
– Flat caps are not costume material only, they look rad with a pair of skinny jeans and a biker jacket (you won’t regret splurging on one of this).
– The final touch? Leather gloves and aviators

1. Flat cap, Hollywood Training Co. / 2. Aviator sunglasses, Cutler and Gross / 3. Leather gloves, Todd Lynn / 4. Coat, Topshop / 5. Shorts, Matthew Williamson / 6. Boots, Roland Mouret / 7. Belt, Gap

ANNA KARENINA
Another costume idea from the film industry. This December, brace yourselves for the movie based on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Keira Knightley and costume designer, Jacqueline Durran have alredy given us a glimpse of what will be in store for us once the movie is out. In the meantime, why not channel the Russian aristocrat for Halloween? When it comes to Russian aristocracy, it’s all about the heavy bling, the heavy dresses and some serious fur (faux fur for us, of course).

→ As seen in: Valentino CTR F/W 2012
Russia has been buzzing in the Fashion world for a while now, not only because of their characteristic opulence and lavish style, but also because they are becoming stronger and stronger in the fashion department. This season, it’s all about rich fabrics, embellished garments and statement pieces and Leo Tolstoy’s heroine is all about that.

Going for a Russian aristicrat vibe? Here’s what you’ll need:
– A ball gown (your prom dress will do).
– A statement necklace. Anna Karenina loved layering them over lavish couture.
– The dressy coat
– A furry stole and a hat

1. Fur scarf, BCBG / 2. Necklace, Dolce & Gabbana / 3. Fedora, Juicy Couture / 4. Coat, Oscar de la Renta / 5. Dress, Zac Posen

There you go! Five costume inspirations that are for the stylish heart. What’s your costume of choice this year?

Image sources:
net-a-porter
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