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The Coat Check, A/W 2013

rochascoat96I have been fantasizing about that pink, wool-blend Rochas number for a while now. Planning this season’s coat edit, I already knew I wanted it to be the star of the cover and I made it happen (if only I could make that damn coat magically appear inside my closet) . If you have been reading me for a while now, you have probably noticed I have been making some changes when it comes to the content of this blog. I am now mainly focusing on trends, illustration and runway. After our Fashion Week coverage (it took me ages and I know, I still owe you the finest from Paris but I need some detox), it’s time to go back to this season’s trends and styles.

There was a time when one coats or two was all we needed, nowadays, they are never enough. Yes, everybody needs to have the two classics: camel and black. But why stick to the basics when you can have prints, pink, red and more? I have selected twelve trend coats for this Winter. You probably have seen them around so now it’s your turn to buy them!

checked

  1. Zara
  2. Zara
  3. Burberry Brit
  4. Marni

shearling

  1. Emilio Pucci
  2. Karl Donoghue
  3. Salvatore Ferragamo
  4. Zara

cape

  1. Zara
  2. Chloe
  3. Kaufmanfranco
  4. Glam-net

leopard

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Topshop
  3. By Malene Birger
  4. TRF Zara

pink

  1. Rochas
  2. Zara
  3. Topshop
  4. Mulberry

boy

  1. Acne
  2. Zara
  3. Stella McCartney
  4. Neil Barrett

neutrals

  1. Zara
  2. Stella McCartney
  3. Loro Piana
  4. Bottega Veneta

print

  1. J.Crew
  2. Kenzo
  3. Etro
  4. Nina Ricci

doubleb

  1. Zara
  2. Isabel Marant
  3. Maje
  4. Zara

white

  1. Giambattista Valli
  2. Isabel Marant
  3. Proenza Schouler
  4. Nina Ricci

RED

  1. Giambattista Valli
  2. Zara
  3. Moschino
  4. Zara

lady

  1. Moschino
  2. Marc Jacobs
  3. Alexander McQueen
  4. RED Valentino

COATCHART

And your coat chart to wrap it up! Which one is your favorite? Which one is already a part of your Winter wardrobe? Drop me a line!

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Images: Zara, Net-a-porter, Topshop, Polyvore

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Milan’s Finest Spring 2014

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The Fashion Month is officially over and we got to see lots of new styles and dazzling collections from NYC, London, Milan and Paris. My last post was all about the trends we got to see in the Italian fashion capital and now it’s time for me to reveal my top 5 shows. As I have told you before, Milan has the shortest line-up and the one where almost every name is well-known and has been around for ages, Italian powerhouses such as Versace, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and the star of them all, Miuccia Prada. For Spring 2014, they presented us with a real variety show: from Alberta Ferretti’s folk florals and Prada’s artistic sporstwear to Cavalli’s shiny glamour. Ready to begin?

A.Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti is well-known for her sultry and ethereal gowns, her siren vibe and peaceful colors. For Spring 2014, she really changed things up. The peaceful shades turned into bright, bold and happy hues. Her delicate embellishments turned beautiful floral embroidery. Her inspiration was obvious: the ribbons, the flowers, the tiers, the lightweight fabric, the cheery mood and the youthfulness can only mean one thing: the seaside, the south of Italy. The result was beautiful and wearable, a Summer dream. With this collection, I’m sure Mrs. Ferretti has attracted a new client group, a younger one.

robertocavalli

Roberto Cavalli is well-known for his wild aesthetics. In every collection there is animal print present and some kind of unique boho glam. For the Spring 2014 collection, Mr. Cavalli presented a colelction in which craftsmanship and detail were spot-on. His color palette was almost mute (neutrals, pale pinks and greens) but played beautifully with the textures and prints. There were many jacket-shirt-pants combos, with similar shape but each with its own twist. There were kaftans, there were also clingy and second-skin dresses. There was something for everyone.

marni

Marni is always on my list and this Season was no exception. Consuelo Castiglioni always manages to make everything so effortless and even though I’m not really a fan of the term, chic definitely applies here. She presented a collection where sportswear separates had the most important role. The stunning show opener was a pair of perfectly tailored, wide-legged trousers paired up with a solid top, simple, elegant and wearable. Then Marni’s signature prints appeared, followed by what was the most pleasant surprise of them all, textured flowers all over the place.

prada

When it comes to Prada, it’s not about how wearable it is or how aesthetically pretty it is. When it comet to Prada, it’s all about the story behind Miuccia’s complex collections and ideas. Each season, it’s like getting a glimpse whatever was going on in the designer’s head at the time when the show was conceived. For Spring 2014, art met sportswear in such a unique way. Street art inspired prints could be found in the clothing and paired-up with tube socks (I’m certain that I will be wearing them next season) and ladylike bags (Miuccia Prada is a woman of contrasts). Strong women, strong colors, strong clothes, it was a powerful, powerful show.

d&g

Decadent, lavish, rich, Dolce & Gabbana’s eternal and faultless formula. The Italian duo have been having a winning streak. for some seasons now. Remember that all-white collection with the Broderie Anglaise from three years ago? That’s when it all started. They love to focus in their Italian roots, in the southern sirens, in what’s sensual, subtle, sultry. Air thin dresses with 3D flowers grazed the runway, along with print of ancient ruins (who new ruins could look good in a shift dress). The most used element of the show were those coins, coin belts, coin earrings, coin patterns, coin embellishments. The collection was dreamy, if this is what “more is more” means, get me some D&G, ASAP!

That’s a wrap for Milan! Paris trends and shows up next! Don’t miss it!

 

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MFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

mfw trendsFashion Month is officially over. Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Miu Miu closed the season with three fabulous and emotional (Marc Jacobs presented his last collection for LV yesterday), but we still have to go over what happened in my beloved Milano (God, I miss it so much). MFW’s line-up is noticeably shorter than the rest of the fashion capitals. The names you see on the schedule are historic fashion houses, there’s a little room for newcomers and rookies. Nevertheless, we still enjoy the allure, the glamour and lavishness we get from those picky Italians (I really, really miss my picky Italians). Ready for some “Made in Italy” trends? Keep on reading!

air

Sheer is not enough, it’s all about lightweight fabrics, movement and that ethereal vibe that’s really, really suitable for the warm seasons.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Francesco Scognamiglio
  4. Antonio Marras

sport

Remember when Alexander Wang did the sporty chic thing? Well, Italians just took athletic wear to a new level: a luxurious and lavish one.

  1. Antonio Marras
  2. Gucci
  3. Prada
  4. Max Mara

inbloom

Forget about the floral print! Next season, you are going to want to be wearing 3D florals. You can touch them and you can almost smell them!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Blumarine
  4. MSGM

cropped

You already know cropped tops will continue to be in trend for Spring 2014. What’s the Italian twist? Different shapes, sheer panels, texture, embroidery and more!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Emilio Pucci
  3. Jil Sander
  4. Marni

purple

Pastels from NYC, pink from London and bold purple for Milan. Those are the strongest color trends of the season.

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Blumarine
  3. Giorgio Armani
  4. Dsquared

stripes

Remember that Prada collection with the bananas and the bright stripes? Well, that’s the kind of stripes Milan has in store for the coming season.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Missoni
  3. Aquilano.Rimondi
  4. Luisa Beccaria

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Whoever said Italians were behind when it comes to prints was absolutely wrong. For Spring 2014, the designers are taking us to the museum.

  • Aquilano.Rimondi
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Missoni
  • Prada

pale

Pale is in and it’s here to stay! Monochromatic outfits in powdery shades will be a must-have next spring.

  1. Costume National
  2. Francesco Scognamiglio
  3. Gianfranco Ferre
  4. Jil Sander

rock

Italians just got tough! But not your ordinary kind of tough, the glam version of course.

  1. Blumarine
  2. Moschino
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Emilio Pucci

bejeweled

Jewelry makes everything prettier and for Spring 2014, everything will look shiny and pretty!

  1. Francesco Scognamiglio
  2. Blumarine
  3. Bottega Veneta
  4. Fausto Pugilisi

tropicana

Palm trees and Hawaiian florals? Yes, please!

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Etro
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Just Cavalli

b&w

The B&W combo is a classic and for Spring 2014, it will be everywhere!

  1. Moschino
  2. Antonio Marras
  3. Marni
  4. Jil Sander

shorty

So you thought mini skirts were too short? Italians are taking leg flashing to a whole new level and I couldn’t be happier!

  1. Moschino
  2. Just Cavalli
  3. Dsquared
  4. Dolce & Gabbana

shine

Whether you favor gold, silver or bronze, this Spring is all about that metallic shine. I’m a gold kind of gal.

  1. Dolce & Gabbana
  2. Roberto Cavalli
  3. Salvatore Ferragamo
  4. Versace

Liking the trends from Milan? Tomorrow I will have for you my top 5 shows!

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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SPRING GROCERIES, part 2

groceries

As promised, I am back with another one of our Spring Groceries posts, it’s the second from a three-part series. Dressing up casually or for an evening out is relatively easy. Almost every day, women ask themselves the same question: “What am I supposed to wear today?” And then comes the next statement: “I have absolutely nothing to wear (even though the closet is packed with clothes)”. Having your off-duty and on duty basics is what will save you from arriving late to dinner after you put on your entire closet and ended up with the first thing you tried on. They will save you from arriving late to work because your alarm didn’t go off and you didn’t have a last minute savior, the garment you know you can pair with almost anything and whip up a great look. This reasons are reasons enough for me to put together a Spring 2013 Off-duty, On duty basics. Check them out and cross out those you already have. Let’s begin!

on dutyDrinks with friends, a first date, a family dinner, a night out with the colleagues, our lives are filled with things to do and places to be. And there are times where those skinny jeans and your high-tops just won’t do. For a dressier occasion, there is always the basic garment you just can’t live without. Forget about the boring black blazer or the black stiletto pumps, this Spring  the “on duty” garments are more unexpected than expected:

  1. Warrior heels: They are sexy and they have that “good girl gone bad” vibe. Men love them and they have the power of sexing-up anything you are wearing. Brian Atwood is responsible for this two-toned beauties.
  2. Minimal culotte: With a sweatshirt, with a shirt and a blazer, with a tee, with a leather top, possibilities are endless. This pair is from Zara and is already a blogger favorite.
  3. The detailed button-down: Leave your white shirt for work or an off-duty day. When going out, printed, embroidered or embellished blouses are the way to go. Feeling a little edgy? Match them to crazy prints and killer heels. This beauty is from Marni.
  4. The black envelope: If you don’t have one already, start saving up! Black envelope clutches are perfect for when having to make a day outfit a little dressier for the night. Marni also made this black number.
  5. The evening slipper: How many times have you wanted to ditch the heels for a night but you don’t have another option that goes with your evening ensemble. A pair of embroidered slippers or leopard ones (Charlotte Olympia’s kittens are a dreamboat) will save your life and your outfit!
  6. The monochromatic trousers: Black and white is a classic that never goes out of style. This season, with the Beetlejuice stripes everywhere, options are endless. You can go for the whole Balmain style striped jeans or off-white trousers with black details.
  7. The new LBD: Forget about your tailored, simple frock. Go for a detailed one: textures, lace, ruffles, leather, your choice. Victoria Beckham is a master when it comes to reworking the famous LBD.
  8. The double-breasted waistcoat: Forget about the black blazer, each time you want to add a tailored piece to you ensemble, go for the waistcoat. Oh yeah, the vest is the new blazer. Waistcoat, Zara.
  9. Statement skirt: I like them flouncy, but you can go pencil, a-line or bodycon. Just pick a print that’s bold, but not flashy enough. Remember, basics are meant to go with everything. Skirt, Zara
  10. Naked black heels: There’s nothing sexier than pedicured feet (please, when wearing this, a pedicure, moisturizer and a good scrub is mandatory) in a pair of barely there heels. Have always a black pair with you, it will come in handy when you least expect it! Heels, Zara
  11. The evening bomber: Need to cover up for a windy Spring night? Leave your biker at home and switch to an evening bomber. Don’t think varsity, you can now find them in silk, lace, leather, even beautiful prints. This baby is from DKNY.

OFF DUTY

Dressing up for a casual day can be more difficult than it seems, save yourself the trouble and check this list. You should (ok, if you want to) have all this items inside your closet at all times, clean, ironed and ready to wear. You never know when you’ll need them!

  1. The army tee: Even if you are not keen on camo, this baby with a pair of cut-offs, some skinny jeans or even a leather skirt can be a total life saver. Tee, Current Elliot
  2. Casual ruffles: This is a boho chic skirt, but you can give it the twist you want with the right choice of top. A long sweater with some boots for a more relaxed and comfy style. A tee and some sneakers or a leather jacket for some edge?
  3. The denim shirt: Always a basic, always comes in handy and with the denim trend this season, even more so. This beauty is from Dsquared.
  4. The cool aviators: I’ve always been a Ray Ban kind of gal, but with all the designers embracing this shape, possibilities are endless. For a touch of glamour, go for gold frames.
  5. White and distressed: Blue jeans are not as exciting as white ones. Add some rough patches and a great fit, you’ve got a winning combo. You can wear them at night with a cool top, for the day with a tee and a bomber.
  6. The off-duty tunic: Days where you don’t want to think and pair garments happen to all of us. That’s when the off duty tunic comes in: throw a pair of flat gladiators, a messenger bag and a denim jacket and you are good to go! Tunic, Zara
  7. The gray pullover: Sweatshirts have take over the word thanks to the genius Nicolas Ghesquiere and a gray one is the one that has proved more resourceful.
  8. The beaded jacket: You might think of this baby as more of an evening garment, but trust me, a white tank and some distressed skinnies with some barely there flats is pure bliss. You’ll be comfy, you’ll be well dressed and you’ll survive the heat.
  9. The Becketts: They are the originals, and trust me, they are worth the splurge. Isabel Marant is to blame for this babies and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. If you wanna save up, look for an alternative, not a clone. Adidas high-tops are to die for and affordable. CLICK HERE to take a look.
  10. Camel lace-ups: Sexy, off-duty or on duty depending what you pair them with, perfect for Spring and Summer. With jeans, with a boho dress, with shorts, with everything! Really, go, buy them, NOW! This wonders are from Rebecca Minkoff.

There you go, more staples for your Spring closet! One more to go and we will move on to how to wear them!

Have a beautiful weekend,

Sweet kisses…

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

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Milan’s Finest

milans finest

Milan’s runway line-up is noticeably smaller than the one in Paris, London or New York. The names are usually well-known, only a few new designers get to show their stuff (that’s something that should change) and choosing the best from all the rest is relatively easy. One thing about the city that I have loved and lived for four years is that it needs to open up to what’s new: new talents, new technologies, new shapes, new horizons. If Milan wants to stay current and interesting, they need to step up their game. Anyway, back to what concerns us today. I’ve chosen the five shows I liked the most. Let’s see if you agree with me.

D&G

This eccentric duo may not explore that much when it comes to shapes and silhouettes, what they are really good at is their beautiful craftsmanship. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been paying homage to the Sicilian woman for as long as one can remember. For their Fall 2013 collection, it was all so lavish, rich and extravagant as it usually is. The inspiration was clear, royal and religious. They Italians recreated the mosaics found in the Byzantine cathedral of Monreale. Their decadent prints appeared on a series of shift dresses, mid-length skirts and tailored coats. They paired them up with lace garments, lace is one of their specialties. As for accessories, regal crowns, heavy and shiny chandelier earrings, and golden shoes, the kind of golden that’s definitely fit for a Queen.

MARNI

Marni remains as one of Milan’s favorites (along with Bottega Veneta and Prada). Renzo Rosso recently acquired stakes from the Italian brand. For the Fall 2013 show, the setting was dark and simple, bare trees and a runway. It was different from what we are used to seeing from Consuelo Castiglioni, it was moodier, it was more somber, more minimal but equally fabulous. In Milan, fur has become the ultimate staple and Marni went with that flow (even if I personally support the use of faux). From the colorful stoles at the beginning to the full, furry coat at the nearly end, it was definitely the strongest trend on the runway. But not the only one: wool and tweed were all over the clothes, masculine and oversize silhouettes as well. Pleats and sheer inserts played a major role, one that made the collection a little softer, a little more feminine, a little more pretty.

B. VENETA

It’s no a surprise that Bottega made it on to this list, Thomas Maier always knows what he is doing and that he is doing it right. For Fall 2013, it was retro, it was ladylike, seriously it doesn’t get more ladylike than that. Each and everyone of the creations oozed elegance, oozed confidence, oozed sexiness without having to do some skin-flashing. The color palette was dark: navy and black mixed up with a rich red and a pretty darn pretty mustard. The length was the same in every look: midi. The dress coat was the highlight of the show, so were the a-line skirts and the skirt suits. The beauty really made and statement that complemented Maier’s garments: big, wavy hairstyles, strong lips and even stronger brows.

PRADA

Prada is always number one, the show-stealer, the had-turner. This year, Miuccia came in second. Not because her collection wasn’t good enough, but because someone else did better. It was darker than usual (no pink hot wheels, no red Asian comic flowers, no pretty bananas), but still pretty and still Prada-like. Following one of the season’s strongest trends, the off-shoulder, Signora Prada sent a bunch of tailored dresses and belted coats down the runway. Her prints and textures ranged from bold and wide vertical stripes, powder pretty, checkered tweeds and knitwear. The belt played a major role on the catwalk and as always, the footwear was a complete hit.

FERRAGAMO

Massimilano Giornetti has done wonders with Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian family should be proud and happy with the results. For this collection, the color palette was essential: black and navy with some hits of cream.
The tailoring, the construction, or better yet, deconstruction were spot on. The styling and layering were ven more beautiful, so was each garment separately: double-breasted pieces, cropped coats, turtlenecks, little dresses and more. The vibe and the atmosphere was sexy enough, so was the footwear. I’d love for my feet to freeze in those harness sandals next Winter!

That’s a wrap ladies and gentleman! We are done with Milan now moving on to Paris (I promise to finish the coverage before March ends).

Sweet kisses…

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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
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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: Electric Kane

Monday, never a fun day, my sweet readers! After a weekend of non-stop party, it’s hard to go back to work and study duties. How about a fashionable distraction? Today I have for you more runway reviews from Milan Fashion Week (I know, I know, I’m a tad late). We are one step closer to concluding the coverage, we still have Paris to review and Paris, as our dear Audrey Hepburn said, is always a good idea. Ready to start?

BOTTEGA VENETA

Thomas Maier’s genius has made Bottega Veneta one of the most expected shows in MFW. For Spring 2013, his inspiration was clear: the ladies from the 1940s. The hemlines were midi, the prints and textures had a certain nostalgia to them. Maier payed special attention to the waist, accentuated with skinny and adorned belts. The color palette was vast but always keeping that retro feeling: burnt orange, cream, navy, off-white, navy blue. As for accessories, the famous Intrecciato got the Spring treatment, tights were found on each and every one of the ensembles and loafers, ankle-strap pumps and platform Mary-Janes accompanied the looks.

PRADA

For seasons, Miuccia Prada has been having a winning streak. She always gets raving reviews, her garments are featured on almost every cover and her accessories always seem to be sold out. That is why I can’t believe what I’m about to say, I have mixed feelings about her Spring 2013 collection. I still don’t know if I like it, I still don’t know if it will grow on me and maybe it’s me that’s wrong, but I’m not crazy about her Japanese interpretation. She gets some points for changing her once perky game into a darker and bolder one. As I said before, Mrs. Prada was all about Asian inspiration and her color palette was simple: black, dark green, red and some neutrals. Her signature, boxy coats made it on to the runway, embellished with floral patches.

Underneath them were hot pants, another signature look from the Italian designer. The runway was a skirt parade: volume numbers with pleats, asymmetrical cuts and structured panels. The dress range went from simple to complex (the folds were obviously origami inspired). As for the shoes, Miuccia has a thing for going all out (still can’t get the flame heels out of my mind). For the show, her own rendition of the Japanese sandal: XL platform, metallic textures and bows. I know it will be photographed a zillion times starting January, it was just not my cup of tea.

JIL SANDER

Editors around the world were expecting this event for a long time. After Raf Simons’ departure (a tragedy, I loved him at Jil), we all had the same thought: “Jil Sander has some big-ass shoes to fill.” Simons has always had de magic touch, he can make the simplest of t-shirts look flawlessly perfect. Enough with the Raf grief and on to Mrs. Sander. It is safe to say that the Spring 2013 collection kept going in the same direction: clean lines, structured shapes, minimal and oversize garments. The color palette was basic: navy, black, cream, crisp white and a hint of maroon. It was elegant and simple, but we can’t help but miss past season’s paisley prints, graphic sweaters and volumes. I guess we’ll just have to refrain from comparing her to Raf.

DOLCE & GABBANA

Now this picky Italians always know how to cheer us up. After a bunch of shows that made us feel more Fall than Spring, Domenico and Stefano washed it all away with a wave of Summer. As always, all their inspiration came from their beloved Sicily and its sensual women. Prints were as artistic as artistic can get, their signature lace was inserted in all the right places and the umbrella stripes (Spring’s biggest trend) were poured into fitted garments and shapes. It was an ode to the Sicilian culture (the Taormina dress kind of gives it away).

A-line skirt, hourglass dresses and embellished mini dresses were all paired up with bandanas, tassel earrings (yeah, we won’t mention the “mamie” earrings controversy, people just get offended with just about everything this days. As for the Azealia Banks “boycott” threat: “Honey, I don’t even think they know who you are, let alone care if you like their collection or not, you self-centered idiot.”). The thing about this designer duo, they send out about 80 looks down the runway, some are more reserved, some are definitely over-the-top. But there’s always something for everyone, almost everyone (right, Azaelia Banks?).

VERSUS

First of all and worth mentioning, having Beth Ditto singing live as a soundrack is always bound to get a lot of attention. Second, when you have Christopher Kane to design for you, you can’t go wrong. Third, a bright and flashy color palette can only make things better. For this season, Kane focused on textures and hardware, chains were present in almost every one of the looks. The patterned knitwear was meticulous and eye-catching, the hems were short, really short. The footwear? worth the splurge. The result? Fantastic!

LOOK OF THE DAY

All black may sound boring and uninteresting. But all black when doing leather on leather is not only sexy, but bold. Pairing up a peplum with skin-tight leggings is always bound to be a hit: stylish and flashy, but not over-the-top. To make things racier, red accents all the way.

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

So far, what has been your favorite show from MFW? I’m gonna go with Versus, I’m a sucker for Kane!

Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, My Theresa, Chanel, Polyvore

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The Goodbye Summer / Hello Fall Mash-up

Cover: Prada Spring 2012 bodysuit, Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 hat

Hello, hello my sweet readers! It’s finally Friday and I’m happily stranded on my little piece of paradise, commonly known as Acapulco. Days at the beach are always good for the spirit, the body and the mind (especially when you need to get that creativity flowing). Anyway, back to what concerns us today, fashion. Since we are done with our Summer Getaways series and this season is coming to an end, I decided to bid farewell to S/S 2012 and welcome A/W 2012 at the same time, mixing them up and pairing them up. Oh yes, this series shall be baptized as the Goodbye Summer / Hello Spring mash-up. You might be wondering how I’m gonna handle and juggle them both, well let me explain. I picked six of my favorite trends from Spring 2012 (the ones that almost left me and you almost bankrupt, damn you Zara!) and six of my favorite ones from the coming season, Fall 2012. Now that I have my teams formed, I’m going to make the pairings. For each Spring trend, a Fall one. One look, two trends (one S/S and one F/W). Hey, anything to make this transition easier. Let’s start with my Summer picks:

Last Spring (2011 that is) I said: “This is my favorite season ever, and I won’t like another one as much as I liked this one”. I was wrong. On September 2011, I fell in love (I think the runway candy coating had a lot to do with it) and yes, this was my favorite season ever and we’ll see if on September I’ll bite my tongue again (I most likely will). From the pastels, to the underwater world, to the pajama land, each and every one of the trends were to die for. Here are my favorite six:

PASTEL COLORS: Almost every runway show of the season did it: Louis Vuitton, Prada (pictured), Jonathan Saunders, Meadham Kirchhoff

SCARF PRINT: D&G (pictured) said goodbye to the world with this spectacular, foulard-inspired show

NEON: From dresses, to jeans, to shoes and box clutches, neon was everywhere this season. Peter Som (pictured) and Nanette Lepore were among the designers who showcased the trend.

THE PEPLUM: Need I say more? Jason Wu’s (pictured) pink number was among the most coveted looks of the season.

TANGERINE: It was officially named the color of the season. This sassy look was spotted on the Nanette Lepore catwalk (pictured).

PAJAMAS: Stella McCartney’s prints and shapes made her one of the top collections of the season (along with Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto and Proenza Schouler). Is that reason enough to start wearing pajamas? I’d say so.

I had always been a sucker for Spring and a Fall hater, up until the moment designers started using vivid colors and prints for the “darker” season. Seeing those lively prints, shiny textures and lightweight fabrics on the Fall runways, make me wish for it as much as I yearly wish for Spring. Here are my six favorite trends from Fall 2012:

BAROQUE: If more is more, then I’m absolutely in. Opulence ruled the catwalks for the coming season and no one does that better than my favorite Italian duo, Dolce Gabbana (pictured).

OXBLOOD: Remember how Tangerine Tango was the color of the season. Well Oxblood is the new Tangerine Tango. This seductive shade was everywhere, from DVF and Alexander Wang, to Rodarte (pictured) and Haider Ackermann.

FLORAL PRINT: Yep, let’s face it, whether is Spring or Fall, whether it rains or snows, flowers will always be on the trendy side. Erdem (pictured) is quickly becoming the floral master.

GOLDEN GIRL: More is more and the shinier the better. That’s my motto in life. This season brace yourself for those metallic jeans and those heavy and shiny dresses. One of Prabal Gurung’s (pictured) final numbers is proof of that.

LINGERIE: A trend that just keeps coming back and that gets constantly reinvented. A constant in Nina Ricci’s (pictured) Peter Copping’s collections.

WHITE AS SNOW: Absence of black! Absence of black! Another motto of mine. Imagine how thrilled I am to know that I’m gonna be going for white coats instead of dark ones this season. J. Mendel (pictured) shows us how to look fabulously chic and effortlessly perfect with this white and wintery look.

Now that you’ve seen my picks, you can help me do the pairings. Which Spring and Fall trends would you like to see together?

Friday, I wanna be drunk!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: STYLE.COM, Google
 

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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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