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NYFW COVERAGE: It’s a wrap!

Good Morning, my sweet readers! I’m enjoying the last days in Mexico City, with my family and friends. Even though it is always hard to say goodbye, getting back to Milano just in time for FashionWeek is really exciting. Since this weekend we celebrated the Mexican Independence, between all the party and the Tequila, I fell a little behind with my reviews (blame it on the shots). Anyway, the last five from NYC are here, written and ready for you. Keep on reading, baby!


Ever since I was a 13 year old, I’ve been a fan of Anna Sui. Her perfumes were a regular on my beauty table. Each season, even though she never seems to steal the spotlight, she manages to deliver beautiful, interesting and delightful collections. The thing about this designer, she puts special attention to details. Each look, each piece, each accessory, has that certain uniqueness and that Anna Sui signature style. She doesn’t seem to follow a certain line of inspiration (each ensemble is very different from the rest), but when you put everything together, there is that sense of collection. For her Spring 2013, Anna Sui was all about rocker with a French twist. With models the size of Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson, the runway was painted with micro-florals (the kind we really, really love). The girls sported fishnet tights (cropped, of course) with flared dresses and cropped jackets, lace underneath plaid (the punk touch), textures on textures and rips all over amost everything else. The funky ingredient? Candy-colored hair!


When it comes to Proenza Schouler, forget about Ralph Lauren, forget about Calvin Klein and as much as it hurts to say it, forget about Marc Jacobs. This is the star of NYFW and it’s not something that’s earned easily (Jack and Lazaro have worked their pretty asses off, season after season). Thier Fall 2012 show was a beautiful display of fashionable perfection (the peacocks and the skirts were pure poetry) and a show that was gonna be hard to top. By just looking at a couple of runway shots, we can safely say that they managed to pull it off. By entering the world of the digital print, they just proved they can do it all and kill it all (in a good way). Knee-length was the only length, print patchwork their strongest element and as always, flawless tailoring their weapon of choice.

Boxy jackets, leather garments, perforated skirts, and colored snakeskin (move over, blue eel, python’s in the house) accompanied Proenza Schouler’s cheery print collage. As for the accessories (a matter that has to be addressed, we are talking about the boys that gave womankind the gift of the PS1), gladiator-like shoes (big, big ass, ginormous trend for next season), cut-out sandals, embellished ones and of course, printed bags. We just can’t get enough of Lazaro, Jack and their unique creativity and style.


She’s sexy and she knows it! That’s the Spring 2013 woman for designer Francisco Costa. But we are not talking sexy in a Victoria’s Secret-pouting-brazilian-bombshell kind of way, we are talking sexy in a demure, sophisticated and classy one. This Calvin Klein collection was all about sheer, shapes, panels, inserts and a very neutral color palette. As minimal as one can get (duh, after all, it’s Calvin Klein), Costa sent and array of mid-length skirts and cocktail dresses down de runway. With some cut-outs and plunging necklines here and there, the collection oozed classy sex, yeah, as strange as that may sound, that’s what came to mind. It was definitely a great way to bid farewell to NYFW, great indeed.


About the sarape thing on Ralph Lauren’s show, we are not even going to go there. Ralph Lauren has always given us themed catwalks, Gatsby for Spring 2012 and Dapper boys for Fall 2012. This time, the designer was all about the Latin  vibe (a little over-the-top, if you ask me). Maybe it’s just me, but there’s more to us than the Mexican blanket cliché, or the Spanish matador jacket (when Moschino did it, I loved it, this time, not so much). It’s like when it comes to music and someone asks: “So you are latin? I love the Gypsy Kings”. I don’t think that Bamboleo is the only definition for our music. Anyway, enough with the bashing and on to the positive: the evening wear.

Ralph Lauren is definitely getting stronger and stronger in this department. Last season, he killed it with the silk and the feathers, this season even more so! Wanna bet that little white number with the red rose makes it on to red carpet? I’m pretty sure it will. Satin, column dresses, liquid gowns and a few embellished numbers were part of Ralph’s evening display. A beginning I’d like to forger, but a closing that’s worth remebering.


Oh man, Reed Krakoff just keeps on getting better and better by the season. Each piece from each and every single one of the ensembles looked like it really belonged. The chunks of color (neutral colors) worked perfectly with each other and with the tailoring. There was sheer where sheer was needed, there where panels where panels where needed and pink-colored python (my dream finally came true). The vibe? Triple S: sexy, sophisitcated and sporty. The most important element of the show: sweatshirts (big trend this Fall and even bigger for next Spring). As for the accessories, I’m gonna be opening soon the “Help this poor soul buy her pair of Reed Krakoff, two-tone, strappy sandals” fund (just in case you want to donate to this humble cause).


When it comes to color combnations, I always love twisting and turning until it feels right. For today’s look, I wanted some drama and colors like Oxblood and Bottle Green are just that. To soften the look, a threw in a little blush (that Zara blazer, the one that popped more than once on those NYFW street style snapshots, is just a dreamboat) and to spice things up, a little leopard print never hurts, right? This will be the last days of shorts and bare pins, before Fall and tights fall upon us. Let’s make the most of it, shall we?

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

That’s a wrap for NYC (I just realized I totally forgot Rodarte, but I’m too lazy to review the Mulleavys now)! Moving on to London and all it’s excentric fabulousness!

Have a great week, sweet kisses…

llustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Sam Edleman, Net-a-porter, Topshop, ASOS, 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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Wear me out and dress me down: THE CROCHET SHORTS

Summer is around the corner, we are just 10 days away from it’s official start. I promised you that for our Summer Sessions, I was going to give you new sections and new material to obsess over (acquiring new obsessions is my favorite pastime), and that’s exactly what I’m doing right now. Let me introduce “THE WEAR ME OUT” series to you. How many times have you gone shopping and end up buying something that’s going to go die inside your drawer? How many times have you said to yourself: “This would look amazing with that pair of shorts I didn’t buy.” This sections is all about preventing that shopping guilt and retail regret. In a series of three posts, I will be giving you one Summer essential and three ways to wear it: the dress me up, the dress me down and the barely dressed. For our first trio I chose one item that is definitely one you will be wearing over and over this season: THE CROCHET SHORTS. Crochet shorts are great for showing your legs and for putting together cute and feminine ensembles. This particular garment is so versatile, you can wear it with blazers, with t-shirts, with sweaters or just with a bikini top for the beach. Do you have your pair? If not, here’s a selection of shorts you can find online.


TOP: Miss Selfridge / Romwe / River Island

MIDDLE: Valentino / Haute Hippie / Opening Ceremony

BOTTOM: River Island / River Island / River Island


This is the dress me down part. The casual, laid-back, running errands, going to the park kind of look. For the styling, I wanted to contrast the romantic vibe from the shorts with an off-duty piece: the parka vest. For a special twist, a printed blouse really does the trick. For accessories, satchels and cross body bags fall right into place. If you want to elongate your pins, wedges or clogs are the way to go. If you are gonna walk long distances, a pair of tan woven flats fall right into place. Oh, don’t forget your sunnies! Ray-ban always adds that final and really cool touch to our outfits.

  1. Crochet shorts, RIVER ISLAND
  2. Floral top, RIVER ISLAND
  3. Parka vest, TRF ZARA
  4. Buckle wedges, ZARA
  5. Saddle bag, RALPH LAUREN
  6. Clubmaster sunnies, RAY-BAN
  7. Religious stretch bracelet, TOPSHOP
  8. Leopard cuff, ASPINAL OF LONDON
  9. Spike bracelet, TOPSHOP
  10. Peace bracelet, TOPSHOP
  11. Kiss ring, ASOS
  12. Touville nail polish, NARS

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

In the next few days, I’m gonna be showing you how Sweet’n’Raw dresses up crochet shorts and how we barely dress them. Keep checking back! Also we are halfway through with our Sweet Dreams series and in a few day, the Summer Getaways 2012 edition kicks off!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, Polyvore, Zara, Skiptomylou.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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NYFW COVERAGE: Ralph’s Dapper Girls

While MFW is happening right now (and looking more fabulous than ever), I have the last delivery from New York. Runway after runway, it was an outstanding display of fashion. It was rather challenging to narrow it down to six shows to review. This is how I did it: Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein were a no-brainer, Ohne Titel is definitely one to watch, Jill Stuart is a personal favorite and Milly, well Milly’s collection was so damn chic. Without further ado, let’s get this party started (flashback to Korn’s song, not Pink’s).


It was the opening look that killed me, and almost every fashion editor/blogger/fashionista out there, optical illusions gone wild with style. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting the beautiful creations of Flora Gill and Alexa Adams before, now that I have met them, I love them to death. The color palette and combinations were basic but beautiful: black, white, cobalt blue and a touch of ice gray. The weaving technique and patterns were beyond fabulous, after all, the show was inspired by the sculptures of artist Sheila Hicks. But the knits were not all there was in store, silk, bicolor pleats, fur, and even sheer sleeves were thrown into the mix as well.


Signor Francisco Costa sure does know what he is doing and how Calvin Klein’s signature minimalism should be done. The designer sent out the runway a wide range of hour-glass shaped garments, the cinched waist was a key element to this lovely collection. Every single piece was collarless with a round neckline and the lengths were all midi. Costa managed to show sexy but without much skin flashing.

Aside from classic black, ivory and a rusty green, there were those pretty and eye-popping shades of red (the cinched coat on the first image above is probably the best piece on the whole collection). The show also had a wide variety of textures: sheer inserts, vintage looking jacquard, leather and wool. For accessories and beauty, it all came down to a classic black pump, metallic and minimal belts, sleek, pulled back hair and natural makeup.


It seems that Mr. Lauren is kind of hooked up on the whole Victor/Victoria, masculine/femenine vibe. Last season it was all about soft colors and The Great Gatsby, this one is Downton Abbey all the way. It was a game between dapper silhouettes and glamorous shapes. Colours went from earthy tones, to shiny black and lavish gold. The American designer added a touch of spice to some of his classic looks with leopard accents, a fiery red, fur collar and the dreamy, metallic painted ostrich feathers he paired up with a flowy, silk gown.

As usual, towards the end of the show, along came the red carpet dresses. Without a doubt, we will be seeing one of this numbers on a Hollywood awards show (let me remind you that the Oscars are to be held this Sunday). For the accessories, cloches will be big next season and pocket watches. Nothing goes better with a double-breasted jacket than a good old pocket watch (I can’t wait to get mine). Whether you are more of a Victor or a Victoria, Ralph Lauren has something to offer to both worlds.


Everybody loves Parisian chic and after Milly’s runway, that love has grown for sure. It was a show in which the volume played the main role, accompanied by electric hues, texture clash and pretty details. The collection’s name was ‘Future Perfect’, hence the use of hi-tech materials and elaborate structures. Michelle Smith left the whole darkness behind, and focused on a more vibrant and colorful palette. It was beautiful, it was flirty but above all, it was fun!


As I said on the opening paragraph of this post, Jill Stuart has always been a personal favorite. I love it how everything is always chic and easy. For Spring, the designer gave us a pastel world with lightweight fabrics and garments with so much movement. This time, Stuart entered into a darker zone. It was all a bit dramatic and with a retro take on it.

Inspired by nonchalant icons like PJ Harvey, the designer sent out the runway a mix of lace, berry leather, unusual floral prints and lots of sheer. Platform booties and ankle-strap sandals complimented Jill Stuart’s stylish, starlet looks. The key elements: the prints, the golden embroidery, the lace inserts and the cool chick vibe.


Want to shine? Want lavish? Want over the top? Then Reem Acra is your thing. From start to finish, the designer gave all sequin, or texture, or embroidery and more. From sexy trouser looks, to rockin’ mini dresses and for the grand finale, flashy red carpet gowns, just the way Hollywood likes them. Contrasting with a glossy, firey red runway, the show made the statement intended: total power, total glamour.


I wanted a cute ensemble for this one. I chose a cute playsuit from TOPSHOP in teal. Since the piece is too basic, I used it over a printed blouse with a scalloped collar from ASOS. The neckline allows the shirt’s collar to pop out as if they were one garment. For the cold, a camel cape from Nasty Gal. This baby is the queen of all capes. To add another fun detail, cinch it with a coffee skinny belt from ASOS. For the legs and the shoes, a pair of thigh-high socks in ice gray and the most resourceful heels a girl can have (get them ASAP if you don’t have them already inside your closet), ASOS Bitten in tan.

For more playfulness, a Reed Krakoff’s yellow ‘Gym Bag’. For the arm candy, a tortoiseshell watch from Michael Kors, a twisted, golden bangle from Erin Wasson and a beaded bracelet with skull detail from Orelia. The final touch: Essie’s Berry Naughty.

All the details on today’s look can be found at FASHIOLISTA.

We say bye, bye New York and hello London! From tomorrow, all the juicy and dirty details on London Fashion Week. I can’t wait to review my favorite pair, Meadham Kirchhoff!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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Are we excited or what? NYFW has finally kicked off. Who can even remeber those Super Bowl moments? Tomorrow, the streets of NYC will be filled with bloggers, models, journalists and more, all of them ready for exceptional dispays of Autumn/Winter fashion. As you have probably noticed by now, I never get to the point without a proper introduction (virtue or defect I got from my dear Momma). That is why today I have prepared for you a baseball themed, FWNY, designer analysis and tomorrow we will be starting with fresh, out-of-the-runway reviews and the looks I have already in the oven for you. NYFW’s show round-up is always interesting and youthful, it’s always exciting to see the new materials, prints and trends designers showcase on their catwalks. Shall we? Most certainly!

Here you will find the big names, the ones that have been around for years and years. The sharks or the big shots are always a big part of Fashion Week, wether you like Ralph Lauren’s classic style, Anna Sui’s excentric touch, Calvin Klein’s minimalism or the exquisite circus Marc Jacobs always puts together.

MARC JACOBS  Creative Director: Marc Jacobs  –  Owner: LVMH  –  Start date: 1986

RALPH LAUREN  Creative Director: Ralph Lauren  –  Owner: Ralph Lauren  –  Start date: 1969

OSCAR DE LA RENTA  Creative Director: Oscar de la Renta  –  Owner: Oscar de la Renta  –  Start date: 1965

CALVIN KLEIN  Creative Director: Francisco Costa  –  Owner: Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation  –  Start date: 1968

DONNA KARAN  Creative Director: Donna Karan  –  Owner: LVMH  –  Start date: 1985

ANNA SUI  Creative Director: Anna Sui  –  Owner: Anna Sui  –  Start date: 1980

MVP says it all, the most valuable players on the field. Fearless when it comes to trying new things, smart, creative and beyond fabulous. Proenza Schouler texture and material usage always manages to drop our jaws. Jason Wu has perfect tailoring skills and Rodarte’s girls always take us to their very unique fantasyland.

ALEXANDER WANG  Creative Director: Alexander Wang  –  Owner: Alexander Wang  –  Start date: 2007

PROENZA SCHOULER  Creative Director: Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez  –  Owner: Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Andrew Rosen  –  Start date: 2003

PRABAL GURUNG  Creative Director: Prabal Gurung   –  Start date: 2009

JASON WU  Creative Director: Jason Wu  –  Owner: Jason Wu  –  Start date: 2006

THAKOON  Creative Director: Thakoon Panichgul  –  Owner: Thakoon Panichgul  –  Start date: 2004

RODARTE  Creative Director: Kate and Laura Mulleavy  –  Owner: Kate and Laura Mulleavy  –  Start date: 2005

They deserve a special mention, a ticket to the All-star game. Michael Kors constantly delivers, Phillip Lim is always pretty and new and Helmut Lang, well Helmut Lang speaks for itself.

HELMUT LANG  Creative Director:  Michael y Nicole Colovos  –  Owner: Link Theory Holdings Co.  –  Start date: 1986

3.1 PHILLIP LIM  Creative Director:  Phillip Lim  –  Owner: Phillip Lim, Wen Zhou  –  Start date: 2005

MICHAEL KORS  Creative Director:  Michael Kors  –  Owner: Silas Chou, Lawrence Stroll; Sportswear Holdings

  –  Start date: 1981

They have only been around for a couple of seasons and their road to the top is just starting, but trust me on this one, they are the ones to watch. Band of Outsiders has already the Menswear experience, Joseph Altuzarra has Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and PS on his CV and the Olsen sisters have always had that X FACTOR.

ALTUZARRA Creative Director: Joseph Altuzarra  –  Start date: 2009

THE ROW  Creative Director:  Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen  –  Start date: 20057

BAND OF OUTSIDERS  Creative Director:  Scott Sternberg  –  Owner: Scott Sternberg  –  Start date: 2011

Now you know who’s showing this week! Which show are you most excited for? I’m a sucker for Jacobs, Preen and Jason Wu. Expect the unexpected, because that’s the thing about New York and that’s the beauty about it too.

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: Google images

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


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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.



  • 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


  • 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

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Good Saturday my sweet readers! This is the third post from my Halloween series. Another three costumes inspired by some of the trends and concepts we got to see on the s/s 2012 runway this past September. The first, the dolls from one of my favorite shows from London Fashion Week, all sugar, all candy, Meadham Kirchhoff. From the Ralph Lauren catwalk and soon a big blockbuster starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo Dicaprio, the Great Gatsby. And last but not least, from the minds of Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane, the bright and pastel cheerleaders from Versus. Enjoy!


As seen in Meadham Kirchhoff, London Fashion Week


As seen in Ralph Lauren, Fashion Week New York


As seen in Versus, Milan Fashion Week

Now that we are done with Halloween and you probably have your costume all picked out, I know I have mine, it’s time to move on to some fall trends that are so happening right now! Check back next week for some more fashion, news, style advice and more!

I wish you all a Happy Halloween, sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com


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The last of FWNY: The BIG Shots

Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein

The Final Bow: Wang, Costa, Lauren and Jacobs

Good Sunday my sweet readers! Two days left and MFW will be over, Paris is next as the cherry on the top of our stylish cake. Meanwhile, I escaped from all the madness Milano is this days to a much more quiet place called Modena (I’m here to celebrate my one year anniversary with the boyfriend, he actually lives here). And since I do not have access to a scanner, printer and my illustration props, I thought I’d take this chance to review the last shows from NYFW. In my previous posts from New York, I left out on purpose four of the biggest names in the industry: the fashion genius, Alexander Wang, classic Calvin Klein (Francisco Costa, creative director pictured above), the legendary Ralph Lauren and the showman himself, the great Marc Jacobs. So here for you, NYFW’s big shots!


If you were not sure about the sporty trend, after Mr. Wang’s collection I am sure you are going to want to wear nothing but that. This man only continues to prove to us, season after season, his genius, his capacity of pulling off beautiful collections but also he always adds that element of surprise and innovation we can only get from his creations (those cape sandals are turning the fashion world upside down). This time he took mesh, cropped hoodies, windbreakers and shorts, he took race-car and motocross inspirations for those fabulous bodysuits, leather dresses and graphic patterns and prints. What he probably meant with this collection was:  Sporty meets chic, chic meets edgy.


There is no brand more loyal to its mission amd philosophy than Calvin Klein. Year after year we know what to expect from it, clean shapes, minimalism and solid colors. This year was no exception, Francisco Costa, the creative director gave us looks that truly embodied what the Calvin Klein’s image is all about but with a twist, it was softer and femenine, a little bit on the sultry side. It was a simple color palette: blush, cream and black.  With clean shapes, sheer hints and perfect hemlines, the collection had a 1940’s vibe to it. It was a great collection overall, so classic, so sleek, so Calvin Klein.


Interesting is the word we can use for what Mr. Lauren has been doing for the last collections and lovely is the word that can better describe this one. With an obvious inspiration on “The Great Gatsby” (big trend of the season), the american designer took us right back to the 1920’s. It was all about romance, lavishness, refinement and elegance. The models seemed to have traveled in time with their cloche hats and foulards, there were even a few feathered stoles thrown into the mix.

It all began with some color, always staying on the pastel side. Wide legged, soft trousers, A-line skirts with jaw-dropping movement, beautiful floral prints, all paired up with classic, almost vintage knits. Then some manly looks, trousers suits and short ones with ties. Then he gave us a number of evening gowns, flapper inspired, silk, embellished, beaded, you name it.It made you feel on another decade for a minute or two. It was a beautiful collection, no wonder he got a standing ovation. And brace yourself, this is only the beginnig of the Gatsby fever.


He is the man of the hour, and with those Dior rumors even more so. He is a showman and he definitely doesn’t hold back (curtains actually opened for the show). This time it was his time to shine, he was the last act of another fabulous NYFW. It all started with the models, posing static on the designer’s stage. Then one by one, the strutting began. It was 1920’s with a twist, a twist made so interesting I couldn’t help but stare in awe and admiration (I wasn’t actually there, I saw it live on streaming). It was daring, it was eye-catching, it was all him, Marc Jacobs.


It was a mix of materials, knee-length skirts and draping. All so femenine, all so flashy and unexpected. It was all about the flappers in thosecellophane dresses. Cloche hats, men’s loafers dnd those metallic cowboy boots, don’t even get me started about them. I’m actually going to start a Marc Jacob’s Boot fund right now so I can get them for myself next spring. Needless to say, Mr. Jacobs sure knows how to give a great show and after these one, may I dare say, “congratulations on your Dior thing, it’s practically yours”.
So it’s a Sweet’n’Raw wrap on FWNY! I still owe you your Milan posts and Paris is coming your way soon! What show are you most excited for? Let’s say it together: LANVIN!

Sweet kisses…

All photos: style.com



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