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TRICK-OR-TREND part 1

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Halloween weekend is finally here! If you read my post from last night (if you haven’t, please do before choosing your costume, we just want to save you from Shame-o-ween CLICK HERE TO READ) you are now ready to pick your costume or make your own. People are usually inspired by films, cartoons, history and more to dress up and since this is a Fashion blog, why not get a little inspired by it. It would be so fun to dress up as Donatella Versace, but people would just mistake you for Jersey Shore’s Snooki with a blonde wig. Marc Jacobs in his trademark skirt? You might be confused with a scottish lad. Vera Wang? People would just throw you a sandwich. So we have to be a little more conceptual and there is nothing more conceptual than a trend. Inspired by some of the trends or inspirations from S/S 2012, here are three costumes for you to wear this Halloween!

THE MERMAID

As seen in Versace, Milan Fashion Week

THE MATADOR

As seen in Moschino, Milan Fashion Week

THE PAJAMAS

As seen in J.W. Anderson, London Fashion Week

There you go! Wether you go for the sultry siren, the sexy matador or with a cute, cute pajama, dress up and have fun and remember to never ever, even if you are as drunk as David Hasselhoff when he ate that burger off the floor, try to play the part (as a mermaid you’ll drown, as a hooker you’ll probably get arrested, I don’t even want to think what happens when dressing up as a mass muderer or as a plush penis haha).

Check back tomorrow for more fab and trendy costumes!

Have a fabulous weekend, sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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

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PFW COVERAGE: Les Géants

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

CHRISTIAN DIOR S/S 2012

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

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

CHANEL S/S 2012

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

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

ELIE SAAB S/S 2012

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

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

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER S/S 2012

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

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

LOUIS VUITTON S/S 2012

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

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

ALEXANDER McQUEEN S/S 2012

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

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

LOOK OF THE DAY

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

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

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

Wishing you a lovely weekend, sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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PFW Coverage: Haider is dark and Alber goes sharp

Ahoy mate!

Another Monday, another post! And we are still on FW mode (even though it ended a few weeks ago). I promised you yesterday this was gonna be the last one about PFW, but it was impossible for me to narrow down the shows. Tomorrow you will be having my last round-up about this gorgeous S/S 2012. But today I have for you 6 more shows and in this windy and cold weather (I used today my first pair of boots with tights) a fresh and sunny look to remeber the Summer that refused to go away (eventually Fall gave him the boot, sadly). So while we get used to this chilly days, by watching the S/S shows we can only hope and dream of the sunny days that will come (by now you can probably tell I’m a sucker for sunny seasons). So, without further ado, here they are!

HAIDER ACKERMANN S/S 2012

If the formula worked before, why not try it again? That was probably Mr. Ackermann’s motto for the season. And you know what? He was right, not only did it work, it was a hit out of the ball park. His darkness is always overpowering, his execution is supreme and his vision is so unique he always manages to blow us away. He played with textures, he played with patterns and prints that resulted in a beautiful and particular collection. His color palette was as varied as his shapes: black, purple, bordeaux, some beautiful powder neutrals and more.

The tailoring was as sharp as a blade and the natural movement in every garment was to die for. One of the most interesting things was how his usage of leather seemed to blend in perfectly with the silk and other materials, as if they were one, it was effortless, it was flawless. It was a sea of trousers, all the collection with that manly vibe. After this fashion display, ther is no doubt Haider Ackermann is part of the ones to watch, with a bright, bright future ahead of him.

GIVENCHY S/S 2012

It had Riccardo Tisci’s genius written all over, but this time it was not hardcore, it was more on the softer side. With the beautiful Natalia Vodianova as the show opener and the iconic brazilian amazon, Miss Gisele Bundchen as a closer, the italian designer outdid himself, once again. It was a star-studded catwalk, Erin Wasson, Karolina Kurkova, Frankie Rayder, the coveted Zuzanna Bijoch, Saskia de Brawu and the muse herself shining in sequins, Mariacarla Boscono. It was a Ready-to-Wear collection packed with Couture elements and shapes. It was fresh, it was beautiful and it was magnificent.

Everything was nude, cream, black and green, with the exception of those shiny ensembles. It was an almost printless show, something different from what he has been doing the past seasons. But instead of the prints, it was all about the textures and how he played with materials. The woman’s figure was definitely enhanced by each and everyone of the looks we saw on the parisian runway. Tailored shorts, figure hugging skirts and dresses, cropped and tight pants, almost like leggings and beautifully tailored tuxedo jackets were the main components of another stunning show that puts again the name of the french house on the top of the fashion food chain. Thank you Riccardo!

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI S/S 2012

With his collaboration with Macy’s coming soon and the hit that was his Resort collection, all eyes were on the italian designer this season. And we are glad to say he did not disappoint, on the contrary, he had us dreaming the second his first look came out the runway. It was a game of textures, layer and skin. It was sexy but it had a touch of innocence to it. The prints (floral, animal) were the guests of honor and the feathers a perfect complement.

The ruffles were there, the peplum and the brocade were there, the 60′s vibe also, but more importantly, the designer’s signature style was all over the venue. Accessories included heavy arm jewelry and snakesin heels. Be ready to get in line for this man’s Macy’s thing, it’s gonna be crazy!

LANVIN S/S 2012

You won’t argue with me when I say the Lanvin show is one of the most expected on PFW and that Mr. Alber Elbaz is one of the future legends of fashion and one of the most talented designers out there. Season after season he has had everyone drooling after his creations (people almost stabbed each other to snag one of his dresses for H&M), and this year’s tough chick collection was another one of those. It was all so modern but never sober and it was very different from what everyone else presented. He gave us the power woman, the working gal in sharp and tailored garments, pencil skirts,  low-rise trousers with beautiful and simple blouses and shirts, minimalism.

But even though he was doing something different, he never abandoned his usual style. He gave us beautifully draped dresses, sheerness, cut-outs, his signature neck action, the usual embellishments and perfect jewelry dressing. At the end, it was all pure and perfect Alber, when those soft and colored dresses came out on the runway.  I never have anything bad to say about Lanvin, that is because there is never anything bad to say about it.

ISABEL MARANT S/S 2012

She is the cool and hip chick in fashion everyone wants to be friends with. Laid-back, casual and sporty, I always end up saying I want to be Marant girl (God! I hope Zara copies a lot of this collection, my legs need those python print pants). With lightweight knits, rock & roll and a lot of mix and match, the designer presented her collection in Paris with great feedback. Arizona Muse, Anja Rubik, Carmen Kaas and everyone’s favorite ebony girl, the lovely Joan Smalls, embodied to perfection the typical Isabel Marant woman.

Serious leg flashing and figure flaunting was displayed on the runway along with very chic crystal embellisments that we saw on the last looks. That metallic onesie you can se above is among my lust-worthy items. Everything was paired up with chain sandals, very naked and very sexy. Isabel Marant gave us a lesson on how to not be femenine, but always freakin’ sexy.

MIU MIU S/S 2012

And there’s nothing that can stop Queen Miuccia. I must admit that when I saw the first looks from this collection I wasn’t thrilled, when I got to look 5 I was already in love. That’s what I call Signora Prada’s effect. Her collections keep getting better and better, it’s just ridiculous. This time it was time for lace, but lace in a way only the italian designer could do it. The color palette was bold but beautiful to look at: cerulean, burgundy and a sunny yellow. The prints were so unique and the way the italian designer played with them was absolutely stunning.

As usual, her footwear and accessories were major hits! And those shoulder cover-ups with the bows, I went speechless for them. Overall, it was all so pretty, all so polished and cute. But the thing that amazes me the most, is how her Prada collection mood (another huge success for her) had nothing to do with the one for Miu Miu. Miuccia Prada is not only talent and genius, she is one who knows her different crowds and she sure knows what to gives to make us fashionably happy!

LOOK OF THE DAY

Well all this mix and match and print madness made me want to think a little more out of the box than usual. Ahoy mate with the hat, hellooo! For this ensemble (Remeber, it was still sunny back then, now I’m freezing my ass off) I chose a beautiful and sunny dress, perfect to say goodby to what seemed to be an eternal summer. This floral print dress from NASTYGAL has this vintage vibe to it, thanks to the shape and the pleats. It’s cute as a button! To make it a little playful, I paired it up with a striped blazer in white and navy, also from NASTYGAL. The fitting is so perfect that it seems to as if it was painted on one’s body. To keep on twisting, this Marni belt we have used before (click here) to add more shape to the waist and more color contrast. For the shoes, it is all about the tassel! This Luciano Padovan fringed sandals complement the outfit in a very, very postivie way.

For the bag, Proenza Schouler’s PS1 Extra Large suede bag in a fab shade of green! For jewelry, a single bangle, also in green from Stylebop.com. Paint your pucker with a bright pink shade, like Stila’s lip enamel in Pretty pink. Last but most definitely not least, the naughty touch: the skipper hat from Hugo Pratt (it’s for men but, to heel with it! If it looks good, it’s a keeper!).

For all the details on today’s look, you know you have to click here!

That”s it for today folks! Tomorrow’s round-up: Elie Saab, Chanel, LousVuitton and more! You have to check back to get the scoop on those french giants!

Sweet kisses and lots of love!

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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PFW Coverage: Stella’s groove and dreamy Valentino

Greetings my sweet, sweet readers! Reviewing fashion week is definitely a delight, but it also requires a lot of hard work and time! And if Paris Week is the one you are covering, you need to work so much harder! But then there is that satisfaction, knowing people are actually reading and enjoying your work. That’s the biggest reward a blogger can get! We are halfway through with our shows, and then we can go back to normal, in the meantime I have for you 5 more! Let’s start!

CHLOÉ S/S 2102

If anyone ever doubted if ClareWaight Keller was a good replacement for Hannah McGibbon, after this collection it is safe to say that it was the best decision the french house could have made. Personally, it was one of my favorite collections in all Fashion Week (along with Meadham Kirchhoff, Prada, Vionnet, Jill Stuart and of course, Prabal Gurung). Although some people thought the designer’s debut was a bit safe and controlled, to me it was all so laid-back and effortless but at the same time it oozed elegance. The color palette: white, cream, nuetrals, pink, black and that beautiful and eye-catching aqua green.

Chiffon, pleated skirts with a lot of movement, slouchy trousers and shorts with a low-rise, wide belts sitting at the hips, striped prints, linen tops and floral embroidered blouses were among the things Miss Waight Keller presented for the season. It was a soft, femenine and lovely collection, but more importantly, it was so wearable and desireable that we will be seeing a lot of lucky gals showing it off next Spring.

NINA RICCI S/S 2012

Nina Ricci is always synonym for romance and this season it was just that. With a collection inspired by the Golden Age and with a 1960′s vibe, Peter Copping’s front row included three fashion royals, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld and the always fabulous, Anna dello Russo. As expected from Nina Ricci, almost every look on the runway had some lingerie in it. Copping’s woman was not only classic and ladylike, but also seductive. As the creative director said, it was all so french and very chic.

The peplum was present again, pretty floral prints with a retro feeling to them, mid-length skirts (one of the biggest trends of the season), soft ruffles and a lot of leg! Lingerie played an important part in the show, it was inserted into pretty dresses, on skirts, in bras underneath perfectly tailored jackets, it was everywhere! The result was a femenine but audacious display of fashion. It was also both wearable and couture.

STELLA McCARTNEY S/S 2012

I dare say her past her collection was her best so far and also a tough one to break, but with this one she pobably outdid herself. For this season, the british designer went mini, mini. It was all about the legs. She went for the sporty trend (she is the designer for the Olympic Games UK uniforms) we have seen all over the catwalks this season. But to make it her own, she played with symmetry , uneven cuts and different textures and prints. Sheer was again present as well as the spots, but this time with a fascinating twist. It was a game between the masculine looks against those femenine ones.

She had Natalia Vodianova as a show opener and closer, and in between Miranda Kerr, the always stunning Anja Rubik and the VS angel, Candice Swaenpoel wearing her fabulous pajama prints and structured garments. Good one, Stella!

VALENTINO S/S 2012

During the last years, Valentino has become a consistent success on the runway. With creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri y  Pier Paolo Piccioli, the brand has mantained Mr. Garavani’s eternal and classic style but adding it their own twist, an air of modernity and and some elements of surprise. This collection was just that, it screamed Valentino all over but even those expected red gowns fell into the unexpected. The show can be described as romantinc, but romantic with a touch of boldness. With models such as the lovely Freja Beha Erichsen walking the runway, it was a lace and sheer parade.

The dresses were dreamy and delicate and they gave us some major red carpet action paired up with flats (bold move, but it seemed to work). The execution and the detailing was falwlessly perfect. One of the inspirations was said to be Mexican embroidery, and as a Mexican it not only makes me proud of our craftmanship but it is also surprising to see their take on it. This collection has probably been the best so far for the designer duo and one of the best in PFW. I thought that green leather trench from a previous season was a tough one to break, well the red number above is quickly becoming a favorite as well. Well done guys!

VIONNET S/S 2012

My eyes fell in love with Vionnet this season and my body is screaming in need of that blue, floral print. This collection to me was beyond fabulous, because I found it to be different, and it was indeed. Inspired in the 1930′s, Rodolfo Paniagua really took us back in time. Everything was so bright and fresh, but more importantly it was all so elegant and beautiful. Floral prints, butterflies and shift dresses were among the things we saw on the runway.

Pencil skirts, a peplum, sequins and embellishments, stars and that evening gown display. If I were an actress and had to pick a dress for an award show, I would definitely go for one of this column numbers above (the one with the blue flowers on it has my name written all over). It was an obvious hit for Mr. Paniagua, too bad it was his las show for the brand. We are curious to see where Lucia and Barbara Croce will be taking the brand next season.

LOOK OF THE DAY

The leg flashing days are over,  but then again so is Fashion Week. And since it was still a bit hot during PFW, I’m still allowed to publish two more tightless looks. It’s gonna be a long, cold winter so we may as well say goodbye to our still tanned, bare legs with a lot of style. With that in mind, I chose for the look a mini, mini feather skirt in navy blue from Robert Rodriguez (you can find it over at the outnet, it’s 60% off!). To make it a little more on the casual side (the skirt it’s a bit dramatic) I went for a camel sweater from Pringle of Scotland found also at THE OUTNET (70% off), tucked it in slightly only to cevr up the skirt’s black elastic waistband, For the shoes, Jeffrey Campbell’s Bronte platforms are just the missing piece on our puzzle!

For the purse, D&G’s handbag in Bordeaux makes for perfect arm candy. For jewelry, I am currently in love with everything that MAWI UK does, and this bracelet seems to be perfect for our outfit. The skull has been a trend for several seasons now, and the contrast between the gold, the ruby and the blue gems makes me think that this gorgeous piece was made for this PFW ensemble. For the lovely hands, I threw in our all time favorite ARTY ring from YSL and to twist things up a bit, this fierce Leopard one from ASOS. For the final touch, a deep green nail polish from Essie’s fall collection, which is amazing! The name is Power Clutch and you can find it here.

For all the details on today’s look, remeber to check out my list over at Fashiolista.com

So there you have it! Only one more post about PFW and we are D-O-N-E for the season! How aboout some Chanel, McQueen and Lanvin for the nex one? You  likey? I love it!

Wishing y’all a happy Sunday (how very Southern Sookie Stackhouse of me), sweet kisses…

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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PFW Coverage: Hey Hussein, pass me a glass of champagne!

Well hello my sweet readers! Ready for your fashion fix of the day? This time I’m gonna give you Paris, who doesn’t love Paris? And when it’s Paris and Fashion Week, it’s more than just the city of love. This is the first post of my series about PFW. And since the line-up is really, really long, let’s start with our first fab five from the city of lights!

BALENCIAGA S/S 2012

Definitely one of the most expected shows in PFW. Fashionistas all over the globe wait eagerly for the moment they get to see what the great Nicolas Ghesquiere will be showing on the runway. He never disappoints, seriously, he never seizes to amaze. Not even the crashing benches that left the front row standing did any harm, hey there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Plus, he did deserve a standing ovation. With the music from Twin Peaks playing, the show was stunning from the start. It was hard not to fall in love with every single one of the color-blocked looks.

First came the contrast between the oversized jackets with wide shoulders and those tiny but perfectly executed shorts, both in iridiscent materials. The collection was all about Ghesquiere’s take on futurism, and what a jaw-dropping take! He gave us high-waisted shorts, tailored jeans and trousers, printed blouses and lots of waist! In the end, a gorgeous and eye-catching cellophane skirt. It was all about construction, dramatic shapes and all the genius that is Mr. Ghesquiere.

BALMAIN S/S 2012

All eyes were on this one, on young Olivier Rousteing’s debut for the french house. Will he keep on with Decarnin’s legacy? Will he give it a twist? Will he change the brand completely? Will he return to the company’s roots? Many questions were asked, but in the end Rousteing stayed true to what he learned from his mentor, Christophe Decarnin, but he made it his. The collection had all the influences from the previous designer, but it also had the young designer’s twist. It was all so gold, so baroque, so rocker meets cowboy, meets chic, meets Vegas. Iza Goulart, Arizona Muse and Anja Rubik were among the amazons that walked the runway for Balmain this season.

The looks: high-waisted leather trousers and short shorts with a skin-tight fit, detailed mini skirts paired with simple, white tops, cropped jackets, studs and chains. Embellishments were everywhere, as expected. What killed us, those two floral looks you can see above, talk about some lust. In the end,  it all seemed so Balmain but so new at the same time. It was refreshing and I loved it, I hope you did too!

CARVEN S/S 2012

Oh Carven, I beg you to please come in at night and enter my closet and stay there for as long as I live. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands in the whole world. And even if the whole world thing sounds a bit childish, it’s true. There wasn’t a single piece form the collection that didn’t make me want to go out and rob the nearest bank. It was all so retro and all so cute, plus the prints and graphics were beyond beautiful (thank you Guillaume Henry).  It was all so wearable and fun. I’m in serious need of that mustard, leather dress you can see above.

Cut-out dresses, high-waisted shorts, flippy skirts and perfectly tailored jackets were among the garments the french designer presented on the runway. The inspiration was something like schoolgirl meets The Sound of Music. It was all in perfect sync. With a collection like this, who doesn’t want to be a Carven girl?

CELINE S/S 2012

Phoebe Philo knows what she does best and sticks to it, and so far it has been always a winning formula. She has mastered quite well the art of minimalism, and it shows. For this collection, the designer’s color palette was mainly white, black and emerald green, with a touch of burgundy and a vivid red. The shapes and cuts were executed to perfection, the tailoring itself deserved a standing ovation.

Volume trousers, mid skirts, some pleated, some in leather, some with movement, structured tops with peplums (that leather peplum one, score!), architectural garments and complicated but beautiful constructions. The waist, once again, enhanced by wide belts and it was all about playing with proportions. Another hit for the french house, we are so getting used to that.

CHALAYAN S/S 2012

You have to love a designer that loves to play a part, that loves to dress up. That’s the case of Hussein Chalayan. He had done it before and he did it again, this time dressed as a waiter and pouring champagne to his models. The collection was clean, perfectly executed and very innovative from my point of view. Three things very characteristic of him. It all started with neutrals, black, cream, white and beige in blazers and structured garments.

Little by little, the show seemed to grow in full bloom with Mr. Chalayan’s beautiful prints. Shift dresses, printed ones, others with panels. It was overall an interesting collection. More interesting is the character who designed it.

LOOK OF THE DAY

It’s all about the parisian chic! What’s more chic and romantic than lace! For this ensemble, I went for the cutest dress from TOPSHOP in tan. This little number from Jones and Jones drops from the waist into tiny pleats creating volume. To add more chic details, this tassel Gucci belt is the perfect accessory. For the bag, there’s nothing more classic and pretty than the Hermes Constance, also in tan.

Enough with the tan already! To take things more over the dramatic side, some burgundy platform pumps from Sergio Rossi.

For the jewelry, brace yourself for the most beautiful necklace my eyes have seen. It’s from MAWI and it gives the whole ensemble and unexpected twist with a gorgeous result. The green hues and the gold blend in perfectly with the dress and the other accessories. Some arm candy can never do any harm, so to keep on with the green vibe, the hermes Kelly Double Tour.

For beauty, an updo is definitely the way to go and matching the lips to the shoes makes it even more fun. This lipstick is “Sweet Cherry” by Laura Mercier, a master in the make up division!

As promised, this is the first post from Paris. One down, two to go (or maybe three, the shows to review are so many it’s hard to choose from the bunch). Anyway for more scoop, keep checking back. Read away, comment away and keep on visiting.

Sweet kisses…

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Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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MFW Coverage: Remeber the Titans

@ Dolce & Gabbana's Metropol, Milano

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week has come to an end, leaving my brain completely overloaded with runways, trends, shows and more. The weather is finally cooling off a bit, I wish my brain would do too but my blog’s to-do list is endless and I have to keep up (and speed up) with the posting. This is the last one from the MFW series, and of course we left the titans for last. Milan Fashion Week’s schedule is packed with some of the biggest names in fashion, legendary and that have been around for several years (or decades) now. I have given you Prada, Bottega and Versace, now I have for you the rest of the italian sharks. Let’s start our round-up with one of my momma’s faves:

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO S/S 2012

Color explosion suits just fine the classic Ferragamo woman. It was a collection that had Massimiliano Giornetti’s signature style all over, the elegance, the glamour and the slickness, but all of that with a twist. It was a tropical jungle, it was the clash of the colors, it was unrestrained but never over the top, always keeping it ladylike. The getaway collection was full of bold and fun prints, chiffon and slik. Everything was flashy, starting with that fabulous berry leopard print jumpsuit and the major color blocking usage.

The working girl image was left aside, leaving room for the one who jet sets across the globe or rocks the red carpet looks like no one else (mark my words, when the Hollywood awards season begins, a few of this gorgeous creations will be worn by some major A-listers).The color palette: bold, bold, bold… Bright pink and red, purple and electric blue. Our lust-worthy looks: those shiny pantsuits with the flashy tops and the colorful clutch, ADORO!

DOLCE & GABBANA S/S 2012

Since the show, I have not been able to get that “Mambo Italiano” song off my head! This past seasons the italian duo has really been keeping up the good work. First came the white lace madness (one of the best collections for S/S 2011), then they filled the runway with stars and now it was all about the garden prints and italian cuisine. Eggplants, cherry tomatoes, red pepperoncinos and garlic, yes garlic made their way into the beautiful garments presented by Domenico and Stefano. It was another gorgeous homage to their Scilian woman, this time with a 1050′s vibe and a Sophia Loren inspiration. They always make the best out of their italian heritage. This boys are proud of being italian and not afraid of showing it, and we thank them for that!

The show was filled with prints and textures, sheer chiffon, lace and embellishments, even some garments made out of plastic. As always, D&G’s favorite girls, brazilian bombshells Isabeli Fontana and Iza Goulart walked the runway, alongside other stars like Abbey Lee, Jacquelyn Jablonski and Karlie Kloss. For accessories, you can’t help but smile at the garlic and pasta earrings. The footwear was beyond cute and the venue was spectacular. The finale: like no other!

GUCCI S/S 2012

Frida Giannini and her powerful women walked again the MFW runway, and as always, with great success. The italian designer showcased a collection with a simple color palette: black, green, white and gold, but the way this four colors were paired up was strikingly beautiful! It was an architectural collection: the shapes, the garments. Everything was perfectly constructed and everything had a reason. The collection started out with a series of jacket and trousers looks, escalating little by little into those stunning dresses in the end.

It was hard not to stare, it was impossible not to drool. It was the flapper girl reloaded, it wasn’t just about sexy, it was about strength and power. 1920′s reloaded, 1920′s to conmemorate the time when the famous italian house was born. It was all so rich, all so opulent and all so beautiful. Frida Giannini can never get it wrong, she continues to prove it.

ROBERTO CAVALLI S/S 2012

It was lavish, it was rich, it was baroque, it had Roberto Cavalli written all over. The italian designer is famous for his extravagant and sexy couture. His woman was always been a wild one, one that is not afraid to show off, to go over the top and to turn some heads while she struts. He is the king of the urban jungle and this collection was no different from that signature style of his. It all started off dramatically as expected, with a serious splash of gold sequins, a reflection of the glamour and luxury in the collection.

Prints were everywhere, from the always present animal one to bright and vivid ones with a more boheiman vibe to them. Metallic and lace details, pantsuits and plissè skirts. It was albout the gold (funny take on Italy’s economic situation), the emboridery and the florals. Tuxedo jackets were all over the place in different textiles and textures, with trousers, skirts and even with long, elegant gowns. Mr. Cavalli gave us what is usually expected from him. The woman he portrayed: always strong and seductive, as always.

GIORGIO ARMANI S/S 2012

It was classic Armani and it was ladylike. The tailoring was precise and clean to perfection, Giorgio knows how to execute flawlessly. It was a collection full of light hence the textures and materials. The show was opened by the one and only Coco Rocha, the italian designer’s catwalk was the only one she did for the season. Cigarette pants with a slit down the hem, sharply tailored jackets, simple and silky strapless dresses and structured tops, all in soft and watery hues. For the finale, Giorgio Armani sent out three models, dripping in shimmery sequins. His guest of honor, of course, Princess Charlene of Monaco.

LOOK OF THE DAY

For our last day in the italian capital of fashion, my lovely Milan we had to go all out! And this beautiful dress from TOPSHOP is the perfect choice to do so. The spots, the shape and the colors give it an instant Old School glamour air. To give it a fun twist, a more casual belt made out of cord from Marni. To keep on twisting and having fun, this Vionnet leather sandals in pink and gold fall perfectly into place with the rest of our ensemble.

For accessories, the Miu Miu oversized clutch in black. The frame and the shape make it look almost vintage! And since we are going for some kind of vintage glamour, it’s the missing piece in our puzzle. For jewelry, a floral embellished crystal bangle and a pair of clip-on earrings. For a touch of drama, Essie’s Carry On from their latest fall collection.

For beauty, a simple updo with a high bun will do and light, natural, simple make up.

Remeber, for all the details on the look, check out my MFW LOOKS list at Fashiolista! Click here

Now that we are done with Milan, let’s move on to the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, PARIGI! Check back this week for PFW’s runway reviews and looks of the day.

Sweet kisses…

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MFW Coverage: Prada’s hot wheels and Donatella’s mermaids

My sweet readers, it all happens so fast in Fashion Week that is almost impossible to keep up (I’m about 4 posts behind). I’m trying my best and working my butt of to make sure you get your reviews and all the scoop from Milan and Paris (I already gave you a pretty decent coverage of New York and London). My city has gone back to normal, all the madness is now in Paris (my body could not join, but my mind certainly did). Back to what concerns us today, Milan and another fabulous Fashion Week.

Each fashion capital has a personality of its own. New York is hip, London is eclectic, Paris is elegance and drama, and Milan, Milan is all the glitz and glamour any sequin junkie could hope for. And this year it was that and more. Those italian big names showed us why they are so big in the fashion world! So lets get right to the point, here for you, our first five reviews and your look of the day.

FENDI S/S 2012

Hey lady, how about some stripes? Mr Lagerfeld’s girl for the next season is chic and femenine. With a playful and an easy to wear collection, the designer made us forget about that sexy-in-lace stereotype of the italian woman and say hello to a no less italian one that’s fresh and elegant, but not over-the-top. It was all about the A-line skirt, the wide-legged trousers, the shift dress, the trench and last but not least, the skirt suit. Almost everything with stripes, the only print of the show. The color palette: red, white, navy, neutral and black. It was polished and classy but with a twist (hello cut-out shoulders, knitted sheer panels and those oversized goggle glasses).

D&G S/S 2012

It was the last collection for the italian duo’s second line and also the end of an era. And you know what? Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made sure we remebered their last D&G show. For me, they hit it out of the ball park. It was a color explosion, a mix & match game. It was the 70′s, it was hippie chic, it was lavish, it was sunny, it was pure fun. The main star, the scarf. It was on every garment and everytime with a different usage, a different color and perfect execution.

Flirty sundresses, tight or with halter necklines, short shorts and mini skirts paired up with loose blouses or bandeau tops. It was like a printed, silk parade, even the shoes were made out of scarves. Tons of leg, tons of sexiness and glamour, after all that’s what Dolce & Gabbana is all about. The result: memorable, just like they intended it to be.

FRANCESCO SCOGNAMIGLIO S/S 2012

It was bold, it was dramatic, racy and a somewhat romantic. The italian designer sure does know how to handle lace. Evening gowns and suits in black, white an nude flooded the runway last Wednesday in Milan. There was not one garment that didn’t have at least one hint of sheer. The ruffles and giant peplums were all over his S/S collection. It had eccentricity written all over, and that’s what Francesco Scognamiglio does best.

VERSACE S/S 2012

It’s a big year for the italian house. With the H&M collection hitting the stores on November, Versace was expected to give a great show this Fashion Week. And dare we say Donatella Versace did a fine job. With a soft color palette and sea inspiration, the italian designer’s models seemed like mermaids, fresh out of the water and on to the catwalk. Big industry names, such as Lindsay Wixson (we forgive her catwalk stumble just beacuse she looked stellar) and Daphne Groenveld, strutted the runway with long and flowing manes and sky high platforms.

Structured, neoprene shorts paired with cropped, fitted jackets and bandeau tops, mini dresses with movement and pencil skirts. And of course, Versace’s legendary and red carpet worthy display of evening gowns. Arizona Muse in a sky blue revealing number, our Lindsay covered in studs and a starfish embellished Abbey Lee Kershaw, great finale for a great brand. All the glitz and glamour that can only come from Versace. And as for that H&M thing, you will find my fabulous self camping outside the store freezing my also fabulous cheeks (butt cheeks that is).

PRADA S/S 2012

This right here ladies and gentleman is the one show to beat at Milano Fashion Week. Season after season, the genius behind Prada, Signora Miuccia, seems to always deliver. She has become that annoying kid from school who always snags the honor roll. This year was not the exception, from the first to the last look, the italian designer had everyone including myself drooling. Rember the Prada stripes effect from S/S 2011? The Mary-jane boot effect from A/W 2011? Well this year it’s the same with her “Flaming Hot Rods” collection.

It was car meets girl. Leather skirts with automobile designs, also pleated and girly ones, crocheted garments, oversized coats with beautiful jeweled belts, flower printed bodysuits and that dress, that yellow printed number that stole my heart away. For accessories, there is no doubt she always scores in this department. Next season everyone will want to have the bag with the car or those fabulous 50′s sunglasses. For sure Miss Anna dello Russo will get to sport them first. There is no doubt in our minds that Miuccia Prada likes to always come first, this season’s theme just confirmed it!

MFW LOOK OF THE DAY

You know what MFW means right? You need to go all out! And that’s exactly what I did for the outfit. I have a weakness for sequins and when they are attached to hotpants, it is hot mess for me, hot, hot, hot. I chose a red violet, high waisted pair. Since the shorts are already flashy enough and there is a lot of leg action going on, you might want to avoid the cleavage, For that reason I chose a white button-down shirt, but not just any shirt. To keep on the shining, this Miu Miu blouse with navy blue sequins on the collar is perfect! To cover up a bit of derriere, unless you want to cause traffic incidents, a simple, classic trench coat is mandatory. I love how the traditional clashes with eccentricity.

For the shoes, the outfit would not be complete without a pair of huge Louboutin pumps. This emerald green ones are definitely worth its price.

For accessories, Sweet Sophie would dream… Yes, it’s a Birkin, a beautiful purple Birkin. And since I have this bag only in my dreams (for now), any other purple handbag will do. For your beautiful hands, YSL’s Arty ring and McQueen’s skull one (both classics and must-haves). Throw in some gemstone earrings, this ones are from Juicy Couture (keep it simple, don’t go all chandelier on me!). Last but not least, if there is something that drives me crazy: YSL’s La Laque in Ultra Violet.

Voilà… First post about MFW as promised. We still have to go over Ferragamo, Miu Miu, Dolce Gabbana, Versus and more. Now you know you have to come back to check the rest, right?

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Wishing you a fabulous week, sweet kisses…

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Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis (photoshopped into a google picture of Duomo)

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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!

ALEXANDER WANG S/S 2012

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.

CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION S/S 2012

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.

RALPH LAUREN S/S 2012

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.

MARC JACOBS S/S 2012

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…

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LFW Coverage: Meadham & Kirchhoff’s candyland, Kane’s luminosity and more…

I’m in Somerset House, bitch! (and I’m photoshopped, that’s a real bitch…)

Good God it takes forever to finish this FW posts! But here I am again, bringing you the last from the best from LFW. London Fashion Week is always a wild ride, the perfect place to find the unexpected and be blown away. This year was no exception, so here for you six more shows!

TOPSHOP Unique S/S 2012

Bring in the gold, bring in the shimmer, that’s what Topshop Unique’s S/S 2012 Collection was all about. The Old Eurostar terminal was the setting for it. It was all about the street style, 90′s street style meets hip hop to be precise. All that gold couldn’t help but make us think of a modern day Cleopatra. They even payed homage to the late Elizabeth Taylor, she was the true egyptian queen.

ACNE S/S 2012

Showing for the third time in London, the Swedish brand gave us a Morocco inspired runway. But it wasn’t the embellished kaftan kind of Morocco we are used to seeing, it was unexpected and great. The models strutted the catwalk in wide trousers, capes and circle skirts, all with volume and movement. It was a perfect mixture of colors. It was all very cool and fresh, it was all very ACNE.

CHRISTOPHER KANE S/S 2012

His show is definitely among the best of LFW. It was all about the flowers for the scottish designer. It was a floral extravaganza, from the metallic and shimmery pastels and blue printed ones, to textured and sheer appliquè. All this paired up with sharp tailoring and preppy, cable tennis vests. Shift dresses, jaquard and embellishments, everything with rubber soled sandals. For the beauty, it was all very clean and simple. A show to remember, then again, season after season C. Kane is used to doing this to us.

MARY KATRANTZOU S/S 2012

Hail to the print master, Miss Mary Katrantzou. This season the designer gave us exactly what we expected from her: print madness, in a good way. From elaborate cocktail dresses to tunic and pants ensembles, each and every one of her creations was blooming with them. This show was proof that she is one of the craftiest out there, she played with embellishments, knitted dresses, metallic shards, embroidery and beading. She shook the fashion world with her first show and let me tell you one thing, she just keeps getting better.

MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF S/S 2012

Remeber that board game named Candyland we all played at least once when we were little? Well the british duo took us there for their S/S 2012 show. It was all candy, all fantasy and for a fashionista, a dream come true. Everything, from the setting to the models, was in perfect sync, Ben and Ed’s cotton candy party! They named their collection “A Wolf in a Sheep’s Clothing”.  Twenty five head-turning looks, perfectly executed, theatrical in the most pure and stunning way. It was an ode to girls, little ones, it was a playground, a flashback of our childhood.  Cartoon hearts and teddy bears, dresses that looked like giant cakes, feather bloomers, smiley faces and rainbows, laser cut garments and brocade dresses, tailored to perfection. The models were styled with bubble wigs and dramatic but colorful makeup, giant, glittery platforms. It was brilliant and cheerful, pure magic on the runway. And dare I say, my favorite show of the season.

J.W. ANDERSON S/S 2012

A construction-deconstruction display of fashion. This is the second time the irish designer does salon presentation and it was good, really good. Being famous as a menswear designer, he is already being compared to Balenciaga, a compliment in Fashion can’t get better than that. Loyal to his signature style, he presented us with a bunch of boyish looks for pretty girls. There was texture, there was knitwear and pajamas (I loved his take on the pajama). You can absolutely tell he knows his tailoring and he executes it to perfection, after all he does men’s clothes as well. Lovely show and definitely one to watch.

LOOK OF THE DAY

There’s nothing that I love more than the contrast between leopard and bubblegum pink! For this outfit I decided to go with it and have fun. It was all inspired by the pants, when I saw them I immediately knew I was gonna use them. This silk trousers from TOPSHOP have a great and natural fit. I paired it up with leopard bustier, the perfect match. Who makes the best? Of course, Dolce & Gabbana. Since it’s no longer summer and it’s getting a bit chilly out there, a knitted cape looks great with this whole ensemble. I found this one at ASOS. For the shoes I wanted to get a little funky, after all we are supposed to be in London and it was Fashion Week. I chose Miu Miu’s slingback pumps in glitter and leopard print as well. I am seriously obsessing after this shoe collection!

For accessories, to twist the look even more I went with all things emerald: Lanvin lizard clutch, Cavalli pendant, flourite necklace and Pucci’s brass, snake bracelet. For the final touch, Swarovski’s ring and Essie’s True Love for the nails!

Milan Fashion Week is happening as we speak, so be prepared for more fashion coming your way, courtesy of Sweet’n’Raw, that’s me by the way.

Have a lovely Saturday, sweet kisses…

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Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis (photoshopped into a Somerset House pic from google).

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LFW Coverage: Berardi’s twisted romance, the berries and more…

What do you think of Sweet’n’Raw’s take on the Queen’s Guards uniform?
Photo taken from google, illustration Ana Sofia Alanis

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week London is ending today and Milan starts tomorrow! Let Fashion overwhelm my beloved italian city! I still have some posts in the oven about London, this is the first one. The thing about FW is that it all happens so fast and there is so much to cover, that falling behind is inevitable. In my attempts to try to keep up, I have for you 6 shows and one look, very much inspired in the traditional Queen’s Guards. So without further ado, let the round-up begin!

ANTONIO BERARDI S/S 2012

Among the ingredients written in Mr. Berardi’s recipe for his S/S collection were cream, romance, perfect tailoring, color, texture and a touch of futuristic vibe. The result was pure perfection, from the first look, that embellished, panelled gown to the very last. The british designer’s woman is one who has romance written all over, but not the kind of sublte, lovey-dovey romance, but that of a warrior.

He gave us a dramatic and beautiful palette. Cream and silver, then blush and berry red, then off to a more intense one ending with beautifully crafted black dresses. Bodycon ones with baroque hints were everywhere, panelled bodices, flowing gowns, everything adorned with sequins and detailed to the maximun. Those ankle cuff shoes in green and crimson, to die for!

JULIEN MACDONALD S/S 2012

Modern and edgy, that’s the Julien Macdonald girl for the S/S season. Models sported rad sunglasses made by Porsche Design along with slick hair and bright lips on the designer’s runway. A collection of contrasts, leather jackets and skirts, and army caps for the strong woman. Sheer, flowers, shimmer, asian motifs and more for a softer one. Each piece was perfectly executed, we are used to seeing this from him. Loyal to his style, this collection was lavish and ostentatious, like he has always been.

MULBERRY S/S 2012

Over the years, Mulberry has become one of the must-see shows from Fashion Week London, this year was no exception!  With the queen of all models, the always fabulous Kate Moss, as one of the front row guests, Emma Hill, the brand’s creative director, gave us more than we expected. She presented a collection that can only be described as lovely. Inspired by the english seaside, we saw long and flowy dresses made out of chiffon and with their fair share of sheer, embellished skirts and short, short, shorts. Everything in soft colors and paired up with a wide range of raincoats, some short, some long, some even cropped. All models sported big, big hair and socks with platform. Fun, playful and pretty, that’s what Mulberry has in store for us for the next season. The bags? They deserve a post of their own.

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON S/S 2012

You know you are big in LFW when you have your majesty, Queen Anna dell Russo as one of your front row personalities. The fabulous and stylish italian and the american stylist, Rachel Zoe, were among the people who gathered at the Tate Modern for Matthew Williamson’s new collection. A wide rage of prints were showcased by the british designer on the runway, embellished gowns in bold colors such as the one worn by one of my favorites, Miss Anja Rubik. He added fringes and sequins to the equation. Overall, a colorful and sophisticated display of fashion!

BURBERRY PRORSUM S/S 2012

I know I am not an acclaimed fashion critic (I will be someday, fingers crossed) but I am entitled to an opinion. The past years I was constantly left drooling with Christopher Bailey’s collections, he always swept me off my feet. If I can be blunt for a second, this year I did not find myself drooling, probably because the designer went on a totally different direction. I think I just need to adjust to Bailey’s proposals.

One of the highlights of the show was definitely the hand-work. We also had african prints, tribal inspired garments, but most importantly the re-invention of the trench coat. Burberry’s classic piece like we have never seen it before.

LFW LOOK OF THE DAY

It’s London time, is also time to have fun. Why not play a little with one of London’s trademarks, the Quuen’s Guard? I could have gone with a red jacket and some black pants but it would have been a little to severe or costumey. So playing only with the colors, I think the result was what I expected, you can tell it’s all about the guards but it’s casual and fun. I chose an ASOS Burgundy blouse with a peplum (my latest obsession from the trends) cinched with an embellished belt from Zara in black (you can trade it for something more jolly if you want). For the bottoms, Zara’s lace shorts underneath the blouse. Go buy them while they still have them, the fit is so nice and they are very resourceful. For the shoes, a style that shoul definitely be inside your closet by now, patent slippers also from Zara. I love the boyish look they give away.

For accessories, this Zara leopard bag is great for the ensemble. I bought it on sale this July, only 30 euros, talk about a baragain! What I like most about it is that it can be used as a shoulder bag or you can hide the strap and use it as a clutch. Since it’s still sunny out there, YSL sunnies from net-a-porter.com. For jewelry, the coveted VANITIES skull bracelet and this beautiful spiked one from Eddie Borgo (he is doing some amazing things).

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So that’s it for today! Tomorrow more from LFW, some leopard and my first impressions from FW Milano. I just got some last minute tickets for a show tomorrow, I’ll let you know how it went!

Sweet kisses…

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