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The Bag Bucket List: THE GLAM LOCK

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“I like my money where I can see it, hanging on my shoulder.”

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THE SOPHIE DOODLES

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I’ve been doing the character doodle thing for a while know, I’ve done Coco Chanel, Marie Antoinette, Holly Golightly and many more. And then it dawned on me, if I’m a character (a very complex character), why not do a doodle print about little Sophie?

So first I drew myself, my “after the curling iron” self. My “after the shower” hair is messier, curlier and a little bit hectic (but the rack is real, I do have those boobs). I chose the color palette, now that was a no-brainer: powder pink & blush pink forever. About my choice of accessories, I have a thing for toe-caps, pointy pumps with NO PLATFORM, all kinds of shoes (with no platform) as long as there’s animal print involved and shoulder bags in neutral tones. I love pink lips (not flashy and hot but pastel and natural), Agent Provocateur and white wine. I would say macarons are my third favorite dessert, cookie dough is my first but it’s not that pretty to draw or look at. Last but not least, I have a serious obsession, bunny slippers. I’ve never owned a pair, I’ve never found a pair, but as soon as I do, I’m not planning on taking those off.

So there you go, Sophie’s doodles, Sophie’s all-time favorite shit, Sophie’s very pink and powdery world. You likey?

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SHALLOW SOPH: Enjoy the little things…

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Shallow Soph is back, more superficial and sharper than ever! Here she is:

Someone once said that good things come in small packages. I have always disagreed with the statment, I’m a fine package but I’m not bottle sized, I’m quite tall actually. My shoe closet is filled with good packages (all from Giuseppe, Gianvito and Jimmy) but I’m a 9 1/2, that doesn’t qualify as small. I like wine, I like the six bottle box better than the bottle alone. Now is the time for you to agree with me, not all good things come in small packages. In fact, most good things come in big-ass (my ass is not big, it’s actually petite) packages.

But as in all things, there’s an exception (or two, or three) to the rule: The smaller the bikini bottom, the better my petite bottom will fit. Jewelry, now that’s a good small package. Tiny liquor bottles and perfume ones, they always come in handy. And last but definitely not list, the bags. You like yours oversize? Then you haven’t seen the mini versions and you are really missing out. They are tiny, they are pretty and absolutely delightful. You know, like a cupcake, only they last forever and they don’t make you fat. So my advice for you:

“Enjoy the little things in life”.

(The Little Vintage Chanel, Little Hermes Kelly, Little LV Vivienne, Little Celine Luggage Little Pashli, Littly City Balenciaga  and Little Valentino Lock).

Have a great weekend y’all!

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Sweet n’raw’s Xmas Gift Guide: HOT LIPS

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It’s the thrid post from our Xmas Gift Guide and today it’s all about fun and color. Need a gift for that sassy firnd of yours? For the lipstick lover? For the fuchsia junkie? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The hot lips chick is all about the brights, the colorful metallics, bubbly vibes and berry lips. I have put together two selections, the splurge and the steal, so you’ll find something for everyone here! Let’s start!

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SPLURGE

  1. Jumper, Stella McCartney
  2. Scarf, DVF
  3. Sweatshirt, Stella McCartney
  4. Lilac loafers, Del Toro
  5. Party dress, RED Valentino
  6. Nail polish set, Tom Ford
  7. Glitter sunnies, Miu Miu
  8. Pink wallet, Mulberry
  9. PVC Pumps, Sophia Webster
  10. Lip Surgence Collector’s Set, Tarte
  11. LP No.9, Penhaligon’s
  12. Metallic clutch, Saint Laurent Paris

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STEAL

  1. T-shirt, Markus Lupfer
  2. Lip tar set, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  3. Lips sweatshirt, Ajourlejour
  4. Mini lip trio, Sugar Kisses
  5. Color-block dress, Topshop
  6. Amber Mystique, Estee Lauder
  7. Hugs + Kisses journal, ASOS
  8. Stacy flats, Alice + Olivia
  9. Kisses iphone case, DVF
  10. Ankle strap pumps, Zara
  11. XOXO pillow, H&M Home
  12. Red sunnies, ASOS
  13. Nail polish set, Essie
  14. Perspex lip clutch, Lulu Guinness

Need more gift ideas? There are still a lot of posts coming up in the next few days!

It feels like Christmas already…

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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!

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  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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FALL 2013: A Pink Season

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It was about time! Mint had its season, Tangerine and Emerald most certainly did and I had been waiting too long for my beloved pink to finally have its moment! Sure, we saw pastel pink two seasons ago. We also had hot pink on Spring 2011 but this Fall, any shade of pink is on trend and pink is the strongest color (I’m doing a victory dance as we speak) for A/W 2013. Some may say that pink is better with warm weather, if you think like them, you haven’t seen the candy coats that some designers sent down the runway last February! Pink for Fall and Winter (I’ve written “PINK” like a million times in one paragraph, but that word is just music to my ears) is pure bliss and since any shade is part of the trend list, you can pick as many rosy garments as you like! Not into pastels? There’s always magenta, raspberry and barbie pink. Not into brights? Vintage rose, perhaps? Remember, we take what we like from the trends and make them our own! That’s why fashion is the most beautiful industry in the whole wide world!

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For today, I prepared a little “Shades of Pink” shopping guide (don’t you dare think I took the title from the infamous books). No, that’s not the name Pantone gave this colors and yes, I gave them the color that first spoke to me when I put the collages together. Ready for this blushing season? I can’t wait to paint my closet (and my room, and my nails, I would even have a pink car if I could) pink! Let’s start!

1BLUSH

  1. Peter Pan collar shirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs
  2. Zodiac slippers, Charlotte Olympia
  3. Leather biker jacket, Mango
  4. Powdery shoulder bag, Mulberry
  5. Ankle-strap pumps, Topshop
  6. Frisson nail polish, Chanel
  7. Lace sleeve dress, Emilio Pucci
  8. Pink frame sunglasses, Stella McCartney
  9. Pink jumper, Topshop

2TUTU

  1. Pink ruffle jumper, CLU
  2. Powder pink skort, Maison Martin Margiela
  3. Dressy button-down, Simone Rocha
  4. Pink leather handbag, Miu Miu
  5. Crystal embellished heels, Gucci
  6. Sleeveless dress, Nina Ricci
  7. Batman t-shirt, Zoe Karssen
  8. Ballet flats, Repetto

3peony pink

  1. Lace dress, Maison Valentino
  2. Bow smart shorts, Topshop
  3. Loose jumper, Topshop
  4. Pink wool hat, River Island
  5. Powder pink satchel, Cambridge Satchel Company
  6. Cocoon pink coat, Rochas
  7. Bow clutch, Maison Valentino
  8. Studded Pigalle pumps, Christian Louboutin

4vintage

  1. Flower skirt, RED Valentino
  2. Miss Sicily rose bag, Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Rose cardigan, Jardin des Oranges
  4. Rose short-sleeve shirt, Marc Jacobs
  5. Two-tone pumps, Oscar de la Renta
  6. Flirty sleeveless dress, Valentino
  7. Pink embellished baguette, Fendi
  8. Rose suede pumps, Alberto Moretti

5salmon

  1. Cropped shirt, Topshop
  2. Salmon PS1 bag, Proenza Schouler
  3. V-neck jumper, Miu Miu
  4. Wool skirt, J.Crew
  5. Suede ballerina flats, Repetto
  6. Salmon coat, Simone Rocha
  7. Denim shorts, Topshop
  8. Salmon pumps, Rupert Sanderson

6hot

  1. Feline sweatshirt, Brian Lichtenberg
  2. 2Jours bag, Fendi
  3. Draped blouse, Balmain
  4. Pink pumps, Manolo Blahnik
  5. Antigona bag, Givenchy
  6. Slip dress, tOPSHOP
  7. Draped high-waist skirt, Balmain
  8. Rockstud pumps, Valentino

7BARBIE PINK

  1. Wool trousers, Michael Kors
  2. Pink skirt, Moschino Cheap & Chic
  3. Silk blouse, Equipement
  4. Bayswater bag, Mulberry
  5. Pink wool coat, DKNY
  6. Pink shoulder bag, Proenza Schouler
  7. Suede pumps, Topshop

8bloody

  1. Magenta handbag, Asprey
  2. Color-block jumper, Stella McCartney
  3. Pussybow blouse, Fendi
  4. Two-tone pumps, Manolo Blahnik
  5. Peplum dress, Topshop
  6. Shoulder bag, Burberry Prorsum
  7. Ankle strap pumps, Proenza Schouler

I also made a chart in case you wanna look at all this shades together, don’t they look pretty and delightful? And remember, if you are not into pink, you just have to give it a shot! I used to like black, Korn and dog spikes, look what I’ve turned into!

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That’s a wrap for today! And remember to keep checking back because anything you wanna now about the coming season, you’ll find here! Have a lovely day, my sweet readers!

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

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

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Is it Fall yet?

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Yes, I know many of you are still parading around in your bikinis, enjoying what’s left of your Summer vacations. And yes, I know that there are many sunny and bare legged days left for you to rock those sundresses and those denim cut-offs. But in Fashion, we always have to be one step ahead. I’ve already given you enough bikini trends and styles to last until next Summer, so I’m moving on to the next season: Fall. I have told you a thousand times that I’m a Spring/Summer kinda gal, I love when clothes get lighter, smaller and more colorful. I love when legs are bare and tights are well kept inside a drawer. I love a good pair of sandals and a short pair of shorts. But this time, I really can’t wait for Fall to arrive. The February runways were so good, that I wouldn’t mind switching my white Zara skorts (you know what I’m talking about, you have them as well) for a candy colored coat. The trends are so vivid, so bold, real showstoppers. That’s why today, even if we are more than a month away, Sweet n’raw is welcoming the Fall 2013 season. All you need to know about it, what to buy now to wear later, which trends to love and which trends to hate, what to keep from your Spring wardrobe, transition garments and pieces, the shoe guide, the accessory edit, everything! And to start with the madness, I have for you every single one (almost) of the Fall 2013 ad campaigns! Ready?

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  1. Salvatore Ferragamo: Daria Werbowy by David Sims.
  2. Dolce & Gabbana: Bianca Balti, Monica Bellucci, Kate King and Andreea Diaconu by Domenico Dolce.
  3. Mulberry: Cara Delevingne by Tim Walker
  4. Tom Ford: Soo Joo Park, Gemma Refoufi, Herieth Paul and Zuzanna Bijoch by of course, the man himself.
  5. Jean Paul Gaultier: Karlie Kloss by Stephane Sednaoui
  6. Balenciaga: Kristen McMemany by Steven Klein
  7. Giorgio Armani: Mariacarla Boscono by Mert&Marcus

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  1. Kenzo: Rinko Kikuchi and Sean O’Pry by Maurizio Cattelan, Micol Talso and Pierpaolo Ferrari.
  2. Bottega Veneta: Raquel Zimmermann and Mathias Lauridsen by Ralph Gibson
  3. Blumarine: Candice Swanepoel by Camilla Akrans
  4. Versace: Kate Moss by Mert & Marcus
  5. Louis Vuitton: Gisele Bundchen, Karen Elson, Carolyn Murphy and Isabeli Fontana by Steven Meisel
  6. Miu Miu: Katlin Aas, Emily DiDonato, Daphne Groeneveld, Georgia May Jagger, Adriana Lima, Marina Nery, Hind Sahli, Anne Verhallen and Lindsey Wixson by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
  7. Missoni: Stella Tennant by Alasdair McLellan

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  1. Lanvin: Edie Campbell by Steven Meisel
  2. Escada: Kendra Spears by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer
  3. Christian Dior: Maricarala Boscono and Elise Crombez by Willy Vanderperre
  4. Jil Sander: Edie Campbell by David Sims
  5. DKNY: Cara Delevingne, Ollie Edwards and Curtis Kulig by Mikael Jansson
  6. Prada: Christy Turlington, Freja Beha Erichsen, Catherine McNeil, Fei Fei Sun, Amanda Murphy, Caroline de Maigret and Malaika Firth by Steven Meisel
  7. Blugirl: Jemma Baines by Angelo Pennetta

ad camp4

  1. Alexander McQueen: Edie Campbell by David Sims
  2. Celine: Daria Werbowy by Juergen Teller
  3. Calvin Klein: Vanessa Axente by Mert & Marcus
  4. Gucci: Abbey Lee Kershaw by Mert & Marcus
  5. Stella McCartney: Suvi Koponen and Chiharu Okunugi by Mert & Marcus
  6. Michael Kors: Karmen Pedaru and Simon Nessman by Mario Testino
  7. Isabel Marant: Daria Werbowy by Karim Sadli

ad camp 5

  1. Costume National: Julia Frauche and Lyle Lodwick by Glen Luchford
  2. 3.1 Phillip Lim: Kiko Mizuhara and Louis Simonon by But Sou Lai
  3. Oscar de la Renta: Iris van Berne, Kate Bogucharskaia and Patrycja Gardygajlo by Norman Jean Roy
  4. Alberta Ferretti: Maricarla Boscono by Peter Lindbergh
  5. Balmain: Cora Emmnauel, Elisabeth Erm, Manon Leloup, Khadija and Clement Chabernaud by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
  6. Proenza Schouler: Sasha Pivovarova by David Sims
  7. Just Cavalli: Karlina Caune, Julia Frauche, Manon Leloup, Dominik Bauer, Rodolfo Zanforlini and Ben Hunter by Giampaolo Sgura

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  1. Max Mara: Ashleigh Good by Mario Sorrenti
  2. Valentino: Maud Welzen, Kati Nescher, Magdalena Jasek, Irina Kravchenko, Sam Rollinson, Erika Labanauskaite, Tamara Weijenberg, Laura Kampman, Nouk Torsing and Sasha Luss by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
  3. Rebecca Taylor: Karlina Caune by Carlotta Manaigo
  4. Rebecca Minkoff: Aline Weber by Ben Weller
  5. Fendi: Cara Delevingne and Saskia de Brauw by the Kaiser, Karl Lagerfeld
  6. IRO: Karlie Kloss by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer
  7. Lover: Karen Elson by Lina Scheynius

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  1. Sonia Rykiel: Sam Rollinson by Mert & Marcus
  2. Rag & Bone: Léa Seydoux by Glen Luchford
  3. Burberry Prorsum: Sienna Miller and her fiance Tom Sturridge by Mario Testino
  4. Pierre Balmain: Andreea Diaconu and Paolo Anchisi by Lachlan Bailey
  5. Alexander Wang: Malgosia Bela by Steven Klein
  6. Elie Saab: Karmen Pedaru by Craig McDean
  7. Jason Wu: Christy Turlington and Jason Wu by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

What’s your favorite from the bunch? I’m loving Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin and of course, 3.1 Phillip Lim!

Sweet and happy August!

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

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RESORT 2014, the recap

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

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

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

RESORT1Flirty and Witty: Stella McCartney

Holiday Fairy Tale: Giambattista Valli

Mother Nature: Valentino

resort 2Pastel Dream: Escada

Delightful Rose: Jill Stuart

Vintage Voyage: Tory Burch

RESORT3Parisian Feel: Carven

Sheer Perfection: Burberry Prorsum

Colorful Clash: Nina Ricci

RESORT5Seaside Chic: Rochas

Candy Sailor: Versace

Simply Oscar: Oscar de la Renta

RESORT4Cute as a button: Moschino Cheap & Chic

Purple Paradise: Just Cavalli

Tropical Silk: Gucci

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Navy Chic: Chloe

Picture Pefrect: Erdem

Sportswear Couture: Prabal Gurung

RESORT8Back to classic: Chanel

Flirty meets Urban: Sachin + Babi

Resort at its best: Bottega Veneta

RESORT7Sparkly n’sporty: DKNY

Bold Clash: Fendi

It’s all in the details: Pringle of Scotland

RESORT9Groovy Safari: Michael Kors

Hedi’s Redemption: Saint Laurent

Tropical dark: Jason Wu

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

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  STYLE.COM

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

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THE GOWN PREDICTOR

It’s double post Sunday here at Sweet n’raw. I never post twice in one day, but since yesterday I was unable to post my birthday illustration and today’s post can’t wait for tomorrow (duh, it’s an Academy Awards gown predictor)…. The Academy Awards red carpet is everyone’s favorite and each year, we wait anxiously for that moment (I won’t be sleeping tonight, I’m watching the whole thing). After the Couture collections, I decided that a “what should they wear” post was just the thing to do. Here are the Spring 2013 Couture dresses that I would definitely pick if I were to walk the carpet tonight!

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SNOW WHITE

  1. Elie Saab
  2. Chanel
  3. Valentino
  4. Christian Dior

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EASTER COUTURE

  1. Giambattista Valli
  2. Alexis Mabille
  3. Valentino

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FABULOUS NAKEDNESS

  1. Jean Paul Gaultier
  2. Ulyana Sergeenko
  3. Elie Saab
  4. Elie Saab

aap6LAVENDER DREAM

  1. Giambattista Valli
  2. Elie Saab
  3. Elie Saab
  4. Valentino

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RED CARPET RED

  1. Valentino
  2. Elie Saab
  3. Valentino

AAGP4DARK PRINCESS

  1. Jean Paul Gaultier
  2. Giambattista Valli
  3. Elie Saab
  4. Ulyana Sergeenko

What’s your favorite dress? What would you wear? Drop me a line!

Sweet kisses…

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Haute Couture Spring 2013: THE RECAP

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It’s the most beautiful and almost poetic display of fashion, a week where trends don’t matter and dresses turn into pure works of art: HAUTE COUTURE. Only a chosen few get to show their creations on the runway, in the prettiest city of them all, Paris. It’s lavish, it’s dramatic, it’s almost unreachable (Russian ladies like Lena Perminova and Miroslava Duma could wear Couture to bed if they wanted to) and it’s as dreamy as dreams can get. For this season, it was mostly about fantasy and fairy tales, magical forests and garden glamour. Here’s a recap, enojy!

diorThis was the second Couture show for Raf Simons as Creative Director of Dior. His first and fabulous one happened last Fall. His debut was stellar and successful, the kind of success that makes you wonder: “Will he be able to beat himself this Spring?” To those who had that doubt, he definitely outdid himself wonderfully. The setting was a beautiful as the collection itself, the Tuleries. Inside the venue, a picture perfect garden and a white path. The white path where models strutted showing icy gowns, heavily embellished dresses, evening trouser ensembles completed with bustiers, floral embroideries adorned his perfectly constructed, hourglass silhouettes. Overall, it was a precious display of fashion, but above all, a confirmation of Raf Simons’ signature style and the direction Dior seems to be taking.

G.VALLIGiambattista Valli has become one of the favorites and if you ask me, among the most talented designers of the whole bunch. His ability to construct beautiful garments and make them unique goes beyond reason, he is a truly gifted man. For his Couture collection of the season, he didn’t disappoint (for me, it was the prettiest and dreamiest of them all). His theme: Flora and Fauna. His colors: lavender and pink in a sea of dramatic black. The highlight of the show: the meticulous floral embellishments, the lavish embroideries on the final dresses and the exquisite shapes. As for me, I’ve never been one to dream about marriage but as of now, I really, really want to get married in the pink and lavender number (now I need a ring, a groom, and a bunch of cash to get me that dress).

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Welcome to Lagerfeld’s twisted version of an enchanted forest. As expected from him, the set itself has no rival and leaves no room for comparisons. The first part of the show was all about classic Chanel: suits and tweed. Tweed dresses, tweed ensembles, tweed coats, tweed, tweed and more tweed. Then along came the lightweight fabrics, the sheer textures, the embroidery and the drama. The whole collection had an air of lightness and elegance, smartly paired up with striking eye makeup and feather headpieces. The shoes (we have now understood that Karl loves to reinvent the boot), thigh high or open-toe, full lace, boots. At the end and as Couture tradition dictates, he sent not one, but two brides, making a statement of support for gay marriage in France.

valentinoAh, Valentino never seems to disappoint. The Spring Couture show was proof about one thing, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are doing a killer job as Creative Directors of the Italian brand (Mr. Garavani must be seriously proud). Critics have dubbed it the best show of the week, the pictures speak for themselves: Long, dramatic gowns with beautiful embroidery and embellishments, hints  of sheer in all the right places, volume, tiers, asymmetrical hemlines, lace as you’ve never seen it before, almost poetic. It was magical, it was dreamy, it was everything a girl would want in a dress.

versaceWhere do I start? I know that Versace has created this strong woman, sensual siren image over the years. I know that after Gianni Versace, taking the reins of the brand might not have been the easiest job. I recognize Donatella’s hard work and I admire the fact that she has stayed true to her image and style so far. As for this collection, I just don’t get it. I don’t see the beauty in it (apart from two or three dresses), I see tacky, I see over-the-top and not in a good way (not that Mrs. Versace would care about my humble opinion). What I liked? Kristen McMenamy opening the show, the lavish venue, the magnificent Stella Tennant as the closer and the long, black, detailed gown. I just wish Atelier Versace would return to those Oscar-worthy dresses. I still remember Penelope Cruz on the red carpet, wearing that majestic blush creation.

e.saab

Elie Saab knows what he does best and he definitely knows his clientele. He always stays on the same line of design, colors and shapes but he manages to give a special touch to each and every one of his collections. For his Spring 2013 show, he put out a light and pretty color palette (except for the poppy red and the hints of black). As always, his meticulous beading and embroidery were the stars of the show. The floral textured dresses were so rich and beautiful, I’m sure we are going to be seeing a couple of them on the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. My favorite part? The long-sleeve dresses with the top embroidery and the volume, solid-colored skirts.armaniI’ve never really been fond of Armani, I usually find his neverending runway shows a bit tedious and uneventful (I guess it’s a matter of style or taste, but he is not really my cup of tea). But this time, I have to admit, I was a bit surprised (in a good way). The show was filled with bold color, patterns and contrast, very different from his usual “1000 shades of gray” solid, silk, mid-length dresses. The evening trouser emsembles were the highlight of the show. It was refreshing and brave, and it payed off.

gaultierWe love Jean Paul Gaultier, and after this Couture show, we love him even more. We love that he doesn’t need that “collection continuity” almost every designer has. He puts whatever he wants on that runway and it works, it works to perfection. The inspiration was clear: refined gypsy. The colors, the textures, the shapes, everything was spot on. Of course, his signature corset made an appearance in blush and with lots of tulle fell from it. The end was the biggest surprise of the show. A bride in an oversize, structured dress appeared on the runway. She lifted the dress, revealing four little girls, dressed in bright colored dresses, running down the catwalk!

Ulyana

My second, favorite show of the bunch. Gone With the Wind was certainly what this talented Russian had on her mind when putting together her Couture collection. After her first and very Russian show last Fall, she surprised us with a nostalgic and unique display of fashion. It was all about the bustier, the enhanced waist, the dramatic gowns, the womanly shapes. It was so beautiful that it seemed fresh out of a fairy tale. Just so you know, the models did come out of a giant fairy tale book. A beautiful set for a beautiful collection!

margiela

The craftsmanship, the details, the constructions, it all screamed artisan. After a bunch of dreamy and fairy tale collections, Maison Martin Margiela gave us just what we needed: the perfect twist. Each ensemble so unique and so beautifully made, there was something for every taste. Simple, sleeveless dresses for the minimal, heavily detailed garments for the over-the-top (I can totally Anna dell Russo working the final look of the show).

hall of fame

It was a magic Fashion Week, full of drama, dreams, but above all, fashion at its best! It’s almost time for the RTW shows, who’s excited?

Have a lovely weekend!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: Style.com

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