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MFW COVERAGE: Electric Kane

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

Sweet kisses…

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

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MFW COVERAGE: Moschino’s girls just wanna have fun!

The first post from MFW is finally here (even though Paris is halfway through) and I couldn’t be happier! I always  love the Italian part of this fashion month, the designers always throw in that special pinch of glamour on the runways. The line-up is so stellar that picking shows to review is always a difficult task. For you today, Gucci’s sexy vixens, Bottega’s classy ladies, Versus and the underground and more. Without further ado, let’s start this reviewing mayhem!


Moschino’s shows are always about having fun looking good. From start to finish, they are delectable and this season was no exception. With a primary and basic color palette that included bright red, royal blue, pretty yellow and black, Rosella Jardini presented a cute, cute collection. Among the key elements was the skirt suit (this trend’s popularity keeps on growing and growing), military and double-breasted coats, my beloved pussybow blouses and feathers.

Signora Jardini paired everything up with leather cowboy hats, futuristic eyewear, platform sandals with a double button detail, patent leather booties and quilted bags. The show stealers: Miss Cara Delevigne, the show closer (and my favorite girl of the moment) and those two dressy numbers she wore on the runway. A lesson we always get from Moschino, don’t take life to seriously and learn to have fun!


Well talk about the unexpected with Francesco Scognamiglio’s Fall 2012 show. We were getting used to his dramatic, baroque and detailed creations when… Bam! He takes it down a couple of notches. It was a rather sober runway from what we usually see from this italian designer. Black, salmon, light gray and a beautiful metallic green was his color palette for the season. Textures and fabrics included leather, silk, wool and even some eel skin (used to perfection by lovely Proenza Schouler for Spring 2012). The elements? Major leg-flashing, geometric shapes, lamp shade skirts with leather hems, oversized coats (major trend for the next season) thigh slits and one or two grapefruit numbers to throw us a bit out of balance.


For this show, Miss Frida Giannini took her powerful and sensual amazons to a time of decadence, that was the inspiration for Gucci’s creative director. The color palette was as dark as the garments and the collection’s mood: eggplant, crimson, touches of blue, an interesting and unusual shade of green and of course, black. Sheer, volume, draping and movement, Giannini’s signature elements, were all over the catwalk.

Among the pieces were beautifully constructed capes, slouchy trousers paired up with shiny boots, velvet garments with artistic draping and that green, feather cropped coat that will haunt my dreams from now on until I get to touch it. The last part of the runway show was hypnotizing, with those dark and flowy, transparent gowns, embellished in all the right places.


May I just say that Donatella Versace and Chrisopher Kane make a hell of a team, and by looking at this collection, an electric one as well. The inspiration was the Camden underground scene and the color palette was so alive that you could almost feel that electricity running through your veins: Yellow, turquoise, fuchsia, crimson and blue took the catwalk mixed in with sequins, see-through lace, woven pieces and the furry coats… Sweet Jesus, those furry coats! Mr Kane is the best thing that could ever happen to Versace’s younger sister, Versus. B-R-A-V-O!


What’s Bottega Veneta all about? Luxury, class and sophistication. What was this collection alla about? Exactly that. Thomas Maier sent out the runway a bunch of dark-lipped, sharply dressed glamazons that embodied the perfect BV woman. Precise tailoring on coats and trousers, beautifully constructed peplums and embellishments were among the collection´s key elements.

Color palette was mainly dark, except fotr a happy pink and an oyster look. The show had its fair share of evening wear: a giant, volume peplum in one gown, texture madness on another, jewel embellishments and that corseted dress worn by runway favorite, Karmen Pedaru. With Bottega, success is always guaranteed.


Primary color-blocking, that’s what this look is all about. I chose a pair of skinny, navy jeans from ZARA. I tucked in a see-trough, mustard lacy top, also from ZARA (remeber to wear a beige bra with good coverage). To contrast with this two strong colors, an Emerald green blazer with gathered sleeves. For the shoes, the cutest pair of peep-toe, mary-janes from Rupert Sanderson (I’d sleep in this shoes if I could).

For the bag, a bit of tan and basic: Dolce & Gabbana’s lovely St. Tropez tote. For accessories, to dress up the t-shirt, a Betsey Johnson necklace and the classic green Arty ring from YSL for your fingers. The final touch: a fiery pucker with Lancome’s L’absolut Rouge.

You can get all the dirty deets on this look on FASHIOLISTA.

Italian’s sure know how to do glamour and fashion right? That’s why I moved here. J’adore Milano!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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


As seen in Meadham Kirchhoff, London Fashion Week


As seen in Ralph Lauren, Fashion Week New York


As seen in Versus, Milan Fashion Week

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

I wish you all a Happy Halloween, sweet kisses…

All illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Photos: style.com


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MFW Coverage: Pastel Versus, Sexy Pucci and Moschino goes Ole!

Looking fab with my Valentino pumps @ Arco della Pace, Milano

Hello, hello my sweet readers! Fashion Week is almost over, that’s the sad part. The happy one is that we were left with lots of beautiful collections and new trends! We still have a many shows that need some reviewing, the last of Milan and all of Paris! So you know what this means, right? If you have been enjoying Sweet’n’Raw’s Fashion Week Coverage so far, this week and the next you are in for some more. Please keep checking back for updates, reviews and more looks of the day. And don’t be afraid to post comments or give me some feedback, I’m always here to listen (or read). So from la mia bella cittá italiana, antother six fabulous designers!


If you ever wondered how the italian designer would handle tribal and african inspirations, here is your answer. Alberta Ferretti’s S/S 2012 collection was all about that trend, but of course with her romantic twist on it. It was all about the dress! With models the size of Abbey Lee and the always stunning, Anja Rubik, the runway was flooded with textures, hints of sheer, earthy prints, beautiful knits and color. Her looks went from casual to evening, but all of them had something in common: the right amount of skin flashing. Cut-outs, beading and slips, sultry is written all over the collection.


If you ever wondered why the italian brand is considered luxury at its best, take a look at this season’s collection and you will understand. Thomas Maier, the creative director, never seizes to amaze the fashion crowd. It’s always naturally cool and sophisitcated, it never looks like he tried too hard. This time it was with an explosion of bold colors, beautiful prints, shiny panels, corset dresses, pleats and jeans… Ah those jeans! The handwork and cratfiness was overwhelming (the fringing and the embroidery, OMG), the execution was pure perfection. Another hit for the italian house! I would’ve given the man a standing ovation, but then again, my invitation got lost in the mail…


Oh Raf Simons, would you please stop killing us with your amazing work! This is the third season in a row that Jil Sander delivers perfection on the runway. From that moment, two seasons ago, that Mr. Simons blew the world away with his colorblocking madness, he has been doing just that but with other elements. This year it was the paisley, the short suits and the crisp white. It was all so minimal and clean, but so ladylike with that whole Mad Men kind of vibe.

Printed kints, gingham pants and jackets, solid colored garments, plunging necklikes and his different takes on THE cotton shirt (even for those stunning white, flowing dresses at the end). The tailoring was flawless, the prints were eye-catching and the collection was modern in every single way. Overall, another great fashion display from Mr. Simmons. This is why he deserves YSL and he will kill it over there if he gets it!


Pucci is a synonym for sexy. From the fabrics, to the silhouettes, to the models (bombshells Iza Goulart and Isabeli Fontana are sex on a pair of brazilian legs). For Peter Dundas, it was all about the gypsies. The show opened with a trio of midriff-baring ensembles with their fair share of prints and lace. Embellished numbers, ruffled skirts, he even managed to make a short suit look bohemian. Models were styled with ankle-strap shoes, deep, dark eyes and beaded necklaces with big crosses hanging from them. Paisley, dramatic lace in red and black and crocheting added up to a stunning and always sexy result.


Que viva España! I am not really a fan of  La Fiesta Brava, but if Rossella Jardini wants to dress me as a bullfighter, then I’m game. This FW Moschino’s inspirations were clear and literal, the spanish matador and his flamenco dancers and some wild, wild american west.  Cropped jackets in black and gold paired up with skin-tigh trousers, tailored shorts and skirts and heavily emboridered, almost baroque dresses were among the things presented by the italian brand on the catwalk. There were also ruffles, embellishments, all very Spaniard, all vey Moschino.Then, along came the cowboys and the indians. Leather jackets and shift dresse with fringes paired up with hats, western hats. Dr. Quinn meets chic and fashionable. The show was styled by the amazing Anna Dello Russo (the headpieces made that so obvious). Wrap snadals in gold and showstopping hair accessories were part of the props chosen by the italian to style the models. If you want one of those jackets, you can wait for Spring and pay the full price or you can strip down a real matador for it (that sounds sexy enough).


Only a dinamic duo like Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane could pull this one off. Mr. Kane got rave reviews for his collection presented in London this Fashion Week, and Miss Donatella gave us the mermaid vibe on her first line show three days before. Funny how both of them used pastels in their own collections, because this one was all about those colors. It was pastel meets sporty, meets cheerleader, meets edgy. It was a wild ride, cut-outs, pink leather, cool prints, sheer, leg slits and that dress (in the middle above) which made me feel love at first sight. A mixed combo, but a successful one! Special mention to the shoes, I can’t even begin to describe the lust I’m feeling for them right now (my piggy bank needs to be fed if I plan on getting them for myself).


Yes, Fashion Week is about style but more importantly, it is about having fun with what you are wearing and mixing things up. That is why today I chose an outfit that seems a little matchy when it comes to colors, but when it comes to the pairing, it is completely unexpected. I chose a pair of tailored and pleated shorts from 3.1 Phillip Lim in camel. The thing about smart shorts is that they are very dressy but also playful and flirty. For the top, I went with a printed, sheer blouse from ASOS. The black top has two front pockets, you need to tuck it into the shorts. A black bra underneath is mandatory (remeber the bra has to have a good coverage, nipple slips are unforgivable). For the shoes, this coveted and popular Valentino Rockstuds are among the favorites of style icons out there and with our ouftit, they are a match made in heaven! You can find them in different styles, but the brown snakeskin one clashes to perfection with the spotted blouse and the camel bottoms.

For accessories, you can never go wrong with a Chanel bag. This fabulous vintage one from the 70’s can be found at  www.lindestore.com. To make it more chic, a black, felted hat I found at my-wardrobe.com. For jewelry, it’s all about the rings: YSL’s very resourceful Arty and this Roberto Cavalli’s foxy one. Add some vintage Chanel studs into the mix and some cream nail polish for your paws, this one is Illamasqua‘s Load and your are ready to go!

Two posts down and one to go from Milan Fashion Week, then som tasty delights from Paris! Oh Fashion Week, please don’t come to an end!

For all the details about today’s look, click here to go my list on Fashiolista!

Have you made your Polyvore set? If you have, best of luck! If you haven’t, do it now!

Sweet kisses…

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