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There are many differences between artists and designers, this is one of them: When the artist dies, their work and legacy remains intact (it’s not like they are gonna bring someone else to keep on painting Van Gogh’s sunflowers). When the designer dies, he (or she) gets replaced. In other words, the show must go on. Cristóbal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Gianni Versace, Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Madeleine Vionnet are all up there, in a stylish heaven and will always be remembered for two main reasons: they were ahead of their time and they changed fashion. They became milestones. They brought so much to the table that their names are still around, along with their spirits.

When a large, luxury conglomerate such as LVMH or PPR (or an individual) takes over a brand with so much history, heritage and personality, changes are made: they want to expand the target, they want to renovate the brand, they want to grow, they want to make it more youthful. It’s fair, it’s understandable, but it’s also necessary, out of respect for the house and the clients, that the codes and the essence don’t get lost in the transition. This Fashion Week, that’s exactly what happened with three of the most important fashion houses. It’s disappointing, it’s unnerving and it’s ridiculous. If we feel that way, I can’t imagine how they are feeling up there.


She learned from the man himself, she was a no-brainer when it came to replacing L’Enfant Terrible, the unique, dark and wonderful genius, the late Alexander McQueen. She has a talent that cannot be doubted or denied, she has construction skills that could put anyone to shame, the details and craftsmanship in her creations are always precise, spot on. You might be wondering, “Why is Sarah Burton on the list?” The reason? She is locked up in a theatrical world, almost repetitive, unwearable and gray. Yes, Alexander McQueen was theatrical, but he also was rebellious, unconventional and had a natural talent when it came to pouring his soul into his collections. Watching one of his runway shows instantly sent chills down our spines. That’s how good his drama was, that’s how powerful his clothes and ideas were. Sarah has potential, a potential that is well kept inside her pale gowns, face masks and collars. Unleash the devil inside you, dear. Make him proud, make us feel something, anything!

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Money can get you a brand, but it won’t make you a designer (not even a bad one). That’s a statement no one has ever told Madam Ashkenazi. Not everyone has the business gene, not everyone has the creative one. Apparently “Lady Goga” thinks she has them both. She doesn’t. She is a top notch entrepreneur (she bought her first company at 24), but as a designer, the top and the notch are just not there. Yes, she hired an impressive team to translate her ideas into garments but that’s not enough. Apparently, money lets you buy a dead woman’s brand and shit big bird yellow fur on her legacy. Madame Vionnet was all about architectural shapes, beautiful draping, dresses that seemed as if they were painted on a woman’s body, simplicity, elegance. Madame Vionnet would’ve never said “Why don’t we make a black and white dress, but let’s make it more Wintery by putting some yellow fur somewhere”. Madame Vionnet would never drape with fur, because fur is not made for draping and because the result would’ve been a joke, like your last collection. Lady, this is not arts and crafts 101, this is not “let me show you what I can do with my glue gun”, this is high fashion, this is Vionnet. May I suggest you open a book, study her codes, put that glue gun away and with that big, fat wallet of yours, hire a Creative Director. One that can put Vionnet up there, back with the big ones, where it belongs.


I thought it was a bad dream, I thought it was all in my mind. It was already hard to digest the fact that creative persona, Hedi Slimane, decided to drop the Yves from YSL. It was kind of disappointing to see his first collection for the brand, a boring and generic homage to the 70’s. But this, this I wasn’t expecting. Some, the less mean, have called it “Smells like teen spirit” style, a Kurt Cobain homage. Me? Not that Hedi cares, I call it the “I stole from the Bershka archives”. He is a rebel, that we know. He is a troubled and genius mind, he has proved that (before). He kicks ass as a photographer (after this collection, he should stick to that as a day job). But this was the legacy of a man that spent years and countless drops of sweat in building his brand, his trademark, his codes, his signatures. You honor men like Yves Saint Laurent, you pay your respects by whipping up a collection he would’ve been proud of.  You don’t shit all over his stuff, you don’t make the man cry up there in heaven, you just don’t. You want to go all grunge on us? YSL is not the right brand for that. You want to actually sell this Taylor Momsen clothes? A leathery dress with sheer panels costs not more than 50 euros at Topshop. Denim mini skirts and plaid shirts? Macy’s has all of that in the junior department. To Hedi, Yves Saint Laurent deserves better, the clientele deserve better. We had just warmed up to the whole Saint Laurent sans Yves thing, this wasn’t the right bomb to drop on us. To PPR, if I were you, I’d sack him, ASAP.

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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2012: The Jet-set Junkie (evening)

Good Thursday, my sweet readers. The weekend is just around the corner and as days keep passing by, Summer’s end is near. This is the last post from our Summer Getaways series, after almost two months of destination and occasion-inspired ensembles. We are closing up with our Jet-set junkie. So if you are still on the chic French coast, if Porto Cervo is on the menu today, if you are happily stranded on an island of the Caribbean and you need the perfect look to party, you’ve come to the right place. As you probably have noticed by now, I rarely use black for my compositions but when I saw the shoes, it was love at first sight. Along came the playsuit and it was a match made in heaven. Let’s see the complete look:

  • Structured playsuits give out both, classy and sexy vibes.
  • If the romper has a plunging neckline and no embellishments or details, add a statement necklace (one that looks like part of the whole thing, not the star of it).
  • Quilted shoulder bags are the perfect complement for this type of outfit.
  • For the nails, add some berry nail polish for a sassy twist. This one is form Essie’s Fall 2012 collection and I think it’s a must-have for the coming season.
  • Pull your hair into a side ponytail to make it clean and primp.


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

It’s a wrap everyone! From tomorrow on, we’ll be tackling the new season and bidding farewell to the current one. Also, the official countdown for Fashion Week has just begun, so brace yourselves for a September packed with new trends and lots of fashion!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: ASOS, The Outnet, Modcloth, Essie, Max & Chloe

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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PFW COVERAGE: Sporty Stella & King Balmain

After a forced break from the blog (I was in the mountains, where internet connection is actually nonexistent), I am back with the first post of the last from this Fashion Month.  PFW it’s officially over but for us, the party is just getting started. Reviews, looks and photos are already lined-up for you to read away and enjoy! For the fist Paris delivery, I have put together a group that’s used to dressing the cool chick with the sophisticated street vibe: Balmain, Marant, Chloé, McCartney and a personal favorite, Vionnet.


There’s a mentor out there that’s so damn proud! I’m sure Christophe Decarnin, the man that managed to change and evolve Balmain’s style and direction, was a kick-ass teacher for young designer (and hottie from the block) Olivier Rousteing. He was able to keep Balmain’s winning formula but with his own twist on it: a wild & rocker Louis XIV. The macaroon inspired color palette against the signature, nonchalant silhouettes played along perfectly. Some of the looks even resembled the walls and ceilings of  Versailles or any other French villa from that era. The usual slouchy trousers and low-rise jeans, were beautifully paired with embellished jackets and button-downs. Leg-flashing, as always, played a major role on the catwalk and mini skirts and dresses were beyond beautiful. It was all paired up with delicious ankle boots and that cool vibe you can only get from Balmain,


The first show after changing the Creative Director is always key for the brand. Last season, Rodolfo Paglialunga bid farewell to Vionnet with a beautiful collection, where butterflies and softness were the main elements. This season, Barbara and Lucía Croce had a tough one to break. The show was decisively different from what the brand’s former designer usually brought to the table, but staying true to what Vionnet is about: ethereal elegance meet Parisian chic. It was more minimal and more about day than night (Rodolfo payed more attention to evening and gowns). Their twist, the trousers, not what you usually see from the french house. It was more real than Paglialunga’s red carpet stars, but I kinda liked it that way.


Keep doing what you are doing, cause you are doing it great. That’s probably what someone said to the coolest French woman that has walked this Earth. Isabel Marant’s style has become her strongest trademark. Her cigarette, cropped pants with a low-rise are regulars on all of her runways. This time, she added a touch of Western to that bohemian chic style of hers: fringes, suede, cowgirl shirts, cowboy embroideries and even some cowboy boots. The results were dazzling, look after look, I kept praying for more. My favorite part of her shows are always the final bow, when you get to see that Isabel really embodies the woman she designs for. J’adore!


They are saying that this collection is her masterpiece, but the truth is, Stella just keeps getting better and better with the seasons. With gal pal, Natalia Vodianova as her opener and closer, the British designer did hit it out of the ballpark with her luxury & sporty Fall 2012 collection (after all, she is designig the UK’s olympic uniforms). The show was a beautiful display of slouchy trousers, oversized coats, fitted dresses, structured garments and those heart-stopping flared numbers. The color palette was mainly blue (a color that she seems to adore lately) with hints of white, taupe and pink. My favorite part: definitely the ornate print , outstanding!


May I just say what a damn, fine work has Clare Waight Keller done for this season with Chloe’s collection. Critics were not so keen on her debut show, but this one was really, really different. It had that air of chic and effortless every girl loves and wants to really pull off. The color palette was completely neutral (some hints of red made their way on to the runway), shapes were structured and oversized. The designer did her fair share of layering by putting together those midi, volume skirts, with cozy jumpers and button-downs peeking out. The ankle-strap shoes were a lovely detail and everyone’s favorite look was definitely the pink number that came out first. Lovely Miss Waight Keller, really lovely…


Parisian chic is one of my favorite styles, with this in mind I developed a rusty, primary colored look. I chose a white pussybow  blouse (you should have on by now inside your closet) from ASOS. I tucked it inside a pair of tan leather shorts from A.P.C. For coverage, the most beautiful cardigan jacket there is: Tory Burch‘s Aldwyn cotton number. For hosiery, Modcloth‘s wine tights and for the feet, Opening Ceremony‘s fabulous suede booties.

For the bag, Parisian preppy calls for a satchel, a mustard one from Modcloth. For arm swag, a navy Toy Watch, a French Connection red bracelet and  Mulberry‘s double belted bracelet. For the finger factor, a circle ring from MEHEM and Bernard Wilhem’s dark blue nail polish.

For all the details on this look, go to FASHIOLISTA.

What do you think of Paris so far? All so lovely and chic like the city itself! Just a few shows more to review and we are done!

Wishing you a lovely week, 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, 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.


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!


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”.)


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.

For more deets on today’s look, head over to FASHIOLISTA! You can also follow me there!

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: 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 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.


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!


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!


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.


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
All texts are written by me, plagiarism is not COOL

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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:


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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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