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PFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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PFW ended three weeks ago and my coverage is still incomplete. With all the illustration and changes I’ve been doing to the blog, I considered leaving the Paris part of the fashion month out. But come on, Paris? With that line-up? The big finale? I just couldn’t ignore it and so here it is, better late than ever, my PFW trend report. This season was a game changer for me when it comes to the French fashion capital, I just wasn’t expecting what we saw. From Marc Jacobs and his final bow at Vuitton and Valentino’s ethnic romance to Balmain’s icing shades, it was all so very different and unique. Here they are, my top trends from the Paris shows.

showgirl

Sequins, feathers and bodysuits! The Paris designers are thinking Vegas showgirl for Spring 2014.

  1. Louis Vuitton
  2. Maison Martin Margiela
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Balmain

air

London was very fond of this very same trend, sheer as sheer can get!

  1. Nina Ricci
  2. Stella McCartney
  3. Valentino
  4. Chalayan

flowers

Think of the flowers in Provence, lively, pretty and lovely. From Miu Miu’s Spring coats to Giambattista Valli’s textured florals, let them bloom!

  1. Elie Saab
  2. Giambattista Valli
  3. Nina Ricci
  4. Miu Miu

shimmy

Not your usual metallics, next season will be all about the shimmer: Golden shimmer, pastel shimmer, bright shimmer

  1. Balmain
  2. Dries Van Noten
  3. Lanvin
  4. Rochas

romance

Ruffles are back and this time with the most romantic touch ever!

  1. Chalayan
  2. Isabel Marant
  3. Balenciaga
  4. Balmain

brush

The designers had an interesting inspiration when it comes to prints: the artistic brush stroke

  1. ACNE Studios
  2. Chanel
  3. Christian Dior
  4. Celine

stripes

The new stripes are not your regular kind of stripes, with leather, with mesh, with sequins and more!

  1. Balenciaga
  2. Christian Dior
  3. Givenchy
  4. Roland Mouret

bombers

Bombers will get the luxe treatment: embroidery, fur, oversize, textured and more!

  1. Balmain
  2. Rochas
  3. Stella McCartney
  4. Vionnet

highwaist

We’ve seen this before but we can’t get enough of it!

  1. Balenciaga
  2. Giambattista Valli
  3. Maiyet
  4. Saint Laurent Paris

meshy

Mesh was amog the most used materials this season. We are loving Marant and Celine

  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. Celine
  3. Isabel Marant
  4. Jay Ahr

sprinkles

A little bit here and a little bit there, garments with sprinkles are a must this Fall and will be a must next Spring.

  1. ACNE Studios
  2. Viktor & Rolf
  3. Chloe
  4. Anthony Vaccarello

bleu

Purple in Milan, Blue in Paris. Bold colors for the next season.

  1. Chloe
  2. Kenzo
  3. Nina Ricci
  4. Stella McCartney

oversize

The oversize garments are very resourceful when it comes to the colder seasons, this Spring, they will be all over!

  1. Carven
  2. Celine
  3. Hermes
  4. Rochas

signature

Lightweight garments with lots of movement? Count me in!

  1. Chloe
  2. Kenzo
  3. Vionnet
  4. Stella McCartney

fringe

Perhaps the most unexpected trend of them all, we just didn’t see that coming in Paris.

  1. Alexander McQueen
  2. Miu Miu
  3. Miu Miu
  4. Valentino

And we are done with the trends now on to our favorite shows! I promise, by the end of this month I will have finished my coverage.

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Milan’s Finest Spring 2014

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The Fashion Month is officially over and we got to see lots of new styles and dazzling collections from NYC, London, Milan and Paris. My last post was all about the trends we got to see in the Italian fashion capital and now it’s time for me to reveal my top 5 shows. As I have told you before, Milan has the shortest line-up and the one where almost every name is well-known and has been around for ages, Italian powerhouses such as Versace, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and the star of them all, Miuccia Prada. For Spring 2014, they presented us with a real variety show: from Alberta Ferretti’s folk florals and Prada’s artistic sporstwear to Cavalli’s shiny glamour. Ready to begin?

A.Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti is well-known for her sultry and ethereal gowns, her siren vibe and peaceful colors. For Spring 2014, she really changed things up. The peaceful shades turned into bright, bold and happy hues. Her delicate embellishments turned beautiful floral embroidery. Her inspiration was obvious: the ribbons, the flowers, the tiers, the lightweight fabric, the cheery mood and the youthfulness can only mean one thing: the seaside, the south of Italy. The result was beautiful and wearable, a Summer dream. With this collection, I’m sure Mrs. Ferretti has attracted a new client group, a younger one.

robertocavalli

Roberto Cavalli is well-known for his wild aesthetics. In every collection there is animal print present and some kind of unique boho glam. For the Spring 2014 collection, Mr. Cavalli presented a colelction in which craftsmanship and detail were spot-on. His color palette was almost mute (neutrals, pale pinks and greens) but played beautifully with the textures and prints. There were many jacket-shirt-pants combos, with similar shape but each with its own twist. There were kaftans, there were also clingy and second-skin dresses. There was something for everyone.

marni

Marni is always on my list and this Season was no exception. Consuelo Castiglioni always manages to make everything so effortless and even though I’m not really a fan of the term, chic definitely applies here. She presented a collection where sportswear separates had the most important role. The stunning show opener was a pair of perfectly tailored, wide-legged trousers paired up with a solid top, simple, elegant and wearable. Then Marni’s signature prints appeared, followed by what was the most pleasant surprise of them all, textured flowers all over the place.

prada

When it comes to Prada, it’s not about how wearable it is or how aesthetically pretty it is. When it comet to Prada, it’s all about the story behind Miuccia’s complex collections and ideas. Each season, it’s like getting a glimpse whatever was going on in the designer’s head at the time when the show was conceived. For Spring 2014, art met sportswear in such a unique way. Street art inspired prints could be found in the clothing and paired-up with tube socks (I’m certain that I will be wearing them next season) and ladylike bags (Miuccia Prada is a woman of contrasts). Strong women, strong colors, strong clothes, it was a powerful, powerful show.

d&g

Decadent, lavish, rich, Dolce & Gabbana’s eternal and faultless formula. The Italian duo have been having a winning streak. for some seasons now. Remember that all-white collection with the Broderie Anglaise from three years ago? That’s when it all started. They love to focus in their Italian roots, in the southern sirens, in what’s sensual, subtle, sultry. Air thin dresses with 3D flowers grazed the runway, along with print of ancient ruins (who new ruins could look good in a shift dress). The most used element of the show were those coins, coin belts, coin earrings, coin patterns, coin embellishments. The collection was dreamy, if this is what “more is more” means, get me some D&G, ASAP!

That’s a wrap for Milan! Paris trends and shows up next! Don’t miss it!

 

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MFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

mfw trendsFashion Month is officially over. Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Miu Miu closed the season with three fabulous and emotional (Marc Jacobs presented his last collection for LV yesterday), but we still have to go over what happened in my beloved Milano (God, I miss it so much). MFW’s line-up is noticeably shorter than the rest of the fashion capitals. The names you see on the schedule are historic fashion houses, there’s a little room for newcomers and rookies. Nevertheless, we still enjoy the allure, the glamour and lavishness we get from those picky Italians (I really, really miss my picky Italians). Ready for some “Made in Italy” trends? Keep on reading!

air

Sheer is not enough, it’s all about lightweight fabrics, movement and that ethereal vibe that’s really, really suitable for the warm seasons.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Francesco Scognamiglio
  4. Antonio Marras

sport

Remember when Alexander Wang did the sporty chic thing? Well, Italians just took athletic wear to a new level: a luxurious and lavish one.

  1. Antonio Marras
  2. Gucci
  3. Prada
  4. Max Mara

inbloom

Forget about the floral print! Next season, you are going to want to be wearing 3D florals. You can touch them and you can almost smell them!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Dolce & Gabbana
  3. Blumarine
  4. MSGM

cropped

You already know cropped tops will continue to be in trend for Spring 2014. What’s the Italian twist? Different shapes, sheer panels, texture, embroidery and more!

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Emilio Pucci
  3. Jil Sander
  4. Marni

purple

Pastels from NYC, pink from London and bold purple for Milan. Those are the strongest color trends of the season.

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Blumarine
  3. Giorgio Armani
  4. Dsquared

stripes

Remember that Prada collection with the bananas and the bright stripes? Well, that’s the kind of stripes Milan has in store for the coming season.

  1. Alberta Ferretti
  2. Missoni
  3. Aquilano.Rimondi
  4. Luisa Beccaria

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Whoever said Italians were behind when it comes to prints was absolutely wrong. For Spring 2014, the designers are taking us to the museum.

  • Aquilano.Rimondi
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Missoni
  • Prada

pale

Pale is in and it’s here to stay! Monochromatic outfits in powdery shades will be a must-have next spring.

  1. Costume National
  2. Francesco Scognamiglio
  3. Gianfranco Ferre
  4. Jil Sander

rock

Italians just got tough! But not your ordinary kind of tough, the glam version of course.

  1. Blumarine
  2. Moschino
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Emilio Pucci

bejeweled

Jewelry makes everything prettier and for Spring 2014, everything will look shiny and pretty!

  1. Francesco Scognamiglio
  2. Blumarine
  3. Bottega Veneta
  4. Fausto Pugilisi

tropicana

Palm trees and Hawaiian florals? Yes, please!

  1. Aquilano.Rimondi
  2. Etro
  3. Fausto Pugilisi
  4. Just Cavalli

b&w

The B&W combo is a classic and for Spring 2014, it will be everywhere!

  1. Moschino
  2. Antonio Marras
  3. Marni
  4. Jil Sander

shorty

So you thought mini skirts were too short? Italians are taking leg flashing to a whole new level and I couldn’t be happier!

  1. Moschino
  2. Just Cavalli
  3. Dsquared
  4. Dolce & Gabbana

shine

Whether you favor gold, silver or bronze, this Spring is all about that metallic shine. I’m a gold kind of gal.

  1. Dolce & Gabbana
  2. Roberto Cavalli
  3. Salvatore Ferragamo
  4. Versace

Liking the trends from Milan? Tomorrow I will have for you my top 5 shows!

Almost Friday! Sweet kisses…

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London’s Finest Spring 2014, part 2

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Yeah, I know, I’m a bit behind schedule when it comes to my Fashion Week coverage since PFW is almost coming to an end and I have yet to review the last from London, Milan and Paris. But better late than ever, right? I already gave you the trends and spots 10-6 from LFW, now it’ time for the big reveal: Sweet n’raw’s top 5 colllections. I hope you liked them as much as I did and I hope you agree with the ones I chose. Ready?

J.Saunders

The clothes and the details were complex. The result was easy relaxed and easygoing. With a rich color palette and meticulous embroidery, Jonathan Saunders managed to make dressy garments for the free-spirited. His blooming bombers with a perfect fit were paired up with slouchy trousers and sheer bottoms. Degraded fabrics played a really important role in the collection, not only because of the visual impact but also because the color combinations used were really unexpected. The somewhat boyish pieces (boy shorts and track pants) were beautifully paired up with more feminine tops (sheer embellished cardigans and button-downs). It was fun, it was psychedelic and wearable. I have to get me one of those satin bombers next Spring.

antonioberardi

Pink will still be in next season! Antonio Berardi seems to think so and I thank him for that! For Spring 2014, the designer did two different things: he twisted some classics (pastel leopard jacquard, pretty bikers, pretty sweatshirts with sheer panels and embroidery) and he gave an urban edge to his always ladylike woman. The result was wearable enough and breathtaking. His oversize sleeves and tailored trousers had the right amount of sheer, his mullet dresses and multi-strap heels had just the right amount of sexy.

peterpilotto

If Mary Katrantzou is queen of prints, the designer duo behind Peter Pilotto are kings. For their Spring 2014 colellection, they whipped up interesting looks where the shapes and volume were as important as their patterns. Layering had a major role (it made everything more beautiful and complex), so did those full skirts with longer back hemlines. There were fuller skirts, there were pencil skirts but each and every one of the looks were beautifully constructed and the separates came together perfectly for an even more perfect result.

burberry

Christopher Bailey has made Burberry Prorsum the must-see show of LFW and I bet his Spring 2014 show didn’t disappoint. His color palette was packed with powdery and sugary shades (they make me weak in the knees). Nottingham lace and beautiful cashmere were all over Bailey’s collection. Lightweight coats and cute cardigans were placed over his midi pencil skirts. The shoes were as delightful as the clothes. And I really, really have to mention that mint, embellished trench coat, the dreamboat of all trench coats!

C.Kane

 

This was a no-brainer, Christopher Kane came in first because he can do no wrong! It was a botanical delight, flowers like you’ve never seen them before and that makes him even more genius than he already was. The sweatshirts with the Biology textbook prints paired up with midi skirts with lively petals were the highlight of the show. He experimented with new fibers and textures (metallics and plastic immediately come to mind), he also used more familiar ones like satin and organza. Who knew photosynthesis could be so fashionable? Apparently, Mr. Kane did and he killed it!

We are done with LFW (finally) now moving on to MFW, trends and best runway shows. Fashion Month is almost over, so is September!

Have a great week!

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London’s Finest Spring 2014, part 1

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Good morning, my sweet readers! Yesterday’s post was all about the trends we got to see a week ago in London, today it’s all about the best shows! I’ve said it before, a million times, London is fun, colorful, bold, innovative, packed with talent and my personal favorite of the fashion capital bunch. This season, the trends and styles were right up my alley: candy hues, bombers, floral prints and textures. I’ve put together, like I did for NYFW, my top 10 collections from London. Here for you, the first five.

fashioneast

10. Remember how I always say that London is the perfect spot for young and emerging designers? Well, that’s exactly what Fashion East does (Meadham Kirchhoff, Jonathan Saunders and Holly Fulton are part of that “success” list). For the Spring 2014 collection, Ryan Lo, Claire Barrow, and Ashley Williams gave us a bold and fun show, packed with texture, colors and interesting aesthetics. Ryan Lo went with pastel colors and cake-like layers, completing the look with fluffy ears and fluffy tails. The texture clash and the styling were the cherry on top of those fabric angel cake creations (last look belongs to Ashley Williams).

SRocha

9. Simone Rocha just keeps getting better at this! Her Fall 2013 collection gave us a taste of her creative and spot on constructions skills, her Spring 2014 collection was a mouthful. With a neutral color palette, Rocha played with shapes and volume, adding some feminine details such as pearl embroidery and some racier ones (slits and sheer pockets revealed some skin in a subtle way). Each and every one of the elaborate looks was paired up with a pair of knee-high, embellished stockings.

householland

8. Just by taking a look at the runway you could tell we were in for a wild and fun ride, after all, it’s House of Holland. What we weren’t expecting was that beautiful texture and print clash. His inspiration? Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, the Los Angeles 90’s street style and my beloved Mexico City. The tattoo inspired prints were places beautifully in both ladylike looks and tougher ones. There was also Gingham, leopard and lace. The collection had a strong urban chic vibe and that purple lace number? That has my name written all over!

erdem

7. Now this was really different from what we usually get from Erdem. It was darker, it lacked color and the flowers, well the flowers didn’t feel as alive. And you know what? It was great and romantic anyway! Sheer fabrics were adorned with feathers and floral appliques. Floor-length gowns and midi dresses that oozed got the edge when paired up with biker jackets and bombers. Monochromatic layering got a major moment in the show, so did those bootie, sky-high platforms. Erdem Moralioglu went on completely different direction for Spring 2014 and we are really, really diggin’ it!

MaryK

6. Queen of the prints, that exactly who Mary Katrantzou is and with every collection, she just keeps on proving it. The runway show started with a showstopper, who knew a shoe print could be so chic? Buckles, laces and leather were beautifully and digitally placed in Katrantzou’s elaborate frocks. Her shapes were as architectural as it can get and for the last part of the shows, Mary gave us what she does best: lively florals, short hemlines and volume. The highlight? They were all paired up with lace-up shoes with flower digital prints.

Tomorrow I will post my top 5 from LFW and then moving on to the MFW trends! Fashion month is almost over, let’s enjoy what’s left of it!

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LFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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Good morning, my sweet readers! It’s PFW day one but for us, for us is LFW Trend Report day! After this LFW edition, I can finally confirm that London is my favorite fashion capital. New York’s swag, Milan’s glamour and the drama in Paris don’t hold a candle to the excitement, innovation and surprise that always happens in the English capital. There’s always new talent, trends and styles get revamped, renewed and reinvented every season. I’m not getting overexcited here, I’m just writing it as I saw it. As I was working on the spring 2014 trends, I couldn’t help but feel giddy and happy. Pastels? Sweatshirts? Flowers? Bombers? Pink? Those really are among my favorite things in the whole wide world. Are you ready for 14 fabulous trends from the always exquisite London? Let’s start!

pink

Pink is the stongest color this season and for the coming one, the London designers decided to make it stick around. But it’s not your ordinary pink, it’s perky, it’s pretty, sweet and above all, cute!

  1. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  2. Giles
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Burberry Prorsum

flowersFlowers are to Spring what leather is to Winter. But for Spring 2014, the florals are getting the texture and graphic treatment. Love them already? I do!

  1. Mary Katrantzou
  2. Matthew Williamson
  3. Christopher Kane
  4. Jonathan Saunders

candyjPastels are not to be confused with candy hues. Candy hues are slightly brighter, a little more alive! LFW was all about this sugary colors, I can’t wait to see what Zara will come up with next season.

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Fashion East
  3. David Koma
  4. Emilia Wickstead

sheer

Forget about mesh panels and subtle translucence. Sheer for Spring means business! With the right coverage underneath, you will be able to show everyone your legs under a completely sheer skirt or dress.

  1. Burberry Prorsum
  2. Simone Rocha
  3. J.W. Anderson
  4. Mulberry

matchy

They are really making it easier for us to dress each morning. A pair of embroidered shorts with a matching top? Pajama trousers with pajama shirt in the same print? That will be a big trend this Spring!

  1. Eudon Choi
  2. Mulberry
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Pringle of Scotland

sweats

Dressy sweatshirts have been around for a couple of seasons now (thank you Nicolas Ghesquiere for that). But leave it to the LFW designers to make it even prettier and even dressier!

  1. Christopher Kane
  2. Antonio Berardi
  3. Holly Fulton
  4. Erdem

green

Mint was huge a couple of seasons ago, now it’s time for a less blueish and more yellowish shade of pastel green.

  1. Emilia Wickstead
  2. Peter Pilotto
  3. Temperley London
  4. Matthew Williamson

glossy

Yeah baby, PVC wear is back in the form of trench coats, skirts and even shift dresses. Thought you were daring by wearing a pair of clear heels? I dare you to wear a plastic dress next Spring, I will!

  1. Felder Felder
  2. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  3. Fashion East
  4. Burberry Prorsum

bikers

This is the perfect trend for someon like me, someone who loathes black but loves the shape of biker jackets. Next season we will be able to find them in floral prints, pastel leopard jacquard, lightweight white fabrics and more.

  1. Antonio Berardi
  2. House of Holland
  3. Richard Nicoll
  4. Eudon Choi

patches

The more patches, the more interesting the look. The runways were filled with elaborate constructions, beautifully made and beautiful to look at.

  1. Preen by Thorton Bregazzi
  2. Michael Van Der Ham
  3. Jean- Pierre Braganza
  4. Jonathan Saunders

bad girl

Not to be mistaken to this Fall’s trend, grunge. This is more transgressive, it’s about sexing it up a notch and darkening it a whole lot more but always staying chic and fabulous.

  1. Felder Felder
  2. Tom Ford
  3. KTZ
  4. Mark Fast

bombers

And this is where I clap and jump around! My favorite piece of outerwear has always been the bomber and for Spring 2014, us bomber lovers will have a wide selection to choose from!

  1. Richard Nicoll
  2. Jonathan Saunders
  3. Sister by Sibling
  4. Pringle of Scotland

mullet

If the mullet hairstyle has become fashionably acceptable (the better version of it), the dress had to have its moment too. As you can see in the Peter Pilotto image, the mullet dress doesn’t have to hit the floor from behind. The back can be slightly longer than the front hem.

  1. Antonio Berardi
  2. Jean-Pierre Braganza
  3. Peter Pilotto
  4. Julien McDonald

fluffy

Usually a popular style for the colder seasons, but think Spring in a fluffy, pink skirt or a nude dress with a feathery hem! J’adore!

  1. Moschino Cheap & Chic
  2. Sister by Sibling
  3. Giles
  4. Fashion East

What was you favorite trend of the bunch? I’m all about the candy shades, the bombers, the pink, the pretty bikers and pretty much everything I just wrote about today. I LOVE LFW!

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From Paris…

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It’s the cherry on top pf the Fashion Month cake! After three weeks of countless runways and presentations, you’d think people would be fed up with Fashion Week, but that’s not the case. After a delightful three-course dinner (New York, London and Milan), the thing one wants the most is a sweet and luscious dessert (we’ll worry after the aftermath later). And Paris, my friends, is just that. The perfect ending to what has been a perfect season, packed with trends, styles, colors and talent, lots of it! Tomorrow, Paris kicks-off with its usual and very impressive line-up: Saint Laurent, Dries van Noten, Lanvin, Giambattista Valli, Celine, Chloe and the list goes on and on! Here for you today, the complete Mode a Paris schedule:

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For more details and live streaming alerts, check out http://www.modeaparis.com/en

For all the runway photos and reviews, go to http://www.style.com/

Ready for the last leg of the Spring 2014 race? I am! What PFW shows are you most looking forward to?

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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NY’s FINEST SPRING 2014, part 2

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Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking. You might be thinking that this is not a race, that everyone’s a winner. Well, that doesn’t really happen when it comes to fashion. When it comes to Fashion Week, some finish last, some finish first. That’s why every season I like to choose my top 10. Yesterday we started our countdown, the spots from 10 – 6 have already been filled. Now it’s time to reach the top of this little chart of mine, the five best shows (in my opinion) from what was a fabulous Fashion Week in New York. Are you ready to discover my picks? Keep on reading!

proenza

Lázaro Hernandez and Jack McCoullough can do no wrong. Their collections always rank really high, their shows have always so much buzz around them and there are many reasons why that keeps happening. But the main one, their clothes are always exquisite. For Spring 2014, with a neutral color palette and some hints of shimmer, they presented a collection packed with beautiful tailoring and craftsmanship. And no we are not talking hand-embroidery or embellishments, we are talking construction. From coats to evening dresses, it was all so effortless and chic at the same time!

jasonwu

Jason Wu had been following a patter until now, that chic goes bondage theme was a regular in his runway shows. For Spring 2014, he went all soft and glam on us. And guess what? We kind of love it! The color palette was all about powdery shades and pastels (touch of navy and black here and there). The shimmery fabrics played the most important role of the collection, paired up against slouchy coats and loose midi skirts. The slip was everywhere, from those sultry sparkly numbers to sheer, crisp white ones. It was different drom what we’ve always seen from him, but it still had Jason Wu written all over.

MKors

Oh boy, this was a beautiful surprise and a beautiful collection! The most important thing, it was so wearable and so likeable and it had that retro feel that everybody loves. The structured garments (blazers and trench coats) worked perfectly with those leaf-printed, breezy dresses. And while the color palette was a little bit on the earthy side (I’m not that fond of that range), I couldn’t care less, I fell in love. The highlights? The pin-up bikini, the short suits and short combos, that dress with the thigh-high slit and plunging neckline (it would’ve been too much, but it somehow worked) and the platforms (simple platforms, but platforms ever girl needs inside her closet).

jmendel

I’m always drawn to peachy colors and meticulous garments and that’s exactly what J.Mendel gave me for their Spring 2014 collection. Ever since that all-white Winter collection, I’ve been keeping an eye on this brand and I’m not disappointed at all. This collection was all about the short, short hem (thank God someone out there is still thinking about legs, with all the midi and 3/4 skirts we have been seeing) the pastels and the details (even the simplest of dresses had a little special something). We got to see short combos, skirt combos, pleated and ruffled hems, embellishments and beautiful prints and shoes. Those shoes, those shoes were even better than Sophia Webster’s range for J. Crew. Those shoes were even better than Delpozo’s bow sandals. I have to get me some J. Mendel heels next Spring, I really have to.

altuzarra

And last but definitely not least, the top of the list. With an effortlessly sexy collection, one of my favorite NYFW designers, Mr. Joseph Altuzarra. The slits on his skirts went as high as a slit can get. The layering and the styling was spot on. The collection was all about separates coming together and variations. He understands that there has to be something for everyone in a collection. While some of his sexy skirts were paired up with silk button downs, tank tops and long sleeve t-shirts were also an option. The highlight? The metallic fabric he used on some of the skirts and lightweight jackets. He gets the first place not only because it was all so wearable, but because it was original and beyond desirable!

That’s a wrap! We are moving on to LFW Trends and best shows. Are you ready for more Spring 2014? Don’t worry, I’m on it!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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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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NY’s FINEST SPRING 2014 part 1

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They were the cream of the crop and the best of the bunch. NYFW has so much to offer each season, and between the new talent, the regulars and the stars, it’s always hard to choose my top 10. This year though, it was kind of a no-brainer. I had expectations about some shows and I definitely wasn’t expecting to get that pleasant surprise from so many others. There were lots of trends and styles, as you might have seen in my previous post. I chose my top shows based on color combos (you know I’m completely biased when presented with a pastel color palette), wearability, originality and  visual impact. So here for you today, the first part of my top 10 list from the NYFW Spring 2014 runways.

honor

First time Honor makes it on to my list and after this six snaps from the runway, you have to understand the reason. I am traditional when it comes to the seasons, I love when a Spring collection feels like Spring and that’s exactly the vibe I got from this catwalk. That air of vintage romance, the gowns filled with details and dramatic ruffles, the smart beautiful use of lace, sheer in all the right places and dressy shorts, I’m a sucker for dressy shorts. The color palette was soft, the prints were powerful but played beautifully with the shades and everything looked picture perfect with a pair of pointy flats. Overall, a delightful collection with a touch of retro.

wesgordon

I’ve been a fan for a couple of seasons now but it’s the first time this young designer presents on a runway, rather than on a presentation. His collection was a clash between the pretty and the rough. Pastels (lavender, mint, vanilla) and white were paired against gray shades and the always resourceful, black. Midi skirts in lace and silk and delicate knits were paired up against candy-colored biker jackets (one of the trends I presented to you yesterday). And the footwear…. Those PVC, toe-capped ankle boots deserve standing ovation, at least from me!

j.crew

You may agree with me or not. Fact is, I am completely biased when it comes to J.Crew. After the Lyons takeover, the brand I used to dub a dull and boring, has become a personal favorite. In front of my eyes, J.Crew can do no wrong! For Spring 2014, J.Crew went to Maui. Surfer chic is back but not in that literal “Tommy Hilfiger with the neoprene and zippers” kind of way. This was more subtle and with the kind of swag we always get from this brand’s flawless styling. The collection featured mostly trousers: printed, with textures, wide, tapered. The t-shirt had a strong presence in the collection and the cherry on top of the cake? Sophia Webster designed the shoes! I already have a piggy bank with the following label: “Sophia Webster for J.Crew polka dot pumps”.

del pozo

First time ever also for Delpozo on my list. He got my attention last Fall, but he definitely got my heart racing this season. Romance doesn’t even begin to cover it! It was a beautiful display of fashion, of tailoring, a breathtaking game of volumes and lengths. The color palette went from sugary shades to bolder ones. There were textures involved, prints as well and of course, beautiful embellishments. The garden-like runway played perfectly against the Spanish designer’s elaborate garments. It could’ve turned out to be a little costumey, but it had just the perfect amonut of drama. And that metallic bow sandal? I don’t know how I will manage to get that inside my closet, but I will. Mark my words!aliceolivia

After a few seasons of the same (fruity and flowery prints, pleats, wide belts), I was starting to feel a little bored with Stacy Bendet’s aesthetics. After the Spring 2014 collection, she really managed to give her audience a fresh breath of air. With a creamy and old school glamour setting, the clothes came alive even if most of the color palette was as neutral as the background. The mint show-opener was a good as a show-opener can get (cropped top with a volume, full skirt? yes please). The thigh-high ivory boots with the toe-cap, a dream come true. The use of lace, the pairings, the styling, it was all so beautiful, all so meticulous but at the same time, all so clean. That’s what I call to hit the ball out of the ballpark!

That was the first part of my top 10 list. Tomorrow I will reveal the first five spots so stay tuned! In the meantime, let’s enjoy Milan Fashio Week (even if for the first time in five years, I’m not there to witness it).

Sweet kisses…

lustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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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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NYFW SPRING 2014: The Trend Report

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NYFW ended about a week ago and with an endless line-up, it takes some time to review and identify the strongest trends and colors of the coming season. As always, there were lots of surprises, new styles, comebacks and more! I wanted to present to you no more than 10 trends but it was impossible to narrow them down (I ended up with 20). Best thing about it? There’s something for everyone and pastels for me, yay! Let’s start!

sweatsForget about your classic pullover, it’s all about sheer panels, textures, graphics and even sequins this Spring!

  1. 3.1 Phillip Lim
  2. Alexander Wang
  3. Prabal Gurung
  4. Reed Krakoff

powdery

Powdery is the new nude! Pale blue, pale peach and pastel gray will be everywhere next season!

  1. Jason Wu
  2. Marchesa
  3. Narciso Rodriguez
  4. Tocca

shorts

The short suit has been around for a while now. But this Spring, forget about the blazer combo it’s more like a twinset.

  1. Alice + Olivia
  2. J. Mendel
  3. J. Crew
  4. Michael Kors

festival

For all of you, Coachella junkies, this season you’ll have a lot of garments to choose from. Festival fashion has gone from a style to a trend.

  1. Anna Sui
  2. Naeem Khan
  3. Donna Karan
  4. Rebecca Minkoff

slit

Spring 2014 will not only be about leg flashing, is all about thigh flashing!

  1. Altuzarra
  2. Ralph Rucci
  3. Rodarte
  4. Thakoon

cropped

We need to keep on crunching like crazy because cropped tops will be the strongest trend of Spring 2014.

  1. Rag & Bone
  2. Peter Som
  3. Narciso Rodriguez
  4. Jill Stuart

90sNobody saw this one coming but the nineties are back (all new and improved, of course)!

  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Rag & Bone
  3. DKNY
  4. Rodarte

oarty hem

Pretty hems with tons of volume, ladylike and beautiful!

  1. Cynthia Rowley
  2. DKNY
  3. Victoria Beckham
  4. Oscar de la Renta

surferBring on the neoprene, the zippers and the tropical florals, surf’s up this Spring!

  1. Tommy Hilfiger
  2. J. Crew
  3. Cynthia Rowley
  4. Calla

white

White trousers will be next season what leather pants are this Fall, a must-have!

  1. Calvin Klein
  2. Helmut Lang
  3. J. Crew
  4. Helmut Lang

sequins

Shiny disco ball? Hell, yeah!

  • Jason Wu
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs

sheer

Sheer panels are always in trend, but when you add some texture, you definitely get the peek-a-boo effect!

  1. Oscar de la Renta
  2. J. Mendel
  3. Jill Stuart
  4. Oscar de la Renta

pastels

Two Springs ago pastels were the strongest trend of the season, this Spring, they are back!

  1. Rebecca Minkoff
  2. Philosophy
  3. Alexander Wang
  4. Prabal Gurung

slip

Lingerie has been around for ages, but for Spring 2014, the slip will be your best friend!

  1. Jason Wu
  2. Thakoon
  3. Jill Stuart
  4. Tocca

wallpaper

Flowers are always very resourceful for Spring but for the coming season, we are really embracing wallflowers!

  1. Honor
  2. Marc Jacobs
  3. Tory Burch
  4. Oscar de la Renta

blue

Last season, it was all about the greens. This coming season, it’s all about the blues!

  1. Ralph Lauren
  2. Honor
  3. Jenny Packham
  4. Sachin + Babi

preppy

Tennis jumpers, pleated skirts, mod dresses and polo shirts, preppy is back!

  1. Alexander Wang
  2. Karen Walker
  3. Ralph Lauren
  4. Ruffian

citrus

I’ve never been a fan of citric shades, but it looks like I’m gonna have to start  liking them.

  1. Oscar de la Renta
  2. Costello Tagliapietra
  3. Ralph Lauren
  4. Lela Rose

golden

We all love gold and shiny clothes, so did the designers when thinking about next Spring!

  1. Altuzarra
  2. Creatures of the Wind
  3. Josie Natori
  4. Kate Spade

bikerBikers with nice and romantic dresses? Never say never until you give it a try!

  1. Jason Wu
  2. Ruffian
  3. Ralph Lauren
  4. Robert Rodriguez

What’s your favorite NYFW trend? I’m all about the slip, the powdery shades and of course, the pastels!

Sweet kisses…

llustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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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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