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The Off-duty White Dress

off-dutyI have been a big fan of mixing and matching for a  long time. I can’t even remember when it started but I like constructing my looks with many pieces, patterns and prints. I don’t find the thought of wearing a dress as a whole outfit very inspiring, in fact, I haven’t been wearing them for a while (except on weddings, if I could wear dressy shorts to a wedding and not look completely out of place, I would). But when Summer hits town, it’s a different story.  The Summer air makes me want to wear flowy and lightweight (so light they almost look sheer) dresses. The thought of me in a cotton, off-white mini number with a pair of gladiator flats and a camel-colored shoulder bag makes me want to go and wear that right now (even if it’s gray, cold and pouring outside).

The off-duty white dress is not a S/S 2014 trend, it’s a classic, a seasonal must-have, and a lifesaver. It’s a perfect garment when it comes to transforming your outfit from day to night. You can wear it as beach cover-up, as a casual day look for running errands (add some cute sandals, a tote and a pair of sunnies) and with some wedges or lace-up neutral sandals and boho jewelry, you can pull-off the perfect beach soiree or party outfit in a jiffy!

offdutyselThe great thing about this classic? You can find them in every store, in every style, length and fabric. Me? I prefer mine with textures, broderie anglaise, embroidery, lace and even crochet. The more details, the merrier the dress!

Got yours already?

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SPRING GROCERIES, part 2

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As promised, I am back with another one of our Spring Groceries posts, it’s the second from a three-part series. Dressing up casually or for an evening out is relatively easy. Almost every day, women ask themselves the same question: “What am I supposed to wear today?” And then comes the next statement: “I have absolutely nothing to wear (even though the closet is packed with clothes)”. Having your off-duty and on duty basics is what will save you from arriving late to dinner after you put on your entire closet and ended up with the first thing you tried on. They will save you from arriving late to work because your alarm didn’t go off and you didn’t have a last minute savior, the garment you know you can pair with almost anything and whip up a great look. This reasons are reasons enough for me to put together a Spring 2013 Off-duty, On duty basics. Check them out and cross out those you already have. Let’s begin!

on dutyDrinks with friends, a first date, a family dinner, a night out with the colleagues, our lives are filled with things to do and places to be. And there are times where those skinny jeans and your high-tops just won’t do. For a dressier occasion, there is always the basic garment you just can’t live without. Forget about the boring black blazer or the black stiletto pumps, this Spring  the “on duty” garments are more unexpected than expected:

  1. Warrior heels: They are sexy and they have that “good girl gone bad” vibe. Men love them and they have the power of sexing-up anything you are wearing. Brian Atwood is responsible for this two-toned beauties.
  2. Minimal culotte: With a sweatshirt, with a shirt and a blazer, with a tee, with a leather top, possibilities are endless. This pair is from Zara and is already a blogger favorite.
  3. The detailed button-down: Leave your white shirt for work or an off-duty day. When going out, printed, embroidered or embellished blouses are the way to go. Feeling a little edgy? Match them to crazy prints and killer heels. This beauty is from Marni.
  4. The black envelope: If you don’t have one already, start saving up! Black envelope clutches are perfect for when having to make a day outfit a little dressier for the night. Marni also made this black number.
  5. The evening slipper: How many times have you wanted to ditch the heels for a night but you don’t have another option that goes with your evening ensemble. A pair of embroidered slippers or leopard ones (Charlotte Olympia’s kittens are a dreamboat) will save your life and your outfit!
  6. The monochromatic trousers: Black and white is a classic that never goes out of style. This season, with the Beetlejuice stripes everywhere, options are endless. You can go for the whole Balmain style striped jeans or off-white trousers with black details.
  7. The new LBD: Forget about your tailored, simple frock. Go for a detailed one: textures, lace, ruffles, leather, your choice. Victoria Beckham is a master when it comes to reworking the famous LBD.
  8. The double-breasted waistcoat: Forget about the black blazer, each time you want to add a tailored piece to you ensemble, go for the waistcoat. Oh yeah, the vest is the new blazer. Waistcoat, Zara.
  9. Statement skirt: I like them flouncy, but you can go pencil, a-line or bodycon. Just pick a print that’s bold, but not flashy enough. Remember, basics are meant to go with everything. Skirt, Zara
  10. Naked black heels: There’s nothing sexier than pedicured feet (please, when wearing this, a pedicure, moisturizer and a good scrub is mandatory) in a pair of barely there heels. Have always a black pair with you, it will come in handy when you least expect it! Heels, Zara
  11. The evening bomber: Need to cover up for a windy Spring night? Leave your biker at home and switch to an evening bomber. Don’t think varsity, you can now find them in silk, lace, leather, even beautiful prints. This baby is from DKNY.

OFF DUTY

Dressing up for a casual day can be more difficult than it seems, save yourself the trouble and check this list. You should (ok, if you want to) have all this items inside your closet at all times, clean, ironed and ready to wear. You never know when you’ll need them!

  1. The army tee: Even if you are not keen on camo, this baby with a pair of cut-offs, some skinny jeans or even a leather skirt can be a total life saver. Tee, Current Elliot
  2. Casual ruffles: This is a boho chic skirt, but you can give it the twist you want with the right choice of top. A long sweater with some boots for a more relaxed and comfy style. A tee and some sneakers or a leather jacket for some edge?
  3. The denim shirt: Always a basic, always comes in handy and with the denim trend this season, even more so. This beauty is from Dsquared.
  4. The cool aviators: I’ve always been a Ray Ban kind of gal, but with all the designers embracing this shape, possibilities are endless. For a touch of glamour, go for gold frames.
  5. White and distressed: Blue jeans are not as exciting as white ones. Add some rough patches and a great fit, you’ve got a winning combo. You can wear them at night with a cool top, for the day with a tee and a bomber.
  6. The off-duty tunic: Days where you don’t want to think and pair garments happen to all of us. That’s when the off duty tunic comes in: throw a pair of flat gladiators, a messenger bag and a denim jacket and you are good to go! Tunic, Zara
  7. The gray pullover: Sweatshirts have take over the word thanks to the genius Nicolas Ghesquiere and a gray one is the one that has proved more resourceful.
  8. The beaded jacket: You might think of this baby as more of an evening garment, but trust me, a white tank and some distressed skinnies with some barely there flats is pure bliss. You’ll be comfy, you’ll be well dressed and you’ll survive the heat.
  9. The Becketts: They are the originals, and trust me, they are worth the splurge. Isabel Marant is to blame for this babies and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. If you wanna save up, look for an alternative, not a clone. Adidas high-tops are to die for and affordable. CLICK HERE to take a look.
  10. Camel lace-ups: Sexy, off-duty or on duty depending what you pair them with, perfect for Spring and Summer. With jeans, with a boho dress, with shorts, with everything! Really, go, buy them, NOW! This wonders are from Rebecca Minkoff.

There you go, more staples for your Spring closet! One more to go and we will move on to how to wear them!

Have a beautiful weekend,

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara

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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SPRING GROCERIES, part 1

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Spring has definitely Sprung! Trees are growing their leaves, flowers are blooming, my coats and boots are stored in boxes and my feet are pedicure ready for sandals and barely there heels. Prior to Sweet n’raw’s Fashion Week special, we began covering this season’s strongest trends: Emerald, the Beetlejuice stripes, the palate cleansers, the floral prints and more. But there’s one thing about trends, no everyone likes to follow them and they don’t suit everyone who attempts to wear them. That’s why I have made my grocery list (Ok, ok! Shopping list… if only grocery shopping was that fun), packed with all the items that one must own this Spring and Summer and classified into colors, patterns and prints and even occasions. Over the next few days, I will be showing you two parts of the list in one post (I don’t want to bore the socks out of you with endless images and texts that resemble a puberty diary) and then we will be moving on to another section: How to wear our recently purchased “groceries”. So get your note pad and star scribbling, and then the fun part, start crossing out the items you already have or have just bought! Ready?

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Prints and patterns are the best way to give that basic pair of pants the ultimate twist or to spice up an entire ensemble. This Spring, they are getting bolder and more fun than ever. Here’s the items you simply must have in your closet:

  1. The statement wedges: Whether you go for patterns, graphic or fabric prints, a flashy wedge sandal is a must this Spring. Charlotte Olympia and Zara have a great selection, but this Sergio Rossi pair took my breath away.
  2. Volume + stripes: Skirts with some structure always come in handy when creating playful looks, add some stripes (one of the biggest trends this season) and you have a winner. Skirt is from MSGM.
  3. Peplum with a twist: Last Fall, the peplum was everywhere! This Spring, it stuck around but with a new twist: colorful printed and textured. This fierce little number is from Preen.
  4. Tribal clutch: We all know and probably own tribal skirts and mini shorts, but how about some tribal arm candy? Zara has a bunch of options, including the one in the picture.
  5. Bold and flat: Long, pointy and flat is the new ballerina. Don’t discard them until you try them. This printed pair is from Zara.
  6. Head-turning trainers: Isabel Marant set them loose and we have loved and worshipped high-tops ever since then. Leave it to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to put some silk and prints into the already lovely equation.
  7. Wild jacquard: I have to blame Jenna Lyons for my jacquard pants obsession and thank the rest of the designers who followed. This Spring is not only about printed pants, it’s also about the texture. Pants, Kenzo.
  8. Show-stopping shift: With the digital print revolution, you don’t need to spend $3,000 on a Mary Katrantzou or Peter Pilotto (pictured) dress. A shift with a bold pattern is a life savior when the heat is unbearable: you’ll look cute and put together, but you’ll feel comfy and fresh.
  9. Pattern knits: Fall gave us graphic jumpers, Spring is giving us patterned ones. Ideal for when creating texture and print mash-ups. Jonathan Saunders (pictured) has a great selection.
  10. Shorty and spotty: A major staple and one that I can guarantee you’ll use over and over are a pair of leopard shorts.
  11. Red bright lips: It’s all about a bright, almost orange pucker this Spring.
  12. Colorful crochet: Bold colors and Missoni? What’s not to love?

love notesRomantic pieces are not only pretty but also useful. You can get playful with them, pair them up with unexpected pieces: a biker jacket perhaps, or some hardcore boots on a lacey dress. You can put together a girly and ladylike ensemble. This season you will need the following:

  1. Pastel wedges: Pink, powder blue, minty or lavender, you choose! Stella McCartney is responsible for this darling babies.
  2. Retro sunnies: Think ladies of Mad Men, maybe Jackie O if she is more your style. Stella is also responsible for this pair.
  3. Firty skirt: flouncy with volume and in a pretty color and fabric. It’s not only for dressing up but can also be worn off-duty with a sheer tank or a tee. This pink number is from Miu Miu.
  4. Ruffle top: Chloe did ruffles, so did Gucci and Balenciaga. And since the white Chloe shift is almost unreachable, a romantic ruffled blouse is the perfect substitute. Blouse, Chloe
  5. Vivid bikini: Zimmermann has the best shapes when it comes to swimwear, but also the best prints. They make the most vivid and romantic, almost retro floral prints and you, my friend, need to own one of their bikinis.
  6. Princess flats: I assume you already have your mirrored heels, but you definitely need your glittery and sparkly pair of flats. Perfect fo when you want to add a touch of bling to an off-duty look or when you want to ditch the heels for an evening and still look picture perfect.
  7. Floral pants: Choose your style: harem, tapered, skinny, capri or wide. This come from the extraordinary mind of J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons.
  8. Creamy & lacy: A dress, no matter the length or shape, no matter the sleeves or the neckline, in creamy lace will always come in handy when it comes to sunny weather. This piece of art is from Jesus del Pozo.
  9. The pretty clutch: Pretty colors and heavy embellishment make this kind of bag the perfect companion for an important event or a fancy dinner. Purse, Lanvin
  10. Cutie pie jumper: Last Fall, Graphic knits were all about mad dogs, growling tigers, fierce eagles. This Spring is all about deers, pretty birds, cute cats and darling doggies.
  11. Floral shorts: I don’t need to say anything more, you should know by now that this are a must. Peter Som makes this pink pair.
  12. Afternoon tea heels: I have named them that way for a reason: Think about the kind of shoes you would wear if invited to an afternoon tea party in a garden. Ankle straps, printed fabric, girly details. You can find this pair on Zara.

There you go, from the bold to the lovely. Are this items already inside your closet? If not, start looking! On tomorrow’s post I will give you the on duty and off-duty items, don’t miss it!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Topshop, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara

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Spring 2013 Trends: SPORT AUTHORITY

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Hello, hello my sweet readers! This is the fifth post from our Spring 2013 Trend Report and since we do need to cover the rest of the trends (if it were for me, I’d stick to candy shades, lace and floral print), today I have an edgier one: THE SPORTS AUTHORITY.

It’s been a while since the “sporty” look took over the fashion world and I’m definitely beginning to embrace it. But I have embraced sporty garments as separates (I really, really despise the white tee-joggers-spiked converse-bomber look some girls can’t seem to stop wearing) not as a total look: a bomber with a flirty dress, a mesh tee with a pair of tapered trousers or a pair of runners with a button-down and a blazer to get an the sport edge and a chic vibe as well. In fashion, when we say joggers, we don’t actually mean those Nike running pants. When we say runners, it’s not about those Adidas shorts with the inner brief. When we say cropped top, we are not talking about a sports bra (well, we could make an exception for Stella McCartney for Adidas, since most of the pieces can definitely be worn as daywear).

WHO DID IT?

  • DKNY / Alexander Wang / 3.1 Phillip Lim
  • Milly / Stella McCartney / Rag & Bone

Designers really have gone the extra mile by giving their garments that athletic, but always stylish touch. Joggers? They come in every color and fabric: emerald silk, pink crepe and the classic grey jersey. Runners? Leopard print and military style!

MUST-HAVE PIECES: A sporty skater dress (zip in the front screams athletic), a bunch of joggers (silk, crepe, jersey), they are lifesavers when wanting a casual but chic look, a bomber or two, or three (I’m a bomber lover and I will always be).

  1. splurge sportsSweatshirt, Saint Laurent
  2. Shorts, Sea NY
  3. Bomber, DKNY
  4. Sneakers, Comme des Garçons
  5. Top, Alexander Wang
  6. Dress, Alexander Wang
  7. Joggers, Marni
  8. Velcro heels, McQ
  9. Duffel bag, Alexander Wang
  10. High-top sneakers, Isabel Marant

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  1. Sweatshirt, Romwe
  2. Cropped top, Topshop
  3. Bomber, Topshop
  4. Shorts, Romwe
  5. Dress, Diesel
  6. Joggers, Topshop
  7. T-shirt, Topshop
  8. Heels, L.A.M.B.
  9. Bowling bag, J. Crew
  10. High-tops, ASH

What has been your favorite Spring trend so far? Sporty? Candy? Wallflower? Let me know! For more fashion and style tips, don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Style.com, Topshop, Polyvore, Farfetch, River Island, Target

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PFW COVERAGE: Tropical Boho

Happy Sunday, my sweet readers! We are just three posts away from wrapping the whole Fashion Week Coverage, it’s taken me a while to achieve that due to some major hiccups (no wi-fi connection qualifies as major drama. I cried, I really cried my eyes out several times). Anyway, even if it’s been a month since PFW came to an end and reviews and pictures have been posted ages ago, I hope you still enjoy my reviews and the spin I put on them. Today I have some major Paris shark. To be honest, almost everyone on the French line-up qualifies as a big shot. Here they are: Nina Ricci’s sensual romance, Chalayan’s fresh avant-garde, Lanvin’s power lady and the woman of every hour, Isabel Marant. Let’s start!

NINA RICCI

Leave it to Peter Copping to sex things up, in the classiest and prettiest way possible. Nina Ricci’s shows are always beyond delightful. It has to do with the romance, with the need of inserting hints of lingerie in almost every look, with the delicate and flowy fabrics, but above all, with the elegant and ladylike vibe the designer injects into his collections. It’s dressy, it’s chic but there’s always that sensual air, the right amount of sexy. For Spring 2013. The color palette can be divided in two groups: Sexy black, dramatic red, deep navy and flirty pink for the first half. A perfect blush and the most beautiful, oyster for the second. Copping’s signature silks ans sheers were cleverly paired up with some elements of bondage (a surprising turn, but one that definitely worked): delicate harnesses and fishnet tops. The bondage trend is buzzing right now and no and part of it thanks to the 50 Shades of Shit phenomenon (as you probably have guessed, I have some major issues with those books and I refuse, really refuse to read them).

Meticulous and beautifully crafted cardigans and knits were paired up with fringed skirts, shiny, gathered ones and even a polka dot sarong (a genius move, if you ask me). Copping presented a different side of the Nina Ricci woman, always keeping her femininity and poise, he toughened and roughed her up a notch and he did it a wonderful job. The last dresses, the ones with the layers that seemed petals, were poetic, the makeup was dramatic, the shoes were barely there (that detail added more sensuality to it all). It was alluring, it was enticing, it was pure, Ricci perfection. Among my top 5 for Spring 2013? Hell yeah!

CHALAYAN

Many collections from Spring 2013 have had a Fall feeling to them. Thank God Husein Chalayan didn’t get that memo (or better yet, ignored it). The avant-garde designer presented a Spring worthy of Spring: soft colors, lively prints, fresh fabrics and Summery accessories. All the looks had two things in common: sharp tailoring and structured shapes. Both elements together may result in a too serious collection but this was definitely not the case. The volume and boxes just added more flair and fun to Chalayan’s line. His signature, color panels and sheer were present, so were some major pleat and ruffle details.The Spring cocoon coat (a garment that Miuccia Prada loves so much) made its way on to the runway and so did the most interesting and colorful peplum (pictured far right). The accessories are worth mentioning:  slink-back booties! What’s not to love?

LANVIN

During his many years as the Creative Director for Lanvin, Alber Elbaz has worked hard on building a strong identity for the brand and the kind of woman he designs for. The Spring 2013 show opened with a series of black and sharply tailored numbers: tuxedo silhouettes, cut-out dresses with racy, thigh high slits and plunging necklines. The tuxedo, a constant trend in the fashion industry, was beautifully deconstructed by Elbaz. After the penguin extravaganza, the designer sent some serious party jumpsuits on the runway and his signature ruched, tight dresses. His creations were heavily embellished with crystals, which paired up with heavy accessories (Lanvin’s forte) resulted in lavish and opulent pieces (over-the-top for the “less is more” folks, but since we come from the country of “more is more”, hello disco jumpsuit).

After the serious tuxedos and the flashy ensembles, the show finale was all about jewel-toned, cocktail dresses. But they were not your usual ruffled, peplum-ed, shape-hugging Lanvin numbers. They were boxy and strangely shaped. Not really my cup of tea, nor my favorite part of the show. Moving on to the accessories, platforms with shimmery ankle straps, bomb-looking purses and a couple of statement necklace, always a must when it comes to Lanvin shows.

ROLAND MOURET

I have a thing for Roland Mouret lately, I just can’t help but be drawn to his collections. For his Spring 2013 show, he took us back to the 80’s. But it wasn’t the 80’s as we know them (Balmain had a more literal approach to this trend), he revisited them but made them his own. Colors were solid and basic and lines and shapes we sharp. Every garment was perfectly constructed: the blazers were on point, the trousers flattering to a woman’s silhouette and the skirts were sexy enough with asymmetrical splits. Folded tops accompanied Mouret’s gorgeous tapered pants and the leather ensemble? The star of the show.

ISABEL MARANT

She is faithful to her chic and nonchalant style. She knows her shapes, hems and silhouettes. Armed with this weapons, she manages to kill it every single time. The French designer has been on top of the PFW pyramid and show, after show, it’s clear why. For Spring 2013, Marant took her Parisian babe to a more tropical but always bohemian setting. The hemlines, as usual, were short enough. The trousers? A perfect fit. The mini shift dresses had prints and embellishment details.

Hawaiian prints with floral embroideries, paisley peplums and flowy tops with laces, bejeweled denim jackets and heavy detailed skirts were among the elements that were showcased on the runway. There were also ruffles, her signature low-rise pants (I won’t die without sporting a pair of her babies, even if I’m an 80 year old gal with a droopy bottom), leather accents and bejeweled pieces. The thing about her, not only does she manage to make everything effortlessly cool, she also makes her clothes fit like a pair of decadent gloves fit the hands.  For accessories, gladiator sandals, bejeweled ones and bangles, lots of them. It’s a boho trip to the beach for Miss Marant and we can’t thank her enough for that.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Fall and Winter don’t have to be all dark and somber. A bright coat is the ultimate staple this season, it can instantly add a fun twist to any ensemble. Why not pair it with pastels and neutrals for an eye-catching result. For accessories, more color and contrast to make it even more interesting.

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

Only two more! I swear, we are almost done! Have a lovely Sunday,

 

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, My Theresa, ysl, Polyvore, River Island

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NYFW COVERAGE: Get in line!

NYFW came to an end today, but since I’m no style.com (yet) I still have a few reviews in the oven. London will be kicking-off tomorrow, the Fashion destination that to me is the most interesting and eclectic of them all. Anyway, we are not going to take the spotlight away from New York. It was a fabulous opening for the coming season, unexpected and so different from Spring 2012. Long gone are the pastels and long gone is the romantic lace. Some collections even had a certain Fall feeling to it, others had Wintery coats. That’s the thing about New York, even though you are prepared to expect the unexpected, there’s always that extra element of surprise. Today I have for you Stacy Bendet’s unique glamour, Marc Jacobs and his Spring stripes, Reem Acra’s Tinseltown style, Mr. Theyskens chic nonchalance and a very Marant Sachin + Babi. Are you ready to rumble? I sure hope so!

ALICE + OLIVIA SPRING 2013

Do you follow Stacy Bendet on Instagram? I do, and all I can say is she is as fabulous as her clothes are. Alice + Olivia is not only beautiful but it has that certain uniqueness that not many brands have. Through the seasons, Bendet always puts that certain special something on her runway shows. They are not common catwalks, they are more like sets, they tell a story, they set the mood and the atmosphere. Spring 2013 was no exception, with a colorful and swirly canvas, she presented a total of 38 looks, all 1950’s inspired. Another interesting detail about her collections, they never have that expected continuance (that’s what makes them even more interesting). Cocktail dresses, flirty prints, ladylike shapes, and textures came together for a retro-fabulous result. No 50’s collection is complete without peplums and polka dots, and that’s exactly what we got! Cheers, Stacy!

MARC JACOBS SPRING 2013

I’m usually the ultimate Marc Jacobs fan, when he does Vuitton my heart stops for a second. For this collection, I wanted to see a more cheerier Marc (the LV pastel collection really hit me hard and I have not been able to forget it), but it wasn’t that cheery at all. It was all about lines, thick vertical ones, t-shirts (with no pants), cropped blouses (big trend) and jumpsuits. The color palette included white, crimson, beige and red. Textures included leather, sequins, sheer fabrics and lingerie.

The highlight of the show, the red dress gone t-shirt (or viceversa) with the collar ruffles and the beige midi dress on Miss Cara Delevigne (NYFW hottest model). Our least favorite part, the maxi dress with the brown stripes and shoulder cut-outs. As for the shoes, welcome to pointy, flat land (we are kind of liking it down here).

REEM ACRA SPRING 2013

I think it’s safe to say that Reem Acra has a thing for shiny catwalks, Fall 2012 was a flashy red, Spring 2013 a bright blue. Personally, I think it has to do with how it contrasts with Acra’s Hollywood glam collections. As expected, the last looks from the show wear all red carpet-ready gowns. No one can deny they were beautiful (and you’ll probably see one or two when award season comes next January), but it was the first part that was more interesting. It all started out with clean and ladylike silhouettes. Tailored, fitted, mid-length dresses (think Victoria Beckham’s dress of choice) appeared on the runway in white, turquoise, an eye-catching, fire red. Then it all loosened up, pleats, sheer details and panels and silk, lots of beautiful silk work.

THEYSKENS’ THEORY SPRING 2013

If someone can pull-off a Spring gone Winter collection is Oliver Theyskens. He doesn’t follow suit, he doesn’t follow trends and he always succeeds on not doing what everyone else does. As always, he presented us with a neutral and dark color palette. Each look tailored and cut to perfection, each look simple but flawless, each look so different from the other. Sophisticated like never before, Oliver went from smart bermudas paired with matching, oversize shirts to pantsuits, shifts and yes, wool garments. The highlight of the show, the sheer skirt suit, peplum included.

SACHIN + BABI SPRING 2013

Think of this collection as a more ethnic Isabel Marant. The tight jeans, the simple tanks and the cropped embellished jackets combo has that cool chick vibe with hints of indie. The three tier skirt from the opening has to be one of the most ethereal garments ever made. The idea of pairing it up with a jacket and a bikini top may seem tacky in our minds, but on that runway, not only did it work, it was fabulous. Embroidery, military accents, cropped jackets, sheer garments, volume, matching pants and more were among the elements that made the Sachin + Babi collection as dreamy as a dream could get.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Isabel Marant has the Midas touch, and trust me on this one: Western shirts with embroidery are about to become the next, big thing for Fall. I had to do a look with the blouse as the star. The leopard thing? In my mind just seemed right and I’m pretty sure that with the pastel skinnies the result is mind-blowing.

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

That’s a wrap! Tomorrow we will have more from NYFW and start your LFW engines because the madness begins tomorrow! Have a great day!

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Isabel Marant, Net-a-porter, Rebecca Minkoff, Nars
 

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Sweet’n’Raw’s Spring Shopping Guide: SHORTS

April’s here and it seems time is flying by so fast, my sweet readers! That’s why I need to move my butt and be done with this guide before Summer kicks Spring out. Today I’m gonna be giving you shorts! I have been completely in love with this garment for a few seasons now, up to the point that my beloved skirts have officially been replaced. Whether you find them with sequins, scarf print, crocheted or floral, possibilities are endless. Sweet’n’Raw has prepared a list of the ones that should be inside your closet for the season.

You can take them to the beach, you can wear them with a blazer, a blouse and some heels for a dressier look. You can even pair them up with a tank top or a denim shirt and some sneakers for a more laid-back one. You won’t regret this purchase, you will wear this babies out this Spring!

  • Pull & Bear
  • Band of Outsiders
  • H&M
  • Valentino

D&G had us drooling with their scarf-inspired collection for Spring, now it’s time for us to take that trend and make it ours. From high-end designers to affordable retailers like Zara or TOPSHOP, a pair of colorful, scarf, smart shorts are definitely the way to go.

  • D&G
  • Thakoon
  • TOPSHOP
  • River Island

Everywhere you look, you’ll find pastels this season. Powdery and sugary shorts are a must in your closet. Lilac cut-offs for a casual Saturday, tailored, pale pink ones for a brunch or high-waisted mint hotpants for a night out, you choose! Just run out the door and get your pair right away!

  • Victoria Beckham
  • River Island
  • TOPSHOP
  • TOPSHOP

I have previously professed my love for all things shiny and glittery, and when they come in the form of short shorts, it’s love at first sight. I love wearing sequins with day outfits, it’s much more fun and much more daring. Try it out, wear this shorts with a light, graphic jumper and some sneakers, with a tank top and some sandals, even if you go to the beach, match a solid, crisp white bikini top with a silver sequined denim pair.

  • IRO Beatriz
  • Nonoo
  • TOPSHOP
  • TOPSHOP

I’m a sucker for leopard and so are you, I hope. Animal prints are a fun way to spice up your outfits and to get a serious head-turning effect. I have always loved to mix python print with soft and creamy colors, whereas leopard can be put together with neons, neutrals or brights! Dare to make a wild statement this Spring with a pair of leopard or snakeskin beauties.

  • Michael Kors
  • Unknown
  • Isabel Marant
  • TOPSHOP

Spring loves flowers and flowers love Spring! And guess what? We love flowers! If you haven’t bought your pair of floral shorts, I recommend you buy a pair of pleated and high-waisted shorts and some printed denim ones. Another advice: mash them up with other prints and textures!

  • TOPSHOP
  • D&G
  • River Island
  • Current/Elliot

Well, if you dream about going out in your pajamas, now’s the time! With a pair of silk bloomers, printed or solid, you can even go clubbing in your “pajamas”. Look for the style, shape and color that most flatters your figure and skin. I like them with drawstrings and graphic prints, how about you?

  • Marni for H&M
  • Erdem
  • TOPSHOP
  • THU THU

Start making your list, so you can cross out those you already have. Happy shopping!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
All texts and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post them 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.

BALMAIN

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,

VIONNET

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.

ISABEL MARANT

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!

STELLA McCARTNEY

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!

CHLOÉ

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…

LOOK OF THE DAY

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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PFW LINE-UP, LITERATURE STYLE

Time for the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, time for lovely Paris. After three long and exciting weeks of runway madness, we still have seven beautiful days to enjoy what the prettiest city in Europe has to offer. The schedule is busy, the list is long, the names are powerful and I am sure that our expectations will certainly be  surpassed. Remeber my NYFW line-up post, that little game I played with baseball terms and designers? Well, for Paris I had to come up with a more cultural theme. After a long discussion with my sister, the one with the Literature degree, the one that calls my Chick Lit trash, this is what I came up with.

You don’t have to love Kafka, but I bet you sure know who he is. He was and still is one of the most powerful authors of all times. This six brands are to fashion what Kafka is to Literature. What we can expect from their shows: la creme de la creme, a killer front row, a jaw-dropping set and an impressive model line-up.

  • LOUIS VUITTON, Wednesday 7th
  • GIVENCHY, Sunday 4th
  • CHANEL, Tuesday 6th
  • LANVIN, Friday 2nd
  • BALMAIN, Thursday 1st
  • HERMES, Sunday 4th

They are the ones that always bring the romance, the flowers, the lace and the sheer to PFW. From Valentino´s long sleeved and flowy gowns and Nina Ricci’s lingerie inspired collections, to Elie Saab’s dreamy fabrics, their creations seem to really come out from a Jane Austen novel.

  • VALENTINO, Tuesday 6th
  • NINA RICCI, Thursday 1st
  • GIAMBATTISTA VALLI, Monday 5th
  • ELIE SAAB, Wednesday 7th
  • CHRISTIAN DIOR, Friday 2nd
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT, Monday 5th

Just like Oscar Wilde’s interesting personality, this group of designers not only bring their genius to the table, but also their  strong minded creations. Collections filled with drama and eccentricity, always make powerful statements on PFW. Like Mr. Wilde, they sure know how to draw attention to themselves in the purest form of art.

  • VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, Saturday 3rd
  • JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, Saturday 3rd
  • VIKTOR & ROLF, Saturday 3rd
  • JOHN GALLIANO, Sunday 4th
  • ALEXANDER McQUEEN, Tuesday 6th

Chick lit may not be considered classic literature, but it is what most of us girls like to read right now. And this six designers are what us girls are wearing right now or dream of it anyway. From Stella’s stellar collections, to Isabel Marant’s chic nonchalance, thanks to this brands and like a Sex and the City episode, the street has become our concrete catwalk.

  • STELLA McCARTNEY, Monday 5th
  • MIU MIU, Wednesday 7th
  • CARVEN, Thurday 1st
  • CHLOÉ, Monday 5th
  • CELINE, Sunday 4th
  • ISABEL MARANT, Friday 2nd

They put the d in dark and the t in twisted. These shows, like Mr. Poe’s stories and poems, are always on the mysterious and macabre side. Many of their looks may not be wearable (not even Anna dello Russo wearable), but they sure are beautiful works of art and construction.

  • GARETH PUGH, Wednesday 29th
  • ANNE DEMEULEMEESTER, Thursday 1st
  • YOHJI YAMAMOTO, Friday 2nd
  • MUGLER, Wednesday 29th
  • COMME DES GARÇONS, Saturday 3rd

And last but not least, this group is the Andre Breton of fashion (an expert when it came to breaking traditional shapes and transforming them into new ones). They are not afraid to try new materials and shapes. They always manage to do the unexpected. If you want novelty, innovation and genius, this are the ones to watch.

  • MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, Friday 2nd
  • HAIDER ACKERMANN, Saturday 3rd
  • BALENCIAGA, Thursday 1st
  • JUNYA WATANABE, Saturday 3rd
  • CHALAYAN, Friday 2nd
  • DRIES VAN NOTEN, Wednesday 29th

Now you know what to expect and when to expect it! PFW is just getting started and I’m sure some amazing creations are ready and waiting to walk the Paris runways.

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofía Alanis
Photos: style.com

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

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PFW Coverage: Haider is dark and Alber goes sharp

Ahoy mate!

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

HAIDER ACKERMANN S/S 2012

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

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

GIVENCHY S/S 2012

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

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

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI S/S 2012

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

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

LANVIN S/S 2012

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

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

ISABEL MARANT S/S 2012

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

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

MIU MIU S/S 2012

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

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

LOOK OF THE DAY

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

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

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

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

Sweet kisses and lots of love!

Photos: style.com
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
All texts are written by me. PLAGIARISM is not cool…

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