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SWEET TROUBLE: Frogs for Louboutins

Hello, hello my sweet readers! I am back after a short and much needed break. After the Fashion Week coverage, I fell into what I like to call “a blogger’s content crisis”. I had been putting so much focus on the styling part and on the runway reviews, that I eventually felt like I fell into a rut (a deep one). Part of succeeding as a blogger and keeping the readers interested is being able to surprise them now and then. When you are doing too much of the same, they might get bored and stop visiting. Since I value each and every one of you, I am mixing things up (as much as I love trends and new styles, I have many, many other ticks up my sleeve). One thing I’ve been wanting to do for so long but never really found the time until now, is an illustration series. About fashion? Yes. About trends and styling? Not this time. So from my brain and pencil to your eyes, the first sketch from the “Sweet Trouble” series: Frogs for Louboutins

If only frogs, after the kiss, turned into Louboutins…. When it comes to happily ever after, shoes beat prince (every single time).

Sweet kisses…

Illustration: Ana Sofia Alanis

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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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 14

Another week, another article for Everybody is Ugly. As a Fashion News Editor for Chictopia, I am given four themes a month. It’s always exciting to find out what I’m going to be writing about, I love doing my research, my illustrations and preparing my images. The best part of it all? Seeing my article published on their site and recieving all the marvelous feedback from the lovely readers. Most of the time, comments are positive, people share the pieces on Facebook and Twitter. What’s hard to stomach at first is the negativity, not because one can’t take a critique but because people are usually vicious and mean when commenting. I’m all about freedom of speech but I’m also about respecting other people’s work. Anyway, before I embark in a “love and respect” manifesto, here it is, this week’s article:

Neon: 5 NEW Ways To Wear The Bright Color Trend

Raise your hands if you got so excited by neon that you ended up buying a little too many electric hued garments. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. When the fashion world falls in love with a trend, they end up bombarding us with it until the next season arrives. Remember how you used to love Prada’s stripes from Spring 2011? Remember how you didn’t love them as much once they had been photographed a zillion times? That’s kind of what happened with neon. But before you press the panic button and throw all your neon pieces away (only Anna dello Russo could throw clothes away, and she doesn’t—she collects them!) or store it until the summer sun gets to shine again, there’s always a seasonal solution.

Neon was one of the strongest trends last spring, along with florals and pastel shades. From blazers and skirts to statement necklaces and heels, florescent colors dominated the season. Maybe that’s why every time we open our closets, we feel like we’ve been blinded by bright neon lights.

That hot pink satchel won’t have to wait until spring to be worn again, that Acne sweater that’s tired of being worn can easily be adapted to fall and even those platform sandals can have a wintery future. All you need is a little creativity and an open mind! Here are ideas on how to inject neon in that cold weather wardrobe of yours…of course, without looking like you are a season too late!

With Knits
As seen at: Kenzo Spring 2013

Forget about neon color-blocking, forget about neon with black (a little 80’s, if you ask us). This season, neon has taken the “matchy matchy” route. Now, we don’t want you looking like a giant popsicle. It’s all about blending some colorful bottoms with one of this season’s strongest trends: graphic knitwear. The trick? Choosing a jumper with a fun and interesting pattern but on color similar to the trousers. It’s an original and eye-catching idea that will also cheer up your mood on a grey, cold, rainy and gloomy day. It’s bright, it’s comfortable, it’s warm and it’s dressy. It doesn’t get better than that!

The selection:
1. Pink pants, Preen
Rose jumper, Romwe
2. Cropped jumper, Stella McCartney
Blue pants, Mango
3. Structured shorts, Harvey Nichols
Leaf sweater, Preen

You Can Still Wear Neon Jewelry
As seen at: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 street style

It may not be new and yes, it has been done. But also, you can’t deny how good it looks. The statement necklace over a printed blouse is a perfect way to change up an outfit and give the top a different twist: from “casual office day” to “happy hour ready” in seconds. Don’t stash away that neon, chunky necklace from Zara just yet. Don’t throw that chiffon, floral blouse inside your “open until Spring” drawer. Pair them up with a fluffy cashmere jumper and throw your favorite coat over. Want a challenge? Layer the necklace over a print and then, over another print. Fall and Winter don’t have to be all dark and somber!

The selection:
1. Leopard blouse, Malene Birger
Necklace, New Look
2. Baroque blouse, Stella McCartney
Necklace, Sass & Bide
3. Scarf print blouse, Versace
Necklace, Topshop
4. Leaf print blouse, Aminaka Wilmont
Necklace, Sheinside

With Neutrals:
As seen at: Roksanda Ilincic

Neons are strong colors, bound to get some heads turning your way. But when feeling not so flashy, a bunch or neutrals is all we need. When pairing neutral colors together, the result is always chic and somewhat ethereal. But a killer look is not a killer look without a fun twist and a pop of color always does the trick. Pick your flashy garment, we like pink, but yellow also looks surprisingly good with neutrals. For the rest, you can go monochromatic or color-block with shades like tan, peach, blush, cream or white. The more layering you do, the cooler it will look.

The selection:
1. Trench coat, Sheinside
2. Silk shirt, Equipment
3. Pink jumper, J. Crew
4. Ankle boots, Acne
5. Jeans, Rag & Bone

The Flashy Coat
As seen on: Viviana Volpicella PFW Spring 2013

Over the years, Winter coats have suffered all kinds of transformations: prints, ruffles, pastel colors, lace, jacquard and more. After a neon-crazy Spring, designers just couldn’t close the door on the brights. That’s why the gave us the neon coat. What better way to pump up your look than with flashy and colorful outerwear (even more when you know your fabulous look is kept under wraps because of the cold). Whether you go for a wool and boxy coat, the classic, two-button alternative or a hot pink parka, don’t miss out on this colorful Winter.

The selection:
1. Blue coat, Stella McCartney
2. Pink coat, Balenciaga
3. Yellow coat, MSGM

Accents

Accessories are always a constant and that neon clutch has definitely become a staple inside every woman’s wardrobe. The hot pink satchel? A great way to color a casual ensemble. The electric jewelry? We just can’t live without it and can’t stop wearing it. The tip? When you want to add a touch of edge or a pinch of happiness to your looks, think neon (pastel will also do the trick).

The selection:
1. Clutch, Acne
2. High-tops, Asos
3. Bracelet, Dannijo
4. Satchel, Modcloth
5. Earrings, Shourouk
6. Boots, Casadei

Trends are mere options that designers offer to us each season. It’s not about following, it’s about taking what you like and making it your own. It’s about being able to mix past trends with current ones, the old with the new, the colorful with the mute. But above all, it’s about having fun with it. Winter-up your neons!

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 13

Happy Thursday, my sweet readers! It’s almost Friday and as the days get colder, my posts are getting more wintery. As you already know, I have been contributing as a Fashion News Editor for Chictopia’s blog, Everbody is Ugly. They publish about four of my articles (with illustrations) each month and I couldn’t be happier. Being able to collaborate with important fashion sites is definitely a way to get your name out there, to show the world what you can do and to get more readers and blog visitors. My advice? When you have the chance, don’t waste it and just take it!

For my latest piece, I wrote about knitwear essentials. Knitwear is a staple for the cold season and with so many trends to choose from, it’s good to know your sweaters. I prepared a guide of the seven items you should invest on this Winter. Let’s start!

Serious Sweater Weather: All The Sweaters You’ll Ever Need For The Rest Of 2012

Winter is slowly moving in— as temperatures begin to drop, trees stand almost bare and “just a jacket” just won’t do anymore. It’s time to dust off those coats, wrap around those scarves and start playing the chicest winter game of them all: layering. One of the things we gotta love about colder weather is that we get to take out our comfy and fluffy knits out to play. Knitwear always has an important role on the runways, even on the spring ones. With designers trying to innovate in almost everything, sweaters are constantly reinvented and reshaped, and new threads and combinations always emerge.

There was a time when the black v-neck jumper was all you needed. Today, a girl can never have too many sweaters: basics, vests, blanket wraps, varsity cardigans, the cable-knit range, the shaggy number, the oversized one, the sheer and asymmetrical, the printed, the embroidered, the neon, the pastel and this list, with each season, keeps on growing and growing. So make more space in that sweater drawer of yours, because we have a whole lot of trendy and seasonal knitwear that you will be needing and will never regret buying!

The Graphic Jumper
→ As seen at: Preen

We are in the presence of one of the strongest trends from the Fall 2012 runways (along with Oxblood, White, Leather on Leather and Baroque). The Graphic Jumper was seen in almost every show during Fashion Week (we are still hoping to get our hands on Joseph Altuzarra’s horse printed sweaters), and with each designer giving it their own interpretation we can now choose between flowers, geometric shapes, wild animals, cute animals, hearts, stars and more. And while solid knits always come in handy, printed ones are much more fun to wear.

THE LOOK: A graphic sweater is already a statement piece by itself, but that doesn’t mean one has to keep it simple. Playing with prints and textures can result in a fabulous and eye-catching ensemble. A leopard print and flower jumper, a pair of teal leather pants and polka dot pumps may seem a bit too much, but when putting all the pieces together, it definitely works.

1. Eagle print, Topshop
2. Baroque print, River Island
3. Horse print, Altuzarra
4. Floral print, Dolce & Gabbana

The Cardi-coat
→ As seen at: Topshop Unique

On Winter, the coat is the new dress (since the rest of our clothes are stuck underneath it, for no one to see them). That is why investing on a few different options is always a good idea. A classic black coat is a must, the camel robe is just as important and this season, it’s all about military, white and pink. Another alternative and always a more economic one (unless you get the Loro Piana, floor-length, cashmere version), is the cardi-coat: a cardigan shaped as a coat. This particular garment is great for layering, you can even put an actual wool coat on it. It may not be as heavy as a coat, but we can guarantee that it’s just as warm.

THE LOOK: A cardi-coat is a great alternative to your usual black jacket. Pair it with a pair of smart shorts and a solid, sweatshirt for more coverage. If the weather allows it, it’s not too late for some leg-flashing. If it gets a bit chilly, a pair of sheer tights will do. The cute factor? A wool boater, we suggest you buy one in Oxblood. This season, the more Oxblood items, the merrier.

1. Printed cardigan, Antik Batik
2. Taupe wrap, Mason by Michelle Mason
3. Fluffy knit, Antik Batik

The Dressy Sweatshirt
→ As seen at: Kenzo

A couple of seasons ago, the sweatshirt got the fashion treatment. Bye, bye unflattering, GAP hoodie (ok, see you at night, when we change into our pajamas) and hello embellished, printed and shapely Kenzo baby. Sweatshirts are no longer “just got out of the gym” garments. Everyone, from Balmain to Zara, is carrying their own dressy version. Whether you pair them with some skinny jeans and ankle boots, or with a pencil skirt and some slingbacks, sweatshirts are a must-have for Fall. They are fun and easy to wear, but above all, versatile. Our advice: buy a bunch of them, you’ll thank us later.

THE LOOK: Kenzo made us crave the tiger sweatshirt, thank God retail followed! We paired it up with a pair of crossover shorts and an embellished bomber to complement the print. For and edgy bu always chic vibe, ankle booties are all you need.

1. Studded sweatshirt, Topshop
2. Peacock sweatshirt, Proenza Schouler
3. Leather sleeves, French Connection
4. Horse sweatshirt, Topshop

The Fair Isle Sweater
→ As seen at: Ralph Lauren

Who knew that what we once called “The Uncle Sweater” could look this fabulous? It was the sweater you refused to wear, but had to wear around Christmas because it was a gift from Granny. And the sweater you know regret throwing out because you could be wearing it right now. Thanks to Ralph Lauren and his Downton Abbey-inspired runway show, Fair Isle has never looked so good. You can pair it with some jacquard trousers and oxford shoes for a classic look. You can wear it with smart shorts and a jacket or even under a parka. Your choice!

1. Kenzo
2. A Wear
3. Topshop

Cropped Cable-knit
→ As seen at: Rodarte

If you are a sweater lover, you know there’s nothing better than chunky cable-knit. From the long cardigan to the classic, cream jumper, we have all sorts of shapes and lengths inside our closets. For this Winter, there’s nothing better to go with those tight, leather trousers and lace-up booties than a cropped, cable-knit sweater. Rodarte had a retro take on it, Oscar de la Renta a more classic one and Isabel Marant, well Isabel put her usual signature swag on it. Remeber, if Isabel Marant said it, we might as well buy it!

1. Kenzo
2. Isabel Marant
3. Rag & Bone

Ladylike Knits
→ As seen at: Oscar de la Renta

Lace, bows, ribbons, flowers and chiffon, the lady trend has been around for seasons now. And what’s not to love about that? For Fall 2012, designers made the lady a wintery one: from Oscar de la Renta’s opulent princess to Dolce & Gabbana’s Baroque queen. You too can add a touch of ladylike to your ensembles with some pretty, pretty knitwear: embellished collars, rhinestones, metallic textures, lace inserts, embroidered patterns or floral prints.

1. Tory Burch
2. Miu Miu
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim

The Combined Cardigan
→ As seen at: Creatures of the Wind

A sweater with a twist? This season, two-tone jumpers and combined cardigans are everywhere. Whether you go for wool and leather, or wool and lamé (that Rochas number is a dreamboat), you won’t regret buying one of this styles. Another great ingredient for layering. Wear a black, leather one underneath an oversize bomber. Throw in a pair of oxblood skinny jeans, some ankle boots and fingerless gloves for a fun twist.

1. Topshop
2. Rochas
3. Marni

Have these sweaters made it on to your must-have list? We sure hope so!

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis

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PFW COVERAGE: Raffia Couture

Finally Friday, my sweet readers! Here in Italy, we are having a long, long weekend but a blogger’s duties never stop! Here I am with the first post about PFW and the 13th from our coverage series. We are almost done, I swear. I can’t wait to wrap this up and post more fabulous trends and wintery outfits. In the meantime, Paris is always a good idea! To open up the French reviews, we have an impressive line-up (who am I kidding, all the shows from Paris are nothing but stellar). For you, this Friday, Rochas eternal romance, Balenciaga’s innovative shapes, Dries Van Noten’s beautiful mash-up, Carven’s Parisian swag and last, but not least, Balmain’s raffia couture. Are you ready to rumble?

ROCHAS

Rochas and its ethereal aesthetics have always been among my favorite from the Paris bunch. Not only because of the beautiful prints, but because I’m all about brands with a romantic vibe. For Spring 2012, it was a lavender heaven with touches of French grey, Raspberry and White. The collection had a retro chic feel to it, but there was also something sporty about it. Marco Zanini presented a large range of shapes and cuts: Double-breasted jackets intended as dresses, sheer and flowy maxi-skirts, hot pants + bralet ensembles, hourglass dresses with midi lengths. The polo shirts (biggest trend so far in the neckline department). One of the highlights? He played matchy, matchy and it worked beautifully. As for the accessories, round sunnies, head wraps and white, sock-like shoes.

BALENCIAGA

There’s no doubt that Nicolas Ghesquiere has the x-factor when it comes to innovative skills. Season after season, the designer has always had raving reviews and while Balenciaga’s shapes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, he always manages to get all heads turning his way. For Spring 2013, he may have toned down the sharpness a notch. The shapes were beautiful and architectural, but not as boxy and structured. For the first half of the show, Ghesquiere built some dramatic ruffles into skirts and dresses (hello, gorgeous peplum). Then came the volume skirts with the asymmetrical pleats. Pairing them up with simple, knitted cropped tops was beyond genius. The skin flashing matched beautifully the almost neutral color palette.

For the second part of the show, he entered the “tweed” zone with simple mini skirts and his interpretation of the ladylike jacket. For the tops, he kept it cropped and the hemlines, he kept those short and sexy enough (an unsual thing for Balenciaga). As for the finale, those meticulous, laser-cut, detailed dresses were the cherry on top of that French cake. As for the footwear, always a highlight, low-cut booties in burgundy, cream and black. The front row? Overall, lovely and easier to wear than usual.

DRIES VAN NOTEN

This collection has to be dubbed the queen of all mash-ups. Dries Van Noten really hit the ball ot of the park this Fashion Week. A collection so complex and so visually appealing at the same time: the colors, the shapes, the textures, the tailoring, a lot of fabulous things to take in on one runway show. It was grungy, but it was so damn chic. The plaid tops (in different colors and shapes) blended in to perfection with the floral prints and embellishments. There was a touch of sheer and sexy, some velvet here and there and even some ladylike, retro dresses. The best part of the show? The beautifully crafted, rosette skirts (particularly the one with the pastel shades). As for the shoes, pumps galore: metallic, printed, with laces, with cutouts, you name it!

BALMAIN

When Christophe Decarnin’s departure was announced, everyone grieved. When Olivier Rousteing was appointed Creative Director, some eyebrows were raised. Could the really young apprentice take on such a big responsibility? After this show (and last season’s runway), the answer is abso-effin’-lutely. The designer has done a wonderful job so far, keeping the cool chick vibe Decarnin built but also taking it to a whole new level. Remember the signature, fitted jacket? Olivier has turned it into a boxier and sharper one. The leg-flashing mini dresses? He has made them his own with unique textures (hello, raffia) and beautiful tailoring. He had made clear why a top costs so much, there’s just a lot of work in them, a work of art.

His references were clear: the 80’s all the way. Big shoulders, cropped tops, big, high-waist trousers, black & white stripes and leather skirts. The star of the show? The pale blue, yellow and cream woven number (that’s going to be more photographed than Prada’s striped dress from Spring 2011). The accesories were also detailed and woven, peep-toe booties, statement belts and sharp pumps. Hands down, a stunning collection. If this beautiful man (because he is not only talented, but also gorgeous) keeps doing what he is doing, Balmain will remain on top (where his teacher Christophe left it).

CARVEN

What’s not to love about Guillaume Henry’s Parisian ladies. Season after season, he delivers chic and wearable clothes that we can’t help but drool after. For his Spring 2012 show, he presented a bunch of beautifully tailored and feminine pieces. Almost every ensemble was accompanied by cute and classic collars. Some of the dresses presented chest cutouts, the tops were cropped (mini jumpers never looked so good), skirts were perforated and there was Toilè. Yes, you heard me, Toilè. Pardon my excitement, but as a serial Francophile, this is really my cup of tea. It was another French delight from Carven, thank God for Carven!

LOOK OF THE DAY

Mixing florals and leopard print is always an interesting option. For a French twist, the jumper over a dress with a volume skirt and ankle-strap shoes. For accessories, the golden treatment!

1. Leopard Jacket, DKNY
2. Floral jumper, Dolce & Gabbana
3. Black dress, MAJE
4. Black wedges, ZARA
5. Pelican bag, ALEXANDER WANG
6. Black bangle, KATE SPADE
7. Leopard bangle, J. CREW
8. Ring pack, ASOS
9. Infusion prune nail polish, LANCOME

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

There you go, first five from Paris are up! It’s Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend?

Sweet kisses…

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

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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MFW COVERAGE: A wild and romantic ride…

I’m working at full speed here, after two weeks of forced absence (I’m still blaming you, stupid Fastweb). his is our third and last post from MFW and then my favorite part begins, Paris in its full glory. Milan has always been considered the glamour part of Fashion Week. Well-known and almost historic designers, not much innovation, but a lot of glitz. Making it in Milan as a newcomer is almost impossible, the line-up is already defined and there is not much room for that to change (that is until Donatella and Roberto decide to retire to their seaside mansions ). Agreeing with legendary Suzy Menkes, when the rest of the fashion world is in the middle of a digital revolution, you really need to step away from your traditional Italian style and step your the game. In a city where talent flows as a river does, that shouldn’t be a problem. Just give the young and unknown a chance.

EMILIO PUCCI

China was one of the major trends this Fall, Jason Wu and Proenza Schouler both did it and made it look damn good. For Spring 2013, Peter Dundas took us there again, but it wasn’t like Wu’s dynasty soldiers or PS’s chic Samurai. It was the year of the dragon, the sexy dragon that is. We are used to Pucci’s sensual ways, always in the form of bohemian styles and colorful prints, cut-outs and sheer panels. This year, they were all present but in a more subtle way. The color palette was unexpected: white, mint, cobalt, red and black. The fabrics were shiny and soft and the embroideries nothing but exquisite.

The show started out with white and beautifully layered ensembles. The sheerness was evident but at the same time so delicate and beautiful. That’s where we spotted the first oversize bomber, a garment so fresh and so crisp, ideal for Spring (here’s hoping that Zara will make a bunch of these, so I can buy’em all). Dundas rendition of the kimono was sexy and rad at the same time (God, this man really has some serious swag going on). Underneath his seasonal outerwear (my highlight of his collection), signature Pucci was all over the place: sheer inserts, skintight shapes, long and sexy dresses and printed silks. Accessories? It was all about the straps.

MARNI

A common mortal may not even realize Marni and its fabulousness has been around for ages. For a style savant, Marni’s show is one of the highlights of the whole fashion month. Best-known for the pretty,  geometric prints and nonchalant shapes, this season it was all about volume and structure. The show started out with a series of Marni printed looks, then there was the leather touch, then it went minimal with a pinch of Jacquard. The color palette was vast and the tailoring was right on point. As for her version of the peplum, dramatic and bold but that didn’t make it less beautiful. For the shoes, it’s ankle-strap also for Consuelo Castiglioni. We better start lunging and getting those pins ankle-strap ready.

ROBERTO CAVALLI

When it comes to Cavalli shows, I breathe in, breathe out and brace myself for some wild and over-the-top fashion. May I say that his Spring 2013 show (the first half at least), it was a candy feast to the eye. We are used to leather overdose and fringe and leopard print galore, this time it was not (thankfully). It was a wild and romantic ride: lace slipdresses, silk maxi ones with lovely prints, perforated leather paired up with feminine, eyelet blouses and the printed peachy suit combo? Whether you wear the total look or each piece as a separate, it was pure poetry.

The last half of the show, was more for Cavalli’s panther women (his regular clientele). Black lace, black leather, laced-up garments, feathers and leopard, plunging necklines and sheer, cheek-baring dresses. The shoes were barely there sandals (as if sexy wasn’t sexy enough). Overall, a pleasant surprise! Hey Roberto, we kinda love this softer side of you, keep it up!

GIANFRANCO FERRÉ

Delightful would be an understatement… For Spring 2013, it was all about the tailoring and the shapes, hence the minimal vibe: from the color palette (white, beige and black with a touch of creamy snakeskin) to the choice of shoes (double strap, barely-there sandals). The hems were short enough, the necklines were plunging and lines were as clean as clean can get. Folded bottoms, another one of the strongest trends for the next season, were also present (that python skirt has to be mine) and so were smart, textured shorts. Waist belts played a really important part and accentuated beautifully the already chic silhouettes.

VERSACE

When the first look cam out, all I could think was, I can really see myself in that little number and if the entire collection keeps on going like this, it’s bound to be a hit. Sadly, the collection didn’t keep the rhythm I hoped.  THE GOOD: The first looks, black with flesh-colored lace inserts, were my favorite part of the show: easy, sexy and new. The adorned skinny trousers, very cool, Marant way cool. The black gladiator pumps (I want to be wearing those on Spring, with my tanned legs and pair of mini shorts). The metallic fringe dress and the blue gown with the boob slit.

THE BAD: The dip-dye was not visually appealing. Some of the details did not seem part of the dresses, they looked like bad appliques. The metallic gladiators were a little Ice T’s Coco for me. The lace-up mini skirt is so “Courtney Does the Country Bar”, not a good look on anyone, not even Courtney.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Pastels for Fall? A difficult task but one that can easily be achieved with a creamy, mohair vest. Add some mint pants and a graphic sweatshirt underneath. The dressy touch? Delicate, salmon pumps and a metallic bag.

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

It’s a wrap for MFW, four more PFW posts to go and we are back to normal. Winter is quickly approaching, you know what that means right? After Winter comes Spring. Yeah, in a about 6 months….

Sweet kisses…

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

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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MFW COVERAGE: Mermaid stories and fairy tales

Good Sunday, my sweet readers! Fashion Week ended three weeks ago (a lifetime in Fashion terms). I had planned an entire schedule of runway reviews about Milan and Paris, then I found myself without internet connection for 18 days ( I blame it on the Italian phone company and their wonderful costumer service). Anyway, better late than never, right? And since I take my FW coverage way too serious, I am gonna blast you with catwalks and trends from Spring 2013 until my mission is complete. Today we start reviewing the Glitz and Glamour of Fashion Week, the beautiful city of Milano. Let’s get this runway started!

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

Talk about wearable and fabulous. In fashion, almost every collection is composed by looks you can wear and looks that you can’t (unless you are Anna dell Russo, then you can wear whatever you want). When it comes to Ferragamo’s Spring 2013 collection, there wasn’t a single outfit meant just for show, everything was made for us mortals (well, mortals who can actually afford them). With an almost neutral color palette, Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti sent a game of textures and asymmetrical hemlines down the runway. Between the creamy, snakeskin, the metallic fabrics and the leather, choosing a favorite ensemble would be nearly impossible (I’m rooting for the belted, python skirt with the shiny top). It was all so feminine and sexy, but edgy at the same time with all those laces and straps. A hint of S&M? Yes there was, but always keeping it delicate and demure. As for the accessories, as awesome as the garments: caged heels, gladiator sandals, sandal-booties (a big no, no for me usually, but for this babies, I’m willing to make an exception).

MOSCHINO

God bless Rossella Jardini for always granting us a fun breather on Fashion Week. For her Spring 2013 show, the Italian designer was all about optical illusion, short hemlines and her regular, colorful prints. Her inspiration was clear, in a sea of pop art and mod dresses it was all about the 60’s. The show opened with a series of black and white ensembles, then escalading into perky colors and fun patterns. There was a lot of leg flashing, double breasted jackets, stripes (big, big trend this season), simple and flirty mini skirts and even one or two crisp, white outfits.

As for accessories, it was all about sassy helmets, white paste sunnies (very Jackie O), PVC hoops and some serious glittery shoe porn. The groovy vibe was increased by the beauty: big, bouncy and sprayed half updos, shiny eye makeup with bright and happy lips. Our favorite part? The eyelet looks at the end, it was a refreshing finale for her heavy themed collections. We love Mrs. Jardini, because when she picks an inspiration, she is not afraid ob being too literal. A pretty escape from all those conceptual and way-to-serious designers out there.

ALBERTA FERRETTI

A collection worthy of a Queen of the Sea, an ocean nymph. So soft and ethereal one cannot help but be drawn to it. The color palette was an ode to the mermaid, a fantastic and mythical creature that was perfectly represented by Mrs. Ferretti for her Spring 2012 show. The mix of textures was almost harmonic: Chantilly lace, chiffon and silk merged together in the Italian designer’s creations. The lengths went from short and midi, to long and flowy. Among the sea of neutrals and sheer, a few shiny ensembles popped out. As for the gowns, the delicate fabrics were covered in what seemed like sailor nets (the glitter version, of course). It was all so poetic and romantic.

GUCCI

For Gucci this season, it was an unexpected turn from what we are used to seeing from the iconic, Italian brand. There was no trace of Frida Giannini’s powerful and seductive vixen, instead it was all about a bright and colorful lady. The show opened with some solid and bold pink ensembles, then there was royal blue, coral, turquoise, Chartreusse, Gucci’s signature black and to close it up, crisp white. The shapes were simple, but with a lot of movement (she payed a lot of attention to sleeves, adding ruffles, pleats and bubbles). The solids were contrasted with reptile print in different hues, from the classic cream python to pink and aqua snakeskin.

Other prints included 70’s inspired feathers in pajama-like ensembles. As for the accessories, simple dresses were embellished with same-colored, statement jewelry, sandals were part naked, par bondage and the sleek hair allowed the models to showcase some serious statement ear candy. As much as we respect Giannini’s decision to change direction, we have to admit we are more drawn to the sexy ways she is best known for.

BLUMARINE

Speaking of unexpected turns, we are always used to some pretty bold, over-the-top collections from Mrs. Anna Molinari. Remember Fall 2012 and the neon fur and the python print overload? Well this year, it was soft and sweet, mind-blowing soft and sweet. It was all so seasonal and romantic: flowy mini dresses, peasant tops, easy trousers with embellished tops, chiffon garments with crystal and sequin appliques, gathered skirts and a beautifully done dip-dye. It was a feminine delight, one I’d be loving to wear each and every single day of the week (when the sucky Winter bows goodbye).

LOOK OF THE DAY

Simple look, but always chic. A leather skirt is always a staple inside our wardrobes. Pair it up with a graphic sweatshirt (a must-have piece for Fall 2012) and you’ve got a winning combo. The cool and fun twist? A pair of solid ankle boots to pump things up. For accessories, sticking to black and gold is just what the Doctor ordered.

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

We still have a bunch of reviews from Spring 2013. Bear with me, I’ll make it quick!

Happy Sunday

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, Opening Ceremony, J. Crew, Chanel, Polyvore

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LFW COVERAGE: “Once you pop, you can’t stop”. Pringle of Scotland

It’s a sunny Sunday here in Milan, one of the last of the year I guess. Fall has fallen upon us and Fashion Week has come to an end (of course, I am behind with my reviews). On the bright side, we still have tons of reviews in store for you. London had a great season, it was all so new, all so spicy and all so special. Milano, you have some big shoes to fill. This is the last post and we have the last 5 shows from LFW. Are you ready to roll?

J.W. ANDERSON

After his Spring 2012 pajama show, this designer has been buzzing more than ever. Even more with the now available collection for British retail giant, Topshop. His designs are not everyone’s cup of tea and he has a thing for duplicates (you know, same dress, three times, different colors), but that’s part of his charm and mystery. For Spring 2013, he presented us with “The Treatment Room”: A show in which he explored new shapes and silhouettes but always keeping his signature aesthetics and vibe. Frills and peplums in dresses, skirts, cropped tops and skorts (yeah, you heard me, skorts), color contrasting panels, his already regular, printed pajama ensembles and some cut-outs were among the elements he sent down the catwalk. The shoes, as strange as they seemed, they kind of rocked.

PETER PILOTTO

Just when you think the digital print has reached its peak, along comes Peter Pilotto and takes it to new heights. For Spring 2013, their prints became livelier than ever, they added volume and texture into the mix. The color palette was vast but always bold: fire red with cerulean, navy with greens and blues, lavender with black and cream. Frills and peplums also played a major role on the catwalk, they were perfectly built on to the print (that allowed them to play with depths and proportions). Cut-outs were also present in many of the looks, clear proof that more is more when it’s done right. The woven shoes with laces had Nicholas Kirkwood written all over and let me do a fashion forecast, they are bound to become the next big thing next season. As for the set, when you manage to have a similar print on the carpet and still manage to make your designs pop, you know you took a risk and it really payed off.

HOLLY FULTON

It’s always a pleasure when we get to see that designers are not afraid of having fun with their creations, when they are not afraid of entertaining their crowd (think Moschino’s perky ways and Prada’s novelty). That’s exactly one of the main reasons I am always into Holly Fulton’s collections. Her color palette went from sweet and sugary to bright and perky: lavender, vanilla, salmon, pink, sky blue. Her deco motifs, prints and embellishments had that certain California dreaming, East Coast vibe influence (Ever been to LA? Happiest and kindest people on Earth). The print and texture mash-up was spot on: stripes with geometric prints, flowers on flowers, pajama pants and graphic jackets, pleats with circles and printed panels. It was all so new, so unique and eye-catching. Each and every one of her looks was paired up with pastel colored espadrilles. Fresh? More than fresh!

TEMPERLEY LONDON

I’ve never quite understood why the Middleton sisters have been dubbed style icons (the sight of their shoes makes my eyes feel like I just chopped a ton of onions). When I learned that Alice Temperley, Issa and Jenny Packham were among their favorite designers, I immediately tossed them into the “never to be reviewed” basket. Never say never, I just caught a glimpse of Temperley’s Spring 2013 collection and I actually loved it. It was all so clean, so elegant but with an air of romance. The 50’s silhouettes only made everything more feminine and more beautiful. The color palette was as visually appealing as a pricey and tasteful fondant cake (and I mean this, in a good way). She added sheer inserts to full satin skirts (a move that could’ve resulted in vulgarity, but on the runway it was more like poetry). Don’t even get me started on the prints, the lace, the embellishments and the knits. The cherry on top of the cake? The shoes were made by the one and only Charlotte Olympia. A word of advice to Alice, if Kate or the infamous Pippa are to wear one of this beauties, sell them the total look (footwear included). I’m tired of seeing this ladies ruin couture with their ghastly L.K. Bennett heels and their granny wedges.

PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND

The last review from LFW and the prettiest of them all. Listen, I’m a tough crowd (not that I am Cathy Horyn, not that they even care), but I’m not that easy to please (even if I squeak at the sight of Prada shoes). Pringle of Scotland was definitely the most pleasant surprise. Every season, when browsing their collections, I would just go “eh”. This season, I really went “woah”. From the shapes and the flawless tailoring to the soft and gentle colors, it all fell right into place. The highlight of the show, the jumpers paired up with same colored, pleated, volume skirts. It all was paired up with simple courts, metallic or in different shades. It all looked so tasteful, so well put-together but with a retro edge. I think that it’s safe to say this: “Alistair Carr, Pringle of Scotland doesn’t seem to miss you one bit”.

LOOK OF THE DAY

Very ladylike, very cute and very retro, that’s what I was going for with this look. Jacquard is a major trend for Fall and will be for next Spring, so a printed and textured coat was just the thing to wear. The creamy garments allow the accessories to be more colorful without making it look like a giant cotton candy ball.

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

That’s it, London we will see you next February (hopefully, I’ll be there to witness that in the flesh). Moving on to Milano and the Paris. I promise to whip this babies up faster! Have a relaxing Sunday!

Sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Zara, Net-a-porter, Farfetch, Asos, Selfridges, Polyvore

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Sweet n’Raw does Chictopia vol. 9

Y’all know by know that I have the pleasure of contributing with Chictopia as a Fashion News Editor. In other words, every other week I get to grace their site with an article of my own. This is the first piece I have done as an assignment, the ones before were themes chosen by yours truly. Let’s me know what you think!

3 New Ways to Wear Fur This Fall

It’s officially over— no more easy breezy dresses, no more life in bikini bottoms, no more summer until further notice (9 long, long months). As trees begin to get naked, we start to feel that need to cover up. We are in the middle of the summer to fall transition: sheets for blankets, beach towels for shawls, flip flops for slippers, shaving for stockings and so on. Saying goodbye to summer is not all about mourning and longing. In fact, we get to welcome a new season: Fabulous Fall. We get to embrace new trends, adopt new colors and above all, re-stock our closets!

Months ago, the trend zone began to buzz with new shades (hello oxblood, white, and royal blue), new styles (hello utilitarian, baroque, and futuristic), new textures and prints (hello graphics, leather, brocade) and new garment favorites (hello sweatshirts and jumpsuits). But this time we are going to tackle a controversial trend, a constant when it comes to autumn and winter collections: fur.

Fur has been in the hot seat for a while now. There’s been endless quarrel between those who fight against animal cruelty and those who defend their right to wear their hair of choice. Since fashion has given us the choice to wear faux fur that not only looks but feels like the real thing, and since we don’t want to raise PETA hell or we have respect and love for all the living creatures in the world, we are going to celebrate and thank mankind for the gift of faux fur.

This season, as every fall/winter season, the fur menu was vast and diverse: Dries Van Noten, Giorgio Armani and Blumarine colored it, Cavalli, Wu and Pugh made skirts out of it, Pucci and Fendi supersized it, Nina Ricci and Oscar de la Renta accessorized with it. In the end, there’s enough choice for us to take what we like and discard what we don’t. Here are the five faux fur, must-have items for fall:

– The leopard jacket: whether it’s cropped, fitted or oversize, you can find them in almost any store. From DKNY and Isabel Marant to ASOS and River Island, you’ll be glad you bought it.
– The Mongolian gilet: Nothing looks better with that pair of skinny jeans and some booties than one of this babies. River Island and Topshop have great options.
– The furry bag: Shoulder bag? Trunk? Messenger? Leopard? Zara has them all!
– The combined garment: whether it’s leather and sheepskin on a bomber, or rabbit (faux) and knit on a cardigan, this is a major trend for Fall.
– The colorful collar: collars are among the hottest accessories right now, so are stoles. Add a punch or color to give your outfits an original twist.

When it comes to styling fur this Fall, we have prepared three different ensembles. Get ready to go fur it!

LEOPARD BLOOM

If Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have taught us one thing in life, it has to be that flowers and leopard print are a match made in heaven (sexy heaven). A dress over a graphic jumper and an animal print jacket? Boom, you’ve got three hot trends in one outfit.

1. Leopard Jacket, DKNY
2. Floral jumper, Dolce & Gabbana
3. Black dress, MAJE
4. Black wedges, ZARA
5. Pelican bag, ALEXANDER WANG
6. Black bangle, KATE SPADE
7. Leopard bangle, J. CREW
8. Ring pack, ASOS
9. Infusion prune nail polish, LANCOME

PASTEL FALL

Who said pastels were only for spring? And who said you can’t pull off a powdery combo for fall? We did it and we liked it! You’ll need your mongolian gilet, a pastel pair of skinnies, neutral pumps and another one of the hottest trends of the moments, the dressy sweatshirt.

1. Mongolian gilet, RIVER ISLAND
2. Tiger sweatshirt, ZARA
3. Mint skinny jeans, ZARA
4. Salmon pump, GIANVITO ROSSI
5. Metallic satchel, J. CREW
6. Pink beaded bracelet, NELLY.COM
7. Spike silver bracelet, ASOS
8. Rhinestone bracelet, J. CREW
9. Cat ring, MODCLOTH
10. Rose Astrait nail polish, YSL

ROCK’N’FURRY

Want a laid-back look with a pinch of edgy? A leather and fur bomber, a sweatshirt, a pair of leather shorts (leather on leather is flaming hot right now) and the famous high-tops (Isabel Marant is to blame for this one) is all you need.

1. Combined bomber, ZARA
2. Grey sweatshirt, ZARA
3. Leather shorts, ROMWE
4. High-top sneakers, ZARA
5. Pashli bag, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM
6. Ring trio, TOPSHOP
7. Ace pendant, LAURA LEE
8. Velvet Voyage nail polish, ESSIE

Pastel, wild or edgy? What’s your favorite style? And remember, tights are still optional (but not for long).

It’s finally Friday night and I’m ready to have some fun! What are you up to this weekend?

Sweet kisses…

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LFW COVERAGE: It’s cool, Acne cool…

Hello from Milan, my sweet readers! I’m finally back from home, in my second home, after two blissful months of vacation. This post has been hanging in the oven for a bit too long, almost ready to overcook. Between packing, catching planes, cleaning a dusty apartment (60 days worth of dust are no joke) and unpacking, life has been a little bit hectic. Naturally, I’m completely behind on my reviews and with other deadlines to meet, I’m barely breathing. Anyway, enough with the nagging. Milan Fashion Week ends today and we are just getting started with London (we’ve still got a long, beautiful and fashionable road to walk together). London has always been the most shocking of them all (in a good way), there’s always new talent, there’s always innovation and there’s always that pinch of boldness we can only get from that rainy and fabulous city. So, without further ado, let the London reviews begin (a bit late).

ANTONIO BERARDI SPRING 2013

The last two collections from Antonio Berardi were among my top 5 from London Fashion Week Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 (of course, Meadham Kirchhoff took the throne on Spring 2012). Maybe I raised the bar too high for this season and it’s not that I didn’t like the show, but it just didn’t drive me crazy. It all started out with geometric panels and layers (maybe I’m the only one, but it kind of reminded me of Stella McCartney AW 2012), escalading into pantsuits and skirt ones, to end in a shiny, dress sequence that to me, was the best part of it all. There were sequins, sheer inserts, graphic cuts and embellishments. But there was a main star, tails, tails were everywhere from dresses to shirts.

The color palette also played an important role in the designer’s exhibition. From the khaki, cream and royal blue combo to hot pink, white and cerulean.The show made a subtle transition from an architectural, graphic sobriety to a shiny and detailed opulence. The meticulous and detailed embellishments we got to see on the last looks were definitely the highlight of the show.

ACNE SPRING 2013

With Acne, one can never expect the ordinary but you can always expect that “cool” factor. Over the seasons, Acne has become one of the favorites among fashion elite and the blogosphere (the pink bag Instagram photos with the “I sinned, I couldn’t help it” are part of the daily dose. Acne has always focused on shapes, on layering and on the art of visual impact. For the Spring 2012 collection, the color palette was vast. It went from bights (poppy red and parrot green) to neutrals (white, khaki, eggshell) and there was even a hint of pastel (the lavender skirt is my favorite piece from the runway). Stripes, pantsuits, vests and blazers, mid length skirts with slits and maxi skirts were among the elements Johnny Johansson used for the collection he named “Wrecking ball”. Everything had that chic, street style vibe, even the buckle gladiators (we are going to be seeing a lot of gladiator next season).

MOSCHINO CHEAP & CHIC

Leave it to Rossella Jardini to produce perky and cute collections, with a lot of swag. Even if that just made me sound like a modern Flavor Flav, that’s the only way to describe them. Between the game of happy shades, the texture contrast and the “comedy” elements she always injects on her collections, the Cheap & Chic show has definitely become one that’s easy and fun to watch (and review). The inspiration was clear as glass: the groovy ’60s (think Austin Powers, think Scooby Doo’s mystery machine van). Pantsuits, tops with floral appliqué, cropped jumpers and bustiers, dip-dye dresses paired with sneakers, bold and eye-catching prints and sheer, a lot of sheer. The comedy element we were talking about above? It was all about the pineapple! Cute, cute, cute, as a button cute, that’s all I have to say!

TOPSHOP UNIQUE

With last season’s army parade and this season’s collection, the “Walk like an Egyptian” fiasco from Spring 2012 has definitely been forgotten. If I may say, this is one of the most delightful shows from this Fashion Week edition. Everything from the color palette (neutrals and metallics) to the shapes and the layering, was so perfect (and the most exciting thing of it all, those silvery trousers will be affordable to us mortals). Sheer panels played an important role on this ’90s inspired show, so did oversize jackets, blazers and vests. It was all so clean and sharp. For a girl who is all about more is more, Topshop’s minimalism definitely won me over. I’ll take two of everything, please!

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

Yeah, maybe his Summer collection for H&M didn’t get the same buzz as Lanvin or Versace, but that’s when Matthew Williamson caught my eye and won my admiration. It’s not only about his shapes, his colors and the attention he pays to details, it’s about craftmanship in its purest form. With a clear ethnic inspiration, Williamson presented some serious (and dramatic) prints, so lively that the pink flowers on those cropped trousers seemed almost real.

But the prints were not the only thing worth mentioning on his catwalk, there were embellishments (his signature ones), flawless tailoring, colorful dip-dye, sheer sleeves and gown, beautiful, ethereal gowns. The accessories included, long, tasseled necklaces, ankle strap wedges and detailed sandals (I’ve got my eye set on those gold ones). Overall, a colorful delight! Matthew Williamson, it’s always a pleasure.

LOOK OF THE DAY

On my defense, it was still sunny when this happened. This look is definitely a reflection of my personal style, I love to look like a walking sorbet. This wonderful dress from Three Floor was an ASOS discovery and to be honest, love at first sight! The YSL clutch and the Carven shoes just add more cuteness to it all!

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

One more down, plenty more to go! It Paris time right now, the dramatic closing to a fabulous Fashion Week. Hang in there!

Sweet kisses…

llustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, ASOS, Net-a-porter, Forever 21, Piperlime, Essie
 

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NYFW COVERAGE: It’s a wrap!

Good Morning, my sweet readers! I’m enjoying the last days in Mexico City, with my family and friends. Even though it is always hard to say goodbye, getting back to Milano just in time for FashionWeek is really exciting. Since this weekend we celebrated the Mexican Independence, between all the party and the Tequila, I fell a little behind with my reviews (blame it on the shots). Anyway, the last five from NYC are here, written and ready for you. Keep on reading, baby!

ANNA SUI SPRING 2013

Ever since I was a 13 year old, I’ve been a fan of Anna Sui. Her perfumes were a regular on my beauty table. Each season, even though she never seems to steal the spotlight, she manages to deliver beautiful, interesting and delightful collections. The thing about this designer, she puts special attention to details. Each look, each piece, each accessory, has that certain uniqueness and that Anna Sui signature style. She doesn’t seem to follow a certain line of inspiration (each ensemble is very different from the rest), but when you put everything together, there is that sense of collection. For her Spring 2013, Anna Sui was all about rocker with a French twist. With models the size of Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson, the runway was painted with micro-florals (the kind we really, really love). The girls sported fishnet tights (cropped, of course) with flared dresses and cropped jackets, lace underneath plaid (the punk touch), textures on textures and rips all over amost everything else. The funky ingredient? Candy-colored hair!

PROENZA SCHOULER SPRING 2013

When it comes to Proenza Schouler, forget about Ralph Lauren, forget about Calvin Klein and as much as it hurts to say it, forget about Marc Jacobs. This is the star of NYFW and it’s not something that’s earned easily (Jack and Lazaro have worked their pretty asses off, season after season). Thier Fall 2012 show was a beautiful display of fashionable perfection (the peacocks and the skirts were pure poetry) and a show that was gonna be hard to top. By just looking at a couple of runway shots, we can safely say that they managed to pull it off. By entering the world of the digital print, they just proved they can do it all and kill it all (in a good way). Knee-length was the only length, print patchwork their strongest element and as always, flawless tailoring their weapon of choice.

Boxy jackets, leather garments, perforated skirts, and colored snakeskin (move over, blue eel, python’s in the house) accompanied Proenza Schouler’s cheery print collage. As for the accessories (a matter that has to be addressed, we are talking about the boys that gave womankind the gift of the PS1), gladiator-like shoes (big, big ass, ginormous trend for next season), cut-out sandals, embellished ones and of course, printed bags. We just can’t get enough of Lazaro, Jack and their unique creativity and style.

CALVIN KLEIN SPRING 2013

She’s sexy and she knows it! That’s the Spring 2013 woman for designer Francisco Costa. But we are not talking sexy in a Victoria’s Secret-pouting-brazilian-bombshell kind of way, we are talking sexy in a demure, sophisticated and classy one. This Calvin Klein collection was all about sheer, shapes, panels, inserts and a very neutral color palette. As minimal as one can get (duh, after all, it’s Calvin Klein), Costa sent and array of mid-length skirts and cocktail dresses down de runway. With some cut-outs and plunging necklines here and there, the collection oozed classy sex, yeah, as strange as that may sound, that’s what came to mind. It was definitely a great way to bid farewell to NYFW, great indeed.

RALPH LAUREN SPRING 2013

About the sarape thing on Ralph Lauren’s show, we are not even going to go there. Ralph Lauren has always given us themed catwalks, Gatsby for Spring 2012 and Dapper boys for Fall 2012. This time, the designer was all about the Latin  vibe (a little over-the-top, if you ask me). Maybe it’s just me, but there’s more to us than the Mexican blanket cliché, or the Spanish matador jacket (when Moschino did it, I loved it, this time, not so much). It’s like when it comes to music and someone asks: “So you are latin? I love the Gypsy Kings”. I don’t think that Bamboleo is the only definition for our music. Anyway, enough with the bashing and on to the positive: the evening wear.

Ralph Lauren is definitely getting stronger and stronger in this department. Last season, he killed it with the silk and the feathers, this season even more so! Wanna bet that little white number with the red rose makes it on to red carpet? I’m pretty sure it will. Satin, column dresses, liquid gowns and a few embellished numbers were part of Ralph’s evening display. A beginning I’d like to forger, but a closing that’s worth remebering.

REED KRAKOFF SPRING 2013

Oh man, Reed Krakoff just keeps on getting better and better by the season. Each piece from each and every single one of the ensembles looked like it really belonged. The chunks of color (neutral colors) worked perfectly with each other and with the tailoring. There was sheer where sheer was needed, there where panels where panels where needed and pink-colored python (my dream finally came true). The vibe? Triple S: sexy, sophisitcated and sporty. The most important element of the show: sweatshirts (big trend this Fall and even bigger for next Spring). As for the accessories, I’m gonna be opening soon the “Help this poor soul buy her pair of Reed Krakoff, two-tone, strappy sandals” fund (just in case you want to donate to this humble cause).

LOOK OF THE DAY

When it comes to color combnations, I always love twisting and turning until it feels right. For today’s look, I wanted some drama and colors like Oxblood and Bottle Green are just that. To soften the look, a threw in a little blush (that Zara blazer, the one that popped more than once on those NYFW street style snapshots, is just a dreamboat) and to spice things up, a little leopard print never hurts, right? This will be the last days of shorts and bare pins, before Fall and tights fall upon us. Let’s make the most of it, shall we?

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

That’s a wrap for NYC (I just realized I totally forgot Rodarte, but I’m too lazy to review the Mulleavys now)! Moving on to London and all it’s excentric fabulousness!

Have a great week, sweet kisses…

llustration: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: style.com, Sam Edleman, Net-a-porter, Topshop, ASOS, Essie
 

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