Met Gala 2015

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The Met Gala is an annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute in New York City and marks the grand opening of its annual fashion exhibit. Celebrating this year’s theme “China, Through The Looking Glass”, it seems to be one of the most challenging yet. See below who honored China’s heritage and its present culture on the red carpet best.

This year’s award to best dressed of the night goes to:

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Rihanna wearing Chinese designer Guo Pei

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The butt girls:

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West in Roberto Cavalli

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Donatella Versace and Jennifer Lopez, both in Atelier Versace.

Best Chinese inspirations:

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Zendaya Coleman in Fausto Puglisi

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Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger

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I am always looking forward to seeing Sarah Jessica Parker‘s outfit because she has never let us down in pulling off the best looks. And let’s just say the headpiece combined with her H&M dress is divine.

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Georgia May Jagger in Gucci and Alessandro Michele

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Chloë Sevigny in J.W. Anderson

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Very sophisticated: Tom Ford and Rita Ora in his design.

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Alexa Chung in Erdem

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George Clooney and Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela

Not so inspired by the Chinese theme… but great to watch:

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Jeremy Scott kissing Kate Perry‘s hand who is wearing Moschino.

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Also Madonna wore Moschino.

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Stella McCartney framed by Cara Delevingne, Sofia Richie, and Zhu Zhu, all dressed in her designs.

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Alexander Wang kissed by Lady Gaga in Balenciaga

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Miley Cyrus and Zoë Kravitz dressed in Alexander Wang.

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection

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Robert Pattinson and FKA twigs in Christopher Kane (definitely not my favorite gown of the night).

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Supermodel Joan Smalls arrived at the Met Gala in a black tulle and purple silk one-sleeved Roberto Cavalli gown with cutouts and sheer paneling. Her date was the newly appointed designer of the Italian fashion house Peter Dundas. Isn’t this gown to die for?!

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Anna Wintour in Chanel

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Photos via: Alessandro Garofalo / Indigitalimages.com, Moschino, Vogue and Style.com

My Look: Everyone Is Fighting a Battle

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 Everyone is fighting a battle when it comes to getting your hands on THE iconcamouflage jacket this season. For all style warriors among you, mix and match it with floral prints and different colors and you’ll win the war in a second.

My look: Leather-trimmed printed cotton-gabardine jacket, floral-print crepe mini dressfringed Monogram bag in gold, brown belt iconand Janis pumps in red leather with studded sole and python heel, all by Saint Laurent. Necklace by Chanel and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My First Spotlight Show

For those who have missed it or don’t have the chance to watch Swiss television, here is my first Spotlight show that was presented Saturday one week ago. The episode is all about my favorite places in Paris. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to like Spotlight on FACEBOOK! Your support would be extremely appreciated – a huge thank you in advance!

LoL, Sandra

Healthy Snacks

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Healthy snacking is an opportunity to fuel your body between meals. For many women, dieting equals food restriction and snacks get usually eliminated in the name of saving calories. But snacking can be a good idea if you go for these good-for-you treats. If you stay satisfied, you won’t be craving for the bad things.

Kale Chips Indian Curry – CHF 9.00 (75g)
Wirsing Chips Sour Cream & Onion – CHF 9.00 (75g)
Spicy Cracker – CHF 9.00 (70g)
Crunchy Granola – CHF 12.00 (150g)

With the bikini season just around the corner, it’s time to get your vegan snack attack on! Available Mid May 2015 online at www.detox-delight.ch or by phone +41 43 3001382. All snacks are sugar free and contain no preservatives.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Detox Delight

My Look: Love & Loyalty

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 Happy May 1st, my dear readers! Time flies and I cannot wait for summer to arrive and to wear my new season’s pieces. Unfortunately, its has still been a little chilly lately. This Altuzarra jacket, which I love, is very loyal to weather changes as you can carry it like a backpack! Smart dressing at its best!

My look: Manray leather-trimmed shearling jacket by Altuzarraiconstudded sweater dress and ‘Babies’ studded mid-calf boots, both by Saint Laurent, Kelly ‘So Black’ bag by Hermès, pearl embellished sunglasses by Chanel, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Limelight Gala watch by Piaget.

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Leo

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 Last week’s outfit to have dinner with my girlfriends at Razzia restaurant in Zurich was the perfect example of how easy it is to change a look just with heels, a clutch and a great blazer. Click here for a previous post to see how the top and the jeans look different when worn together with some flats and a backpack.

My look: Leopard jacquard blazer, Paris leopard-print leather pumps and Classic Monogramme printed leather clutch, all by Saint Laurent, ruffle peplum top by Alexander McQueen, mid-rise skinny jeansicon by Dolce & Gabbanapearl embellished sunglasses by Chanel and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery. 

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

M∙A∙C x Philip Treacy

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M∙A∙C x Philip Treacy represents a unique partnership – London’s leading couture hat designer collaborating with the world’s boldest makeup brand and the outcome is to die for!

Philip Treacy created three dazzling headpieces that accentuated different parts of the face, including the eyes, cheekbones, and lips. From there, M∙A∙C Cosmetics produced a makeup collection that complemented the milliner’s designs.

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ABOUT PHILIP TREACY

Beginning his millinery label from a basement workshop in Isabella Blow’s house, Philip Treacy’s fantastical creations have graced the runways of Givenchy, Chanel and Valentino and earned him an OBE in 2007. Handcrafted in London, Treacy himself sculpts the molds and forms that each individual hat is made from.

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Buntal scroll parisisal hat by Philip Treacyicon

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My favorite products from the collaboration are:

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No Faux Pas, Cardinal and Holly wood Cerise CHF 28.00

High-Light Powder
Nude Pink CHF 41.00

Fluidline
Royal Wink CHF 26.00

The collection is now in stores. In Switzerland at the MAC counter at Jelmoli Zurich, MAC store Lucerne and online at www.maccosmetics.ch.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Philip Treacy, MAC Cosmetics

A Moment for Yourself

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Sometimes you have to carve out that important time you need to slow down, enjoy life, and rejuvenate yourself. I love to have a bath, light a candle, read a good book and indulge in the fabulous smell of the foamy water.

Jo Malone has the most amazing products to bring us a moment of tranquility in the midst of our crazily busy lives. The newly launched Bath & Body Collection features a new packaging design with frosted vertical stripes.

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One sniff of this amazing Peony & Blush Suede Body & Hand Wash makes me want to fill the bath now!

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As this new collection is all about taking a moment for yourself, I love to treat myself with the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Cream that leaves your skin subtle and instantly perfumed.

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A breath of fresh air could be felt last week when Jo Malone announced their first Jo Malone London Girl ever: socialite and model Poppy Delevingne.

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Her favorite fragrance since she has been 22 is Red Roses which is also available as Red Roses Body & Hand Lotion, one of my favorites.

In Switzerland Jo Malone is exclusively available at Jelmoli Zurich and Globus Geneva.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jo Malone and © Sandra Bauknecht

Tommy Hilfiger: Capri

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TOMMY HILFIGER shared his travel tips for Capri with us. The charming American fashion designer who took the word «preppy» to new heights had come to Zurich for the film festival last fall. During an entertaining interview, he told me some interesting things about the island where he likes to spend his holidays in Europe.

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Your favorite summer destination?
I love CAPRI. I like the ambiance of the Italians loving life, fashion, food, wine and excitement.

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Your favourite hotel?
The GRAND HOTEL QUISISANA. It’s so central.
Via Camerelle, 2, 80073 Capri NA, +39 081 837 0788

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Your favourite restaurant?
The RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA AURORA. The best pizza and pasta in the world. You had to try the Penne Arrabiata.
Via Fuorlovado, 18-22, 80073 Capri NA, +39 081 837 0181

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Your favorite bar or nightclub?
The QUISI BAR AT THE GRAND HOTEL QUISISANA HOTEL – it’s such a cool place to sit outside and have a Bellini. I love watching people.
Via Camerelle, 2, 80073 Capri NA, +39 081 837 0788

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Your favourite sightseeing spot?
ANACAPRI – the water, the rocks, the vegetation, everything is just so beautiful. It smells so amazingly.

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Your perfect day in Capri?
Wake up on a YACHT, have a little breakfast, take a little swim, relax with my children, make a little shopping tour and have dinner at a nice place in the center.

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Your favourite shop?
RUSSO UOMO – this is where I shop for myself.
RUSSO DONNA – the best fashion in the world (even if they don’t sell Hilfiger), I go there for my wife and daughters. They sell their own brands and offer the highest quality of baby cashmere, suede, and leather.
Via Camerelle, 33 – 80073 Capri NA, +39 081 8388200

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Your must-have accessory?
CAPRI SANDALS - handmade, something I like to bring home as well.

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Your favorite holiday book?
I like to read BOOKS ABOUT PEOPLE, to see how they tick, what makes them successful. I read for example the books about Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and right now I am indulging in the story of Eric Schmidt.

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Your guilty pleasure on the island?
A TIRAMISU and a LIMONCELLO after dinner. I eat pasta there every day which I wouldn’t do at home.

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Thank you, Mr. Hilfiger, for sharing your insider scoop on Capri with us.

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Photos: Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger, © Sandra Bauknecht and the different locations

Trois Pommes – The Store Opening

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Last Wednesday, Trudie Götz and her team celebrated the opening of her two new concept stores, TROIS POMMES – THE STORE, one for women on Bahnhofstrasse 18 and one for men on Bahnhofstrasse 12 in Zurich. The new three-story shop for ladies is filled with everything a fashionista’s heart desires, the must-have pieces from well-known designers such as Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Peter Pilotto among others. For this special occasion, jewelry designer Harumi Klossowska and cashmere guru Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman had flown in to get to know their Zurich customers. Great concept, amazing interior, two thumbs up!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht