Butterflies

Butterflies

Here’s a trend that has been taking flight for some time now: butterflies! Embroidered onto outerwear at  Valentino and stitched on a Gucci sweater, the butterfly is about everywhere this fall.

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3 Fil coupé silk-blend scarf by Alexander McQueen
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6 3D Glitter Butterfly Sunglasses by Anna-Karin Karlsson
Chiara metallic patent-leather platform sandals by Sophia Webster

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A piece of art: the embroidered cotton coat by Valentino.

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I am literally dying for those appliquéd stretch-suede over-the-knee boots by Valentino, aren’t they to die for?

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Many designers have seeked inspiration from the beautiful world of the butterflies for pre-fall 2016, from left to right: Gucci, Giamba, Valentino and Philipp Plein.

Are you having butterflies in your tummy now like me?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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My Look: When Fashion Meets Art

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Here is the outfit that I wore to the opening of Art in the Park at the Baur au Lac two weeks ago. It was a rainy day but it couldn’t stop me from wearing this colorful outfit that blended in with the exhibited art of Finish shootingstar Jani Leinonen perfectly. Isn’t it wonderful to see how fashion and art inspire each other in multiple ways.

My look: Cropped trench jacket and bowtie pasta and cameo clip earrings, both by Dolce & Gabbana, printed cotton-blend faille skirt, matching bustier topcigarette-inspired leather bag and iPhone caseiconall by Moschino, velvet bow booties by Miu Miu and Tonda 1950 Set Clarity watch by Parmigiani Fleurier.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Art in the Park and © Sandra Bauknecht

Trending: Mismatched Earrings

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Pairing two mismatched earrings (such as the ones by Louis Vuitton above) might sound like another frightening fashion trend, but it’s actually the name of the game this season and  definitely not as complicated as it looks. Pulling off this look is all about having fun and creating unexpected silhouettes that can instantly update your look. Many designers offer now some trend-proof possibilities. Enjoy shopping those eye-catching must-haves.

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I Do silver-plated, crystal and faux pearl earrings iconby Erickson Beamon (50% off)

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Silver crystal earrings by Maison Margiela (40% off)

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Gold-plated crystal earrings by Oscar de la Renta

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14-karat gold aquamarine earrings by Melissa Joy Manning

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Guatemala gold-tone, quartz and pompom earrings by Rosantica

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Chicago My Beat

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For the first time in 17 years, Donatella Versace and Bruce Weber reunite for the Italian House’s F/W 2016 ad campaign. The photographer responsible for some of Versace’s most iconic images returns to the famed fashion brand for the first time since 1999. Starring Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Dilone in a series of tableaux, some real-life and some fantastical, the images were shot in Chicago and, in classic Weber style, womenswear and menswear are shown together. The large cast of men features real-world discoveries such as a bodyguard, a singer and dancers, as well as models Trevor Signorino, Charlie Kennedy and Marcus Watts.

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Bruce Weber said, “When I first spoke with Donatella about going to Chicago she said, simply, – yes, let’s pack up and go! – Donatella has always been an adventurer and not only does she treat me like a prince, she treats me like family – and the feeling is mutual. The most important thing to me, after all these year, is that we can still laugh together”.

I used to live in Chicago and love this city, what a great choice.
TO SHOP VERSACE ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

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MAC x Brant Brothers

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Peter and Harry Brant, the young bon vivants of New York society, are the current toast of the fashion scene. Now, M∙A∙C teams up with them in a modern collection of products for the face, brows, eyes and lips.

Socialites, It-boys, Fashion Week fixtures and sons of model Stephanie Seymour, the dapper boys-about-town Harry and Peter Brant collaborate on a collection of modern-day grooming and sculpting products for men and women. Neutral hues for eyes, understated, long-wearing lipstains, brow products and new Pro Sculpting Cream Duo add effortless definition to the face. The special packaging is featuring their signatures in matte black on glossy black.

Exclusively online, there are skincare products with universal appeal include Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (CHF 43.00), Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel (CHF 61.00) and Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream (CHF 57.00).

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Have fun exploring the rest of the collection below:
summer2016_macbrantbrothers003 EYE SHADOW QUAD: PILLARS | CHF 60.00 | LIMITED EDITION

Mother’s Milk Soft matte beige (Satin)
Sandstone Soft matte taupe (Matte)
Mystery Muted plum-brown (Veluxe Pearl)
Carbon Intense black (Matte)

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LIP STAIN MARKER | CHF 31.00 | LIMITED EDITION

Boysenberry Blush Berry plum red
Bitten Lip Dirty coral red
Sunset Boulevard Coral brown
The Jamie Mid-tone red blue

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FLUIDLINE BROW GEL CREME | CHF 26.00 | LIMITED EDITION
Neanderthal Deep, rich brown

EYE KOHL | CHF 26.00 | LIMITED EDITION
Smolder Intense black (Permanent)
Paragon Champagne gold
El Dorado Bold gold

BROW SET | CHF 23.00 | LIMITED EDITION
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PRO SCULPTING CREAM DUO | CHF 45.00 | LIMITED EDITION
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Climax Light white highlight
Crevasse Taupe contour

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BRUSHES
163 Flat Contour – CHF 54.00
208 Angled Brow – CHF 34.00

Available in August 2016 (in Switzerland at the MAC store in Lucerne and in Zurich or online).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

My Look: Happy Art

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I want to become so famous that Damien Hirst’s mother knows me.”
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The Baur au Lac garden is one of my favorite places in the city of Zurich. And at the moment there is an exhibition in the parc that you definitely should not be missing. Two weeks ago, Gigi Kracht, wife of hotel owner Andrea, opened her 14th Art in the Park (photos of the opening will be coming up shortly) that will be going until the 7th of August, 2016. This year, she is presenting the work of one of my favorite artists, Finnish shooting star, Jani Leinonen. The 38-year old plays with logos and symbols of the luxury goods industry in such an ironic way that it makes you think and laugh at once.

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Let’s take for example the work “The most terrible things, war genocide and slavery, have resulted not from obedience, but from disobedience”. This outdoor installation reimagines boldly appropriated corporate logos of the globe’s most powerful brands to put emphasize on social injustice and corporate hegemony. I love Jani’s way of expressing himself. He is criticizing society with his colorful and fun art that makes you happy looking at it at the same time.

Sandra_Bauknecht_art-in-the-park_Jani_LeinonenJani presented me his book with a personal dedication (Would be a nice tattoo, wouldn’t it?).

Check out these previous posts that I wrote over the last years concerning Jani’s art: Fashion Meets Art (2010),  Jani Leinonen and a Fashionable Tombstone (2011), Shoe Liberation Army Takes Over (2012).

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My look: Striped blazer by Givenchyiconsilk-georgette trapeze blouse by Chloéiconsuperskinny mid-rise jeans by Victoria, Victoria Beckhamjacket quilted leather shoulder bag by Moschino, embellished leather mid-heel loafers by Gucci, beaded gold-tone rosary necklace by Dolce & Gabbana and Linda sunglasses by Tom Ford.

Stay tuned for more…

LoL, Sandra

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Petit Matin and Grand Soir

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After my recent travel insider post about Paris, the beauty aficionados among you were so curious about the two new upcoming fragrance launches by MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN, PETIT MATIN and GRAND SOIR, that I got many e-mails from you. Thanks a lot for your curiosity and I don’t want to keep you any longer in suspense. Here are all the information on those two beautiful new scents that I can absolutely recommend to you!

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PETIT MATIN
Citrusy – Floral – Woody
Rise at dawn and escape into the delightful freshness of an early morning in Paris to rediscover a taste for beauty. Stroll through the empty streets and archways of a Paris still cast in the first light of day, before taking a rest. Let yourself be carried away by the luminous energy of litsea cubeba from Indonesia, lemon from Calabria, the floral softness of hawthorn and lavandin from Provence. Then, get lost in a labyrinth of musky and ambery notes.

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GRAND SOIR
Oriental – Woody – Spicy
Dress in your finest attire and polish your look. Wander in a never-ending night and enjoy the daring radiance of a magnificent Parisian evening, over and over again. Bridges and monuments shine like a thousand stars, standing majestic in a twilit sky filled with the soft vanilla warmth of benzoin from Siam and a tonka bean from Brazil that has been jostled by the deep darkness of cistus labdanum from Spain.

Both will be available from September 2016 as Eau de Parfum, 70ml Natural Spray for CHF 193.00 each. In Zurich, you can find his creations at the newly opened counter at Jelmoli or at Perfumery Osswald. TO SHOP MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

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The Shoe of the Season: Gucci’s Princetown

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The shoe of the season, Gucci‘s Princetown, comes now with a floral print, appliquéd patches and the gold-toned Horsebit. To die for as I find.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

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The Best Pieces On Sale Under €150

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Here’s a happy little post to round out your Wednesday: NET-A-PORTERicon, purveyor of some of the most impressive big-ticket designer offers during sale some must-haves that won’t empty your wallet. I perused the best pieces and found ten under €150 that I am absolutely sure you will love for many seasons to come!
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Ruffle-trimmed embellished cotton-jersey top by Markus Lupfer (50% off)
A great tank top with a ruffle-trimmed  embellishment in the back.
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Sequined leather point-toe flats by J.Crew (40% off)
A playful spin to your everyday summer looks.

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Arianna patent-leather point-toe flats by MICHAEL Michael Kors (50% off)
Black ballerinas are a must for every closet.
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Margot embellished cotton-canvas clutch by Antik Batik (50% off)
The perfect arm candy to elevate every look to a whole new level of style.
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Shearling keychainicon by Sophie Hulme (30% off)
A great way to make your favorite bag look completely new.

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Parcel cotton-blend gabardine trench coaticon by Madewell (40% off)
The perfect piece for layering in between seasons.

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Etrusca gold-tone quartz earringsicon by Rosantica (50% off)
The rose quartz is faceted to catch the light beautifully to give your face a lovely glow.

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Carretto printed silk-twill scarf by Dolce & Gabbana (40% off)
A true classic that makes a great gift for a loved one.

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Camp denim shirt by MICHAEL Michael Kors (40% off)
The all time favorite, the denim shirt, has a trend revival.

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Leather-trimmed wool-felt fedoraicon by Rag & Bone (30% off)
Now autumn can come…

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Mytheresa x Citizens of Humanity

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An amazing cool capsule collection by denim cult brand CITIZENS OF HUMANITY, consisting of six pieces, has hit the virtual shelves of online retailer mytheresa.com. The lineup includes distressed denim as well as trucker jackets and slim-fitting jeans. Citizens of Humanity founder Jerome Dahan, women’s creative director Catherine Ryu and the mytheresa.com team were inspired by the heavy metal scene of the ’80s and early ’90s. To emphasize this source of inspiration, model Jessica Miller was photographed by her husband Lars Ulrich, drummer and founding member of cult band Metallica, wearing this exclusive capsule collection.

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TO SHOP THE EXCLUSIVE CAPSULE COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Mytheresa