Must-Have S/S 2014: The Fringed Bag

The Fringed Bag SS2014

Fringe — it’s everywhere! Swingy fringed bags are making a huge comeback this S/S 2014 season. Of course, the trend never really goes away for long. Now, it is time to decide wether you will go for a boho version (Gucci) or opt for extreme sophistication (Fendi).
The variety of fringe is endless:

1 Fringed macramé and leather clutch iconby The Row
2 Scarab fringed textured-leather clutch iconby Valentino
3 Fringed suede shoulder bag iconby Gucci
Fringed intrecciato leather clutch iconby Bottega Veneta
Sella small fringed leather bowling bag by Tod’s
Fringe detail velvet Baguette bag iconby Fendi

Which one is your favorite? I couldn’t resist the Valentino one…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Must-Have S/S 2014: The Trophy Zodiac Cuff

Valentino Zodiac Cuffs

Valentino’s zodiac cuffs will have a starry future among fashion lovers around the globe. Spotted on the S/S 2014 runway, which was inspired by a trip to the opera, those bracelets are worn one each on each wrist. Get yours now!

I took my zodiac sign and my ascendent:

Aquarius bracelet

Aquarius gold-tone bracelet iconby ValentinoCancer BraceletCancer gold-tone bracelet iconby Valentino

For all other zodiac signs, please click on the name to shop yours directly: Capricorn, Pisces, Aries, TaurusGeminiLeoVirgo, LibraScorpio and Sagittarius.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Valentino

New Kicks on the Blog

High Top Sneakers 2014

Flats are a must this summer. So why not shunning our heels for the humble high-top sneaker. From Balenciaga‘s multi-panel trainers to the effortless Converse classic, here are the best ones for the laid-back look.

Tyson high-top sneakers in confetti-print leather by Givenchy
High top trainers iconby Saint Laurent
Francy suede high top trainers iconby Golden Goose Deluxe Brand
Multi-panel high top trainers iconby Balenciaga
Chuck Taylor All Star polka-dot suede sneakers by Converse
Paneled satin high-top sneakers iconby Gucci
Embellished leather high-top sneakers iconby Versace
Dunk Sky Hi metallic leather wedge sneakers iconby Nike
Tokyo studded suede high-top sneakers iconby Jimmy Choo

LoL, Sandra

The S/S 2014 It-Bag – The Backpack

Bag Trend Chanel Backpack SS2014 Must-have

Sometimes, I am proud of myself, especially if I spot immediately an object of desire for the next season. In this case it has been CHANEL‘s amazing to-die-for backpack for S/S 2014 (see previous post from last November 2013 here please) which Karl Lagerfeld has transformed into a backboard for creativity, turning it into an arty and luxury accessory.

Chanel Backpack 1

Playing with conventions the famous designer has personalised the backpack and given it an authentic and worn appearance: graffiti, tags, splashes of paint and colours, added details like scoubidous, snap hooks and luggage tags.

Every motif was specially conceived and reproduced thanks to a specific printing procedure which allows for a wide variety of shades and several colour effects. “There’s a certain lightness and a certain kind of humour in all this,” Lagerfeld declared.

Chanel tote

Available in two sizes (as well as a third tote-shaped version) and three colours, the CHANEL backpack is available in the CHANEL boutiques, and also for a limited time at Colette, from now to March 8th 2014, where it is adorning the windows at the moment during Paris Fashion Week.

Chanel backpack at Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honore, Paris, France_pictures by Olivier Saillant_002Colette – 31, rue Cambon 213, rue Saint-Honoré – 75001 Paris – France

A veritable reflection of Karl Lagerfeld’s endlessly renewed creativity, the CHANEL S/S 2014 backpack symbolises the instantly recognisable quintessence of the Maison: the union of luxury and fashion. A collector’s piece and THE bag of the season!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

Valentino – Fluo Style Statement

Valentino Style SStatement

Chase away the February blues with a pop of Valentino‘s fluo Rockstud bags.
Choose from a range of bright colors such as acid green, striking yellow or hot pink.

Va Va Voom leather shoulder bag in neon-green icon
Va Va Voom crystal-embellished leather shoulder bag icon
Glam Lock in neon-yellow
4 Glam Lock embellished leather shoulder bag
Glam Lock in pink with embellishments
Glam Lock in neon-pink

Valentino vavavoomMy favorite: Va Va Voom calf hair shoulder bag with neon yellow accents.

With those bags, you cannot go wrong. They make a style statement and vamp up every look.

LoL, Sandra

Foulards d’Artistes III by Louis Vuitton

Foulards d'Artistes III Louis Vuitton


This summer, Louis Vuitton continues its world tour of the vibrant street art scene by inviting three new artists from three different continents to collaborate on its collections of textile. The artists of this third season are André Saraiva, famed for his jaunty ‘Mr. A’ character who inhabits the walls of Paris, American Kenny Scharf, and INTI from Chile.

Andre Saraiva

For André Saraiva, his studio drop cloth was the inspiration for the background of his interpretation of Louis Vuitton’s Monogram shawl. Once he had translated his paint spatters to the luxurious silk and wool wrap, it became a natural habitat for ‘Mr. A’, the artist’s signature blue figure with asymmetrical eyes.

Kenny Scharf

Californian Kenny Scharf, a remarkable figure in the worlds of painting, sculpture and performance, describes himself as a pop-surrealist artist whose guiding principle is to reach out beyond the elitist boundaries of fine art and to connect to popular culture. He has covered Louis Vuitton’s giant silk crepe square with a colorful collage of astronomic motifs and symbols of pop culture on a blurred psychedelic background.

True to his name, derived from the Inca sun god, INTI is inspired by ancestral Andean culture, which he transcribes in brightly colored, monumental works. He revisits the giant square with a sun motif referencing the image of ‘Wiracocha’, god of TIWANAKU culture, one of the most important Inca deities. Infused with warm shades of gold and orange, the design is bordered in red with a pattern of ancient symbols surrounding the Louis Vuitton signature.

Louis Vuitton Artists Scarfs

Alongside these artistic collaborations, Louis Vuitton introduces further new designs for S/S 2014.

Sprouse 1

Two are variations on the iconic leopard print created for Louis Vuitton by the artist Stephen Sprouse: the Leopard Spray giant silk crepe square combines leopard spots with a spray-paint motif in vibrant fuchsia or pimento,…

Etoile leopard stole

… while the Leopard Pop stole, available in coral or pimento, presents a delicate arty gradation of shades.

Bleu Jean

The Monogram Rayures shawl juxtaposes faded denim-style stripes with lines of brighter coral or pimento,…

Butterfly fuchsia

… while the Papillon silk square is woven with a subtle tone-on-tone Monogram pattern. Its generous size and array of colors, including beige, black, fuchsia, orange and violet, make it a stylish and versatile choice all year round.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Donatella? No, It’s Lady Gaga for Versace


Lady Gaga is the face of Versace‘s S/S 2014 campaign, the first time that the famous singer has starred in any fashion advertising. Channeling Donatella’s iconic look, the very long platinum blonde hair, Lady Gaga appears in a series of images shot in London by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, wearing pieces from the new summer collection along with some must-have accessories, such as the new Palazzo bag, which was introduced at the S/S 2014 show.

Versace Palazzo Bag

The campaign marks the latest stage of a continuing friendship between Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga. It began with Lady Gaga wearing archive Versace pieces in her video for Edge of Glory, with most recently Lady Gaga titling a track on her new Artpop album Donatella. “I am honoured that my friend Lady Gaga is the face of our new Versace campaign. I wanted to capture her true beauty and spirit in images that are elegant and alluring. She is like family to me, the embodiment of the Versace DNA.”


LoL, Sandra


Photos: Courtesy of Versace

Object of Desire: Chanel Backpack S/S 2014

Chanel Backpack S:S 2014 Cover

We all know that Karl Lagerfeld is a genius and he has proved it once more with his S/S 2014 runway show for Chanel for which he had transformed the Grand Palais into a gigantic white-walled hangar of paintings and sculptures, very Art Basel-like. All seventy-five artworks that served as the backdrop for this artsy collection were made by Lagerfeld himself.

On the runway, he showed amazing backpacks, toughened with a spray-painted version of the iconic logo and colorful chains that will surely fly off the shelves.

Chanel Backpack S:S 2014-1

Ladies, get yourselves on the wait lists now (I am already on). Those backpacks are the next season’s must-have and in the meantime check out the ones by MCM.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

Aquazzura – Meet Edgardo Osorio

Aquazurra SS2014 Shoescribe

Aquazzura, founded by Edgardo Osorio, has won the heart of every shoe lover around the globe in no time. And believe me, after having met the extremely good-looking and charming designer in Paris, I love his heels even more.

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Colombian-born Edgardo launched his label in 2011, after having honed his skills at such renowned fashion houses as Salvatore Ferragamo and Roberto Cavalli. Crafted on the outskirts of Florence, his impeccably crafted, elegant and extremely sexy footwear offers the ultimate mix of European luxury and Latin American extravagance.

Shoescribe Berkeley aquazurra

This fall, he is launching a special capsule collection of his iconic Berkeley bootie in partnership with ShoescribeMake sure to add at least one pair to your to-buy list and enjoy this sneak preview below of his amazing designs for S/S 2014.

Aquazura is available at net-à-porter and mytheresa.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht - Edgardo Osorio

Aquazurra S:S 2014

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Still and photos in collage to the left: Courtesy of Shoescribe, to the right © Sandra Bauknecht
All other photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Best Collection for S/S 2014: Valentino

Valentino S:S 2014 Runway Show- Sandra Bauknecht

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are a dream team and their S/S 2014 collection for Valentino is a divine piece of art (You can still watch the video here).

Like last season, when I had been already overwhelmed by their designs, they showed craftsmanship, sophistication, elegance and beauty in their 72 (!) looks on the runway. After an impromptu visit to the Rome Opera workshops, the duo was compelled to create a glamourous and opulent repertoire. The collection is a journey admits elements borrowed from imaginary ethnic groups. Embroideries, lace, capes, ponchos, fringes, leather, veil-like dresses, take all part in this outstanding collection.

Combining ancestral austerity and sensual opulence, the designer duo has created an amazing and ever-changing look based on today’s modern woman that we will surely spot everywhere on the streets next summer!

Valentino Tote SS2014 Light Cuir Vachetta Medium Stamped icon

Great news is that you can PRE-ORDER THE AMAZING VALENTINO ACCESSORIES STRAIGHT OFF THE RUNWAY iconfor the next 5 days. I included the best ones in this post.
Happy pre-shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Valentino SS2014

Valentino Gold Minaudière SS2014Gold Gryphon Miniaudiere icon


Valentino Ankle Boots SS2014

Black Vitello Fringe Ankle Boot icon


Valentino Clutch SS2014Light Emerald Patent Croc Scarab Finger Clutch icon


Valentino Bootie SS2014

Black Rete Embroidered Bootie icon


Valentino Bracelet SS2014

Light Cuir Vitello Scarab And Gryphon Wrap Bracelet icon


Valentino Sandal SS2014Chocolate Vitello Gryphon Sandal icon


Headband Valentino SS2014

Rubin Studs Crown Hair Band icon


Photos: Courtesy of Valentino and © Sandra Bauknecht