Narciso Rodriguez Oriental Musc Editions

After the launch of AMBER MUSC in 2013 and ROSE MUSC in 2016, Narciso Rodriguez is launching a new fragrance to complement his Oriental Musc Editions this fall: SANTAL MUSC.

All three stand for pure luxury: addictive modern classics created through a masterful synchrony of East and West. Dedicated to discerning fragrance connoisseurs, I invite you to have a closer look:

AMBER MUSC (2013)

The quintessential fragrance. For centuries, the distinctive nature of both amber and musc have captured a sublime sensuality as scent dissolves into skin. Narciso Rodriguez melds the two iconic notes as one in this captivating Eau de Parfum Intense.

The idea for the amber musc was to honor two great periods of fragrance with my own modern interpretation,” says Narciso Rodriguez, “and the results have been beyond my dream.

The perfumer Aurélien Guichard synthesizes a golden balsamic accord with the smoky sweetness of oud wood, the illusive nature of incense and the lush smoothness of black patchouli to create a dusky palette. Narciso Rodriguez’s signature musc acts as a luminous counterpoint to this palette, softened by orange blossom.

ROSE MUSC (2016)

The poetic symbol of perfection in the annals of perfumery: rose, a most mythical ingredient. In both Eastern and Western culture, its rich yet delicate scent has served as the synonym of fragrance for over a millennium. For this creation, the world’s most iconic flower meets an equally iconic note, the signature musc of the famous designer.

I was very passionate about the idea of creating a new fragrance using rose, the ultimate symbol of refinement, and musc, which is more raw,” says Narciso Rodriguez. “The process to find the precise scent was very challenging and I think we met the challenge.”

The perfumer Sonia Constant has obtained the supreme rose absolute for rose musc from Morocco. Golden saffron lends vibrancy to the top notes as a hint of labdanum adds a unique opulence to the heart of musc. Spicy black pepper and dusky patchouli further refines its intensity.

SANTAL MUSC (2017)

This new beautiful fragrance captures a discreet luxury that’s addictive by transcending boundaries. Narciso Rodriguez conceives a provocative balance of soft woody accords and bright florals with delicacy and nuance. Santal musc reinterprets the masculine-feminine with a sensuality both illusive and potent. It is a surprising contrast of deep warmth and silky softness.

The santal musc was meant to be an entirely unique fragrance—very magnetic, very intriguing,” says Narciso Rodriguez, “I wanted to capture beauty and desire in a scent that both men and women would covet.”

Sonia Constant and Caroline Sabas create a transformative fragrance, bold yet enigmatic, with eclectic woody accords and floral notes.  The signature heart of musc is surrounded by sumptuous amber accords, sandalwood and vetiver heightened by fresh ylang flowers and a hint of cardamom spice.

Available as Eau de Parfum Intense for CHF 229.00 (100ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Narciso Rodriguez

Combat Boots

Even pacifists can get behind that military vibe. This fall, leather boots come with a combat-style lace-up front for a tough-girl aesthetic. A great combination with a floral dress.

Cosmo faux pearl-embellished leather knee boots by Altuzarra

Rockstud leather boots by Valentino

Leather and suede knee-high boots by See by Chloé

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Get Party Ready with Bobbi Brown

Glowing skin, make-an-entrance shades for lips and eyes, must-have accessories and made-to-be-gifted palettes. Bobbi Brown‘s holiday edit makes it easy to ace party season.

CAVIAR & RUBIES COLLECTION

With the holiday season now on the horizon, beauty brand Bobbi Brown is getting in the festive mood with this its new “Caviar & Rubies” makeup collection that features items for the eyes and skin and that makes me just want to buy it for the name alone!

Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette – CHF 110.00
Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Limited Edition Highlighting Powder – CHF 72.00
Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Luxe Lip Color – CHF 47.00

STOCKING FILLERS

Bobbi Brown Evening Glow Eye Shadow Palette – CHF 74.00

Bobbi Brown Travel Brush Set – CHF 159.00

OPULENT GIFTS

Bobbi Brown Luxe Classics Mini Lip Set – CHF 169.00
Bellini – Uber Beige – Bond – Bahama Brown – Uber Rose – Tahiti Pink – Flame – Plum Brandy – Red Velvet – Imperial Red

Bobbi Brown Beauty Case – CHF 199.00

Bobbi Brown Deluxe Beauty Trunk – CHF 288.00

All products are in stores now.
BOBBI BROWN IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT NET-A-PORTER.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

My Look: Milan Style

On the streets of Milan on my way to a business meeting…

My look: Perfecto leather biker jacketBetty chain red leather shoulder bag, and iconstar-appliquéd leather ankle boots, all by Saint Laurent, floral print lace dress by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafiniicon, rose diamond necklace, ring and Limelight Gala watch, all by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Get Your 50% Off Code at Moda Operandi

My favourite time of the year is right around the corner! My dearest readers, today I have a special surprise for you! Warm up your wallets and click through to be transferred to the Friends & Family Sale for 50% off your purchase of beautiful F/W 2017 pieces with code FRIENDS50, only valid until November 19, 2017. And an extra goodie for my British followers, you will receive free UK delivery. If you are off to a warm destination for New Year’s Eve, you will love my selection below…

Happy Shopping! Enjoy my favorite pieces I couldn’t resist…

LoL, Sandra

Pipe Dream Belt Silk Dress by Temperley London
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Belted A-Line Dress by Emilio Pucci
iconM’O Exclusive Mahi Tie Blouse by Johanna Ortiz

iconPrinted Cotton Dress by Peter Pilotto

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Moncler Ends Its Gamme Collections

This took me by surprise. Moncler announced that the house will discontinue its GAMME BLEU and GAMME ROUGE runway collections after the S/S 2018 season, announcing a new strategy in the coming weeks. Because of this development, they also part ways with Thom Browne and Giambattista Valli, who designed the fashionable sub-labels of the outerwear brand that has more than a $1 billion revenue per year. Browne was in charge for GAMME BLEUicon, the line for men, since 2009. Valli partnered first with Moncler in 2008 for GAMME ROUGE, the womenswear collection.

TO SHOP MONCLER GAMME BLEU FOR MEN, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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TO SHOP MONCLER GAMME ROUGE FOR WOMEN, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

Moncler is highly successful at the moment with high growth rates. This, of course, brings competitors in the game, trying to get on the gravy train as well. So, Moncler might prepare itself for a new consumer behavior, faster and more volatile.

While I was in Milan a few weeks ago, the Italian outerwear brand opened its new 800-square-metre flagship on Via Montenapoleone with a fantastic party. They even transformed the famous shopping mile into a winter wonderland and fake snow was falling from above the windows. Inside, products from their different lines, still including the Gamme collections, are presented next to each other and not divided into different departments.

I am curious to hear more about the brand’s new strategy. The wheels in fashion are turning, and obviously faster and faster…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Moncler, © Sandra Bauknecht

Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls

Such great news! Tom Ford Lips & Boys goes to the fourth round by introducing 50 girls to his celebrated Lip Color collection. Named after women he admires in his daily life, from intimates to collaborators from around the world, the girls limited-edition collection debuts in clutch-sized, ivory and gold packaging. Designed to be worn on their own or layered with one another, each transforming color and finish amplifies a woman or man’s individuality, while inciting an insatiable desire to try more than one.

From lip color sheer in Lisa, Carine, and Amber to ultra-rich lip color in Emma, Grace, and Sasha, there’s a shade and finish for every girl. All shades are pictured below.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colors for Fall 2017: Alain, Charles, Connor, Federico, Magnus, Warren

Boys & Girls also introduces six new cream shades of boys showcased in a sleek, clutch-sized mahogany and gold case.

TO SHOP THE LIMITED EDITION TOM FORD BOYS & GIRLS LIP COLOR COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

iconTom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers: Row 1 – Alexis, Alicia, Amber, Beatrice, Carine; Row 2- Carolyn, Edita, Ellie, Fabiola, Greta

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers: Row 1: Ingrid, Isamaya, Julianne, Lara, Leigh; Row 2: Lena, Lily, Lisa, Marguerite, Natalia; Row 3: Nico, Nina, Rinko, Romy, Scarlett

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Colors: Row 1 – Anne, Ashley, Bianca, Dakota, Emma; Row 2 – Gala, Georgie, Grace, Ines, Isla

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Colors: Row 1- Joan, Katherine, Kyra, Loulou, Mariko; Row 2 – Marisa, Monica, Naomi, Rosie, Sasha; Row 3 – Sophia, Valentina, Violet, Zelda, Zoe

Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty

Zegna’s Toyz

Ladies, are you also desperate in finding great gift ideas for your better half?! Men are so hard to gift. Yes, I know a Ferrari would just be enough but if your wallet doesn’t allow the yacht or the private jet, here is an idea!

To celebrate the magic of the holiday season, Ermenegildo Zegna presents Zegna’s Toyz, an exclusive collection of modern gift ideas in PELLE TESSUTA™, the innovative woven leather fabric made from extremely thin strips of micro leather in place of fabric yarns.

Zegna’s Toyz features a wide range of home, travel and gaming products all made in Pelle Tessuta. The items are dedicated to the modern man for three different moments of his life:

Essential” is a collection of small leather goods for the gentleman’s business life and includes, among other things, a valet box, a business card case and a sunglasses case.

Toys” is a selection of leisure and entertainment travel games, which includes a domino set, a playing card set and a game cube.

The “Technological” offer consists of a series of multimedia accessories, such as headphones and speakers, created in collaboration with Master & Dynamic, the premium audio brand known for its sophisticated sound tools.

Zegna’s Toyz: contemporary gifts for distinctive men. Available now in Zegna stores worldwide and online.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Zegna

F/W 2017 Trend: Cropped Sweater

Those who think that cropped tops are only for the warm-weather months are sadly mistaken. This fall, they are shorter and trendier than ever, giving your favorite shirts a whole new look!
Get your crop top fix during the colder months with those super-short sweaters.

1 Cropped wool sweater by Stella McCartney
2 Cropped cable-knit wool turtleneck sweater by Valentino
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4 Cropped cashmere sweater by Valentino
Cropped open-knit wool sweater by Isa Arfen
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Teatro alla Scala

Last month, when I visited Milan with my daughter, I took her to the Teatro alla Scala, the famous opera house in Milan, which is regarded as one of the leading theatres in the world. Most of Italy’s greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala. We enjoyed the German opera «Der Freischütz» by Carl Maria von Weber. Being considered the first important German Romantic opera, especially in its national identity and stark emotionality, it was a true pleasure to see it in our mother tongue surrounded by the stunning ambiance of La Scala.

My look: Ruffle-trimmed single-breasted wool coaticon, ruffle bow dressicon, embellished leather pumpsicon, and Sylvie mini buckle leather shoulder bag, all by GucciChoker with evil eye symbol by Chanel, diamond rose ring and Limelight Gala watch, both by Piaget.

My scent: Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, which is the first fragrance developed wholly under Alessandro Michele’s creative vision and blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas. The beautiful powdery floral scent features tuberose and jasmine combined with rangoon creeper, also called Chinese honeysuckle, which is a unique flower discovered in South India that is being used for the first time in perfumery to create a rich fragrance that transports its wearer to an imaginary garden.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
A big thank you to my daughter for taking them!