It-Bag Alert: Chanel’s New Gabrielle

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Bag aficionados, here we go! Meet CHANEL‘s new GABRIELLE bag. The official advertising campaign is announced to launch on April 3rd 2017, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and featuring four guests of honour: Kristen Stewart, Caroline de Maigret, Pharrell Williams, along with Cara Delevingne.

gettyimages-628053044Pharrell Williams, Cara Delevingne and Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Collection des Metiers d’Art Pre-fall 2017: Paris Cosmopolite Show at Hotel Ritz on December 6, 2016 in Paris.

All four of them have woven strong links with CHANEL. Kristen Stewart has appeared in several fashion and beauty campaigns since 2013. Model, music producer and writer, Caroline de Maigret is also a close friend of Karl Lagerfeld. Pharrell Williams appeared in the designer’s short film that celebrated the Paris-Salzburg collection; he composed the film’s music and was the face of that same collection alongside Cara Delevingne, who is ever loyal to Karl Lagerfeld.

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First presented at the S/S 2017 show, CHANEL’s GABRIELLE bag is like a mischievous wink to Gabrielle Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld wanted it to have the same aesthetic and practical spirit in that blend of strength and elegance that characterises CHANEL handbags. Fitted on a rigid thermoformed base, the main body of the bag is extremely light and ultra-supple: this contrasting structure gives it perfect stability and makes finding belongings effortless. In tune with a continuing search for comfort advocated by the founder of the House, it hugs the silhouette, moving with the gait and never hindering it.

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Its adjustable strap comes with a double chain woven from leather and golden and silver metal. A highly original detail permitting several ways of wearing it: over the shoulder, across the body or both at the same time, with the chain going over one shoulder and then diagonally across the other.

Stay tuned – more to come in April! I am already in love…
#TheCHANELGABRIELLEbag

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Chanel, Sketch: © Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel

Make Every Day Valentine’s Day

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Looking for new and creative ways to show your loved one how much you care? You don’t have to save romance just for February 14, why not make every day Valentine’s Day! Saying «I love you» has never been easier, especially for those finding it hard to express their feelings directly. Gentlemen, here we go, I have the perfect gift.

Dolce & Gabbana‘s printed metallic leather box clutch is crafted from laser-cut metallic leather and printed with a playful message designed to look like lipstick. This Italian-made accessory has a handy internal mirror and the label’s signature flower-embellished padlock. Attach the strap to carry it over your shoulder.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

So Fake It’s Good

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In general, we are more confronted in life with things that appear real, but most of the time are usually fake. In terms of fashion this season, we are confronted with «fake» T-shirts that are actually true designer pieces, but are looking like counterfeit products.

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From Alessandro Michele‘s brilliant idea to create a plain white tee printed with the house’s GG with its signature green and red stripe that looked like a bootleg copy to Dolce & Gabbana‘s logo play.

gucci-real-shopperShopper «GG Ghost Real» by Gucci
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Both tapped into the same ideas as Gucci‘s collaboration with graffiti artist Trouble Andrew, aka GucciGhost, for F/W 2016, when he sprayed bags with the word «Real» above the house’s name, that flew off the shelves and will come back this season.

T-shirts in the collage from left to right: T-shirt «Drunk and Gorgeous» and T-shirt «Daiquiri & Ginfiz», both by Dolce & Gabbana, appliquéd distressed printed cotton-jersey T-shirt and distressed and floral embroidered logo T-shirt, both by Gucci.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana

The New Loewe

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The fashion world is moving fast and sometimes labels that have been around for many years become all of a sudden absolutely trendy. It takes the right designer to lead the brand to new heights just like Alessandro Michele did with Gucci. Now, there is another fashion house that you should include in your wish list: LOEWE. Founded in 1846, Loewe started life as a cooperative of leather artisans in Madrid, before German entrepreneur Enrique Loewe Roessberg took over the workshop and consolidated it under his name in 1872. The Spanish label introduced its first ready-to-wear collection in 1965, bringing fashion to the centre of the brand.

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In 2013 Jonathan Anderson took over the helm at Loewe and transformed the Spanish house slowly but constantly into one of the most talked-about labels this season.

loewe-spring-summer-2016-ad-campaign01Raquel Zimmermann starred in Loewe’s S/S 2016 ad campaign.

Under Anderson’s creative direction, the label has had its logo and emblem rebranded by Parisian art duo M/M (Paris), Steven Meisel-lensed ad campaigns have been rolled out and the clothes and bags are quickly garnering must-have status among the style set. When it comes to taking a label steeped in heritage and making it relevant today, Anderson has the Midas touch.

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A statement bag that you should get: Loewe‘s Joyce embellished leather shoulder bag.

d08551fedc7faf2c5dbe9d0d7fa7a648A modern legacy: LOEWE Boutique Bilbao designed by architect Javier Carvajal, 1960.
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An authority in leather goods for over 160 years, Loewe, under the creative vision of Anderson, continues to design classic handbags using cutting-edge techniques. With a keen interest in interiors and architecture, Javier Carvajal (the architect responsible for the modernist Loewe stores in the 1950s and 1960s) is another key inspiration.

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The new must-have bag for the S/S 2017 season? Loewe‘s Puzzle leather shoulder bag.
iconFor Anderson’s first bag style, the Puzzle, more than 40 fragments of super-soft leather have been sliced and repositioned.

«I set out to find a new way of building a bag, fundamentally questioning its structure. It was about deconstructing a conventional bag to create a flat object with a tri-dimensional function» – Jonathan Anderson.

I love it! It is definitely on my shopping list…

You can shop a great selection of LOEWE at NET-A-PORTERicon, LUISAVIAROMAMATCHESFASHION and MYTHERESA.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Loewe

Part of Montblanc’s Urban Spirit Campaign

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In 2012, my relationship as MONTBLANC ambassador started with the launch of my very own ink Sandra Berry, a fuchsia hue, that was limited to 100 pieces.

sandra_berry_37-1My beautiful limited edition Sandra Berry ink by Montblanc.

Now, in 2016, I was honored to be part of their new social media campaign that focuses on the Urban Spirit collection, a brand new leather line defined by its innovative functionality – the ultimate companion for the independent traveller’s daily needs.

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montblancBeing featured on Montblanc’s Facebook page along with brand ambassador Hugh Jackman, how cool is this?!

For the campaign I had to answer some questions about myself and the city of Zurich:

Favorite place in your city and why ?
I love the area around the Stadthausquai and the Münsterbrücke as it makes me feel like being in Paris. It shows the beauty of Zurich in perfection.

What does Urban Spirit in your city inspires you?
The urban spirit of Zurich is very cosmopolitan, combining Swiss traditions with cultural influences from all over the world. It is a melting pot that inspires me every day just by hearing different languages. Zurich is a metropole and a small little village at the same time, a place where you can do business and feel like being on holidays with its beautiful mountains and stunning lake.

And here are the social media campaign photos shot by lovely Andrea Monica Hug:

Stay tuned for all the details of the look coming up soon!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Montblanc

Happy 7th Birthday, Sandra’s Closet!

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7 years –  as crazy as it sounds but I have been blogging now for 84 months, which is around 2555 days, and this is my 3098th posts which means I wrote more than one per day. I am thankful, Sandra’s Closet has taken me on the craziest, busiest but most amazing ride in my life.

Blogging is what I love to do most. I am independent, I can write whatever or wherever I am. It gives me so much freedom and joy. I love to do my collages and it has never ever been something I had to force myself to do.

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To honour the occasion, I gifted myself with this new Chanel 2.55 bag from the «Front Row Only» collection. I think the attached hanger and the built-in hidden mirror on the back is too cute and it couldn’t be a better match to celebrate my closet.

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As everything wouldn’t be possible without you, my dear readers, who have supported me over the last years, I have a gift for you, too. Please enjoy this special early access code BFLSU30 with 30% off on full priced orders over £300/€300 at LUISAVIAROMA.

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Thank you from all my heart for your comments, your mails. With some of you I have even developed a relationship over the past years. I will continue to entertain you with your daily dose of fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Recently, I have been thinking about doing a relaunch of my blog, a new layout for example but on the other side, I am loving my design, it looks different from others and I find it easy to navigate. Please shoot me an e-mail what you would change or if you prefer it the way it is to .

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Meet the Furse

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If you are asking yourself what is the furse? It is this season’s fashion curse!

A marriage of fur and a purse. First furry shoes stormed the runways, now it is time for the bags to get in action. These must-haves will vamp up even the most modest of your looks. And moreover they feel like a cuddly toy in your hands.

1 Box fur-embellished leather cross body bag by Christopher Kane
2 Fur shopper by Marni
3 Love Power shearling and textured-leather shoulder bag by Diane von Fuerstenberg
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I love fur bags especially in colourful shades. I think that they look the most fun:

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Lockett Envelope Mini fur shoulder bag by Jimmy Choo

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Lock Mini mink fur and leather shoulder bag by Valentino

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Badia fur and leather cross body bag by Salvatore Ferragamo

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Don’t Make Me Get My Wand

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Today is Halloween. Have you ever asked yourself why  people are wearing costumes that day? The reason is that celts dressed up in white with blackened faces during the festival of Samhain to trick the evil spirits that they believed would be roaming the earth before All Saints’ Day on November 1st.

I like the idea of tricking the evil spirits, probably this Peekaboo medium crocodile-trimmed leather and python tote by Fendi iconwould help! I am totally in love, so please don’t make me get my wand, this fashion must-have is all I need.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Fendi

The Bouquet You Really Wanted

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Finally – here is the bouquet you really wanted from your boyfriend. Dear gentlemen, who hopefully are reading this post, surprise your loved one with one of those floral must-haves and you will make her heart leap with joy. Shop the brand new Karlie embroidered suede pumpsicon by Aquazzura or the stunning floral embellished appliquéd canvas and satin clutchicon by Alexander McQueen now!

Below you can find some more pieces to choose from – to a blossoming love!

LoL, Sandra

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Sicily medium floral-print textured-leather tote by Dolce & Gabbana
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Petra floral-print leather pumps by Tabitha Simmons

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Leather-trimmed painted wood clutch by Dolce & Gabbana

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Embellished printed leather Mary Jane pumps by Dolce & Gabbana

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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Let Your Bag Do the Talking

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Clutches are small, fine and compliment every feminine outfit just perfectly. This season, a statement bag gets a whole new meaning and can be taken literally. Only your personal taste and your style decide, which one will be your favourite. With these quotes, the stage is all yours and you set a point right from the start.

LoL, Sandra

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Dolce embellished printed leather shoulder bag by Dolce & Gabbana (my favorite)
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Speech Bubble embroidered leather clutch by Sophia Webster

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Iconic Print leather clutch by Givenchy

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Love Pill confetti Perspex clutch by Sarah’s Bag
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Superstar Vanity croc-effect leather clutch by Charlotte Olympia

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Flavia Gangster glittered acrylic box clutchicon by Edie Parker

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Leather and fabric embellished pouch by Gucci

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Wifey For Lifey beaded cotton clutch by Sophia Webster

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Candy printed acrylic clutch by Jimmy Choo

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iconEverything I Do Makes Me book clutchicon by Olympia Le-Tan

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands