Akris Goes NYC

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Albert Kriemler, who was awarded this week by the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT with its award for Artistry in Fashion, is one of the designers who has been impressing me with the creative background of his designs since many seasons. He is taking the term «inspiration» to the next level. For the first time, the Swiss designer showed in NYC at Lever House. The collection, which is one of his best ones, is dedicated to the work of New York artist Carmen Herrera.

187950_1140Carmen Herrera (b. 1915), Blanco y Verde, 1959. Acrylic on canvas, two panels: 68 1/8 × 60 1/2 in. (173 × 153.7 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2014.63 © Carmen Herrera; courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

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Albert Kriemler’s sketch for his first look.

img_0011_20160910023241The first look of the Akris S/S 2017 collection has obviously been inspired by Carmen Herrera’s work «Blanco y Verde».

“On my first visit to the new Whitney Museum in New York, in June 2015, I saw a painting I could not take 
my eyes off. It was „Blanco y Verde “, from 1959, an off-white plane with a green arrow-shaped triangle, by Carmen Herrera, born in 1915 and living in New York. Her sense of color and proportion,
a blend of euphoria and perfect order, stunned me.” – Albert Kriemler

img_1095_20160910023438Albert Kriemler at the finale of his S/S 2017 show.

The starting point in my creative thinking is pure intuition. It started with „Blanco y Verde “. It is a process of choosing from a multitude of options the one that blends emotion and purpose perfectly. I set out to translate her abstract, geometric lines which captured my mind and heart into a woman’s body language expressed in a relaxed and refined wardrobe.” – Albert Kriemler

quote_carmen„To Albert, My best wishes for a great success, Carmen Herrera, May 31st, 2016“ (her 101st birthday).

On her 101st birthday, I met Carmen Herrera in her studio and we spoke about our work. I received her approval to design my next collection with the inspiration of her exceptional paintings.” – Albert Kriemler

Albert Kriemler seems to have truly a nose for trends. On September 16, 2016, Carmen Herrera‘s solo exhibition «Lines of Sight» opens at the Whitney Museum. It is her first museum exhibition in New York City in nearly two decades and it will close on January 2, 2017. Find out more about the amazing artist and the upcoming show here.

Below you can enjoy some of my favourite looks of the show!

LoL, Sandra

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Carmen Herrera (b. 1915), Iberic, 1949. Acrylic on canvas on board, diameter: 40 in. (101.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery © Carmen Herrera

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Photos: Courtesy of the Whitney Museum and © Akris

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

My Look: Happy Art

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I want to become so famous that Damien Hirst’s mother knows me.”
Jani Leinonen

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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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Obra en Proceso Exhibition in Cuba

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As part of the month of the French culture in Cuba, the House of CHANEL presents the exhibition “Obra en Proceso / Work in Progress” by Karl Lagerfeld at the Factoría Habana art gallery. To celebrate its inauguration two days before the Cruise 2017 show, guests were able to discover more than 200 photographs by the famous designer.

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The exhibition is divided into three sections representing Karl Lagerfeld’s main interests – fashion, architecture and landscapes. It explores the great diversity of subjects, approaches and techniques that define the very personal and subtle interpretation that makes his photography. For him, a photo is not just an image but also a unique visual object. It is open until tomorrow and the admission is free.

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La Habana, Cuba

Enjoy my personal moments of the opening celebration:

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On our way to the exhibition through the streets of the old town of Havana…

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… we were guided by beautiful Cuban models.

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Karl Lagerfeld arriving at the opening celebration.

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With lovely Stella Tennant in front of Karl Lagerfeld’s photos of her.

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I fell in love with Lagerfeld’s photos of his muse Baptiste Giabiconi

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… that show the model in a different way.

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More to come from Cuba! Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Chanel / © Olivier Saillant / © Anne Combaz and © Sandra Bauknecht

In Geneva for SIHH

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Today and running through the week, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) has opened its doors. Only invited journalists and retailers from around the world are able to visit this most exclusive watch fair in Geneva at the Palexpo convention center. Renowned watch brands, such as IWC Schaffhausen, Audemars Piguet, Piaget, Montblanc, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin just to name a few display their newest timepieces. As all of these houses have in general famous ambassadors, you will most likely run in many celebrities at the exhibition. In the evening, exclusive events take place. One that is definitely not to miss is IWC Schaffhausen’s gala night which always takes place on Tuesday evening. Enjoy some of my impressions of last year and stay tuned for the new ones coming up soon!

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BoothIWCTuesday is THE day at the IWC Schaffhausen booth, many celebrities (here among them Nico Rosberg, Louis Hamilton, Ronan and Storm Keating) visit the Swiss watch manufacturer.

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In the evening, the IWC gala «Journey to the Stars» took place which was amazing.

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hublot-SIHH-2015-ladies-watch-Big-Bang-Broderie-As SIHH is all about watches, I would like to show you two of my favorite models I spotted last year. First the Big Bang Broderie by Hublot. Sized at 41mm, these beautiful watches come in three styles (two are shown in the picture). All are limited to 200 pieces, each style.

Capture d’écran 2014-12-17 à 23.13.05And second, Cartier‘s Rêve de Panthère watch. In this spectacular creation, Cartier’s panther emblem enters the decoration – at once diurnal and nocturnal – of a day/night movement that belongs to the great tradition of the Maison’s complications. Like by magic, The background sky changes from starry night to shining sun for an extraordinary interpretation of time measurement.

Enjoy your day!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Hublot and Cartier, © Sandra Bauknecht

Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton

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«Volez! Voguez! Voyagez!» literally translates as «Fly! Sail! Travel!». Those three words written across a vintage Louis Vuitton advertisement poster summarize the spirit of the brand and are the title of an upcoming exhibition that will take place at the Grand Palais from 4th December 2015 till 21st February 2016.

Curated by Olivier Saillard, this exhibition retraces Louis Vuitton’s great journey from 1854 till today, through depictions of the Maison’s founding members and those who create the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.

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The Grand Palais was constructed in 1900 during one of the most spectacular Universal Exhibitions in Paris which welcomed 48 milllion visitors. At this turning point of the century, George Vuitton was in charge of organizing the entire section dedicated to “Travel & Leather goods“.

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The Louis Vuitton booth, surprisingly in the shape of a merry-go-round, presented the Maison’s most innovative luggage and elegant bags and was the center of attention.

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Louis Vuitton has always been at the avant-garde of creation. More than a century after,
if Louis Vuitton remains at the helm of fashion, it’s because we continously inspire ourselves from
the past while anticipating trends of our times. For this exhibition, Olivier Saillard has immersed
himself in the archives of our Maison to decode its secrets. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future“, says Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton.

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The thematic journey conceived and designed by Robert Carsen navigates through 9 chapters, opening with the absolute symbol of Louis Vuitton: an antique malle. An innately modern design, it foresaw what were to become the Maison’s emblematic codes and epitomised Louis Vuitton’s audacious spirit. The exhibition presents objects and documents from Louis Vuitton’s Patrimony
as well as a selection of pieces lent by Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.
A section dedicated to Craftsmanship closes the exhibition.

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SUMMARY OF THE 9 SECTIONS OF THE EXHIBITION

I. THE TRUNK OF 1906, an innovative design
II. WOOD, a gateway to freedom.
The roots of the Louis Vuitton house
III. THE CLASSIC TRUNKS, a catalogue
of refined canvases, shapes and locks

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IV. THE INVENTION OF TRAVEL:
– The rise of yachts, a taste for cruises.
The inauguration of the Steamer bag
– The motor cars, speed at one’s fingertips
– The train, outbound travel

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V. THE ABSENT HOUR,
fine writing in line with Louis Vuitton

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VI. THE PORTAIN TRUNK,
a conversation with art
VII. ECCENTRIC/CURIOUS TRUNKS.
Gaston-Louis Vuitton’s antique personal collection

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VIII. FASHION AND BEAUTY
– Beauty essentials, fine fragrances,
delicate jewellery boxes
– Celebrity luggage. Superstar trunks
– Elegant dandies, the men of today.
Examples of masculine luggage
– Fashion and design, a mirrored present day
IX. THE MUSIC ROOM.
Special orders, dreams are made of these

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EXHIBITION DETAILS

GRAND PALAIS 4th December 2015 till 21st February 2016
Salon d’Honneur, Entrée Square Jean Perrin, Champs-Elysées, Avenue du Général Eisenhower,
Paris 8th
Monday, Thursday and Sunday, from 10am – 8pm
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10am – 10pm
Closed on Tuesdays except during school holidays
Free admission
AUDIO GUIDE
A mobile phone application allows visitors to enrich their tour.

As a big fan of the House of Louis Vuitton, I am truly looking forward to this exhibition.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: ©Archives Louis Vuitton Malletier

Art in the Park XIII – Honoring Allen Jones

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The opening of the annual outdoors exhibition ART IN THE PARK in the lovely gardens of the BAUR AU LAC hotel has been a highlight of Zurich’s summer social calendar since its beginning. Hosted by Gigi Kracht, in collaboration with Galerie Gmurzynska, this year’s INSIDE OUT is a solo showcase of sculptures by artist Allen Jones, one of the pioneers of British Pop Art.

His sinuous, brightly colored reinventions of the human form will be on display until August 23, 2015  in the property’s half-acre park set on the shores of Lake Zurich. The contemporary pieces, including «Taxi» and «Sprawl», are mostly abstract and use interlocking sheets of steel painted in colors like cobalt and primrose.

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Gigi Kracht, the wife of Baur au Lac’s owner, Andrea Kracht, created the show and collaborates with the international art gallery Galerie Gmurzynska to choose the artists. Here she is having a dialogue with Allen Jones during the seated lunch.

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If you are interested in last year’s Art in the Park, click here for the previous post.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Art in the Park, © Dörte Welti, © Sandra Bauknecht

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:

Jay Z and Beyoncé
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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

The Cabinet of Curiosities 2014 in Bangkok

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Last week, I flew to Bangkok to attend the opening event of the fifth edition of the Cabinet of Curiosities by Thomas Erber. After Colette in Paris, Browns in London, Andreas Murkudis in Berlin and Maison Kitsuné in New York, the annual exhibition went the first time to Asia. Thomas Erber has been an acclaimed journalist, writer and special correspondent in the fields of travel, culture and trend for 15years. In addition, he also works as a brand consultant.

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In collaboration with Barom Bhicharnchitr, founder of the Siwilai concept store, located in Bangkok’s new mind-blowing shopping mall Central Embassy, Thomas Erber curated the biggest cabinet ever.

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Containing the finest pieces from the fields of fashion, design, high jewelry, art, photography and more, renowned brands such as Paul Smith, Maison Kitsuné, Harumi Klossowska, Marquis de Montesquiou and many more have created a unique or very limited edition piece, aimed at enhancing the essence of his artistic work or brand and especially created for the Cabinet of Curiosities by Thomas Erber.

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On top of the more than 80 guests from more than 20 different countries participating, 4 world-class Michelin Star chefs and renowned musicians are participating in the event that will take place until December 21st 2014 at Siwilai & Central Embassy as well as at an additional surprise venue for secret events.

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The extreme, natural-minded scenography perfectly integrates to the shapes of this post-modern spaceship that is Central Embassy.

And now let me show you my favorite pieces that are now on sale:

PERMANENT GUESTS

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INTERIOR & OBJECT DESIGN — EST . 1996 PARIS, FRANCE

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Moulded, lasercut steel
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The French interior designer François Champsaur arrived in Paris from the Southern capital of Marseille in the 1980s, with extensive aesthetic studies at both the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, leading him to pursue his own practice to much acclaim. The lamp is laser-cut in steel and assembled with invisible welding, its sides lacquered individually in black, grey accentuated with yellow, and royal blue.

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FASHION — EST . 2002 PARIS, FRANCE

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Maison kitsuné is the playground of Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki – a hybrid label that criss-crosses between music, fash- ion and design around the globe, from Paris and Tokyo to New York (and now Bangkok!), supporting cutting-edge musicians and making cool clothes to dress them. The kitsuné safari ensemble is a smooth segue from the label’s quirky spirit into the Cabinet de Curiosités, taking their no-fuss, purist attitude into the heart of the jungle. The short-sleeved shirt and the shorts are cut in khaki-coloured 100% cotton fabric and feature the iconic kitsuné fox patch above the left breast pocket – except here he stands facing a new friend, the Thai elephant.

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WINES & SPIRITS — EAU ZE, FRANCE

Armagnac Millésime 1975 Rare Armagnac, six last decanters available over three casks
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An iconic symbol of the French Art de Vivre, Marquis de Montesquiou is a boutique Armagnac house renowned and awarded across the globe for creating one of the greatest handmade brandies in their dis- tillery in Eauze, in the Southwest of France. The Maison offers the last six decanters available in the world of its rare Armagnac Millésimé 1975, a numbered and limited series of three oak casks.

INTERNATIONAL 2014 GUESTS

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MEN’S JEWELLERY — EST . 2012 PARIS, FRANCE

“Golden Axe” bracelet set
Sterling silver engraved bracelet
Edition of 9

The “Golden Axe” set by Le gramme is a unique piece composed of nine 33g sterling silver bracelets handmade in France, one for each of the nine dynasties of Thailand. Famously known as the “golden Axe”, the map of Thailand is engraved across the nine pieces like a puzzle, remaining an abstract linear design across each piece, emerging only when they are united. Each piece is numbered in the nine piece series and engraved with its weight in the Thai alphabet, with a further symbolic 9 to honour the king Rama IX.

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WOMENSWEAR — EST . 2009 NEW YORK, USA & GUIZHOU, CHINA

Fringed necklace gown – cotton
Unique Piece

Angel’s pleated gown features a floral-etched necklace collar and hand-stitched skirt, the fabric dyed black in August according to the shamanistic calendar of the Miao people. Apart from the lasercut fringe overlay created with Hong kong-based studio The Fabrick Lab, no electricity was used in the creation of the fabric or production of the dress – not even electric lighting –, the entire process occurring outdoors during daylight hours.

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TEXTILES & WALLPAPER — EST . 1935 PARIS, FRANCE

“No Toys Allowed” 3-piece unwoven wallpaper design, 3.5m x 2.5m
Edition of 10

Pierre Frey is a Paris-based design studio, specialising in wallpaper and textile design in the French tradition that presents a limited edition three-piece wallpaper design featuring “No Toys Allowed”, a painting by American graffiti artist Toxic, also known as Torrick Ablack. Toxic is considered one of the seminal members of eighties New York street art scene and a peer of both Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, whose artworks capture the youthful energy of Bronx rebellion.

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ARTISANAL PERFUME — EST . 2002 NEW YORK, USA

“Hay” eau de parfum “Hay” scented candle
Edition of 10 & 20

Claudia de Pablo Vicens created the bespoke “Hay” candle and room spray that both invoke the memory of wet grass after a summer rain, with notes of pure citrus, woods and florals.

THAI GUESTS

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JIM THOMPSON x OGREONER
SILK TEXTILES — EST. 1951 BANGKOK x EST. 1995 PARIS

Artwork
Spray paint and Posca markers on 2-ply
Thai silk fabric
Scarf
100% Thai silk twill
Unique Piece & edition of 50

Thai silk company Jim Thompson has kept its founder’s ethos to modernize the Thai silk industry while keeping its craft completely local. The company sustains its own silk farms, mills and design studio, producing all its fabrics in-house thanks to the hands of Thai master weavers, spinners and dyers. For this piece, the brand has teamed up with renowned French graffiti artist Olivier Burel, aka Ogreoner. Off the back of a highly buzzed collaboration with Chanel, which held prime position in Colette’s Rue Saint-Honoré store window during Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, Ogreoner was invited to make his mark in a new country. The artist took his spray cans to Thailand, and after more than 50 hours of freehand work, brought Naga Pitak to life. Ogreoner first encountered the naga at the Jim Thompson House; a mythical serpent, a symbol of protection, it is a hallmark of traditional Thai architecture.

Lotus art de vivre CDCDTE2014

LOTUS ARTS DE VIVRE
FURNITURE, FINE JEWELLERY & OBJETS D’ART — EST. 1980 BANGKOK

Sculpture
Sterling silver parts, crocodile skull with Tiger’s eyes quartz detail, iron wood andleather
Unique Piece

The von Buerens, Lotus Arts de Vivre’s founding family, are a venerable clan of travelers, collectors and creators. Every handcrafted object is an intricate meld of East Asian tradition, modern opulence and functionality. Nearly all their creations are one-of-a kind, and everything is completed in their Bangkok workshop, like The Skateboard Crocodile which is a true piece of art.

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LAEND PHUENGKIT x OH FUTON
FASHION — EST . 1987 BANGKOK

“Jacky” shirt  -100% silk-satin
“Ken” shirt – 100% poplin, silk-cotton parts
Photography by Tanapol Kaewpring
Editions of 14

Zurich-born, Berlin- and Bangkok-based Laend Phuengkit may be new to the scene, but his designs have already earned him a Swiss Design Award in 2011 and a showing at Berlin’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Days in 2012. The designer’s unabashed use of traditional Thai and Asian-influenced colours, draping and prints, coupled with his dynamic pattern-making, gives rise to boldly proportioned garments with a demi-couture slant. Hide and Seek marks Phuengkit’s return to his native Bangkok and is, aptly enough, his first collaboration with an Asian artist, Oh Futon. A wearable commentary on human emotions, his shirts invite us to take a closer look and see the stories behind the person.

Clutch Bag Peter Nitz CDCDTE2014

LOTUS x ATELIER PETER NITZ
CABINET SPECIAL COLLABORATION
LUXURY MAROQUINERIE — EST. 2008 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Dragon clutch Alligator, silver, gold, rubies, pearl
Unique Piece

American-born designer Peter Nitz cultivated his eye for antiques and artisanal luxury goods working in a Chicago auction house, before the old world splendour of Europe beckoned him to Zurich. The “Dragon clutch” is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind evening clutch created in partnership with Lotus Arts de Vivre, fusing Peter’s classical romance with the Eastern exoticism of the dragon. Shaped in dark grey, matte alligator skin, the rounded box shape features an engraved frame and is closed by a dragon’s head clasp – its eyes two shining rubies, the mouth clutching a grey pearl.

Maison Takuya ges

MAISON TAKUYA
LUXURY LEATHER GOODS — EST . 1987 CHAN GMAI

SofTote (M) bag
Matte black wild niloticus crocodile hide with lambskin leather lining
“Urban T City” bag
Black cashmere calf with wild niloticus crocodile trim
Unique Pieces

“Luxury is about delivering real value and real things,” and to François Russo, nothing personifies this realness like the perfect leather bag. Disillusioned with the generally poor quality of European luxury leather goods, the designer moved to Thailand in 2006 and founded Maison Takuya, a leather goods brand that blends Russo’s French heritage with his fondness for Japanese craftsmanship. The bags themselves, if not perfect, come close : each one is processed and stitched entirely by hand in the brand’s Chiang Mai manufacture. Each step is performed by one of 150 highly skilled Thai artisans under the tutelage of European and Japanese leathercraft masters. (Maison Takuya is also available at Trois Pommes in Switzerland.)

PING PONG TABLE CDCDTE2014Ping Pong Chair CDCDTE2014

P TENDERCOOL
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN — EST . 2006 BANGKOK

Handcrafted ping-pong table
Hand-casted brass base with Teng wood top and Makha Tae wood inlay
Handcrafted chairs
Hand-casted brass legs with 3D wooden shells and leather upholstery
Handcrafted ping-pong paddle
Makha Tae wood handles and leather upholstery
Unique Pieces

P Tendercool knows tables. Every piece is handmade in-house; no two tables are alike, and P Tendercool knows them all by name. PTppt is a dining-cum-ping-pong table fashioned from reclaimed Teng wood. The tabletop features hand-inlaid marquetery lines and borders, while its base was hand-casted by P Tendercool’s bronze-master Armando; the 1950s net-holders were custom-casted to match. For chairs, two moulded wooden seats were wrapped in hand-stitched leather and set atop hand-casted brass legs. Each chair-back is tattooed – guns, ink and all – with a unique design.

Siwilai Rocket CDCDTE2014

Siwilai, first Thai concept-store with an international impact, perfectly matches the core spirit of the Cabinet and is the perfect place to host several events in their in-store restaurant and coffee bar Rocket Siwilai.

If you are in Bangkok, don’t miss the following:
Masterclass with OGREone on November 28, 2014 at 2pm.
Chef Masterclass: Chef Bertrand Grébaut (Michelin Star) on November 30, 2014 at 2pm.
Party hosted by Jim Thompson and his collar partner Ogre on December 3rd, 2014 at 6.30pm.
Chef Masterclass: Chef Ana Ros on December 7, 2014 at 2pm.
Chef Masterclass: Chef Virginie Laval on December 14, 2014 at 2pm.
Party hosted by Vickteerut on December 17, 2014 at 6.30pm.

Stay tuned for the outfit post coming up soon!

LoL, Sandra

Rocket Siwilai Store Rocket CDCDTE2014

Photos: Courtesy of CDCTE2014 and © Sandra Bauknecht

Extremely Piaget

Extremely Piaget at the Biennale des Antiquaires 2014

Every second year, the Biennale des Antiquaires takes place in Paris in the gorgeous halls of the Grand Palais. Whenever I look at its sinuous, cast-iron Art Nouveau balconies and curlicue stairways, I feel like being in another century. Personally speaking, it is one of the most fascinating places in the French capital and I couldn’t imagine a better backdrop for the most important event in the jewelry calendar. I was invited by Piaget as in 2012 (for the previous post, please click here) and was able to discover the house’s amazingly beautiful EXTREMELY PIAGET collection firsthand.

For the 27th edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires, interior designer Jacques Grange paid homage to Versailles and its French gardens with flowerbeds and foliage. The most stunning part was the scented indoor fountain in the center under the gigantic glass dome that master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian had transformed into an olfactory experience.

Sandra Bauknecht Biennale 2

At the Piaget booth, I indulged in the most stunning High Jewellery pieces you can imagine. This year, Piaget is celebrating its 140th anniversary and to celebrate this occasion, the company seeked inspiration for its EXTREMELY PIAGET collection from its stellar period in its creative history from the 1960s and 70s. The pieces are enhanced by the most precious materials: diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, hard stones and gold.

Turquoises Bracelet Piaget

The collection is also characterized by great freedom of movement and multiple ways of beings worn. Personally speaking, it was the youngest and most modern collection at the Biennale des Antiquaires this year. You could easily imagine to wear it to a black tie gala or with jeans and a white tee like for example this beautiful bracelet with turquoises from Arizona above.

Let me show you my favorite pieces of the 125 that were presented:

Piaget Extremely 10

Necklace in 18k white gold set with 46 turquoise beads (approx. 301cts), 48 chrysoprase beads (approx. 42cts), 1 emerald-cut cabochon (approx. 23.14cts), per-shaped chrysoprases, pear-shaped turquoises and brilliant-cut diamonds.

Piaget Sautoir Exceptional

Sautoir exceptional High Jewellery watch in platinum set with 195 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 66.20 cts), 282 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 33.20 cts), 35 cushion-cut diamonds (approx. 16.30 cts) and 16 pear-cut diamonds (approx. 7.60 cts).  Piaget 56P quartz movement.

Extremely Piaget 7

Necklace in 18K white gold set with 84 blue sapphire beads from Sri Lanka(approx. 127.40 cts), 490 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 41.69 cts) and 1 cushion-cut emerald from Columbia(approx. 19.39 cts).

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Sautoir watch fishnet mesh in 18K white gold set with 404 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 31.30 cts).  Piaget 56P quartz movement.

Extremely Piaget 9

Bracelet in 18K pink gold set with 8 pink opal plates (approx. 23.25 cts), 18 turquoise beads (approx. 5.31 cts) and 220 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.81 cts).

Piaget Opal Watch

Cuff watch in 18K white gold set with 1’699 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 20.50 cts) (snow-setting). Natural opal dial. Piaget 56P quartz movement.

Ear Cuff Piaget Extremely

Ear cuffs in 18K white gold set with 28 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 11.59 cts) and 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 4.48 cts).

Sandra Bauknecht Piaget Extremely

Ring with a sapphire (approx. 7 cts) and 10 diamonds in pear cut and 2 marquise diamonds (approx. 7.5 cts together).

I fell not only in love with this piece… The EXTREMELY PIAGET collection marks the continuity of the brand’s presence in the world of High Jewellery. The 1960s and 70s were some of their most innovative years – and the same is true of 2014. Congratulations, Piaget, for this amazing collection!

LoL, Sandra

Piaget Ring Biennale 2014

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht