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This season, I am truly in love with Dolce & Gabbana‘s playful take on their box bags. The extravagant pieces look like something children would take to kindergarden in the morning but unfortunately they come with a high price tag. Nevertheless they are fun to look at… and definitely collector’s items.

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Enjoy my favorites below… happy shopping!

LoL, Sandra
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Photos: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Louis Vuitton Petite Malle iPhone Cases

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One night before the Louis Vuitton S/S 2017 show, a hush fell over both the fashion and tech worlds when Nicolas Ghesquière posted a photo holding an amazing iPhone 7 case.

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As the first model hit the catwalk, in her hands, she clasped the accessory that will soon shield the phones of every fashion lover. It’s a smart move to shrink your bag down to its smallest possible form, something you will be using every day!

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Available from February 2017 for CHF 905 for the iPhone 7 and CHF 960 for the iPhone 7+.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Viva Coco Cuba Libre for Christmas

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Last May, I attended the amazing CHANEL Cuba Cruise 2017 show in Havana, and the one piece I predicted to be the absolute bestseller was the colourful printed T-shirt «Viva Coco Cuba Libre». Of course, I wanted to get my hands on it as well as I knew this one will fly off the shelves. Well, dreams do come true, and sometimes even double!

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When I unwrapped my Christmas present from CHANEL wearing the tee, I couldn’t believe my eyes, I got another one in a more pastel color combination. Thank you, CHANEL, this was the perfect gift for me! Merry Christmas to all of you… enjoy your holiday season!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Chanel and © Sandra Bauknecht

The Showstopper

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This is the ultimate showstopper. My object of desire. The everything. The heart shaped cape that Hedi Slimane presented as a tribute to the late designer at his last show (F/W 2016) for the brand. Yves Saint Laurent had reinvented endlessly the symbol of the heart and created endless love stories with it.

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TO SHOP THE HEART SHAPED FUR CAPE, VISIT LUISAVIAROMA OR MYTHERESA.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Saint Laurent and Vogue.com

The Jacket Everyone Will Be Talking About

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Everybody will be talking about GUCCI’s embroidered denim jacket this season. And not only because Rihanna wore it recently in Los Angeles. The object of desire is from the brand’s pre-fall 2016 collection.

Personally speaking, I am anyway deeply impressed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele. With his appointment, the Italian House has gone to new strengths. Everywhere you look, you see the brand’s must-have pieces, on the streets or on many celebrities.

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Embellishments, especially in the form of embroideries, play a very distinctive part in Michele’s collections. This denim jacket comes with a mix of birds, butterflies and flower applications. My favorite is the back where a huge tiger head graces the jacket along with the printed phrase graphics “l’aveugle par amour” which translates to “love is blind“. That, paired with a shearling lining, makes the piece an instant hit and will for sure turn heads this season.

TO SHOP THE EMBROIDERED DENIM JACKET, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci, Xposure
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Louis XIII – An Ode to Adventure

LSBerke_PRWhat happens if four French luxury houses join forces? They surely design something very special that exudes rare craftsmanship and unbroken tradition. Offering a bespoke tribute to one of the world’s most storied Grande Champagne cognac’s mythical journeys through the ages, LOUIS XIII has collaborated with HERMÈS, SAINT-LOUIS, and PUIFORCAT.

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Each of them contributing their own expertise and centuries-old savoir-faire, they have created together a series of three one-of-a-kind masterpieces, L’ODYSSÉE D’UN ROI (JOURNEY OF A KING), that is paying ode to the travel heritage of the famous cognac house.

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THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY
LOUIS XIII has been present at every milestone in the history of luxury travel — from the legendary bar-car of the Orient-Express to the first-class lounge of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner to the sleek cabin of the supersonic Concorde jet. To pay tribute to this heritage of adventure and discovery, L’ODYSSÉE D’UN ROI is inspired by the first shipments of LOUIS XIII in the late 1870s and the iconic journeys that followed to the farthest corners of the globe.

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THE AUCTION
The three trunks will be offered in a special 1-lot sale in different auctions at Sotheby’s, one in NYC on September 10, 2016, one in Hong Kong on October 1, 2016 and one in London on November 16, 2016. Each masterpiece is unique, its design and contents are inspired by the continent for which it is destined. 

All proceeds will be benefiting «The Film Foundation», a non-profit organization founded by Martin Scorsese and other leading filmmakers in 1990 to preserve and restore classic films, ensuring their survival for future generations. In this same spirit of preservation, the house has pledged to replant 115,000 oak trees in France in partnership with ONF (French National Forest Office).

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“LOUIS XIII – L’ODYSSÉE D’UN ROI is truly the result of a work of art and genius, a veritable tribute to craftsmanship and time. Much like the time, finesse and care it takes to create LOUIS XIII, so it is with the process of preserving classic cinema. We therefore decided that the proceeds of LOUIS XIII – L’ODYSSÉE D’UN ROI will be donated to THE FILM FOUNDATION, a group dedicated to film preservation and the exhibition of restored and classic cinema, a cultural legacy that one generation leaves to another.”
Ludovic du Plessis, LOUIS XIII Global Executive Director

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Let’s have a closer look at those masterpieces that were created by more than 5o individual artisans that devoted over 1000 hours per piece to produce the three bespoke creations.

THE TAILOR-MADE OFFERING INCLUDES:

A beautiful book that chronicles LOUIS XIII’s mythical journeys that begin on a 16th-century battlefield in rural France but will touch every corner of the globe.

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HERMÈS

A bespoke trunk hand-stitched by HERMÈS using the finest leathers and evoking a bygone era of luxury travel.

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This bespoke trunk was hand-stitched by HERMÈS using the finest leathers. Modelled on a classic steamer trunk — the kind that would have been taken on an ocean liner or a long journey by train — it evokes a bygone era of luxury travel. In fact, the handles are exact replicas of those used for HERMÈS from the 1920s and30s. Of course the design of the interior was created for a very precise function, which is to luxuriously house a unique magnum decanter of LOUIS XIII. This unique object is a suitably grand conveyance for this unforgettable journey across space and time.

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PUIFORCAT

A white gold pipette forged by the Art Deco silversmith PUIFORCAT for the ritual of service.

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This white gold pipette was forged by hand by the Art Deco silversmith PUIFORCAT for the ritual of service. The method is centuries-old: the craftsman spins a plate of silver on a mandril, which is a tapered piece of wood that turns horizontally. He uses a simple tool called a “spoon” to give shape to the object. Several passes are often needed for a piece to take on the desired contours. These steps are punctuated by “annealing,” a controlled heating process used to soften the metal. Etching is another whole step: the piece is wedged on a leather pillow full of sand. With thin notches made on the surface of the metal, the craftsman can draw a coat of arms or some other decorative pattern with exquisite precision, honed through decades of practice.

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SAINT-LOUIS

A sublime crystal decanter and four elegant serving glasses — mouth-blown, cut and wheel- engraved by hand at the royal cristallerie SAINT-LOUIS. Each decanter is etched with a 19th-century map of the continent where it is bound.

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Three sublime crystal decanters and 12 elegant matching serving glasses were blown, cut and engraved entirely by hand at the royal cristallerie SAINT-LOUIS. The ancient, painstaking technique of copper-wheel engraving has given these crystal works their regal profile. Each magnum-size decanter was additionally etched with a 19th-century map of the continent where it is bound. For this project, SAINT-LOUIS capitalized on the savoir-faire of more than 10 craftsmen — including four glassblowers, one engraver, and a specially trained artisan to apply the palladium trim to each crystal object. The crystal was heated to over 1,400°c degrees and then mouth-blown at around 1,200 °c. Each glass required 110 man-hours of work while the magnificent decanter itself took no less than 270 hours to accomplish.

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LOUIS XIII

A blend of LOUIS XIII Cognac enriched with a selection of the house’s oldest treasures from Grande Champagne, that each cellar master pass on to each other, from generation to generation. A very special spirit revealing flavours that are at once singular and complementary. A cognac to savour and admire.

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Of all of the legendary travels of Louis XIII, its most important journey is the one taken through time. That voyage begins in the rolling hills and chalky soil of Grande Champagne, the strictly demarcated and most prestigious cru of Cognac. Here the region’s delicate grapes — predominantly the Ugni Blanc variety — are harvested and turned into a low alcohol wine, which is then twice distilled in an onion-domed copper pot still, yielding an eau-de-vie of uncommon freshness and power. Only the tiniest sliver of this base spirit will be set aside to become, four generations later, a part of LOUIS XIII.

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That ageing process takes time, but also a tremendous amount of savoir-faire, an almost mimetic genius possessed by each generation of LOUIS XIII’s cellar masters. The chais, or cellars, in which they work are dark, incredibly quiet places, the barrels in which the cognac rests covered in thick blankets of spider webs. As the alcohol evaporates over time, the spirit deepens and darkens, releasing a sweet and rich smell that fills the moist air.

LouisXIII_Cellar_MasterThe keeper of the legend, Baptiste Loiseau, the current cellar master, joined the house in 2007.

“In one century I won’t be here, so I have to be sure, deep inside, that what I select really corresponds to the universe of LOUIS XIII. It’s a big responsibility, if in tasting this blend, I don’t have the sensation or emotion given by the previous cellar master, then something is missing.”
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With each passing year, the cellar master dips a pipette into the barrel and tastes something different. At 20 years, there is almonds, figs and fresh-baked brioche. At 40, candied plums. At 70, honeysuckle and saffron. All the while, he is blending different eaux-de-vie, searching for perfection through a process called marriage.
By 100 years, hundreds of eaux-de-vie have been married together, resulting in a complex, ineffable flavour. On the nose, it is elegant and floral: dried rose and jasmine — the fragrances of Grande Champagne. These are followed by denser notes like dates, dried fig and walnut. On the palate, the first drop of LOUIS XIII unleashes a ballet of flavours; the walnut and fig aromas soften with those of honey as headier notes — of wax, tobacco and undergrowth — roll in like a wave. The tasting is distinguished by a haunting, lasting finish. The century-long journey of LOUIS XIII has come to its triumphant end.

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L’ODYSSÉE D’UN ROI is a shining testament both to the heritage that created LOUIS XIII and the nature that continues to inspire it. The protection of cultural treasures — whether the art of filmmaking or the art of cognac — requires time, finesse and care. It is a beautiful project, bravo LOUIS XIII!

And if you interested, check LOUIS XIII’s other recent project in collaboration with John Malkovich: «100 Years: The Movie You will Never See» by clicking here.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Louis XIII

Shop!

SHOP

This collection is for all shopping addicts! Show your true colors with credit card prints or carry mini shopping bags around your neck.

Get the best pieces here:
1 Shopping print T-shirt, 2 Piqué shoe shift dress, 3 Shopping bag clip on earrings, 4 3D shopping bag pocket skirt, 5 Bear card iPhone 6 cover, 6 Shopping bag charm necklace and 7 Shop print clutch.
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Just too cute!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos / Stills: Courtesy of Moschino

Fashion Kills

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Warning! Fashion kills! Finally some smoke I like. Today, I would like to present you Moschino‘s cigarette-themed capsule collection that was in tandem with its F/W 2016 runway collection that has been available for purchase just days after the show.

From left to right: Printed acrylic iPhone 6 caseintarsia wool mini dresspacket of cigarettes iPhone 6 casecigarette earrings, printed leather shoulder bag and Fashion Kills jumper, all by Moschino.

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After the Italian house’s success with its Barbie-inspired as well as the fast-food McDonald’s-themed collection—the “It’s Lit” theme stands likely to burn down the house or the fashion scene.

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Which one is your favorite?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Moschino

The Sylvie Bag

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There is a new It-bag waiting for all fashion lovers: GUCCI‘s SYLVIE BAG. Featuring a number of the house’s iconic elements, this new amazing style makes use of the well-known GUCCI iconweb stripe and combines this with a distinctive ornamental chain with a spring-buckle closure, a detail that lends the style a bourgeois confidence.

The house web motif appears as a woollen insert underneath the chain detail – the two decorative elements, hard and soft, combining to create a characterful signature for this neat, structured handbag.

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The shoulder strap is in grosgrain and also features the house web design, and metallic details on its tips. However, the web colour-combination on this grosgrain strap is always different to that on the bag’s web insert, a playful mismatch that contributes to the SYLVIE’s eccentric appeal. For those occasions when a more subdued look is appropriate, each bag also comes with an alternative, matching shoulder strap in plain leather.

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• Materials: calf leather, crocodile.
• Colours: green, red, white, black, blue.
• Lining: suede.
• Finish: light gold.
• Inside: zippered pocket, and compartments for mobile phones.

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I love the new SYLVIE BAG but will definitely wait for the Pre-fall 2016 version in pink. Isn’t that one adorable?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci

Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo

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Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo sees Aquazzura’s creative director lend his talents to an iconic Italian brand. Let’s be honest, Edgardo is not only extremely handsome, he is probably one of the most talented shoe designers on this planet. I first met the Colombian-born genius a few years ago at his Paris showroom during fashion week and was immediately taken by his charm.

Last year, I was not only able to fly to Colombia but also to visit the House of Ferragamo during its 100th anniversary. This amazing collaboration between Aquazzuraicon’s mastermind and the Florentine fashion brand is very special as Edgardo kick-started his career working at Salvatore Ferragamo ten years ago. This capsule collection of crazy-covetable collectibles combines the best of both brands, bringing together the utmost elegance with wearability and enduring chic.

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I am obsessing over the brightly coloured printed sandals and feather-embellished beauties that strike the perfect balance of old-school Hollywood glamour and contemporary cool.

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So you can imagine my level of happiness holding this surprise in my hand: the feather-winged suede sandals by Edgardo Osorio for Salvatore Ferragamo.

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SHOP THE AMAZING COLLABORATION HERE ONLINE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo