My Next Balenciaga Shoe Crush

After the fabulous and already iconic Knife boots and sequin-embellished satin pumpsDemna Gvasalia looks to Balenciaga‘s archives for inspiration for Pre-fall 2017, sifting through 30 years’ worth of founder Cristóbal‘s imagery. Exploring the link between couture and fetishism and set on a slanted kitten heel, these sharply pointed mules have been crafted in Italy from smooth satin and topped with a bow. The plunging vamp creates the illusion of longer, leaner legs. I prefer them in vivid jewel-tone colors.

Be fast as they are selling out like crazy and opt for one of the season’s most iconic silhouettes:

Emerald green satin mules (the ones I could NOT resist!)

Sky blue satin mules
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Balenciaga

Emilio Pucci Sneakers of the World

Eleven sneakers dedicated to eleven vibrant cities of the world – Emilio Pucci launches a new limited edition capsule collection that celebrates luxury sportswear inspired by the most renowned cities.

Through a journey across the world, each shoe is an exclusive combination of colors: dynamic for Milan, tropical for Miami, and radiant for Seoul. The collection includes styles dedicated to Florence, Rome, Paris, London, Dubai, Moscow, Hong Kong, and New York.

The name of the each city is embroidered on the back of the shoe; vivid colors, elastic bands and mini rouchesdetails create a unique and fashionable design.

Every model of Sneakers of the World will be available in the Emilio Pucci boutique of the related city from now while all models will be exclusively sold on the online flagship store.

What a pity that we don’t have a Pucci store in Zurich…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Emilio Pucci

These Minnie Mouse Heels Are To Die For

I love Disney connotations in fashion as seen at Marc Jacobs for example or Givenchy, but I truly adore a subtle way yet clearly referable form like those amazing Minnie Mouse inspired heels by Oscar Tiye. The label’s founders Amina Muaddi and Irina Curutz wanted to create the perfect shoe, “capable of expressing elegance and strength.”

The must-have sandals are punctuated with round appliqués at the back to resemble our favorite lady mouse. Made in Italy, each pair has a signature magenta lining and cushioned insole that ensures comfort. The cute heels come in different ways – good news is that most of them are now on sale.

LoL, Sandra

Minnie glittered leather sandals (30% off)
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Minnie black leather sandals
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Minnie gold glitter sandals (30% off)

Photos: Courtesy of Oscar Tiye

I Adore J’Adior

Last March upon writing today’s post, I knew already that the DiorJ’ADIORslingbacks will be undoubtedly the most sought after shoes of the season. Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is the first female designer to head up the house of Dior in it’s 70 year history, rocked her runway debut with slogan tees, tutu skirts and a shoe that has reached a cult status in an instant.

But ladies, it is not only the clothes and accessories, that make a woman beautiful. We also need to work on our radiance when nobody is watching us. Therefore I would like to recommend to you today Dior Prestige La Lotion Essence de Rose.

Combining the power of a fresh essence with the comfort of a milky lotion, this first step of your daily beauty routine in the morning (and at night) is drenched in hydrating agents to deeply moisturize the skin and to wrap it in a protective veil all day long. It doubles the age-defying effectiveness of your other products to reveal a fresher, more luminous complexion.

How It Works:
Through a unique process, Dior Science releases the vital essence concentrated at the heart of Rose de Granville cells and creates the patented Micro-Reviving Rose Water™. La Lotion Essence de Rose reinvigorates circulation and flow between skin cells. Full of life, the skin is infused with a natural rosy radiance again.

Personal experience:
My skin feels after only 4 weeks of use perfectly invigorated. It is softer, more supple and revitalized. Even after not sleeping a lot, my complexion is less dull and wrinkles seem diminish.

TO SHOP DIOR PRESTIGE LA LOTION ESSENCE DE ROSE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dior and © Sandra Bauknecht

Even Cinderella Would Be Jealous

Even Cinderella would be jealous of the shoe of 2017, mules of all shapes and sizes have been spotted allover. My new favorite? A version that’s been reinvented with a vintage Barbie feel in gorgeous nude hues. The stiletto mule can be styled for both casual and dressy moments, worn from brunch to dinner and everything in between.

Myla satin mules by Jimmy Choo
2 Birdie cutout metallic leather mules by Sophia Webster
iconEmbellished knotted satin mules by No. 21
icon4 Andrea patent-leather mules by Giuseppe Zanetti
iconEmbellished satin mules by Miu Miu
iconKeely knotted satin mules by Jimmy Choo
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Or shop the modern transparent Cinderella mules (that still look completely nostalgic) here:
Transparent mules (SEASON 4) by Yeezy

Happy Shopping! Don’t forget…
Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

To All the Strong Women Out There

Today is Mother’s Day, a day that should always be in fashion. To all the strong women out there who have raised kids and dedicated their love and energy to their families, have a look at this fun FEMINIST COLLECTION by Del Toro that is exclusively available at MODA OPERANDI, for both women and children.

The Future Is Female Slipper

Fashion trends aside, 2017 is the year of the power woman. But don’t slip on your grey suit and shoulder pads – or burn your bra – just yet, go for fun feminist slogans (as seen on the DIOR tees), from “Pussy Power” to “Feminist AF.” Del Toro’s classic velvet loafers are a chic take on statement-making style.

Here are my favorites! I am off to get spoilt on Mother’s Day…

LoL, Sandra
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Pussy Power Slipper

iconNasty Woman Slipper
iconFeminist AF Slipper
iconShe Persisted Slipper
iconLove Is Love Slipper

Photos: Courtesy of Del Toro

High Octane

These Dolce & Gabbana heels are a testament to innovative design. They are playful, thought-provoking, and are one-of-a-kind pieces of art – high octane I would call them.

1 Carretto Siciliano Print Pumps
Kiera Polka-Dot Print Sandals
iconUnder the Sea Embellished Sandals
Pineapple Print Platform Sandals

iconA flower boquet I would love to wear.
Embellished Satin Sandals

And the next season doesn’t stop! Then the heels come with the vase. Aren’t those sandals to die for? Now available for pre-order from Dolce & Gabbana‘s Pre-fall 2017 collection.

Embellished Patent-Leather Sandals 

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

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Pimp Your Ace

When you have thought that your GUCCI Ace Sneakers were already on top of the fashion tribe, you are mistaken. It is time to pimp you footwear and make them truly unique.

For Pre-fall 2017 Gucci offers a large variety of fun embroidered leather embellishments that can be secured and removed using the metal snaps at the back. But careful when you order, they ship as single pieces. So if you prefer the same ones on both shoes, you have to get two.

Have fun mixing-and-matching with your compatible Ace styles!
Available for pre-order by clicking hereicon. Delivery between now and 15/06/2017.
And I am sure that the clips work for other sneakers, too…:-).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Gucci

Balenciaga Sequin-Embellished Satin Pumps

They are back! First spotted on the F/W 2016 runway, Balenciaga’s sequin-embellished satin pumps are truly a piece of art. For me, it was love at first sight.

Embellished satin pumps in blue
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Everything about these shoes is perfection, the satin, the heel shape and height and of course the exquisite sequin embroidery. The only drop of bitterness is the price tag of CHF 2400!

But still another one to add to the wish list for you! Isn’t it interesting that Demna Gvasalia relaunches some of his bestsellers this season again?! It reminds me a lot of what Hedi Slimane did when he was at Saint Laurent. On one side, it is absolutely great because those expensive must-haves such those heels cannot be added to a specific season which I adore, on the other side he will have to be careful that it doesn’t get boring over time.
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Embellished satin pumps in pink


Embellished satin pumps in green


Embellished satin pumps in black

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Balenciaga

S/S 2017: Slip-On Sandals

Casual days at the pool, comfy evenings at home, today I would like to present you the most exquisite versions of the basic slip-on sandals.

Embellished slip-on sandals by Chloé
2 Ode embellished slip-on sandals by Fendi
3 Slidy Viv leather slip-on sandals by Roger Vivier
Kerenn flat shearling mule by Chloé
Egg shearling and mink fur slip-on sandals by Anya Hindmarch
6 Velvet slides by Dolce & Gabbana
Beth slip-on sandals by Ganni
Isle Slide embellished slip-on sandals by Tory Burch
9 Printed slides by Givenchy
10 Embellished slip-on sandals by Fendi

Aren’t those Dolce & Gabbana velvet hotel slides hilarious? A funny sense of humor…

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands