In New York for Alexander Wang x H&M

Wang x H&m First Look

Greetings from New York City where I am at the moment for the launch event of Alexander Wang x H&M. The highly anticipated collection which had been announced back in April, will finally hit H&M stores around the world on November 6, 2014.

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While I am writing this post, I am enjoying the view from my room at the Soho Grand hotel.

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The invitation says it all. Tonight, the cocktail reception will start at 7.30pm, followed by the show, a pop-up store where we can buy the collection first hand and a live performance which I am absolutely convinced will be amazing.

Do you remember Nicki Minaj and Prince playing at the Versace x H&M launch in 2011 or the amazing party to celebrate Maison Martin Margiela x H&M two years ago in NYC? We always talk superlatives. Be sure to follow me tomorrow on instagram @sandrascloset for live updates.

Wang x H&M Preview

By now you might have seen some sneak previews of the very sporty collection. The press release reveals that Alexander Wang X H&M captures the speed of the city, mixing sports and performance of everyday life. The pieces are meant to be worn on the street, in the gym, at the club – the way women and men live their lives today.

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Rihanna led the way and was already spotted in a look from the collection: a stretchy crop top and leggings emblazoned with Wang’s blocky logo.

In addition to apparel for both women and men, the collection includes shoes and bags, as well as “objects,” a selection of everyday items that are infused with a sense of humor and irony, as for example mini sized boxing gloves as key-rings or a whistle on a two-finger ring and for the victor, a magnetized Alexander Wang trophy cup.

Below you can enjoy a sneak preview of the advertising campaign shot by Mikael Jansson for Wang’s one-off collaboration with H&M that features sports gear like a hockey stick and boxing gloves plus real athletes, soccer player Andy Carroll and kickboxer Rivaldino dos Santos.

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The female models are Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann and Isabeli Fontana.

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We wanted to take certain elements of each sport and portray the ultimate warrior,” Wang told WWD. “The girls had to feel big and heroic, and Mikael used sunlight glares to heighten that effect against a stark white backdrop.

I am truly excited for tonight’s event! Stay tuned for more!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of H&M

My Look: Tribal

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Tribal and safari looks took over the runways with vibrant prints, warm tones and rich accessories. Don’t forget you can only be limited by your own imagination or fear of expressing your own individuality. Be courageous! Queen yourself the tribe leader of the fashion crowd!

My look: Draped tribal print top, tribal print pencil skirt and matching ‘Antigona’ clutch, all by Givenchycrystal-embellished round-frame acetate sunglassesicon by Fendi, fringed suede sandals iconby Gucci, ‘Mise en Dior’ earrings by Dior, Pasha C watch by Cartier, rose diamond ring by Piaget and diamond bracelet by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Serge Lutens – L’incendiaire

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Firing of all wood, the arsonist turning the page of a new history of the senses.
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SERGE LUTENS is launching a new line of pure perfumes with a gold label. The first one of the so-called Golden Section is L’incendiaire (the arsonist, the pyromaniac). In the cryptic press release, Serge Lutens, who is a real poet (you can read an interview I did once with him here), introduces the new collection with a few words suggesting they make a break with the black labels, bringing forth a new idea, like his “Eau” line was separate in concept than the rest.

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The new scent is very Lutens, a sensual and opulent skin perfumery. Rare resins, ambers and tarmac…. insanely elegant and deep combined with notes of geranium, carnation, woods and incense. In stores end of October for CHF 545.00 (50ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Serge Lutens

Thank You, Breuninger Magazine!

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Recently I was asked to be featured in the Breuninger Magazine which was of course an honor for me! The famous department store with its mother house in Stuttgart has today 11 shops all around Germany, in Düsseldorf, Ludwigsburg, Sindelfingen, Nürnberg, Freiburg, Erfurt, Leipzig, MTZ, Karlsruhe and Reutlingen. As my husband is originally from Stuttgart, I know this shopping heaven pretty well because I always go there when we visit his hometown.

For my German speaking readers, please find the interview herewith.

LoL, Sandra

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Tory Burch: Marrakech

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As of 2014, American fashion designer, business woman, and philanthropist, TORY BURCH iconis listed as the 79th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Despite being extremely busy, she has found the time to share her travel tips for one of the most magical places on earth with us.

Your favorite city?
MARRAKECH is one of my favorite places. You always discover something new, whether it’s interesting architecture or colorful spices. A friend once told me to always look up in Marrakech—you’ll see something unexpected. It’s true.

Your favorite hotel?
LA MAMOUNIA, where my parents honeymooned 50 years ago. I recently returned with my mother and it was amazing to hear her stories about their trip—we did many of the same things, from visiting riads to exploring the souks.
Rue Bab Ahmar, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 5243-88600

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Your favorite restaurant?
DAR MARJANA for traditional tea service and DAR YACOUT for a great dinner on the rooftop—beautiful and unforgettable.
Dar Marjana, 8, Derb Qori Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 5243-85110
Dar Yacout, 79, Derb Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 5243-82929

Your favorite sightseeing spot?
The MAJORELLE GARDENS —seeing the bright blue buildings against the green desert plants always inspires me.
Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, Morocco, +212 5243-01894

Your favorite park?
It’s not a park per se, but BELDI COUNTRY CLUB has beautiful gardens, from roses and bougainvillea to cacti and orange trees.
KM6 Route du Barrage, BP 210, Marrakech, Marocco, +212 5243-83950

Your favorite beach?
ESSAOUIRA, a few hours from Marrakech.

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Your favorite shop?
I could never choose just one. I love exploring the many cool home and antique shops in the INDUSTRIAL ZONE. It’s lesser known and has some incredible finds.

Your must-have accessory?
SUNGLASSES for eye protection

The best soundtrack for this destination?
Our travel playlist in our book TORY BURCH: IN COLOR. It includes everything from “Lively Up Yourself” by Bob Marley and “The Payback” by James Brown to “Strong” by London Grammar and “Oh La La” by The Faces.

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The best book to read while being on vacation there?
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE – one of my favorite books of all-time. Gabriel García Márquez’s writing has a mystical quality that transports you.

The perfect scent to wear there?
NONE needed. There are so many incredible scents to take in as you walk through the medina and the souks.

Thank you, Tory, for sharing your insider scoop on Marrakech with us!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Noa Griffel and © Sandra Bauknecht

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

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When Marilyn Monroe sang in the 1953 film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes‘, “Men grow cold as girls grow old, and we all lose our charms in the end. But square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” she became a legend.
I could go on and sing: “Talk to me VAINARD! Tell me all about it!”

The Zurich-based fine jeweler, who is a leading supplier in the natural colored diamond segment, seemed to have heard my request and flew me to its own factory in Idar-Oberstein, the famous German gemstone center, which is also the birth place of Hollywood actor Bruce Willis. There I was able to see the different stages of crafting an exclusive diamond ring, from the sawing and cutting process to the stone setting.

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Moreover, I could lend a hand and make my own diamond ring which was an unforgettable experience. It is very rare that a jeweler has a factory in which the diamond cutting workshop is done in-house as well as the design and the setting. Needless to say, this close cooperation between all different stages results in extremely high quality.

The word diamond drives from Greek origin and means “unbreakable“. In fact, a diamond has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any bulk material.

Finding a diamond

Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers in the Earth’s mantle and are brought close to the surface through deep volcanic eruptions by magma, which cools into igneous rocks. The last volcanic activity to convey these valuable stones was almost over 100 million years ago. Carbon-containing minerals provide the carbon source of a diamond, and the growth occurs over periods from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years, which are 25% to 75% of the age of the Earth.

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Speaking of which, the rarity of a diamond makes this precious stone a must-have among us ladies. There is no girl whose eyes don’t sparkle when gifted with this luxurious gemstone. Diamonds signify steadfast, enduring love because of their unmatched strength and beauty. They can be worn with any outfit, from an elegant cocktail dress to blue jeans.

Extremely important is the gemological characteristic of the stone which shows the value as a gem. Four characteristics, known informally as the four Cs, are today commonly used as the basic descriptors: these are carat (its weight), cut (quality of the cut is graded according to proportions, symmetry and polish), color (how close to white or colorless; for fancy diamonds how intense is its hue), and clarity (how free is it from inclusions).

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Because of its extremely rigid lattice, the stone can be contaminated by very few types of impurities. Nitrogen is by far the most common one found in gem diamonds and is responsible for the yellow color. Boron is responsible for the blue hue. Colored diamonds contain impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration, while pure or nearly pure diamonds are transparent and colorless. Their rarity and beauty makes some of the colored diamonds worth millions of dollars.

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Creating the final spectacle of a polished diamond jewelry piece can take years to master. Having an understanding of the construction of such a small object is in fact very fascinating. Let me show you what I observed and learned in Idar-Oberstein about the specific skills and techniques that are used to make such an object of desire.

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It all starts with the sawing process of the raw diamond that takes several hours. The copper saw blade has to be coated with fine diamond powder to work with this extremely hard material. It takes many years to learn this skill to avoid damaging the stone.

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The following multi-step process called “cutting” finally reveals the diamond’s outstanding beauty. This extremely delicate procedure also requires skills, scientific knowledge, tools and experience, as those gemstones can brittle and be split up by a single blow.

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The most time-consuming part of the cutting is the preliminary analysis of the rough stone. It needs to address a large number of issues, bears much responsibility, and therefore can last years in case of unique diamonds.

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After initial sawing, the diamond is shaped in numerous stages of cutting. Unlike sawing, which is a responsible but quick operation, cutting removes material by gradual erosion and is extremely time consuming. Its final goal is to produce a faceted jewel where the specific angles between the facets would optimize the diamond luster.

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Every facet in an ideal cut diamond must be placed at precise angles and contain precise proportions. This ensures the perfect balance between maximum brilliance and dispersion of light. Any discrepancy from these proportions will result in a loss of sparkle.

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After the cutting of the stones is finished, the goldsmith will start his work according to the drawing the Vainard jewelry designer prepared beforehand.

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The stones depending on the shank need to go back to the diamond cutting workshop in order to achieve the perfect fit. Once this step is completed, the stone setter fits them into the setting.

Setting

I have to admit that I had a lot of fun making my own diamond ring. Needless to say, the Vainard team had prepared the most important steps and helped me with the execution.

Bright like a diamond-Vainard Fine Jewellery-Sandra BauknechtThe first step in soldering is to dip the piece of gold with the help of a brush into a solution of boric acid and alcohol before lighting it.

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You have to be very careful as you work with temperatures above 3000 degrees Celsius.

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For some work stages, you need to use a microscope to work as precisely as possible.

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The final step for me was to close the four claw prong setting with the help of a special working tool. What seems so easy is actually pretty difficult as you are looking through a magnifying glass for maximum precision which made me feel pretty uncoordinated.

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Every Vainard Fine Jewellery piece undergoes a final inspection after its ensuing polishing. After having seen the craftsmanship, the expertise and love for detail, I truly appreciate the work of such a fine jeweler even more than I already did before.

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When we went into the vault and I was able to indulge in the most beautiful pieces of jewelry, I fell in love with the emerald cut diamond ring and the bracelet you have been seen me a lot with recently. Those treasures make me happy every time I am wearing them and they are something that I will happily pass on one day to my daughter.

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There is no doubt, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! If you are in Zurich, I truly recommend a visit to the Vainard Fine Jewellery shop at Schlüsselgasse 4, Phone +41 44 210 04 44.

Besides its large selection of  diamond jewelry, the renowned jeweler also works with colored gemstones and is happy to finalize your own designs as well as to remodel an existing piece.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
Photo of the shop in collage: © Vainard, Photo of Marilyn Monroe: Via Vanity Fair

At the Mary Katrantzou S/S 2015 Show

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During London Fashion Week, I attended the S/S 2015 show of one of my favorite designers: Mary Katrantzou who really surprised the fashion crowd with this unexpected collection. The runway looked like lava and you could already guess her inspiration upon arrival. I sat front row next to Alexa Chung and spotted the best pieces for you.

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A seismic shift for the print master, Mary’s S/S 2015 collection beautifully embodies earth’s tectonic plates. The palette mirrors the planet’s evolving state as natural tones shift into oceanic blues and lush pastels. Verdant guipure lace and metallic ridges evoke rich landscapes atop fissured dresses and separates.

Great news is that you can pre-order this amazing collection until October 13, 2014 at 10am EDT. Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly.

Enjoy being one of the first ones to wear her S/S 2015 pieces!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills via Moda Operandi

Madame Fogal’s Tights Guide

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FOGAL is famous for its hosiery since over 90 years. This year, Swiss brand came up with an overly cute idea and has launched MADAME FOGAL, the online “Tights Guide – from How to Wow” that joins the cute illustration throughout the seasons, in all climates and at varying occasions, in order to benefit from her “leg insights”.

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Here, you can not only find the best ways of wearing fine hosiery, but also explore some insider knowledge on how to electrify the air with your presence. Definitely worth the visit!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Fogal

My Look: Paris Fashion Week – Last Day

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After one month of fashion craziness, I have to admit that I was pretty relieved when the last day of Paris Fashion Week had finally arrived. No time to change in between, I was running from one show to another, followed by several showroom appointments. So I had to choose one outfit to wear all day…

My look: Jacquard jacketcady topleather mini skirtSwarovski crystal-embellished fringed leather clutch and crystal embellished biker boots, all by Miu MiuRockstud Rouge crystal acetate sunglasses iconby Valentino and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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Mirror selfie at the Louis Vuitton show…

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… where I ran into Sofia Coppola.

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From left to right clockwise: at the Louis Vuitton show, Hermès invite with my fringed Miu Miu bag, Miu Miu invite and me running to the Moncler Gamme Rouge show at Grand Palais.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe

A Bossy Girl at the Boss Event in Zurich

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One week ago, when I just got back from Paris Fashion Week, I attended in the evening the official re-opening of the BOSS flagship store on Zurich’s famous Bahnhofstrasse. It was a very fun event that started in the 600 m² shop with a cocktail reception. The new interior looks super cool with its black steel structures, mirrored elements and glossy surfaces – heaven for every shopaholic.

I was really a BOSS(y) girl that night wearing a BOSS head to toe look. The black dress is from the F/W 2014 collection as well as the gorgeous heels and the Romy leather bag. With Jason Wu at the helmet, BOSS can look forward to a rosy future, that is for sure.

After the cocktail reception in the boutique, the approximately 250 invited guests were transferred to the FLUX Laboratory at Schiffsbau where a stunning forest setting awaited the crowd along with delicious food, drinks and great music. A truly fun party!
Enjoy all the photos below!

LoL, Sandra

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Yannick Angelloz-Nicoud, Senior Head of Global Public Relations, Events & Celebrity Services

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German actor Moritz Bleibtreu with me

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Swiss topmodel Ronja Furrer in Boss with Volker Herre, Managing Director, Hugo Boss AG Schweiz

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Having fun at the opening party at Flux Laboratory, all dressed in BOSS: Moritz Bleibtreu, Aino Laberenz, Julia Malik, Anna Maria Mühe, Lavinia Wilson, Jasmin Gerat and Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, CEO Hugo Boss AG

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Photos: Courtesy of Hugo Boss and © Sandra Bauknecht