My Look: Milan Style

On the streets of Milan on my way to a business meeting…

My look: Perfecto leather biker jacketBetty chain red leather shoulder bag, and iconstar-appliquéd leather ankle boots, all by Saint Laurent, floral print lace dress by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafiniicon, rose diamond necklace, ring and Limelight Gala watch, all by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Get Your 50% Off Code at Moda Operandi

My favourite time of the year is right around the corner! My dearest readers, today I have a special surprise for you! Warm up your wallets and click through to be transferred to the Friends & Family Sale for 50% off your purchase of beautiful F/W 2017 pieces with code FRIENDS50, only valid until November 19, 2017. And an extra goodie for my British followers, you will receive free UK delivery. If you are off to a warm destination for New Year’s Eve, you will love my selection below…

Happy Shopping! Enjoy my favorite pieces I couldn’t resist…

LoL, Sandra

Pipe Dream Belt Silk Dress by Temperley London
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Belted A-Line Dress by Emilio Pucci
iconM’O Exclusive Mahi Tie Blouse by Johanna Ortiz

iconPrinted Cotton Dress by Peter Pilotto

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Moncler Ends Its Gamme Collections

This took me by surprise. Moncler announced that the house will discontinue its GAMME BLEU and GAMME ROUGE runway collections after the S/S 2018 season, announcing a new strategy in the coming weeks. Because of this development, they also part ways with Thom Browne and Giambattista Valli, who designed the fashionable sub-labels of the outerwear brand that has more than a $1 billion revenue per year. Browne was in charge for GAMME BLEUicon, the line for men, since 2009. Valli partnered first with Moncler in 2008 for GAMME ROUGE, the womenswear collection.

TO SHOP MONCLER GAMME BLEU FOR MEN, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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TO SHOP MONCLER GAMME ROUGE FOR WOMEN, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

Moncler is highly successful at the moment with high growth rates. This, of course, brings competitors in the game, trying to get on the gravy train as well. So, Moncler might prepare itself for a new consumer behavior, faster and more volatile.

While I was in Milan a few weeks ago, the Italian outerwear brand opened its new 800-square-metre flagship on Via Montenapoleone with a fantastic party. They even transformed the famous shopping mile into a winter wonderland and fake snow was falling from above the windows. Inside, products from their different lines, still including the Gamme collections, are presented next to each other and not divided into different departments.

I am curious to hear more about the brand’s new strategy. The wheels in fashion are turning, and obviously faster and faster…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Moncler, © Sandra Bauknecht

Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls

Such great news! Tom Ford Lips & Boys goes to the fourth round by introducing 50 girls to his celebrated Lip Color collection. Named after women he admires in his daily life, from intimates to collaborators from around the world, the girls limited-edition collection debuts in clutch-sized, ivory and gold packaging. Designed to be worn on their own or layered with one another, each transforming color and finish amplifies a woman or man’s individuality, while inciting an insatiable desire to try more than one.

From lip color sheer in Lisa, Carine, and Amber to ultra-rich lip color in Emma, Grace, and Sasha, there’s a shade and finish for every girl. All shades are pictured below.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colors for Fall 2017: Alain, Charles, Connor, Federico, Magnus, Warren

Boys & Girls also introduces six new cream shades of boys showcased in a sleek, clutch-sized mahogany and gold case.

TO SHOP THE LIMITED EDITION TOM FORD BOYS & GIRLS LIP COLOR COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

iconTom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers: Row 1 – Alexis, Alicia, Amber, Beatrice, Carine; Row 2- Carolyn, Edita, Ellie, Fabiola, Greta

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers: Row 1: Ingrid, Isamaya, Julianne, Lara, Leigh; Row 2: Lena, Lily, Lisa, Marguerite, Natalia; Row 3: Nico, Nina, Rinko, Romy, Scarlett

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Colors: Row 1 – Anne, Ashley, Bianca, Dakota, Emma; Row 2 – Gala, Georgie, Grace, Ines, Isla

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Colors: Row 1- Joan, Katherine, Kyra, Loulou, Mariko; Row 2 – Marisa, Monica, Naomi, Rosie, Sasha; Row 3 – Sophia, Valentina, Violet, Zelda, Zoe

Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty

Zegna’s Toyz

Ladies, are you also desperate in finding great gift ideas for your better half?! Men are so hard to gift. Yes, I know a Ferrari would just be enough but if your wallet doesn’t allow the yacht or the private jet, here is an idea!

To celebrate the magic of the holiday season, Ermenegildo Zegna presents Zegna’s Toyz, an exclusive collection of modern gift ideas in PELLE TESSUTA™, the innovative woven leather fabric made from extremely thin strips of micro leather in place of fabric yarns.

Zegna’s Toyz features a wide range of home, travel and gaming products all made in Pelle Tessuta. The items are dedicated to the modern man for three different moments of his life:

Essential” is a collection of small leather goods for the gentleman’s business life and includes, among other things, a valet box, a business card case and a sunglasses case.

Toys” is a selection of leisure and entertainment travel games, which includes a domino set, a playing card set and a game cube.

The “Technological” offer consists of a series of multimedia accessories, such as headphones and speakers, created in collaboration with Master & Dynamic, the premium audio brand known for its sophisticated sound tools.

Zegna’s Toyz: contemporary gifts for distinctive men. Available now in Zegna stores worldwide and online.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Zegna

F/W 2017 Trend: Cropped Sweater

Those who think that cropped tops are only for the warm-weather months are sadly mistaken. This fall, they are shorter and trendier than ever, giving your favorite shirts a whole new look!
Get your crop top fix during the colder months with those super-short sweaters.

1 Cropped wool sweater by Stella McCartney
2 Cropped cable-knit wool turtleneck sweater by Valentino
icon3 Cropped ribbed wool-blend turtleneck sweatericon by Marni
4 Cropped cashmere sweater by Valentino
Cropped open-knit wool sweater by Isa Arfen
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Teatro alla Scala

Last month, when I visited Milan with my daughter, I took her to the Teatro alla Scala, the famous opera house in Milan, which is regarded as one of the leading theatres in the world. Most of Italy’s greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala. We enjoyed the German opera «Der Freischütz» by Carl Maria von Weber. Being considered the first important German Romantic opera, especially in its national identity and stark emotionality, it was a true pleasure to see it in our mother tongue surrounded by the stunning ambiance of La Scala.

My look: Ruffle-trimmed single-breasted wool coaticon, ruffle bow dressicon, embellished leather pumpsicon, and Sylvie mini buckle leather shoulder bag, all by GucciChoker with evil eye symbol by Chanel, diamond rose ring and Limelight Gala watch, both by Piaget.

My scent: Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, which is the first fragrance developed wholly under Alessandro Michele’s creative vision and blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas. The beautiful powdery floral scent features tuberose and jasmine combined with rangoon creeper, also called Chinese honeysuckle, which is a unique flower discovered in South India that is being used for the first time in perfumery to create a rich fragrance that transports its wearer to an imaginary garden.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
A big thank you to my daughter for taking them!

MAC Snow Ball

Find your rhythm. All eyes are on the cool kids, hanging out, swaying to the beat, showing off with a little festive flirtation. You’re the sleighbelle of the ball, dancing until morning, feeling alive, reveling in the new generation. The lights catch a crystal and glitter snowflake adornment, all the bling you’ll ever need – everyone goes starstruck. See you on the dance floor.

Were you a good girl this year? MAC Cosmetics has launched some products for the festive season you’ll surely want to be asking for from Santa. If not, the problem is yours so be ready to be a bad girl with your wallet. The new «Snow Ball» holiday collection is absolutely enchanting.

SO OBSESSED MINI LIPS, CHF 89.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

Below are all the beauties, from snowflake-embossed eye-shadow singles in shimmery shades to a to die for lip kit of 12 minis, topped of by shiny silver and gold makeup brush sets.

GOLD LASHES, CHF 19.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

My favorites? The set of gold false eyelashes. How much fun are those? I mean if there is any time of the year to really shine… it is the holiday season!

LoL, Sandra

EXTRA DIMENSION EYESHADOW, CHF 28.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

DELICATE DRIFT Light pink with sparkle
FROSTWINKED White with silver pearl
IT’S SNOWING Pinky purple shimmer
STARRY STARRY NIGHTS Black with silver sparkle
STYLISHLY MERRY Gold shimmer

SNOWBALL FACE POWDER, CHF 41.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

HERE COMES JOY Peachy gold with shimmer
HAPPY GO DAZZINGLY Gold with sparkle

LIPSTICK, CHF 28.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

WARM ICE Dull light pink with silver sparkle (Frost)
SHIMMER AND SPICE Dusty rose with shimmer (Frost)
HOLIDAY CRUSH Muted pink with sparkle (Frost)
I’M GLISTENING Light pink with purple sparkle (Frost)
ROUGE EN SNOW Apple red (Matte)
ELLE BELLE Deep red (Amplified)

In stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Fleur du Mal x Kilian – Scented Lingerie

Ladies and gentlemen, this is amazing! For the festive season, Kilian Hennessy and Jennifer Zuccarini unveil a capsule collection of scented lingerie, combining the expertise and aesthetic unique to each brand. And it is perfumed with one of my favorite fragrances: KILIANicon’s LOVE, don’t be shy.

KILIAN Love, Don’t be Shy Eau de Parfum –
Orange Blossom, Vanilla and Marshmallow, 50ml

iconEach piece in the collection features handcrafted Leavers lace from the Solstiss lace mill in Caudry, France that is woven from threads scented with microcapsules holding KILIAN’s LOVE, don’t be shy fragrance. Taking inspiration from the marshmallow, this fragrance is a sweet treat for sensuous connoisseurs that perfectly compliments Fleur du Mal’s feminine chic designs and continues KILIAN’s mission to make perfume visible.

Great news is that you can wash your lingerie pieces up to 10 times by keeping the encapsulated fragrance within the lace.

Those will vamp up every outfit: Lace cuffs by Fleur du Mal x Kilian

The pieces are now on sale on the fleurdumal.com website and will be as well available in Kilian boutiques and exclusively at Printemps department store (Boulevard Haussmann) in Paris from November 15, 2017.

So sexy: Thong and collar by Fleur du Mal x Kilian

I am so in love with this collection, sexy, sophisticated and scented. Why would you ask for more?
TO SHOP THE COMPLETE COLLECTION NOW, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Fleur du Mal x Kilian

My Look: Vintage Florals

On Saturday, I attended the Kispiball 2017 (Kispi is an abbreviation for Kinderspital which means children’s hospital in German) that takes place each year at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich. It is one of my favorite charity events of the Swiss social calendar that raises money for the city’s children’s hospital. This year, I went for a romantic look with a vintage floral print.

My look: Ruched floral-print stretch-silk maxi dress by Alessandra Richicon, iconBianca metallic elaphe sandals by Saint Laurent, ice cube bag by Chanel, rose diamond ring by Piagetplexiglass crystal and glass pearl necklace and crystal embellished butterfly earrings, both by Miu Miu.

LoL, Sandra

Photos of me at the gala: © David Biedert Photography
All other pictures: © Sandra Bauknecht