Raf Simons Heads to Calvin Klein

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Long-running rumors in the industry have been finally confirmed today: RAF SIMONS has been formally appointed as Chief Creative Officer at Calvin Klein, filling the vacant position left by Francisco Costa in April. It is said that the American brand and Simons have been unable to make any announcement due to the year-long non-compete clause in Simons’s Christian Dior contract that came to an end last month.

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Iconic minimalism:
Bara tulle-paneled stretch-crepe dress by Calvin Klein Collection
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Mr. Simons will lead the creative strategy of the Calvin Klein brand globally across the Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Home brands. As part of his role as Chief Creative Officer, Mr. Simons will oversee all aspects of design, global marketing and communications, and visual creative services. Mr. Simons’ first collections will debut for the F/W 2017 season.

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The famous underwear:
Modern Cotton stretch cotton-blend soft-cup bra 
by Calvin Klein Underwear

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The appointment of Mr. Simons as Chief Creative Officer marks the implementation of Calvin Klein’s new global creative strategy, announced in April 2016, to unify all Calvin Klein brands under one creative vision. The strategy comes as part of a global evolution of the Calvin Klein brand, which began with the reacquisition of the Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear businesses in 2013. As Calvin Klein looks to grow the brand to $10 billion in global retail sales, this new leadership is intended to further strengthen the brand’s premium positioning worldwide and pave the way for future long-term global growth.

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The arrival of Raf Simons as Chief Creative Officer signifies a momentous new chapter for Calvin Klein,” said Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. “Not since Mr. Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact on its future. Raf’s exceptional contributions have shaped and modernized fashion as we see it today and, under his direction, Calvin Klein will further solidify its position as a leading global lifestyle brand.

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As part of the creative strategy for the apparel and accessories business, Calvin Klein also announced the hire of Pieter Mulier as Creative Director, reporting directly to Mr. Simons. Mr. Mulier will be responsible for executing Mr. Simons’ creative and design vision for men’s and women’s ready to wear, as well as the bridge and better apparel lines and accessories. He will also manage all men’s and women’s design teams within the Calvin Klein brand, under Mr. Simons’ leadership.

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Calvin Klein, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women’s and men’s designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include women’s dresses and suits, men’s dress furnishings and tailored clothing, men’s and women’s sportswear and bridge and collection apparel, golf apparel, jeanswear, underwear, fragrances, eyewear, women’s performance apparel, hosiery, socks, footwear, swimwear, jewelry, watches, outerwear, handbags, small leather goods, and home furnishings (including furniture).

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With a heritage going back over 130 years, PVH Corp. has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world, having over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries with over $8 billion in 2015 revenues. Among the brands are Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo, Warner’s and more.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Calvin Klein and © Sandra Bauknecht

YSL Beauty – Le Cushion Encre de Peau

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Feels like a feather; fuses like an ink. Master of foundation innovation, YSL Beauty rewrites the rules with its first ink-in-cushion application and takes beauty’s most talked about cushion tool one step further. An inkwell for skin that paints a long-lasting, fresh, luminous shine-free finish with high coverage. I am in love!

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LE CUSHION ENCRE DE PEAU provides the perfect dose for one application. Unlike fingers, the pillow delivers instant freshness alongside an even finish. Combine the intelligent pillow pick-up with a pioneering air-filled design, and you will experience YSL Beauty’s must-have smart skin revolution.

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Available from August 2016 for CHF 79.00
Le Cushion Encre de Peau N°10, N°20, N°30, N°40, N°50, N°60 (One Shot)
Le Cushion Encre de Peau Refill CHF 63.00

2016 seems like the year when all beauty brands are coming up with their own version of cushion foundation but YSL’s one is definitely the It-acccessory for beauty addicts!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of YSL Beauty

Happy Swiss National Day and Swiss Dot

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Today, is August 1st, Swiss National Day. It has been an official national holiday since 1994, although the day had been suggested for the celebration of the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy as early as 1889. This day was chosen because August 1st 1291 was the date on which three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation, an act which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland.

I have been living in Switzerland now for over eleven years and I feel absolutely at home. I love the mountains, the lake of Zurich, the people, the food and of course the Swiss textiles which are famous around the world. Therefore I thought that I dedicate today to the «Swiss Dots».

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«Dotted Swiss», also known as «Swiss Dot», is a sheer cotton fabric that is embellished with small dots. The dots can be applied in a number of different ways and colors. The design is said to have originated around 1750 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, which emerged as a textile center in the 15th century.

I love this fabric especially in white on long maxi dresses. In combination with red accessories, it  can take you everywhere from weekend brunch to evening events.

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First collage:
1 Holzer lace-paneled fil coupé silk-voile maxi dressicon by Temperley London (30% off)
2 Belle Web Swiss-dot and lace silk top by Zimmermann
The Rockstud leather pouch by Valentino

Second collage:
4 The Garden Swiss-dot cotton maxi dressicon by The Great (50% off)
5 Belle Swiss-dot and lace silk midi dress by Zimmermann
6 Swiss dot tulle-paneled cable-knit sweatericon by REDValentino
Ren cutout suede sandals by Jimmy Choo
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My absolute favorite of all:
Good Times lace-paneled Swiss-dot silk-georgette maxi dressicon by Zimmermann

To all my Swiss readers: Happy National Day!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via ZSG

Prada Candy Kiss

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This season, PRADA brings you a delicate new addition to the Prada Candy universe. Inspired by fashion, music and the pop culture of the ’60s, Prada Candy Kiss is composed around one single note, an overdose of powdery musk that is wrapped up in orange blossom and vanilla.

PRADA_Candy_Kiss_BTS_057The Prada Candy family from left to right: Prada Candy Kiss (2016), Prada Candy L’Eau (2013), Prada Candy (2011) and Prada Candy Florale (2014).

Under the creative direction of Miuccia Prada, Daniela Andrier has created this delicate gourmand cocktail that is quite addictive, oriental, sweet and powdery, evoking thousands of kisses.

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The campaign was shot by Steven Meisel who transformed US model Lexi Boling in a seductive pop icon.

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Prada Candy Kiss is available as Eau de Parfum in three different sizes: 30ml (CHF 82.00), 50ml (CHF 110.00) and 80ml (CHF 140.00).

TO SHOP PRADA PRET-A-PORTER ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Prada

Shoe Trend S/S 2016: Pompom Boho Sandals

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Coachella might be over, but festival fashion fever lives on! Natural leather sandals covered in pompoms, beads and charms chime perfectly with this season’s artisan shoe trend. The straps add to the bohemian feel. Here are some of my favorite models:

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Pompom-embellished leather flat sandals by Dolce & Gabbana

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Embellished leather sandals by Mabu by Maria BK

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Penny Lane embellished leather flat sandals by Elina Linardaki

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Happy shoe shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Essentials for a Sleeping Beauty

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Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. A sufficient amount might offer a big boost for your outer appearance, mood, weight control, and more. Today, there are many lifestyle products that promote sleep in a natural way as well as beauty must-haves that help you to achieve radiance for your face, body and hair overnight.

Here are my absolute favorites:

1 Luna Sleeping Night Oil, 30mlicon by Sunday Riley
2 Silk eye mask by Slip
3 Beauty Bear™ Age Delay Pillow – Leopardicon by Nurse Jamie
4 Poppy Snoozing printed stretch-silk crepe de chine pajama set by Stella McCartney
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6 Goodnight Dust, 62g by Moon Juice
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8 Magic Night Rescue Creamicon by Charlotte Tilbury
9 Sleep Plus Hair Elixir, 80mlicon by This Works
10 Sleep Plus Dream Body, 75mlicon by This Works

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Most Wanted: Gucci’s Ace Sneakers

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Isn’t it so true? A woman can never have enough shoes in her closet. Most of the time, we tend to go for high heels but now it is time to add something new to our wish list: GUCCI icon‘s versatile Ace sneakers. So comfortable and so stylish!

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Beautifully embellished with sparkling patches, embroideries, pineapples, bees and of course the iconic green and red stripes, I am absolutely convinced that those beauties will sell out fast.

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My favorites: Sequin-embroidered low-top Ace sneakers with lips
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A touch of whimsy: Ace heart embroidered leather low-top sneakers

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet

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GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY does know how to reveal the seductive power of lips with the launch of a new product this fall: LIP MAGNET. The new liquid lipstick will feature the craziest bold and pigmented shades with a comfortable velvety texture and a matte finish. I have already tried the formula and I promise you it is super long lasting offering a staying power up to 8 hours.

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The only downside is that you will have to wait a little longer until  LIP MAGNET will be available in Switzerland. It will hit the shelves in October 2016 for CHF 53.00 each.

Shades

COLOURS

3 coral shades
#300 tangerine, #301 heat, # 302 hollywood

4 red shades
#400 four hundred for all, #401 scarlatto, #402 fil rouge, #403 vibrato

8 rose shades, from nude to vibrant fuchsia
#500 maharajah, #501 eccentrico, #502 mania, #503 glow, #504 nuda, #505 second-skin, #506 fusion, #507 garçonne

3 plum shades
#600 front-row, #601 attitude, #602 night viper

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty

First Look at Kenzo x H&M

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H&M has unveiled today the first three looks of its new designer collaboration with KENZO.
The big reveal is still months away as the collection will hit the stores on November 3, 2016. The pieces are colorful, vibrant and extremely individual. In fact, the tiger stripes that figure in all of these images are based on archival prints.

The looks are presented by friends of the brands, not models. Pictured here are Amy Sall, an activist and founder of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics, and artist and poet Juliana Huxtable; Oko Ebombo, a music and performance artist; and Isamaya Ffrench, a makeup artist and member of the London-based collective Theo Adams Company.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Kenzo x H&M

De Grisogono’s Diamond of 404 Carats

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I simply try one hundred per cent to make my jewellery the best it can possibly be.”
Fawaz Gruosi

During the 69th Cannes Film Festival de GRISOGONO unveiled a diamond as big as 404 carats in the glamorous setting of the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. A mineral beauty called «The 14 Febreiro» was revealed to an audience of celebrities and VIP’s.

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The astonishing rough diamond is characterized not only by its sheer size, an impressive 404 carats, but uniquely by its colourlessness and flawless clarity, making it the perfect diamond in de GRISOGONO’s pursuit for the most unique and precious stones. Representing one of the 30 largest top quality rough diamonds ever found, and the largest ever found in Angola, weighing 404 carats and characterized by an exceptional quality and clarity.

Lara Lieto and Fawaz Gruosi at the «Folies in Cannes» party unveiling the amazing diamond.

The exceptional size and clarity of this stone endow de GRISOGONO with a unique opportunity of cutting and polishing process. Working side by side with the best cutters, Fawaz Gruosi will now decide how best to cut this stone to give life to one of the most beautiful jewellery pieces ever created. Contrary to the traditional process, where jewellers are restricted to the polished stones that already exist in the market, with this partnership, de GRISOGONO will have the opportunity to bring its own jeweller’s perspective into the cutting process, maximizing the beauty of the final jewellery pieces.

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I think in volumes, I imagine in colours, I design in lights.
Fawaz Gruosi

I cannot wait to see the final result… stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of de Grisogono