La Perla’s First Haute Couture Show

La Perla Couture Show

When it comes to lingerie, I absolutely adore La Perla. Therefore I couldn’t have been more excited when I received the invitation to join the Italian lingerie brand’s first haute couture runway show for the S/S 2015 season, presented in the intimate salon setting of Paris’s Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.

Bridging the gap between haute lingerie and ready-to-wear, Creative Director Emiliano Rinaldi created a collection that couldn’t have been more beautiful. Highlights were the precious allure of an “impossible lace”, exclusively revived from a pattern of the early 1900s by a master lacemaker from Calais or the evolution of iconic La Perla designs, incorporating feathers, crystals, metallic elements and pure gold thread that offer a fresh expression of its fundamental characteristics: silk and floral motifs embroidered using the “frastaglio” technique.

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Famous models such as Izabel Goulart, Natasha Poly, Lindsey Wixson looked gorgeous on the runway but the model who closed the La Perla’s debut couture show was definitely the sexiest. At the age of 44, Naomi Campbell proved that she is even more seductive than her  fellow model colleagues that are half her age.

TO SHOP LA PERLA, PLEASE CLICK HERE. icon

LoL, Sandra

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Tory Burch Watches

Tory Burch Watches Gift for Sandra Bauknecht

In 2014, only 10 years after the launch of her eponymous label, Tory Burch was listed as the 79th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Her empire seems to have their hands in everything fashionable and luxurious, from new store openings, a perfume and makeup launch, a book release to a brand new watch collection, created in collaboration with Fossil.

Sandra Bauknecht -Tory BurchWhen I met her last year for the store opening in Munich, I was impressed by her charisma. This woman is amazing. She even took the time to write me a handwritten note for Christmas and send me this fabulous gift.

A super-chic cuff watch inspired by one of Tory’s favorite pieces of vintage jewelry, the SAWYER as it’s called makes a statement in polished gold-tone stainless steel. The inlaid square case features a sunray dial that’s detailed with graphic etching and the iconic double-T logo.

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All Tory Burch watches are Swiss Made - the selection features seven styles with versatile color and material iterations, available online at TORYBURCH.COM. The styles are named after members of the designer’s family. I am sure this new launch will be another success story for Tory… I love my new baby in Sandra’s Closet.

TO SHOP TORY BURCH’S FABULOUS READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION CLICK HERE. icon

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of Tory Burch, Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Tom Ford Lips & Boys

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This will be my new beauty addiction for February: this limited edition collection consists of 50 clutch sized lip colors named after the characters in Tom Ford’s life. Finally, I can fit my favorite lip color in the teeny-tiny little bags that we all will carry this summer. Here is the selection to choose from, another tough one.

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NUDES TO BROWNS
Holden – Vanilla suede (existing shade)
Beau – Blush nude (existing shade)
Henry – Warm sable (existing shade)
Gustavo – highly pearlized rich mocha with purple pearl
Pavlos – intense cherry brown

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SILVERS TO BLACKS
Casey – highly pearlized white
Orlando – highly pearlized pinky platinum
Peter – highly pearlized rose gold
Stavros – highly pearlized rich grey
Alasdhair – rich blackened orchid

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METALLICS
Kyril – highly pearlized clean white silver
William – Pink dune (existing shade)
Sebastian - highly pearlized gold copper
Omar – highly pearlized intense rich bronzed copper
Blake – highly pearlized reddish copper

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LIGHT PINKS TO MAUVE
Ian – highly pearlized metallic pink rose
Flynn – neutral pale pink
Addison – Pink dusk (existing shade)
James - Twist of fate (existing shade)
Richard - Negligee (existing shade)

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POP PINKS TO ROSES
Alexander – light rose pink
Patrick - pasty muted coral
Michael - vibrant pinkish coral with small level of pearl
John – hot blue pink with heavy pearl
Giacomo – deep rose

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FUCHSIAS TO MAGENTAS
Preston – bright pop blue pink
Justin – vibrant rich blue pink with blue pearl
Cooper - Pure pink (existing shade)
Jack – rich blue orchid
Francesco – intense blue magenta

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CORALS TO ORANGES
Luca – highly pearlized pink/peach coral
Matthew - pasty coral yellow undertones
Adriano – True coral (existing shade)
Tomas – highly pearlized burnt metallic orange
Rafael – bright tangerine

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REDS
Rory – clean yellow gold
Diego – more intense version of “Firecracker”
Alejandro – Slander (existing shade)
Luciano – Deep blue cherry red
Leonardo – Smoke red (existing shade)

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VIOLETS TO ORCHIDS
Olivier – highly pearlized soft lavender pink
Julian – light pearlized pasty white lilac
Pablo – bright magenta
Xavier – Violet fatale (existing shade)
Liam – rich grape

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PLUMS
Colin – Indian rose (existing shade)
Cary - Casablanca (existing shade)
Didier – Moroccan rouge (existing shade)
Guillermo – rich purple fig
Wes – intense blackened plum wine

I want all the boys for me… The limited edition collection will be available in Switzerland from February 23, 2015 at the Tom Ford counters Jelmoli Zurich and Globus Geneva.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford

The Love Post

The Love Post Valentine Day 2015

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I have specially selected some of my favorite goodies to treat a loved one or maybe yourself. Enjoy those thoughtful Valentine’s Day keepsakes such as this cute mini leather shoulder bag by Christian Louboutin. To shop just click on the highlighted text.

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Love U 14-karat gold, diamond and enamel earrings by Alison Lou

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Charlotte Tilbury ’s rich Mini Magic Cream (15ml/ 0.5fl.oz.)
Bamford’s Geranium Hand & Body Wash (50ml/ 1.7fl.oz.)
LAFCO’s Chamomile Lavender Soap (130ml/ 4.5oz.)
Radical Skincare Revitalizing Mask (30ml/ 1.0fl.oz.)
Jurlique’s Nutri-Define Retexturizing Serum (15ml/ 0.5fl.oz.)
Hourglass‘ silky, pore-minimizing Veil Mineral Primer (5ml/ 0.16fl.oz.)
Eyeko’s Mini Black Magic Mascara (4ml/ 0.13fl.oz.)
Anastasia’s Mini Clear Brow Gel (2.5ml/ 0.08fl.oz.)
Serge Normant’s Meta Sheer Dry Finish Oil (50ml/ 1.7fl.oz.)

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Bamford’s geranium pebble soap (250g/ 8.8oz)
Susanne Kaufmann’s rose oil (100ml/ 3.4fl.oz.)
LAFCO House & Home’s Champagne scented candle
Stella McCartney’s ‘Lips‘ iPhone 5 case
Assouline’s The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd hardcover book
Smythson’s ‘Inspiration and Ideas‘ textured-leather notebook
Lipstick Queen’s ‘Velvet Rope‘ lipstick in ‘Brat Pack’
Anya Hindmarch’s Phwoar!!! textured-leather adhesive sticker

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Bamford’s rose, geranium and jasmine pebble soap set (three x 75g/ 2.6oz.)
Monica Vinader’s rose gold-plated ‘Fiji‘ bracelet
Stella McCartney’s ‘Clara Whispering‘ lace-trimmed silk robe
Neom Organics + Jenny PackhamHappiness‘ white neroli, mimosa and lemon scented candle
Aromatherapy Associates‘ ‘Ultimate Bath Jewels‘ set (10 x 7.5ml/ 0.2fl.oz.)

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Anita Ko’s ‘Wave’ 18-karat rose gold diamond necklace
Anita Ko’s ‘Thorn’ 14-karat rose gold earrings
Anita Ko’s ‘Spike‘ 14-karat rose gold diamond bracelet
Smythson’s ‘Panama’ mini textured-leather jewelry box

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Jewelry Trends for S/S 2015

Jewelry Trends for SS2015

Don’t we all love to play around with fashion jewelry? This summer, it’s a tough job to choose which pieces you will be getting: from Chanel’s slogan bracelets and Valentino’s ring stack; to Fendi’s feather watch and Saint Laurent’s dainty hearts, they are all just fabulous. Enjoy my edit of the new must-have jewelry pieces of which some are already available in stores. Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly.

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The heart charm by Saint Laurent

Make love no war – the dainty necklace makes its comeback! Saint Laurent is one of the hottest tickets of the season – and so is this jewelry must!

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The dreamcatcher necklace by Etro

A ’70s inspiration with folky fabrics blend with talisman jewelry, something fashionistas around the globe will want this summer.

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The choker necklace by Balmain

It’s not the first time, Balmain has sent chokers down the runway, but this summer they are extremely outstanding, playing with email, transparency and architectural lines.
Pre-order the enameled choker by Balmain here.

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Layered gold chains by Moschino

Cheesy and tacky, the Moschino girl pays tribute to the plastic superstar Barbie, and Jeremy Scott vamps us up with a multitude of gold chains.
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Multiple earrings by Dior

Back to the ’80s when multiple earrings were all the rage! Dior combines long hair tucked back behind the ears with many  piercings – a look that is to become cult again.

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Disc hoop earrings by Louis Vuitton

Inspired by the flair of the ’70s, Camille Miceli created retro hoop disc earrings for the French Maison that will complement the hippie luxe trend perfectly.

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The safety-pin earrings by Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani celebrates the luxurious punk and sends stylized safety-pin pendants down the runway along with his iconic silk ensembles.

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The cross earrings by Dolce & Gabbana

The designer duo took advantage of summer’s inherent punk rock potential and brought the cross earring to La Dolce Vita.
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Slogan bangles by Chanel

Inspired by Chanel’s finale fashion manifestation, the must-have bangles in silver and vibrant colored leather  come with some  demo slogans such as “Make Fashion Not War” and “Ladies First“.

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Wide lacquer cuff in black by Céline

How fabulous are tanned arms accented with a glossy black PVC cuff – something that you will definitely wear a lot next season.

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The horsebit bracelet by Gucci

A true classic and a great investment, the golden age of the Seventies was brought back by Gucci with the iconic horse bit bracelet.
You can shop the beautiful horse bit bracelet by Gucci here.

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Multiple rings by Valentino

Mix and match this season, Valentino offers the right selection to get really creative.

Stacked cuffs by Lanvin SS15

Stacked cuffs at Lanvin

With 125 years design history to draw on, Alber Elbaz plays with the amount of cuffs you will wear. The more the merrier – that is his style motto for S/S 2015.

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Statement piercings by Rodarte

Seeking inspiration from the punk-era, the Mulleavy sisters created a row of faux piercings along each brow for an eye-catching effect.

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The feather watch by Fendi

Fendi watches have been on my watch list since some time and this delicate feather version is just breathtaking.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via Style.com and Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Is It Friday Yet?

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Is it Friday yet? A question that seems to come up to my mind somehow too frequently, time just flies. I wore this look to the intimate lunch with Karolina Kurkova I co-hosted with IWC Schaffhausen last September and it has been one of my favorites during the last months. I hope that you will like it as much as I do!

My look: Leather biker jacketiconruffled leopard-print silk-georgette mini dressiconJanis embellished suede ankle boots and Monogramme embellished shopper tote, all by Saint Laurent, diamond ring and diamond bracelet, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Portofino Midsize Automatic watch with diamonds and grey alligator bracelet by IWC Schaffhausen.

LoL, Sandra

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New Creative Director of Gucci Revealed

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Last December, GUCCI iconrevealed the breaking news that their Creative Director Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco both stepped down.

Being also a couple in real life – they have one daughter Greta together – they had both joined the Kering group almost at the same time, Di Marco 13 years ago as the CEO of Bottega Veneta before moving to Gucci in 2008 and Giannini 12 years ago, when she left Fendi for Gucci, at this time still under the creative direction of Tom Ford.

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Marco Bizzarri has been appointed the new CEO of Gucci, having joined Stella McCartney in 2005 before moving to Bottega Veneta in 2009. Seems like Bottega Veneta is the “stepping stone” for Gucci CEOs.

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Yesterday, the new Creative Director of GUCCI has been officially appointed and it is probably not someone you would have thought of: Alessandro Michele, a longtime Gucci employee, is responsible for all of the brand’s collections and global image.

Born in Rome in 1972, Alessandro studied at the prestigious Academy of Costume & Fashion in Rome. He forged his early design career inside Fendi where he was Senior Accessories Designer. A rising talent, he was tapped by Tom Ford in 2002 and moved to Gucci’s London-based Design Office. Over his 12-year tenure inside the Gucci design studio, Alessandro held a variety of roles. In 2006 he was named Leather Goods Design Director and promoted in May 2011 as Associate to then Creative Director Frida Giannini. Passionate about interiors and décor, Alessandro in September 2014 took on the additional role of Creative Director of Richard Ginori—the fine Florentine porcelain brand acquired by Gucci in June 2013. He immediately reimagined the product offering and branding of the 280-year-old brand, repositioning it for the luxury market with new collections and a new store design template.

It was during the Gucci Men’s F/W 2015 runway show where Alessandro first revealed a contemporary new direction for the House. His full vision for Gucci will emerge during the Women’s F/W 2015 runway show. I am wishing him only the best, a great start and of course lots of creative ideas!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci and Indigital

The Re-Invention of Oil by Kérastase

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As you might imagine, my long hair needs a lot of care. Therefore I am always very happy when I am able to try some new hair products. Kérastase’s new addition to their Elixir K Ultime line made my heart leap with joy.

Thanks to two technological breakthroughs: oil blending, or the art of classifying and then mixing the most remarkable oils chosen for the perfect synergy between them; high tech challenge, or the art of creating new hybrid textures that, with the mere touch of the fingertips, transform and merge with the hair fiber, Kérastase is opening up new horizons and using the many different forms of oil in innovative textures that represent a complete break with the past, for winningly gorgeous hair with glimmering shine.

Three new precious products have arrived to complete the iconic Elixir K Ultime line:

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Metamorph’oil, pre-shampoo purifying for the hair with an unprecedented jelly texture
CHF 43.00 (150ml)

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Bain Oléo-Riche, which offers a total-immersion bliss for the fiber
CHF 31.00 (250ml)

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Solid Serum, grand finale of the hair sublimation, for unequalled smoothness and shine
CHF 43.00 (18ml)

Available exclusively at your Kérastase hair dresser.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase

Time to Relax

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When I go to bed, I really enjoy being relaxed, especially after a tough day at work or some intense traveling. Sometimes my mind just drifts away and my head is filled with thoughts or things I need to do. Then, I love to use some of the L’Occitane Aromacholgie iconproducts that truly work their magic when it comes to relaxation. It’s like having a spa treatment at home.

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Made with essential oils, this mist can be sprayed in your bedroom or on your pillow to create a calming atmosphere that promotes relaxation and well-being. 100% natural scent with proven soothing effectiveness.
CHF 25.00 (100ml)

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This rich massage oil helps to relax the senses and ease away tensions. Made with sweet almond oil from Provence, it leaves skin supple and satiny.
CHF 36.00 (100ml)

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Filled with dried lavender and beads scented with essential oils, these sachets release a relaxing fragrance, making them ideal for bedtime.
CHF 20.00 (2 x 25g)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of L’Occitane

An Intimate Lunch with Karolina Kurkova

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While you are reading this, I am on my way to the SIHH, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, in Geneva. I love this watch fair where this year 16 brands exhibit their new creations in an outstanding and extremely luxury environment. IWC Schaffhausen is one of them and I know that their booth as well as their party will once more make history.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the brand’s iconic Portugieser watch line and launching a new collection at this year’s SIHH, I will of course keep you posted with some essential information.

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To raise your enthusiasm, I would like to show you some very exclusive photos (some of you might have seen some in the October issue of L’Officiel Switzerland) of the amazing Ladies Lunch Timeless Portofinoduring the 10th Zurich Film Festival Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Watches (co-partner of the ZFF), and my humble self hosted at the Widder Hotel in Zurich to celebrate the new IWC Portofino midsize watches.

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You have seen my new beautiful watch in many outfit posts. Thanks a lot to those who sent me your lovely comments about this new beauty in my closet.

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Special guest of the event was Karolina Kurkova, the charming blonde chatted over lunch about her life with my girlfriends and took a souvenir photo with each guest. As an additional gift, there was a handwritten card with a personal dedication of the famous top model. Karolina is truly an amazing woman!

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Enjoy all the pictures below and stay tuned for more…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of IWC, © David Biedert and © Sandra Bauknecht