The Venus Project

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Mid June, I was invited by the lovely Gigi Kracht to her iconic Art in the Park event which she celebrated for the 12th consecutive year. This time, a very special presentation of one of the last masterpieces of the twentieth century awaited the guests at Zurich’s Baur au Lac gardens.

In collaboration with Galerie Gmurzynska, which celebrate the 20th anniversary of their representation of the Yves Klein Estate, another puzzle piece of Yves Klein’s career was brought back to life. The Venus Project was the major concept behind much of the work that Klein completed during the fall of 1961 and the early part of 1962. When Klein’s career was cut short by his passing in June of 1962 this project was left unexecuted.

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Yves Klein’s family had flown in for this special occasion. Daniel Moquay who is the new husband of Rotraut, Yves Klein’s widow, gave a great speech during the intimate lunch hosted before the official exhibition opening: Yves Klein travelled in 1961 with Rotraut in America for the occasion of his solo exhibitions at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York and Virginia Dwan Gallery in Los Angeles. During his journey, he had this vision in Las Vegas of having a kind of classical columns where he would have placed his “Venus of Alexandrie” which was the Louvre model that he painted in International Klein Blue. Unfortunately, he could not achieve his project. Several years later, a developer in Las Vegas has approached us and we had this idea to complete Yves Klein’s wish. We made a special edition of 30 blue Venus in order to present them in a hotel in Las Vegas. Regrettably the business went bad and we never could achieve the dream. Today we wish to show this very special project for the first time and to present this unique edition of 30 blue Venus, as the acme of the entrance of this place. For the first time, we will find the presentation that exactly correspond to Yves Klein’s dreams. We just wish you to enjoy this work, and the serenity of it.

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We will also realize the other happening of Yves Klein: “Sculpture Aérostatique“, which consists in 1001 blue balloons that the artist released in the sky, place Saint-Germain des Prés in Paris, at the occasion of his show at the well-known Iris Clert Gallery in 1957. This event has been recently realized a couple of time at the occasion of Yves Klein’s retrospective shows in different museums all over the world.”

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There was so much love for detail during the exclusive lunch hosted by Gigi Kracht before the opening. Even the roses were colored in International Klein Blue (or IKB as it is known in art circles). The hue that was developed by Yves Klein as part of his search for colors which best represented the concepts he wished to convey as an artist.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Art in the Park, Yves Klein Estate and © Sandra Bauknecht

I am in a Book: Fashion Germany

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I couldn’t be any happier and more excited. I am in a book, a real book that will be launched during Berlin Fashion Week on July 9, 2014 at the high fashion concept store The Corner.

Portrait Martina Rink_2_Copyright Sammy Hart2 The new coffee-table 208-page tomeFashion Germany” is published by Prestel in German and English editions and presents the country’s increasingly important role in the world of fashion by telling the inside story of the designers, creative directors, stylists, photographers and journalists, who have placed Germany on the style map. The author Martina Rink (see photo left), who has become famous for her first book in a similar format, “Isabella Blow,” told WWD that the Germans are way too modest about what they do and there are loads of them out there playing in the top leagues of international fashion.

Today a label reading “Made in Germany” connotes quality, durability and attention to detail. Although it wasn’t always this way, the past decades have seen an emergence of high fashion coming out of Germany. Designers such as Jil Sander, Markus Lupfer, Dorothee Schumacher and Karl Lagerfeld, photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Kristian Schuller and Armin Morbach; and models such as Johannes Huebl, Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum have become world-famous icons. I am sure that after reading those famous names, you can imagine my excitement to be featured in a book like this. Thank you, Martina!

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To celebrate the launch in July, the book will also come with a special MCM cover in the brand’s iconic cognac logo print, embellished by an illustration of Irma, Jasmin Khezri’s famous character.

FASHION GERMANY by Martina Rink (without the MCM cover)
Prestel Verlag / ISBN 978-3-7913-4889-6
€39.59 – $55.00 – £35.00 – Can.$60.00
Europe Launch July 2014 / US Launch September 2014 / UK August 2014

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Martina Rink, MCM and Prestel

Swiss Beauty Power

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As you know, the new edition of L’Officiel Switzerland that is hitting the newsstands today is dedicated to beauty. When we put the issue together, we wanted to feature Swiss women who influence the world of beauty in our Alpine country. Above you see lovely Patrizia Schlatter (photographed by Robert Bellamy) who brought together with her business partner Marc Winiger a great idea to life: INTHEWHITEROOM, Switzerland’s first beauty walk-in centre located in Basel that combines classic cosmetic and medical aesthestic treatments under one roof, following its slogan walk in and enjoy beauty“.

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Massages, a nail studio, a cryosauna, tooth whitening, all is promised to be enjoyed on short notice. Alongside skincare and beauty treatments there is also a range of innovative cosmetic products from exclusive brands such Sisley, Ligne St. Barth, SBT, Butter London, Revitala and Alphasense.

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The latter is also featured in the new L’Officiel magazine. ALPHASENSE SWISS COSMETICS is a great program invented by Tanja Medweth (see photo below) to fight the signs of cellulite. The gorgeous brunette who is also living in the Basel area researched for many years and came up with the help of scientists with a five-step program featuring a body roller to stimulate the circulation, a firming power gel that breaks the vicious cellulite cycle, a basic powder and a herbal tea that both help to eliminate overacidification in your body, along with slimming pants that worn at night emphasize the effect extremely.

Congrats to those two amazing women that help making our world more beautiful! And of course congrats to our Swiss national soccer team for reaching the round of 16!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of inthewhiteroom, Alphasense and © Robert Bellamy/L’Officiel Switzerland

Il Tavolo Food Festival in Zurich

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Today, Zurich’s famous food festival starts again: the 3rd edition of IL TAVOLO kicks off with the opening night at Gate Gourmet, the leading independent provider of airline catering. I feel very honored to be in the second consecutive year the ambassador of the PARK HYATT ZURICH, which is one of the host hotels besides BAUR AU LAC, EDEN AU LAC, STORCHEN, THE DOLDER GRAND and WIDDER HOTEL.

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At the photo shoot for the campaign this spring

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Stars in der Küche

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The kitchen battle is on: At the recent Il Tavolo kick-off event at Blaue Ente with Andermatt-Investor Samih Sawiris this spring.

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Here you see me at last year’s opening party at Bärengasse cooking alongside Park Hyatt’s famous chef Frank Widmer, author of the cook book “The Cook and the Cowboy“. I cannot wait for our revival tonight…

Il Tavolo is taking place from 25 to 30 June 2014. Tickets are available at Jelmoli + 41 44 220 46 00 or under www.ticketino.ch.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Il Tavolo, © Ilja Tschanen for Blick and © Sandra Bauknecht

L’Officiel Beauty Issue with Dita von Teese

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Here is an exclusive preview that I am so excited to share with you. On Thursday, the third issue of L’OFFICIEL Switzerland with a focus on beauty and summer fashion will hit the newsstands. The cover story with Dita von Teese is a 14-page elaborate spread shot by Ali Mahdavi that showcases some iconic fragrances with an incredible mise-en-scène, courtesy of Vincent Darré. The images are complemented by an interview by Ali and his famous muse.

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Isn’t this foil effect just stunning?! I hope that you will love this edition as much as I do… and don’t forget to like our Facebook page.

LoL, Sandra

My Look: Sports Couture

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The case of sports couture presents a win-win situation as you can wear something really stylish which is comfortable at the same time. This doesn’t happen so often in fashion. Here I paired up a mesh-trimmed dress with with a hooded sweater jacket athletic-inspired look.

My look: Cropped sweatshirt by Saint Laurent, iconmesh-trimmed silk crepe de chine dress, iconmesh bra topelasticated leather ankle boots, nouveau python clutch iconand crystal earrings, all by Gucci, Hapi leather bracelet by Hermès, Limelight Gala watch and rose diamond ring by Piaget.

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Alexa Chung Unveils New Longchamp Bag

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Alexa Chung stars in Longchamp’s F/W 2014 advertising campaign for a second successive season sporting the new Le Pliage Héritage bag, the epitome of the brand’s leather savoir-faire, whose striking trapezoidal shape was inspired by the iconic Le Pliage, which celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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In a nod to heritage and tradition, the campaign was shot by Max Vadukul in the privately owned Château des Ormes, a jewel of French 18th century architecture on the banks of the River Vienne near Tours. I am convinced that the new addition to the Longchamp family will surely be a bestseller…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Longchamp

My Look: Bohemian Rhapsody

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In summer I love long dresses with a bohemian vibe. Perfect for a stroll through the city.

My look: Printed layered maxi dressgreen ‘Miss Sicily’ bagcoin earrings and cameo coin necklace, all by Dolce & Gabbana, wedges by Bottega Veneta, ring by Etro and sunglasses by Marni.

LoL, Sandra

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The Difference a Jacket Makes

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Today’s post is dedicated to jackets as they finish off a look perfectly and are the perfect mid-season solution. The right jacket can do wonders. Invest in good quality, the same goes for shoes and bags. But no worries, you don’t need to spend a fortune. The German fashion house BASLER offers great choices for an amazing price. Below, I styled some outfits for you including all kinds of jackets by BASLER.

School House Chic

SCHOOL HOUSE CHIC

A vibrant colourful jacket can take your look to style goddess allure in a second as you see here. The classic cut gives BASLER’s pink blazer its contemporary appeal. Slip it on with boyfriend jeans and sneakers to master smart/casual cool.

Pink blazer and floral shirt, both by BaslerLe Garcon distressed slim boyfriend jeans iconby Frame DenimChuck Taylor All Star canvas sneakers by Converse and Antigona shopping tote iconby Givenchy.

Weekend Brunch

WEEKEND BRUNCH

BASLER’s tailoring skills are showcased to perfection in this beautifully crafted dotted blazer, a smart coverup that will make an elegant addition also to your professional portfolio.

Jacket with polka dots, matching wide pants with belt, both by Baslerscalloped satin and chiffon camisole by Kate Moss for Topshopiconleather and snake clutch by Michael KorsGommino patent-leather loafers iconby Tod’s and On A Promise round-frame acetate sunglasses by House of Holland.

Chic Weekend Style

CHIC WEEKEND STYLE

Cropped jackets are among my favorites as they are so feminine. The construction of this piece by BASLER is complex, but it’s so easy to wear – team yours with a colorful dress, as pictured here, and enjoy that all eyes will be on you.

Cropped black and white jacket, green Palm Beach dress, both by Baslergold-plated chain-link necklace by Ben-Amun, leather sandals by Alexander McQueen and multicoloured bag by Chanel.

Beach Party

BEACH PARTY

Sequins sparkling in the sunlight are just stunning and scream attention. Elegant eveningwear demands a suitably chic coverup and BASLER has the perfect piece matching all sorts of styles.

Sequined blazer and studded belt, both by Baslerwhite dress by Alice + Oliviacrystal-embellished raffia shoulder bag by Dolce & Gabbana and leather sandals by Givenchy.

Tropical Vacation

TROPICAL VACATION

A belted jacket is the coolest way to cover up this summer. BASLER’s safari-style version’s longer length makes it perfect for layering.

Belted linen jacket, white blousescarf with lace and animal print, bag, all by Baslercady shorts by Chloé, sneakers by Nike and woven hat by Eugenia Kim.

Have a lovely weekend!

LoL, Sandra

An Exclusive Gastronomic Experience

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Yesterday, I had a crazy afternoon, driving back from Como to Zurich where I had literally fifteen minutes to get changed. Then I jumped in the next limousine to go to Basel to attend an exclusive gastronomic experience hosted by Audemars Piguet during Art Basel.

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The famous watch manufacturer had invited the Roca BrothersJoan (head chef), Josep (sommelier) and Jordi (in charge of the desserts), from Spain to prepare a very special dinner.

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Their famous restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Catalonia, Spain which opened in 1986 was first located next to their parent’s restaurant Can Roca, but moved to its current purpose built building in 2007. It holds three Michelin stars and has been named the best restaurant in the world by the magazine Restaurant in 2013, after having been ranked second in 2011 and 2012.

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The cuisine served by the restaurant is traditional Catalan, but with an interesting twist. Personally speaking, I find their dishes based on perfumes, and with unusual presentations, the most captivating.

They have created menus based on fragrances such as Calvin Klein’s Eternity or Carolina Herrera. This has resulted in a perfume being released by the restaurant itself, called Nuvol de Ilimona, which we were able to smell last night during the first dessert served, a lemon distillation. Smelling and tasting the food at the same time is an orgastic explosion.

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Audemars Piguet spoilt us last night with this feast for the senses! Thanks a lot for this amazing invitation! Below you can see the yummy menu…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Photo Roca Brothers: Nacho Alegre for WSJ. Magazine