Yesterday was “Sechseläuten” (in Swiss German: Sächsilüüte), a traditional holiday in the city of Zurich. Since the early 20th century, it is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of April of every year.
I watched the parade of the “Zünfte” (guilds) with my girlfriends wearing an embroidered top with lace sleeves, matching skirt and choker by Dolce & Gabbana, Dirty ’50s stretch-denim jacket by Saint Laurent, boots by Prada, bag by Chanel and sunglasses by Balenciaga.
Now, that I have been living in Switzerland for over twelve years, Sechseläuten is so much fun because you know many of the people who are walking the parade. You present the participants with flowers and you are gifted with the specialties of the guilds in return. This can be a glass of wine, a bread roll or even a radish.
The culmination of this popular tradition though is the burning of winter in effigy, in the form of the “Böögg” (cognate to bogey), a figure of a snowman prepared with explosives (see collage above).
It is said that the time between the lighting of the pyre and the explosion of the Böögg’s head is indicative of the coming summer: a quick explosion promises a warm, sunny one, a drawn-out burning a cold and rainy one. This year, its head was falling off very fast, after 9 minutes und 56 seconds which predicts a great summer.
Cheers to that!
Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
Demna Gvasalia knows how to turn imitations in the opposite direction – think of his DHL T-Shirt for Vetements or the Bazar shopper for Balenciaga. His newest take on transforming a completely unsophisticated non-luxurious item into a must-have piece for fashion victims around the globe is his latest accessory for Balenciaga Men and targets originally the male customer. Playing with consumerism, he sent down the runway the so-called ‘Arena Extra-Large Shopper Tote Bag‘ which looks like a copy of the iconic IKEA‘s ‘Frakta Tote‘ in shape, size, and color.
To the left the Balenciaga for $2145.00, to the right IKEA for $0.99.
The only difference? The absence of the IKEA logo on the handles which makes sense, of course, the material (the IKEA version is made from 100% recyclable polypropylene whereas the Balenciaga tote is made of leather), and not surprisingly the price.
I would really like to get into Demna’s head, creative genius or making fun of the fashion world? I somehow tend to believe the latter. What do you think?
Photos: Courtesy of Balenciaga and IKEA
There is no better time to seize the moment and officially welcome the spring wardrobe than Easter Sunday. But with the promise of good food, plenty of time to relax, and a speedy egg hunt, you’ll want to be comfortable as much as you like to stay stylish. This year, I went for leggings, feathers and this beautiful waterlily ’70s style print. This is what I call impeccably dressed for spring under the magnolia tree!
My look: Feather-trimmed denim jacket by Burberry, Nenúfar print top, Nenúfar print pants and Knife floral-print jersey sock boots, all by Balenciaga, Sac de Jour in green by Saint Laurent, Possession 18-karat rose gold diamond ring and Possession 18-karat rose gold ring, both by Piaget, 18-karat white gold limited edition «Or Amour Et Trinity» band ring and yellow gold diamond ring, both by Cartier.
Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
At the top of everyone’s must-have list: ultra-wearable leg-lengthening boots. Spotted on Balenciaga’s S/S 2017 runway were incredible boots in fabric that everyone liked but thought those are impossible to pull off. Inspired by 80’s sportswear and fetishism, this spandex footwear, that is shiny and stretchable with a thin heel and no zip at all, is available in three versions: as a hybrid of pants and boots (so-called Cosmetic Pantashoes available on the Balenciaga homepage, but extremely difficult to wear), as over-the-knee boots and as overly cute ankle booties.
Balenciaga S/S 2017
Fact is that during Paris Fashion Week, street style stars were obssesing over Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga Knife over-the-knee boots. Have a look at all the must-have models that are available now (just click on the highlighted link below to be transferred directly to the shop).
Knife over-the-knee boots in purple
Knife point-toe floral-print ankle boots
Knife over-the-knee boots in beige
Knife point-toe over-the-knee boots in pink
And great news is that those boots are here to stay as they were seen on Balenciaga’s F/W 2017 runway again!
Balenciaga F/W 2017
I am in love with them… stay tuned how I style them and first of all, which color I got for myself!
Photos: via Harper’s Bazaar, @WhoWhatWearAU, @lailamagazine, @weworewhat/instagram, @moeeztali/instagram, @Popphotos
Think pink, the S/S 2017 catwalks defiantly dictated fuchsia hues. The look? Nothing for sweet sugar princesses, pink has grown up and looks super cool on cape/dress hybrids, tight at the neck to elegant effect, as seen at Valentino or at Balenciaga where it was paired with purple spandex shoe-pants. I like those dresses together with Miu Miu‘s runway heels. Do you dare?
To shop click on the links below.
From left to right:
Split-side silk-georgette midi dress by Balenciaga
Cape-effect silk-cady midi dress by Valentino
Metallic leather-trimmed satin platform sandals by Miu Miu
Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
“We feel it’s inevitable and crucial to create contemporary clothing,” says Demna Gvasalia, the Creative Director of Paris design collective VETEMENTS.
The Maison Margiela alumni elevates deceptively simple pieces with meticulous construction, considered fabrics and playful proportions. Georgian Demna Gvasalia graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2006. After designing womenswear for Maison Martin Margiela, he worked as head designer for Louis Vuitton womenswear. In 2014, he launched the label VETEMENTS, a design collective comprising Demna, his brother Guram and five other friends, that is based on the idea of urban cultures, the internet, everyday life on the streets and a modern wardrobe without seasonal themes.
Vetements is THE trend-setting label at the moment. Demna Gvasalia, the brainchild behind the hot fashion brand and creative director at even hotter fashion house Balenciaga, is serving up clothes that come with a healthy side dish of humor. Just think of the famous DHL T-shirt or the Polizei cap.
Just now, bigger plans have been revealed for the company. Demna and his younger brother and CEO Guram Gvasalia decided to move their headquarters and design offices to Zurich in Switzerland. How cool is that? In the former headquarters of Bernie’s Fashion that went bankrupt, Vetements has opened its doors.
Don’t miss the cult collaboration with Manolo Blahnik by clicking here that is available now!
Vetements + Manolo Blahnik printed satin pumps
Personally speaking, I love watching the hype about Vetements – still in my closet there is no piece yet. Just saying… but I absolutely adore what he does for BALENCIAGA.
Photos: Courtesy of Vetements and Getty Images, via Manrepeller/Hypebeast
This year I decided to go a little bananas for my birthday with those cute fruit embellishments at my shoes. Together with the palm print, I blended in perfectly with the tropical Caribbean background.
My look: White crepe top by Balenciaga, palm printed trousers and banana and palm embroidered sandals, both by Dolce & Gabbana, Monogram fringed shoulder bag by Saint Laurent, necklace and bangles, both by Chanel.
Photos: Via Scout Studios (in collage), all others © Sandra Bauknecht
Nothing has changed since last winter… more is more is still the motto, this is what the S/S 2017 season is all about! With fashion in a maximalist mood, accessories have kept their center stage. On the runways, kitten heels are back, earrings were bigger than ever, and one bag is definitely not enough. New? The marriage of socks and boots. The forecast: Get ready for your another sumptuous season!
S/S 2017 TREND 1: EXTRAVAGANT SUNGLASSES
Céline – Dolce & Gabbana – Gucci
S/S 2017 TREND 2: SOCK BOOTS
Fendi – Balenciaga – Emilio Pucci
S/S 2017 TREND 3: WRAP BELTS
Balmain – Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini – Isabel Marant
S/S 2017 TREND 4: STATEMENT EARRINGS
Delpozo – Alexander McQueen – Altuzarra
S/S 2017 TREND 5: KITTEN HEELS
Chloé – Prada – Dior
S/S 2017 TREND 6: ONE BAG IS NOT ENOUGH
Stella McCartney – Valentino – Marni
S/S 2017 TREND 7: THE BIGGER THE BETTER
Givenchy – Chanel – Loewe
S/S 2017 TREND 8: FLATFORMS
Salvatore Ferragamo – Versace – Miu Miu
S/S 2017 TREND 9: SUPERSIZED BAGS
Sonia Rykiel – Mulberry – Ports 1961
S/S 2017 TREND 10: ARM CUFFS
Roberto Cavalli – Louis Vuitton – Rodarte
Photos: via Vogue.com
Here they are: the most important trends for the S/S 2017 season. Scroll through my forecast to see which styles will be on everyone’s shopping list next season. From dresses in brilliant shades of fuchsia, strawberry, rose, and bubble gum to buzzy words on slogan tees. Don’t expect the high-volume sleeve to disappear anytime soon, the choice is yours – enjoy!
S/S 2017 TREND 1: THINK PINK
Hermès – Valentino – Céline
S/S 2017 TREND 2: HIGH-VOLUME SLEEVES
Dolce & Gabbana – Marc Jacobs – Kenzo
S/S 2017 TREND 3: 80’s LAMÉ
Saint Laurent – Isabel Marant – Gucci
S/S 2017 TREND 4: OP ART
Akris – Mary Katrantzou – Louis Vuitton
S/S 2017 TREND 6: 70’s FLOWER POWER
Prada – Chloé – Christopher Kane
S/S 2017 TREND 7: SQUARE-SHOULDERED
Jil Sander – Balenciaga – Jacquemus
S/S 2017 TREND 8: SWIM ADDICT
Max Mara – Fendi – Miu Miu
S/S 2017 TREND 9: SLOGAN TOPS
Dior – Paco Rabanne – Stella McCartney
S/S 2017 TREND 10: BRALETTES
Victoria Beckham – Alexander McQueen – Alexander Wang
S/S 2017 TREND 11: SPORT SPIRIT
Moschino – Courrèges – DKNY
S/S 2017 TREND 12: DEEP SEA METALLICS
Maison Margiela – Chanel – Balmain
S/S 2017 TREND 13: GRAPHIC STRIPES
Mulberry – Lanvin – Tory Burch
S/S 2017 TREND 14: MODERN RUFFLES
Givenchy – Erdem – Loewe
S/S 2017 TREND 15: TRANSPARENT
Alberta Ferretti – Giambattista Valli – Emilio Pucci
Photos: via Vogue.com
In collage: Ruffle trimmed single breasted wool coat by Gucci and nail lacquer in Greenery by Butter London.
Each year PANTONE, the global color authority, chooses one Color of the Year, like a snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude. For 2017, it is GREENERY, a refreshing and revitalizing shade, symbolic of new beginnings. This fresh and zesty yellow-green shade evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.
Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.
Michael Kors – Loewe – Emilio Pucci
Designers’ love of geekiness dictated an unexpected new power color on the S/S 2017 runways, making that vibrant shade a real showstopper. A life-affirming hue, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality. See below in my post some of the best pieces to utilise greenery from now.
And while you are shopping, prepare yourself a trendy Matcha tea to get you in the ultimate Greenery mood!
Darley textured-leather shoulder bag by Mulberry
Watermelon printed bag by Prada
Gold-tone, resin and Swarovski crystal earrings by Oscar De La Renta
Faux pearl-embellished wool-crepe mini skirt by Gucci
Classic Metallic Edge City mini suede shoulder bag by Balenciaga
Photos: Courtesy of Pantone and the Brands