Must-Haves: Balenciaga’s Knife Boots

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.

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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).

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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!

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I am in love with them… stay tuned how I style them and first of all, which color I got for myself!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: via Harper’s Bazaar, @WhoWhatWearAU, @lailamagazine, @weworewhat/instagram, @moeeztali/instagram, @Popphotos

S/S 2017: New Chic in Pink

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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.

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From left to right:
Split-side silk-georgette midi dress by Balenciaga
Cape-effect silk-cady midi dress by Valentino
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Vetements Moves to Zurich

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We feel it’s inevitable and crucial to create contemporary clothing,” says Demna Gvasalia, the Creative Director of Paris design collective VETEMENTS.

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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 VETEMENTSicon, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t miss the cult collaboration with Manolo Blahnik by clicking here that is available now!icon

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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 BALENCIAGAicon.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Vetements and Getty Images, via Manrepeller/Hypebeast

My Look: Let’s Go Bananas!

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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 topicon by Balenciaga, palm printed trousers and banana and palm embroidered sandalsicon, both by Dolce & GabbanaMonogram fringed shoulder bag by Saint Laurent, necklace and bangles, both by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Via Scout Studios (in collage), all others © Sandra Bauknecht

Most Important S/S 2017 Accessories Trends

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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!

LoL, Sandra

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S/S 2017 TREND 1: EXTRAVAGANT SUNGLASSES
Céline – Dolce & Gabbana – Gucci

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S/S 2017 TREND 2: SOCK BOOTS
Fendi – Balenciaga – Emilio Pucci

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S/S 2017 TREND 3: WRAP BELTS
Balmain – Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini – Isabel Marant

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S/S 2017 TREND 4: STATEMENT EARRINGS
Delpozo – Alexander McQueen – Altuzarra

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S/S 2017 TREND 5: KITTEN HEELS
Chloé – Prada – Dior

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S/S 2017 TREND 6: ONE BAG IS NOT ENOUGH
Stella McCartney – Valentino – Marni

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S/S 2017 TREND 7: THE BIGGER THE BETTER
Givenchy – Chanel – Loewe

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S/S 2017 TREND 8: FLATFORMS
Salvatore Ferragamo – Versace – Miu Miu

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S/S 2017 TREND 9: SUPERSIZED BAGS
Sonia Rykiel – Mulberry – Ports 1961

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S/S 2017 TREND 10: ARM CUFFS
Roberto Cavalli – Louis Vuitton – Rodarte

Photos: via Vogue.com

The Top 15 Runway Trends for S/S 2017

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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!

LoL, Sandra

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S/S 2017 TREND 1: THINK PINK
Hermès – Valentino – Céline

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S/S 2017 TREND 2: HIGH-VOLUME SLEEVES
Dolce & Gabbana – Marc Jacobs – Kenzo

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S/S 2017 TREND 3: 80’s LAMÉ
Saint Laurent – Isabel Marant – Gucci

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S/S 2017 TREND 4: OP ART
Akris – Mary Katrantzou – Louis Vuitton

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S/S 2017 TREND 6: 70’s FLOWER POWER
Prada – Chloé – Christopher Kane

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S/S 2017 TREND 7: SQUARE-SHOULDERED
Jil Sander – Balenciaga – Jacquemus

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S/S 2017 TREND 8: SWIM ADDICT
Max Mara – Fendi – Miu Miu

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S/S 2017 TREND 9: SLOGAN TOPS
Dior – Paco Rabanne – Stella McCartney

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S/S 2017 TREND 10: BRALETTES
Victoria Beckham – Alexander McQueen – Alexander Wang

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S/S 2017 TREND 11: SPORT SPIRIT
Moschino – Courrèges – DKNY

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S/S 2017 TREND 12: DEEP SEA METALLICS
Maison Margiela – Chanel – Balmain

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S/S 2017 TREND 13: GRAPHIC STRIPES
Mulberry – Lanvin – Tory Burch

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S/S 2017 TREND 14: MODERN RUFFLES
Givenchy – Erdem – Loewe

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S/S 2017 TREND 15: TRANSPARENT
Alberta Ferretti – Giambattista Valli – Emilio Pucci

 Photos: via Vogue.com

Greenery – Color of the Year 2017

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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.

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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!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Pantone and the Brands

My Look: The Butterfly Effect

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This post is actually a little teaser. The photos were taken recently at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz where I was with Sisley to prepare a very special surprise for you. Stay tuned next week as an amazing contest will be coming up.

This outfit has become one of my favourites for fall. I have been in love with Mary Katrantzou‘s designs from her first season and have been collecting her must-have pieces since then.

My look: Oliver jacquard and plissé-tulle coaticon and Charm butterfly embroidered tulle dressicon, both by Mary Katrantzou, bow-embellished patent-leather pumps by Saint Laurent and cable shopper small patent-leather bag by Balenciaga.

LoL, Sandra

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The Colour to Wear Now: Camel

camel_coatsThis winter, camel coats come never alone… Embrace the season’s must-have hue in head-to-toe looks that exude effortless ease. Sophisticated, stylish, just beautiful.

Get the look: Madame 101801 coat by Max Maraicon, raw-edge wool-blend skirt by Tomas Maiericon, Pussy-bow silk-georgette blouse by BalenciagaiconRockstud fur-felt trilby haticon by ValentinoBB suede over-the-knee boots by Saint Laurent and Cahier large leather tote by Prada.
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LoL, Sandra

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Cover: © Harper’s Bazaar, Stills: Courtesy of the Brands; Runway via Vogue.com

Balenciaga’s Bazar Shopper

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Love it or leave it: Balenciaga’s first new bag, the Bazar Shopper, from designer Demna Gvesalia, who is also one of the co-founders of upcoming cult fashion brand Vetements. When he was appointed to the French brand months ago, fashionista were looking forward to seeing what his first bag would look like and it was quite a surprise.

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His ‘Bazar’ collection is inspired by sampeng bags – striped shoppers traditionally used in the markets of Thailand.

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Bazar striped textured-leather tote by Balenciaga
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Bazar medium grained-leather tote by Balenciaga

But Balenciaga is not the first one to come up with a plastic shopping bag being transformed into something high end in leather. Do you remember the Louis Vuitton S/S 2007 collection?

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I leave it to you if you like it or not… I got the Vuitton one nine years ago as a piece for my little “museum“…. and now I am thinking about the Bazar shopper. I like it!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of © Balenciaga, © Louis Vuitton and © Instagram/Icerati