Time for a Play Date

Playtime

I love the piano, it’s my favorite instrument. This season the piano keyboard has inspired many designers. Listening to a piano concert or even better playing yourself in this look is the ultimate fashion goal.

Get the look: Ruffled silk-georgette top by Elie Saab, pleated jacquard-knit skirticon by Proenza SchoulerDolce Box piano tote and embellished leather pumps, both by Dolce & Gabbana.

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If you are thinking about getting a piano, have a look at my favorite one which is said to be the best one in the world: the MODEL D by STEINWAY & SONS. For over 160 years, the company has been dedicated to the art of piano making, setting the uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value.

Do you want to be my play date?

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Sandra Bauknecht

Paying Tribute to the Late André Courrèges

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«Where do his tennis dresses, his sailor dresses come from? Where did he find them? On the steps of Delphi. In the wardrobe of Electra. They are modern and they are antique
Violette Leduc ‘Is Courrèges Wearable?’ Vogue, 1965.

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September marked Courrèges‘ first runway show in 13 years, and the House’s new designers Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant offered a fresh take on the iconic «Space Age» classics. The LVMH Prize finalists got down to the basics, a great start to revive André Courrèges’ famous label of the ’60s. Unfortunately, Monsieur Courrèges, who retired from his vocation in the mid-1990s, won’t experience this relaunch to the fullest. Last week, he lost his 30 year battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 92.

courreges2André Courrèges

Born in 1923 in France, Courrèges was a major force in ’60s fashion and helped define a generation. After graduating in engineering, he studied fashion and textile design which got him a job at . He Balenciaga for ten years, where he developped his great skills in cutting garments. In 1961 he launched his own eponymous fashion house.

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His breakthrough came with his 1964 «Space Age» collection. Stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve loved the designer’s ground-breaking geometry, plastic miniskirts and futuristic textiles.

Courreges7Moschino’s S/S 2013 show was a copy of Courrèges’s 1965 collection (here seen at Audrey Hepburn).

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His favorite silhouette was known as «Moon Girl» look, that he embellished with oddities such as googles and astronaut helmets.

Courreges1His famous miniskirts

Courrèges was also known for his extremely short angular mini skirts and trouser suits in black-and-white. Over many years, there was a dispute with Mary Quant, who claimed to have first popularized the miniskirt. Regardless of who came first, his skirts were definitely the shortest and his creations came to symbolize the Swinging Sixties.

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Courreges3Andre Courreges at his S/S 1973 fashion show.

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In 1967, Courrèges married his assistant, Coqueline Barriere who took over artistic direction of the company upon his retirement. In 2011, the couple sold a majority stake of their company to two Frédéric Torloting and Jacques Bungert, the two former co-presidents of the Paris branch of Young & Rubicam.

Courreges10Courrèges x Estée Lauder make-up collection

Last Spring, Estée Lauder and Courrèges collaborated and launched a 12-piece make-up, including the first false lashes for the beauty giant, and added Kendall Jenner as their face. To shop, please click here.

French President Francois Hollande paid tribute in a statement that described Courrèges as a “revolutionary designer” who “made his mark on French haute couture.”

Another fashion icon has left our planet. Rest in peace, Monsieur Courrèges and thank you!

TO SHOP THE NEWEST DESIGNS BY COURRÈGES ONLINE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Courrèges, Estée Lauder, via Vogue, AGIP/RDA/EVERETT COLLECTION, Getty Images 

My Look: Dressing in Black and White

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Dressing in black and white is something that can make you look effortlessly chic in a second if you bear in mind to avoid the obvious. A white top with a black skirt or trousers can be easily reminiscent of a work uniform. Get a little creative and go for a bold pattern as I did for this outfit or much easier simply turn the colour combination upside down.

My look: Sheer star print blouse, asymmetric leather pencil skirt iconand pointed leather Mary-Jane pumps, all by Saint Laurent. Limelight Gala watch and Rose diamond ring, both by PiagetLumière Anissa underwired bra by Eres and Pure Matt 50 denier tights by Falke.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Loox Photo Studio by Adriana Tripa

International Sale at Net-à-Porter Starts

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My dear readers, I just wanted to give you a quick notice that NET-A-PORTER’S INTERNATIONAL SALEicon is launching this morning. There are some great products marked down up to 50% off. Have fun!

TO SHOP, PLEASE CLICK HERE. icon

Below are some of my favourites that would be perfect for the new season.

LoL, Sandra

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Crystal-studded suede pumps iconby Valentino (30% off)

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Silk-georgette and cotton top iconby Giambattista Valli (30% off)

SaintLaurentWool mini skirt iconby Saint Laurent (50% off)

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Two-tone silk sweater iconby Jil Sander (50% off)

Photos: Courtesy of net-à-porter.com

My New Bowletto Bag

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Meet the new Bowletto! Karl Lagerfeld‘s black and white bowling bag is a sleek and sporty carryall. The internal pockets and spacious interior make this textured-leather design perfect for all your daytime essentials. Such an eye-catching piece to complement your trendy graphic monochrome look. A bold statement bag for a great price.

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TO SHOP THE NEW BOWLETTO BAG, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Stay tuned for an outfit post in which I am wearing my new must-have coming up soon…

LoL, Sandra

Still: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld, Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Trend S/S 2013: Get in Line

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The combination of black and white is shaping up to be one of S/S 2013‘s hottest trends, namely in the form of stripes. Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino showed one of the most stunning two-tone takeovers. I am convinced that chances are high, that you already have a few black-and-white-striped pieces in your closet, but look for a style update to take it up a notch. To get in on one of summer’s boldest trends, step inside to shop my picks now.

Dresses from left to right:
Scooter striped stretch-twill dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs
Striped cotton-blend sheath dress by Lanvin
Wide stripe sun dress iconby Dolce & Gabbana

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Personally speaking, a striped blazer is my must for this season. An easy way to take your outfit to the next level.

Jackets from left to right:
Striped satin blazer iconby Balmain
Striped cotton-blend blazer iconby Lanvin
Stripe-print lurex blazer iconby Saint Laurent
Striped glossed rayure-effect blazer by Saint Laurent (I couldn’t resist this one…)

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Paloma suede and metallic sandals iconby Saint Laurent
Walk the line and have fun!

LoL, Sandra

Net-à-Porter International Sale

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Yippie, another sale has started today and this is actually my favourite one: The NET-À-PORTER INTERNATIONAL SALE with amazing markdowns up to 50% off. As I told you in my previous post, it is much better to look for basics or pieces that will work for the next season.

Some of the big trends for S/S 2013 (as you can see in the pictures to the left) are the combination of black and white and ruffled details.

Here is a look that would be the perfect stylish addition to your summer wardrobe:

Crepe tuxedo blazer iconby Alexander McQueenwool-blend and silk-chiffon dress by Giambattista Vallilarge Cabas Chyc leather tote iconby Yves Saint Laurentruffle-trimmed suede pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood and splashout painted Swarovski crystal earrings by Tom Binns.

Happy Shopping by clicking HERE!

LoL, Sandra

NET-A-PORTER International end of season sale now on. Enjoy up to 50% off your favourite designers. Shop now

Stella McCartney’s Sandra Top

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Dear readers, sorry for my tardiness in posting. I caught a terrible stomach flu and don’t feel like doing anything. Today, this gorgeous Sandra two-tone stretch-cady top iconby Stella McCartney arrived on my doorstep, which of course made my heart leap for joy. A top with my name, how cool is that?!

I love the dipped hem that adds to the contemporary appeal of this elegant piece. It gives my winter wardrobe a graphic spin and will surely look gorgeous with skinny pants and golden bangles.

TO SHOP PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Zara Steal versus Designer Splurge

Steal versus Splurge

Zara has this months some amazing pieces giving you the opportunity to include some of the new season’s must-haves as well as some solid classics into your wardrobe. Decide for yourself if you want to go steal or splurge. Those styles are both ways great.

I always recommend to understand and recognize quality materials and craftmanship, not only a designer label. With this in mind, you will invest with confidence and mix with less expensive pieces to create your own individual, so hard-to-copy look. But be careful! Your shoes and bag should always be of good quality.

For all Zara pieces click here for the webshop (not available in all countries) or visit the nearest Zara store.
For all designer pieces you just have to click on the label in the text to be transfered directly.

One of the It-pieces for Resort 2011 is Stella McCartney’s ivory wool-twill tuxedo jacket with black and white lapels above.

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Animal prints like cheetah (Azzedine Alaia) or leopard (Chloé) are very trendy at the moment. Spotted on an A-line swinging skirt combined with a leather top (Derek Lam) shows the real fashionista. Suede pumps (Jimmy Choo) are always a good investment.

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The basics are your wardrobe’s building blocks. A bow-tie blouse (Balmain) combined with a pair of wide-leg pants (YSL) is a truly classic look. The colour combination of black and white always in style. Those items will last for years. Shoes by Gucci.

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Of course, no list of basics is complete without the ubiquitous LBD (Little Black Dress) This season has been all about leather and this is going to stay. So why not indulging yourself in the trend material and adding a striking, sizzling touch to the classic piece (Bottega Veneta; Maje). Suede wedges (Bottega Veneta) give another modern, edgy touch.

Happy Smart Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Nineties Minimalism

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Our time machine is moving further. After the glam references of the past decades, some designers also saw the impact of architectural purity during the 90s and there is something intrinsically cool about today’s new minimalism.

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The creations are great investment pieces, very versatile, less extreme and more functional. You could go through decades wearing the same thing and looking great.

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If you want to add some 90’s minimalist sophistication to your wardrobe, think more about tailored silhouettes in superb quality. Draping, asymmetry and unusual fabrics give maximum choice for minimal style.

Minimal Contrasts

The colour palette is mostly muted with a lot of white, camel, grey and black. But if you love the bright hues, it does not mean that you cannot buy into minimalism. There were lots of beautiful choices on the runways.

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To conclude our trip through time, those pure outfits have more longevity than any other seasonal looks. But wether or not, trends never really go out of fashion, it just takes a while for them to resurface and each decade has the same key factor, the need to be fashionable.

With this in mind, enjoy the comeback of 90’s great fashion moments!

LoL, Sandra