My Look: High Strung

While you are reading this, I am on my way to the Cannes Film Festival. I always have a great time there and have so many wonderful memories such as the dinner I attended with the lovely film crew of «High Strung» and Swarovski. As I am a ballerina myself, I absolutely adore this movie.

Dancing with the main actors: Jane Seymour, Nicholas Galitzine and Keenan Kampa.

The plot is about a hip hop violinist is busking in the New York subway. When he encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, sparks fly. With the help of a hip hop dance crew they must find a common ground while preparing for a competition that could change their lives forever.

My look that night: Black embellished cocktail dress andiconicon cutout leather platform pumps, both by Saint Laurent, embellished clutch by Balmain, Limelight Gala watch
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Emilio Pucci’s Travelling Bikini Bar Concept

A whole summer trip, which begins at the Cannes Film Festival and moves among the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It’s a new itinerant shop concept designed by Emilio Pucci completely dedicated to summer. It’s the Bikini Bar.

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In select boutiques, a specially designed colorful cabin will contain limited edition triangular Emilio Pucci bikini sets in 9 iconic prints, including: «Ranunculi», «Lance» and «Labirinto», archival prints; «Gazelle», «Parasol» and «Libellula».

The silhouette of a mermaid, the mythical figure loved by Marchese Emilio Pucci, characterizes the concept of the Bikini Bar.

The special collection of bikinis will be available for a limited time at the Emilio Pucci boutiques listed below, and also at the brand’s online flagship www.emiliopucci.com.

Cannes: May 16th – 28th
Beirut: from June 13th
Capri: July 1st – 15th
Mykonos: July 3rd – 20th
Taormina: July 6th – 20th
Saint Tropez: July 25th – August 4th
Porto Cervo: July 29th – August 13th

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Emilio Pucci
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My Look: On the Way to St. Tropez

While you are reading this I am on my way to St. Tropez for the ASW Summer Weekend, followed by the Cannes Film Festival. I am truly looking forward to some fun times ahead.

My look: Tweed blazer by Balmainwhite lace dress by Azzedine AlaïaCassandre light blue clutch with tassel by Saint Laurentleather platform pumps by Gucci and pearl earrings by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Wild Party

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Last week I was in Cannes for the Film Festival and attended some absolutely amazing events. One of them was an invite by Caroline Scheufele to join her for Chopard‘s annual grand soirée. This year’s «Wild» theme was taken literally and Diana Ross took the stage with an incredible performance in front of a digital waterfall and surrounded by thousands of palm trees that transformed the venue into a true wild jungle full of diamonds and jewels. Guests, among them Kate Moss, Petra Nemcova, Adriana Lima and Kendall Jenner, danced until late to the sounds of DJ Mark Ronson.

My look: Embroidered tulle dressDionysus medium embellished coated canvas shoulder bagicon and leather platform pumps, all by Gucci, diamond ring and bracelet, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery, «Tribale» earrings by Dior and Tonda 1950 Set Clarity watch by Parmigiani Fleurier.

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Chopard_wild_Party_Caroline_ScheufeleIn a splendid luxurious setting filled with colourful and tropical flora and fauna, next to the models wearing Chopard’s latest Red Carpet creations and vividly coloured gowns by Elie Saab, Caroline Scheufele welcomed guests to her private dinner party.

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I hope you enjoyed my first impressions from this years’ film festival. More coming up soon!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Not For Sale

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The dress code for Chopard‘s Gold Party during the Cannes Film Festival (photos will be coming up shortly) said «glamourous with a touch of gold». A great opportunity to wear for the first time my new Chanel clutch that says: «Je ne suis pas en solde», which basically means «I am not for sale». The perfect statement for all non gold diggers!

I always like to add an unexpected twist to an outfit. This time with those metallic ankle boots that caught all attention when they peeped out under my gown.

My look: Cassandra backless bandage gown by Hervé LegerParis metallic leather ankle boots by Saint Laurent, «Je ne suis pas en solde» clutch and earrings, both by Chanel, Mitza ring by Dior Haute Joaillerie and Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis.

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Louis Vuitton’s Sticker-Prints

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While filming for Spotlight in Cannes, I wore this new outfit by Louis Vuitton. Since Nicolas Ghesquière took the helm at the French Maison, there have been some amazing new looks and accessories. I fell in love with those sticker-print pieces, inspired by adhesive labels on vintage Vuitton luggage, the minute I spotted them on the runway.

My look: Sticker-print top, matching skirt, silk bandeau scarf and Petite Malle Monogram bag, all by Louis Vuittoncutout leather platform pumps by Saint Laurent, Limelight Gala watch by Piaget, Hapi leather bracelet by Hermès, diamond ring and bracelet, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

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Fashion lovers around the globe were drooling over the house’s new It-bag, the Petite Malle, a playful miniature take on the classic Vuitton trunk. How cute is it that the bag matches the print on my tee?!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Filming a New Spotlight Episode in Cannes

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During the Cannes Film Festival, I was also filming a new episode of Spotlight, which will air this Saturday at 7.45pm on TeleZüri. It is my first own show in which I will be taking you on the red carpet of the Chopard Gold Night Party, followed by some great interviews and a private concert by Robbie Williams. Don’t miss it, you can watch the trailer at the end of this post!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show

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First of all, let me please apologize for my tardiness in posting. My internet connection in my hotel is a nightmare, so slow that I can barely upload all the amazing photos from the last days. Once I fly back home tomorrow, I will surely show you everything.
But here are some more exciting news. Tonight, I will attend the 20th Cinema Against AIDS to benefit amfAR during the Cannes Film Festival at the beautiful Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes.

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To celebrate the occassion, LoveGold will exclusively present the Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show, curated by Carine Roitfeld, that will feature gold looks specially made for the evening by many famous designers. Here are some sneak previews of the likes of Emilio Pucci and Valentino.

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“It’s a tribute to Liz Taylor, that’s why it’s gold,” Carine Roitfeld said about her inspiration.

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LoveGold, an initiative of the World Gold Council and online community dedicated to gold jewelry highlighting gold as a precious and inspiring metal. As a proud presenting sponsor, LoveGold has worked with a number of prestigious jewelry designers, including House of Waris, Pamela Love, Hoorsenbuhs, Kimberly McDonald to name a few, to create one-off pieces for the show. These will be available to purchase via LoveGold.com following the runway event. You can also watch the livestream here.

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Now, I have to get ready. Can you guess which colour I will be wearing…of course, gold!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via LoveGold, DesignScene

An Imperial Day with Chopard

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Recently, I visited the Chopard headquarters in Meyrin, that is very close to Geneva. The Swiss brand that is known for its luxury watches and high end jewelry was bought in 1963 by Karl Scheufele, owner of a manufacturing company of the same kind in Pforzheim, Germany. At this time, Chopard had four employees. The Scheufele family brought their knowledge and talents to Chopard and brought the company to what it is today. An established still family-owned business – with around 2.000 selling points around the world – that produces 75.000 jewelry pieces per year, and that makes the mechanical movements and all the gold used for the creations in-house. Today, Caroline Scheufele, a gemologist in charge for the precious stones buying and the exceptional creations, along with her brother Karl-Friedrich Scheufele run the business.

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After a brief introduction, the lovely team showed me around the different manufacturing stations. The photos below are taken in  the room where the beautiful Imperiale collection is made. It is very impressive to see how much work, love for detail and craftsmanship go into one piece of jewelry. And of course, the best part was, when I was able to try the stunning valuables on. My nail polish and dress matched the rose gold and the cushion-cut amethyst of the Imperiale ring (REF : 829221-5039) perfectly.

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The Imperiale collection is inspired by ancient embroidered patterns and decorative elements of the East. This pattern recalls the refined craftsmanship and elegant designs of empires past, and lends an exotic twist to the jewelry pieces.

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On the way to my favourite part of the visit, I spotted the famous Palme d’Or designed and hand crafted every year in the workshops of Chopard. (Do you remember when I went with Chopard to the Cannes Film Festival last year, if not, please click here).

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Chopard’s diamonds have dominated the Cannes red carpet since many years. The high jewlery collections, designed by co-president and artistic director, Caroline Scheufele, are truly breathtaking. Some of my favourites are the Precious Temptations and the Harrods Disney Princesses collections.

At the artisan atelier, I spotted also some made-to-order pieces like this absolutely amazing dog necklace. The goldsmith had several sketches of a dog’s physiognomy and produced a wax model before making the final piece. It is absolutely captivating to watch the passionate craftsmen at work.

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The culmination of my imperial day with Chopard was a lunch at the famous Bayview restaurant at the Président Wilson hotel in Geneva. (Remember when I was there with La Mer. If not, please click here.) Such a treat prepared by one of the most famous chef in the world, Michel Roth (MOF and Bocuse d’Or – 1991) who served a feast for the eyes and culinary delight. The dessert in the shape of a ring was so cute. Thank you, Chopard, for that wonderful experience!

LoL, Sandra

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My Fashion Column: Cannes Do

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Something for my Swiss and German based readers: 
Please have a look at the recent issue of SI Style magazine featuring my monthly fashion column. This time, I am telling you more about my trip to the Film Festival in Cannes with Chopard last May.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht