The F/W 2018 Hiking Boot Trend

Guess who didn’t bring flats or socks, but managed to pack the peep-toes? This has probably lost you a few friends in past days. But those times are over.

For fall, we’re going up — to the mountain that is. Hiking boots are one of the biggest footwear trends of the season and they’re giving traditional western, motorcycle and knee-high boots some competition.

Flashtrek leather high-top trainers by Gucci
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The boots have certainly gained traction in the past few months. There’s Gucci’s Flashtreck sneaker  which is flying off the shelves and there’s Off-White’s collaboration with Timberland, which spawns a pair of gorgeously stompy velvet boots, a unique take on the classic footwear staple.

Velvet Timberland boots by Off-White

How to style them: Fashionistas all over the globe don’t save them for days with severe weather warnings only. They wear them year-round with everything from jeans and corduroys to silk dresses.

Here are some more of my favorite «Duke of Edinburgh–worthy hiking boots» available at the moment:

Black heart desert platform boots by Louis Vuitton

Two-tone textured-leather and suede ankle boots by Proenza Schouler
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Mad 70 spiked quilted leather ankle boots by Christian Louboutin


iconEdna shearling-lined leather and suede ankle boots by Ganni
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Leather-trimmed suede ankle boots by See by Chloé

Rockstud leather hiking boots by Valentino
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and Getty
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Dior Rose des Vents New Summer Editions

Celebrate the arrival of summer time with these new limited edition bracelets by DIOR that will stand out beautifully against sun-kissed skin. Personally speaking, my temptation to stack these pieces in vibrant hues is even stronger in summer: a mish-mash of whisper-thin pieces jangling against each other on a tanned wrist evokes a holiday mood, whatever the temperature outside.

DIOR’s Rose des Vents collection is a prime example: first launched in 2015 (for a previous post, click here please), the house has cleverly come up with a constant supply of new colors and designs – first were the pretty little bracelets with lapis, pink opal, mother-of-pearl and turquoise; later the medallion-like charm was studded entirely with diamonds, rendered in various colours on long sautoir necklaces and covered with onyx.

This summer the eight-pronged star, inspired by an old maritime navigational tool, appears in three limited edition colors, pink, orange and green. I love to flip the bracelets between the plain and embellished surfaces.

On my arm are these Rose des Vents bracelets from top to bottom:
18k white gold, diamond and pink ceramic lacquer (limited summer edition)
18k yellow gold, diamond and green ceramic lacquer (limited summer edition)
–  18k pink gold, diamond and orange ceramic lacquer (limited summer edition)
18k yellow gold, diamond and turquoise (permanent collection)

The perfect way to elevate the fresh summer accessories one step up, is to paint your nails in a vibrant hue that looks particularly flattering against bronzed skin. Part of Christian Louboutin Beauty‘s limited edition «Loubiflash» collection, these mini lacquers come in the matching colors to complement Dior’s summer bracelets.
Turquoise «Dragonflash» – iconOrange «Crosta Meteor» – Pink «Neoprene»

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dior and © Sandra Bauknecht
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Purple Power

Ultra violet may be the Pantone Color of the Year 2018, but this S/S 2018 season is all about lilac. The fresh pastel shade was all over the runways shows, starting at Victoria Beckham to Tibi to Roland Mouret. Needless to say that other purple shades were also featured, but the light version is the hue that won everyone over.

It looks so beautiful on dresses and I like wearing it head-to-toe.

Diana ruched satin maxi dress by Alice + Olivia

Felcourt one-shoulder silk-crepe dress by Roland Mouret

iconRuffled plissé-satin midi dress by Tibi

iconAria ruffled chiffon maxi dress by Preen Line

Gathered silk midi dress by Pushbutton

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Top from left to right: Solar patent-leather ankle bootsicon by Petar Petrov and jacquard clutch by Dries Van Noten.

Buttom from left to right: Pigalle Follies 100 patent-leather pumps by Christian Louboutin iconand Mini Half Moon Box shoulder bag by Victoria Beckham.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via design-seeds

Show Your Angel Wings

Nowadays, there is a new style that utilizes angel wings as a fashion statement most likely thanks to the Victoria’s Secret Angels who are sporting their wings on the famous lingerie runway.
Personally speaking when it comes to an angel-wing piece, I feel a terrible obsession to go for it… it is somehow innocent and seductive at once.

1 Evangeline wing leather sandals by Sophia Webster
icon2 Wings heart leather shoulder bag by Niels Peerarer
icon3 Wing ring by Garrard
4 Winged ballerina bustier dress by Moschino
iconWing 18-karat gold, agate and diamond earrings by Noor Fares
6 Wings ringicon by Elise Dray
Samotresse 100 metallic leather sandalsicon by Christian Louboutin

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Livin’ la Vida Loafer

A pair of loafers can elevate the simplest of looks. Live the loafer life.

Monana leather loafersicon by Christian Louboutin

Casati pearl-heeled calf-hair loafersicon by Nicholas Kirkwood

Rockoko sock-lined leather loafers by Fendi
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Crystal and fur-embellished leather loafers by Prada


Feather-trimmed leather loafers by Rochas

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Day to Night Mini Bags

With just enough room for your phone, keys and cards, mini bags are a fuss-free day-to-night option. Perfect for traveling light, these compact bags are just as stylish as their regular and oversized versions. From shoulder bags to cross-body, clutch and tote styles, mini bags come in a range of colorways and designs.

Look out for Givenchy‘s Antigona, Dolce & Gabbana‘s Sicily, Fendi‘s Peekaboo, Stella McCartney‘s Falabella and many more, for scaled-down versions of iconic bags.

Trend alert! Wear two or three at a time! Below are some of the best options to choose from.

LoL, Sandra

The Falabella tiny faux brushed-leather shoulder bag by Stella McCartney
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Galleria Baby textured-leather tote by Prada
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Peekaboo mini whipstitched leather shoulder bag by Fendi

Lock small leather shoulder bag by Valentino
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Sac De Jour Nano textured-leather tote by Saint Laurent

Antigona Mini leather shoulder bag by Givenchy

iconSylvie mini chain-embellished leather shoulder bag by Gucci

iconThe Marcie mini textured-leather shoulder bag by Chloé

iconSicily small embellished textured-leather toteicon by Dolce & Gabbana

Paloma nano spiked matte and patent-leather tote by Christian Louboutin
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via Pinterest, Fashionjunkiie, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar

Mexicaba Totes by Christian Louboutin

«Working with the most wonderful artisans from all over the world is completely natural for me,» commented Christian Louboutin ahead of the launch of his new Mexicaba totes that are exclusive to MATCHESFASHION.COM.

Handcrafted by local Mexican artisans from the Yucatán Peninsula and in collaboration with the Taller Maya Foundation, an organisation that supports the talents of local Mexican women, those absolutely beautiful totes are traditionally woven in riotous rainbow stripes and topped with vibrant, Mayan-style embroidered motifs alongside the designer’s crest-style logo.

Tap into the season’s wanderlust mood and carry it alongside a patterned maxi dress or to the beach. Infuse yourself with the vibrant spirit of Mexico.

TO SHOP THE EXCLUSIVE MEXICABA TOTES BY CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin
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Julia Roberts in Mother’s Day

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Recently, I watched the new Mother’s Day movie. It is star-studded ensemble film (Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts just to name a few…) that follows three generations in the week leading up to this special celebration with all of them facing the ups and downs of motherhood. It is really an entertaining film that I can recommend.

One scene caught my eye specifically and that means in terms of fashion of course. Without giving away too much, it’s pretty much in the end when Julia Roberts, who plays also a grandma (Can you imagine? Time flies!) shows up in a stunning pink dress. With capes being so fashionable this season, this built-in version is absolutely divine.

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Get the look: Cape-back crepe mini dress by Alexander McQueen, Dolce leather-trimmed painted wood clutch by Dolce & GabbanaSo Kate 120 leather pumps by Christian Louboutin and Lady Stardust 18-karat rose gold multi-stone ring by Stephen Webster.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Tote Bags

Tote Bags

Fashionistas love fashionable and oh-so practical tote bags. Whether classic or reinvented, this handbag shape should be atop your must-have accessory wish list. A keeper forever!

1 Monogramme Cabas medium leather tote by Saint Laurent
2 Bamboo Shopper medium textured-leather tote by Gucci
iconLiberty leather tote by Victoria Beckham
Paloma small spiked leather tote by Christian Louboutin
icon5 Le Dix Cabas textured-leather tote by Balenciaga
iconIntrecciato leather tote by Bottega Veneta
Joy medium textured-leather tote by Tod’s
iconThe Rockstud medium leather tote by Valentino

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My avid readers have seen me a gazillion times with my Bamboo Shopper large textured-leather tote by Gucci. I adore this bag, so practical, stylish and easy to carry. Perfect for travelling!

Hermes Birkin

More than 30 years after it was introduced, it is still one of the most exclusive tote bags in the world: the Hermès Birkin Bag, a true classic.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Sole-Mates

Sole-Mates

Update your warm-weather wardrobe with this amazing footwear. You can elevate your summer ensembles instantly with a statement pair of sandals.

Here are some of my favourites:

1 Bobbie Twist suede sandals by Sophia Webster
Latin Lover studded fringed suede and leather sandals by Aquazzura
3 Leopard-print calf hair lace-up sandals iconby Saint Laurent
Halley color-block suede sandals by Jimmy Choo
Embellished glittered leather platform sandals by Lanvin
Otrot 120 fringed suede sandals by Christian Louboutin
Vreeland lamé platform sandals by Charlotte Olympia
icon8 Glittered suede platform sandals by Miu Miu
iconEmbellished silk-satin and cork platform sandals by Nicholas Kirkwood

Sophia-Webster-Shoe designer Sophia Webster

If you are looking for the most eye-catching footwear ever. Have a look at the designs of Sophia Webster, a former assistant to celebrated cordwainer Nicholas Kirkwood. She is turning fashionable heads with her fabulous sandals:
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sophia-webstericonHeaven Tempest Orchid satin and suede sandals by Sophia Webster

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Flamingo Frill leather, satin and suede sandals by Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster_ShelliconUnderwater Lilico appliquéd leather slingback sandals by Sophia Webster
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Evangeline suede and laser-cut metallic leather sandals by Sophia Webster
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Malibu Sunset vinyl-trimmed patent-leather, suede and satin sandals by Sophia Webster

Which one is your sole-mate?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and via Vogue.com