Colette to Close Its Doors

This is truly breaking news –  Colette, the famous Parisian concept store, is closing down after 20 years. Saint Laurent will be taking over the Rue Saint Honoré location.

The founder of Colette, Colette Roussaux, and her daughter, Sarah Andelman, in their store.

Founded in 1997 by Colette Roussaux, the house has been led by her daughter Sarah Andelman in recent years.

The boutique became renowned for its extreme fashion edits, from high end designers to upcoming street labels, Colette had it all and combined this choice with an eclectic mix of lifestyle products. You could always find up-and-coming designers, such as Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou and Rodarte.

Mary Katrantzou with me wearing her «Jewel Tree Dress» at Colette.

Personally speaking, I went to many fashion events that were hosted at Colette and it was always a pit stop during fashion week for inspiration. I shopped next to Kate Perry and partied with Mary Katrantzou during her launch event with Longchamp.

Colette, you will be missed! Stay tuned, the next breaking news will be coming up shortly as H&M will be announcing their next designer collaboration today!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Colette, via Agnes Dherbeys for The New York Times, © Sandra Bauknecht

Jeremy Scott for Longchamp

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«Humpty Dumpty», a nursery rhyme, that is part of our childhood. It is full of innocence and naivety. It is popular. It can be sung, danced or even mimed sometimes. It is accompanied by unforgettable pictures and characters.

Jeremy Scott is evoking this nursery rhyme from on Longchamp’s Le Pliage® bag this season with his quirky sense of humor and colorful pop world. The print is a mix of rabbits, elephants, mushrooms, tortoises and more.

This new «Humpty Dumpty» limited edition with extravagant motifs will be on sale exclusively at Colette, Paris, from May 1, 2015, and available in Longchamp points of sale from June 1, 2015. Don’t miss out on this playtime treat!

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Longchamp

Most Wanted F/W 2014: Chanel Sneakers

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There is no doubt! You are looking at the top sneakers of the season: CHANEL‘s iconic style meets sports allure with an outstanding shoe design. Dream on, fashionistas, how much nicer grocery shopping would be if we all wore couture trainers. Spotted with everything you can imagine, from chic twin sets and casual everyday looks to ball gowns, the new CHANEL must-have features the iconic CC logo on the sole.

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Low or high like a boot, laced up until the knee, it comes in twenty different combinations of materials and colours: tweed in a multitude of effects (chevrons, woven, bouclé …), suede, in laminated, crackled or iridescent leather, and in distinct associations dominated by black and pink, orange, black and gold, red and green, pink and silver…

The CHANEL F/W 2014 sneaker will be available in CHANEL boutiques in September 2014. Also available at COLETTE in Paris from now to October 4th and at LANE CRAWFORDicon, ifc mall in Hong Kong from September 19th to September 29th.

LoL, Sandra

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Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp at Colette

Lovely BagsThe most exciting part of my trip to Paris was the launch event for the “Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp” collection at the famous concept store Colette. As you know, I am a huge fan of Mary and her designs. Her talent is truly outstanding and I was so happy to see her again. (For a previous post, please click here.)

Below you see the text from the official press release. Can you imagine how honoured I felt to be mentioned in the same breath with Emmanuelle Alt,  Suzy Menkes or Glenda Bailey.

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Please enjoy the photos of the evening and have a look at those beautifully printed bags:

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For this occasion, the facade of the famous colette concept store was spectacularly covered with one of the exclusive prints from the “Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp” collection. It will stay like this one week.

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Sweet Mary Katrantzou with me wearing (of course!) Mary Katrantzou

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A unique “Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp” Le Pliage bag, 1 meter high and 2,5 meter large, was exposed in the interior courtyard.

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The bags on display.

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Love this tote bag with the poetic digital “Lanterne” print, €320.

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The “Aquarium” print on the tote bag , €350, is awesome. The little pouch, € 55, to the right is already in my closet as each guest got it as a gift. Thank you so much!

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The bottles of champagne served were all printed with the colours of Mary’s inspirational theme “When East meets West” for this new collection.

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Some pieces of Mary’s must-have S/S 2012 collection were already on display. I am crazy for those dresses! Flower prints and underwater world inspired themes are huge fashion trends for the season.

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Mary’s ultimate accolade: Fashion’s most powerful ladies all came to see her designs.

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Suzy Menkes, Mary Katrantzou and Sophie DelafontaineArtistic Director of the Longchamp House

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Jean Cassegrain, Owner of Longchamp with Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar US and Mary Katrantzou.

Mary, you can be so proud of yourself!

LoL, Sandra

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The Cabinet Of Curiosities of Thomas Erber

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I just spent 48 hours in London that were filled with many interesting events, parties and meetings. Let me get started with the launch party for the ‘Cabinet de Curiosites de Thomas Erber’ 2011.

After his successful collaboration with Parisian concept store Colette in 2010, fashion consultant and former journalist Thomas Erber has brought his cabinet to Browns in London. Showcasing a very interesting selection of pieces including everything from fashion and furniture design, to travel packages, art and photography, Erber has gathered many internationally renowned artists and designers to fill his cabinet with their most unique creations.

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„My quest, has always been to push the limits of creativity, to me it is the only thing that feeds the dream living in each of us. Browns, since the beginning, has been the coolest place in the city to me, it has always defended elegance and most importantly independent designers more than anything or anyone else in London.“

– Thomas Erber

Christopher KaneDesigner Christopher Kane with me (Love his designs! Click here for a previous post)

Here are my favourite curiosities:

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Rodarte – The Piece

In 2011, the Rodarte sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, joined with two of the world’s most highly acclaimed photographers, Catherine Opie and Alec Soth, to create the first publication to explore and examine the world of Rodarte.

For Thomas Erber’s cabinet at Browns, Rodarte have collaborated with artist Rebekah Miles on a one of a kind book cover, hand painted with an image from the book.

£ 250


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Lulu Guinness – The Piece

Designed to befit the expression, “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder”, this bespoke bag is characteristic of Lulu’s wit and charm. The cubic evening bag is covered in black satin with a wrist strap and is presented in another larger cube which is hand-embroidered with the designer’s iconic handwriting.

£ 1995

 

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Manolo Blahnik – The Piece

“Albero” – an exquisitely delicate shoe. Crafted in crocodile, silk satin leaves encase the ankle, while the foot rests on orange satin lining.

£ 3850 (size 37)

 

Melinda Gloss

Melinda Gloss – The Piece

Melinda Gloss is the in 2006 established label by childhood friends Rémi de Laquintane and Mathieu de Ménonville.

High quality meets high fashion, as a traditional tweed overcoat is given a modern dressing-down by a hooded inner-layer. Raw edging gives the reassuringly weighty material a sense of lightness without compromising its warmth.

The three coats are available in size 50 for £ 1750 each.


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A unique jewelry box and watch box in Tamo Ash, one of the rarest and most reasured woods in the world. Sleek and sophisticated by design, the rich finish of the wood results in a piece which is strikingly superior in every sense.

Jewelry Box £ 7200, Watch Box £ 6300

Kata Legrady

Hungarian-born artist Kata Legrady is a very interesting woman to talk to. She has attracted international fame for her iconic series “Guns & Candies”. A former child soldier, she draws inspiration from her childhood memories.

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While we were talking, this bag by Christian Louboutin caught her eyes. It reminded her of a bomb, funny enough!

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Kata Legrady – The Piece

‘A 47 Kalashnikov, multicolour original gun with applicated “Smarties” covered with Plexiglass’

The internationally celebrated series, “Guns and Candies” was started in 2008, and is a set of colourful and oversized pieces exploring Legrady’s double fascination with war arms and candies. The Smarties are simultaneously enigmatic, alluring and scary, and appear to leave a residual trace on the retina, like a persisitent dream or a meditative vision. Truly popular art in the very Warholian meaning of the word, these images and artifacts are universally accessible and immediately identifiable. They demand only a little empathy from the viewer’s part, therefore investing each beholder with a power to reveal both their symbolic and artistic qualities.

£ 25000


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Paul Kelley – The Piece

A stainless steel polished desk/dressing table with a mirror and a blue acrylic lined interior. The handsome yet elegant work boasts solid brass-plated drawers and solid teak interiors.

£ 54000
All photos above: © Sandra Bauknecht

 

TRAVEL

Uruguay-Kuoni (Photo-Kechicheva)[1]

“Riders”, 40 x 60 cm, Silver gelatine print, fiber paper, B & W, argentic print, single copy. Especially made for the Cabinet Of Curiosities of Thomas Erber, 2011 edition at Browns by Elina Kechicheva, £ 1840.

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The Road Trip

A mesmerizing and romantic road trip leads to Uruguay, to the edge of the end of the world, just between the “elder brothers” of Brazil and Argentina, and along the Uruguayan coast – which will slowly unveil its mysteries and wonders in a land that is yet to be fully discovered.

A ten day trip will start approximately at £2150 per person (without flights).

Namibia-Kuoni(Photo Kechicheva)Photographs by Elina Kechicheva also available, £ 1840

The Family Safari

A magical, adventurous family trip to the heart of rugged but soulful Namibia, the “king country”, a jewel located on the west coast of southern Africa. Travelers will venture away from the famous Skeleton Coast to the untouched Namib Desert, where safaris are still real and wild – and will be accompanied by dedicated and knowledgeable local people who will help them to experience the real Namibia.

A ten day trip will start approximately at £ 4285 per person (without flights).

 

The after party took place in London’s newly opened up hot spot: Le Baron.
Here are some photos of the night:

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A real cabinet of curiosties!

LoL, Sandra

Save Japan

We want to help Japan!


It is just so extremely saddening what  is currently happening in Japan. In this difficult situation, there are many possibilties to help the victims of the catastrophe.

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French concept store Colette for example says: „We love Japan“ and helps to raise funds for the country’s disaster relief.
Several designers have contributed: Kuntzel+Deygas buttons, an original drawing by Fafi, bracelets by Aurélie Biderman, Cool Cats T-shirts , a “Rescue Jacket” by Kitsuné, teddy bears by Vika Gazinskaya, Case Scenario x Keith Haring iphone cases, Olympia Le Tan brooches, Eiko Maekawa rabbits and many more to come.
100 percent of the proceeds of the sales of these products will be directly donated to the JAPANESE RED CROSS SOCIETY.


Cool Cats T-Shirt
€ 25 – colette.fr

Kuntzel+Deygas buttons
€12 – colette.fr


I am working since many years with the SWISS RED CROSS and this amazing organisation is always one of the first ones to help. Your contribution will truly make a difference.


That is us: The ladies of the Swiss Red Cross ball committee.

That is us: The ladies of the Swiss Red Cross ball committee.

For other organisations that are collecting funds, please click here.
My heart is with Japan and the Japanese people.

LoL, Sandra

Valentino for Gap

Valentino for GAP

Just in case you have just warmed up yesterday at your Lanvin for H&M shopping tour, more is to come. Another interesting designer collaboration will hit the stores this Saturday, November 27: Valentino for Gap.

Unfortunately, it will only be available at a few locations in Europe: Gap’s new Milan store, Colette in Paris, in London at Gap’s flagship store on Oxford Street (from 9.30am) and at Dover Street (from 11am).

Due to the limitation, it is a great chance to invest in special-edition Valentino at a high-street price.

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Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli said: „We love mixing different cultures and we have been excited to mix Gap’s timeless essentials with our Roman culture of couture.“

The small capsule collection is all about ruffles meet khaki. A signature Valentino bow is also seen on a cute skirt. I like the idea of utilitarian basics such as cargo pants and parkas reinterpreted with a romantic twist.

LoL, Sandra

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Visionaire pays Tribute to Late McQueen

In Honour of Alexander McQueen

Visionaire, the art and fashion bible, has designed a gorgeous limited edition book in honour of the late Alexander McQueen with the contribution of some famous names like Nick Knight, Lady Gaga, Stephen Klein und Mario Testino. Only 1.500 numbered copies of the boxed set Visionaire58 Spirit, A Tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen will be available at Alexander McQueen boutiques and Colette for €1500.-. The reason why this is so pricey might be on one side the wrapping in a metalized brocade from the S/S 2010 show and on the other the paper quality. The pages are embedded with seeds that, if planted and watered, will bloom real flowers. How cool is that?

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If this is still not convincing, why not getting a great piece from the last collection that McQueen was working on before he comitted suicide last February. His beautiful fall pieces have already started to arrive in stores. So keep your eyes open. I am completely in love with the chevron-tweed jacket. It has a shredded silk trim which gives its classic cut a fierce twist. Combine it with motorcross leather pants plus a cool tank and upgrade the look with some drama by adding gorgeous heels and a studded clutch. If something is not available anymore, I recommend contacting McQueen directly or visit the online shop.

Have fun shopping and paying your own tribute!

LoL, Sandra

Karl Lagerfeld’s Favourite Drink

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When Karl Lagerfeld lost almost 90 pounds in the beginning of the Nineties, rumors attributed the weight loss to his consumption of only Diet Coke and steamed vegetables. From April 24th, the Parisian trend department store Colette sells a limited edition of the famous drink especially designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself. He dressed the light aluminium bottle in white, black, pink and gave it a new slim silhouette. The bottle is €3.50 and the chic special box, accompagnied by a bottle-opener hidden in a drawer, is €60.-.

As I am totally addicted myself to this wonderful zero-calorie treat, I am completely in love with its new look. Diet Coke should keep it the Lagerfeld way. So much better!

LoL, Sandra