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Extremely Piaget at the Biennale des Antiquaires 2014

Every second year, the Biennale des Antiquaires takes place in Paris in the gorgeous halls of the Grand Palais. Whenever I look at its sinuous, cast-iron Art Nouveau balconies and curlicue stairways, I feel like being in another century. Personally speaking, it is one of the most fascinating places in the French capital and I couldn’t imagine a better backdrop for the most important event in the jewelry calendar. I was invited by Piaget as in 2012 (for the previous post, please click here) and was able to discover the house’s amazingly beautiful EXTREMELY PIAGET collection firsthand.

For the 27th edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires, interior designer Jacques Grange paid homage to Versailles and its French gardens with flowerbeds and foliage. The most stunning part was the scented indoor fountain in the center under the gigantic glass dome that master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian had transformed into an olfactory experience.

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At the Piaget booth, I indulged in the most stunning High Jewellery pieces you can imagine. This year, Piaget is celebrating its 140th anniversary and to celebrate this occasion, the company seeked inspiration for its EXTREMELY PIAGET collection from its stellar period in its creative history from the 1960s and 70s. The pieces are enhanced by the most precious materials: diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, hard stones and gold.

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The collection is also characterized by great freedom of movement and multiple ways of beings worn. Personally speaking, it was the youngest and most modern collection at the Biennale des Antiquaires this year. You could easily imagine to wear it to a black tie gala or with jeans and a white tee like for example this beautiful bracelet with turquoises from Arizona above.

Let me show you my favorite pieces of the 125 that were presented:

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Necklace in 18k white gold set with 46 turquoise beads (approx. 301cts), 48 chrysoprase beads (approx. 42cts), 1 emerald-cut cabochon (approx. 23.14cts), per-shaped chrysoprases, pear-shaped turquoises and brilliant-cut diamonds.

Piaget Sautoir Exceptional

Sautoir exceptional High Jewellery watch in platinum set with 195 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 66.20 cts), 282 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 33.20 cts), 35 cushion-cut diamonds (approx. 16.30 cts) and 16 pear-cut diamonds (approx. 7.60 cts).  Piaget 56P quartz movement.

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Necklace in 18K white gold set with 84 blue sapphire beads from Sri Lanka(approx. 127.40 cts), 490 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 41.69 cts) and 1 cushion-cut emerald from Columbia(approx. 19.39 cts).

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Sautoir watch fishnet mesh in 18K white gold set with 404 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 31.30 cts).  Piaget 56P quartz movement.

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Bracelet in 18K pink gold set with 8 pink opal plates (approx. 23.25 cts), 18 turquoise beads (approx. 5.31 cts) and 220 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.81 cts).

Piaget Opal Watch

Cuff watch in 18K white gold set with 1’699 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 20.50 cts) (snow-setting). Natural opal dial. Piaget 56P quartz movement.

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Ear cuffs in 18K white gold set with 28 marquise-cut diamonds (approx. 11.59 cts) and 20 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 4.48 cts).

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Ring with a sapphire (approx. 7 cts) and 10 diamonds in pear cut and 2 marquise diamonds (approx. 7.5 cts together).

I fell not only in love with this piece… The EXTREMELY PIAGET collection marks the continuity of the brand’s presence in the world of High Jewellery. The 1960s and 70s were some of their most innovative years – and the same is true of 2014. Congratulations, Piaget, for this amazing collection!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Top 15 Runway Trends for F/W 2014

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As we all know, fashion trends can be difficult to keep up with. In an industry where one color, fabric or print can be crazily hot one season and totally out the next, there’s no doubt that following is no easy task. Not to worry, I am here to help you looking chic all year long! Scroll through my forecast for what styles will be on everyone’s shopping list this F/W 2014 season.

Capes, ponchos, fur, feathers and shearling, the collections are all about wrapping up against the cold. Get ready to ward off Winter’s grip in khaki hues, Sixties prints and flashes of shining gold. Enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

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F/W 2014 TREND 1: SWEET SIXTIES
Miu Miu – Gucci – Dsquared²

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F/W 2014 TREND 2: SUITS
Hermès – Christian Dior – Ralph Lauren Collection

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F/W 2014 TREND 3: MILITARY KHAKI
Calvin Klein Collection – Isabel Marant – Balmain

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F/W 2014 TREND 4: HEAD TO TOE KNITS
Stella McCartney – Céline – Marc Jacobs

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F/W 2014 TREND 5: ARGYLE SWEATERS
Louis Vuitton – Maison Martin Margiela – Tommy Hilfiger

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F/W 2014 TREND 6: FELINE
Carven – Givenchy – Sportmax

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F/W 2014 TREND 7: OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
Matthew Williamson – Bottega Veneta – Dries Van Noten

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F/W 2014 TREND 8: TEAM PLAYERS
Tom Ford – DKNY – Jeremy Scott

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F/W 2014 TREND 9: SHEARLING
Anthony Vaccarello – Prada – Christopher Kane

Fancy Furs Fashion Trend FW2014

F/W 2014 TREND 10: FANCY FURS
Versace – Emilio Pucci – Chloé

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F/W 2014 TREND 11: PONCHOS
Roberto Cavalli – Burberry Prorsum – Etro

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F/W 2014 TREND 12: CAPES
Dolce & Gabbana – Elie Saab – Valentino

Golden Girls Fashion Trends FW2014

F/W 2014 TREND 13: GOLDEN GIRLS
Just Cavalli – Saint Laurent – Moschino

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F/W 2014 TREND 14: BIRDS
Emanuel Ungaro – Marni – Alberta Ferretti

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F/W 2014 TREND 15: BLACK VELVET
Emporio Armani – Chanel – Nina Ricci

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My Look: Goldenized

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Half an hour before the Patrizia Pepe Goldenized event in Zurich, I had a quick photo shoot for my portrait in Sonntagszeitung in the store. Of course, I wore one of the must-have pieces of the Goldenized collection we were presenting that night.

My look: Short striped lurex jersey dress and black wool hat with studded leather band, both by Patrizia Pepe, statement necklace by Lanvinrose diamond ring by Piaget, studded bag by Miu Miu and Janis leather pumpsicon by Saint Laurent.

LoL, Sandra

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Recently, I hosted an event with Patrizia Pepe in Zurich to celebrate the brand’s new amazing capsule collection GOLDENIZED for the festive season. In line with the name, all the looks are dedicated to golden hues and fabrics, teamed with black for a nice contrast.

The day before, I had styled the looks the models were presenting on the runway in the store, combining the must-haves from the GOLDENIZED collection along with some of the iconic pieces the Italian brand is known for. The makeup was all about smokey eyes created with products by LancômeDuring the evening, I explained my ideas behind each outfit and revealed some of my personal styling tips. While enjoying the yummy Lillet cocktails, the fashionable crowd indulged in late night shopping after the show. Enjoy the photos of the night!

LoL, Sandra

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Bobbi Brown – Hollywood Glam Collection

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Today, I would love to share Bobbi Brown‘s beautiful Hollywood Glam Collection that is mainly dominated by the festive colors of gold, red and black. Perfect to get the right Christmassy sparkle. Doesn’t Katie Holmes looks absolutely gorgeous wearing the new must-have shades of the holiday season?

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette

OLD HOLLYWOOD EYE PALETTE

What to pair with a leading lady-worthy lip? This palette plays the perfect supporting role to any look, from the season’s rich reds to alluring nudes. Featuring a mix of cool and warm colors for eyes with glitter and flat finishes, it includes a dual ended mini Eye Shadow Brush too.

CHF 125.00 (Limited Edition)

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OLD HOLLYWOOD LIP COLOR

Red lips really never go out of style and this “Old Hollywood” shade is the perfect shade to sport red pouty lips.

CHF 40.00 (Limited Edition)

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Nails

NAIL POLISH

A great complement to a dramatic Hollywood red lip or a sultry smokey eye, Bobbi’s nail lacquers polish off your look, making you glam from head to toe. Fun and festive, these two glitter polishes (Chrome and Solid Gold) add texture and a pretty touch of color, and can be layered over Siren Red or Tuxedo Black for added drama.

CHF 27.00 (Limited Edition)

Old Hollywood Eye Liner

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With an improved formula and felt tip, this easy to use pen-style liner delivers the blackest black line. Inspired by the crisp cat-eye looks of the silver screen, this eyeliner is destined to be your go-to trick for standout eyes every time.

CHF 38.00

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LIP GLOSS and HIGH SHIMMER LIP GLOSS

Bobbi’s limited edition shade of red (Siren Red) lets your smile take center stage. This Lip Gloss gives lips a brilliant, high-shine look and contains soothing botanical extracts to keep lips supple and soft. The other three sparkling High Shimmer Lip Glosses (Candlelight, Rosé and Pure Gold) provide a light-catching glimmer on bare lips (or added dimension over your favorite lipstick).

CHF 35.00 (Limited Edition)

Old Hollywood Bobbi Brwon eyesLONG-WEAR CREAM SHADOW STICK

Effortless and high impact-that’s the essence of Bobbi’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. This do-it-all formula glides on tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. Available in three shades Tuxedo Black (New), 24 Karat (New) and Bronze (Limited Edition).

CHF 38.00

In stores November 2013.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Ralph Lauren Collection F/W 2012

Ralph Lauren Collection F:W 2012“I have always loved the heritage and romance of England. My collection for Fall 2012 is about a modern glamour inspired by the timeless character and refined elegance of an authentic way of living.”Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren‘s inspiration were obviously the Roaring Twenties. The first part of his show was devoted to boy-for-girl suits, followed by flapper-like dresses in gold and platinum Art Deco embroideries. So beautiful!

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I especially love the Ralph Lauren Collection shoe collection for F/W 2012. Riding boots have been seen on many runways and the American designer’s take on them is just perfect. Click HEREicon to shop.

LoL, Sandra

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Dior Golden Jungle Fall 2012 Makeup

Dior Golden Jungle Fall 2012

Dior‘s fall 2012 makeup collection GOLDEN JUNGLE could not be more perfect. A mix of gold, khaki, and light earth tones – beautifully combined – comes with some amazing surprises. Have a look below and explore the gorgeous crocodile leather effect on the nails along with the fierce animal pattern on the star product. For the feline goddess in you!

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STAR PRODUCT (One shot)
Golden Jungle Palette Fall Look 2012 – CHF 110.-
Available in Golden Khakis and Golden Browns

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5 Couleurs Eyes in Khaki Design – CHF 90.-

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Perfect for fall: Glowing skin is combined with a light shimmer right up to the brow-bone, punctuated with a bold, thickly drawn cat’s eye and finished off with lots of mascara.

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3 Couleurs Eyes – CHF 68.-
Available in Ivory Glow and Nude Glow

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Dior Blush – CHF 69.-
Available in Sugar & Spice and Sunkissed Cinnamon

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Dior Addict Lipstick (One Shots) – CHF 46.- each
Available in Wild, Instinct, Fatale and Daring

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Dangerous right down to your nails, the must-have nail polish is the new Duo Vernis, combining a gold base with a matte olive topcoat. The crackled effect is stunningly reptilian, like the scales of a crocodile.

Dior Golden Jungle Nail Art Duo (One Shot) – CHF 54.-
Dior Vernis (One Shot) – CHF 37.- each in Amazonia and Bengale

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This gorgeous collection will be available in Switzerland from August 15, 2012. I think with your summer tan, these shades will look absolutely divine.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dior and © Sandra Bauknecht

What to Wear on New Year’s Eve 2012

What to Wear for New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve calls for a fabulous outfit and you still have some days left to shop! 
The sparkling shade of gold has party splendour. It is a flattering hue for every skin tone. Add embellishments, big-cat printsvivid bold colours and statement accessories – and let glamour be your talisman!

Here are some shopping suggestions:

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This look works best for a fun beach party or a night at a fancy club!

Metallic gold ruched bandeau beach dress by LanvinDolly metallic leather slingback pumps by Charlotte Olympialeopard-print calf hair clutch by Valentino and lace 18-karat gold-vermeil earrings by Monica Vinader.

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Looking stylish for a New Year’s Eve dinner party at a friend’s house or a fancy restaurant!

Darya hammered-silk wrap-effect dress by Tory Burch, Harper suede platform pumps by Rupert Sanderson, Marano glitter clutch by Anya Hindmarch, oversized beaded clip earrings iconand Swarovski crystal cocktail ring, both by Kenneth Jay Lane.

Kiss Me at MidnightAnd last but not least, the perfect outfit for a romantic New Year’s Eve celebration!

Asymmetric lace dress iconby Stella McCartney,Vamp glitter platform sandals and Cayla glitter-finish clutch, both iconby Jimmy ChooGold-plated and leather cuff by Gucci.

LoL, Sandra

The Gold Economy

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If yesterday’s post about Chanel’s pre-fall 2011 show put you in the opulent mood and you feel like indulging yourself in some luxurious fabrics, there is no need to wait until next fall.
This F/W 2010 has been already about brocade, gold or red fabrics, embellishments and embroideries.

Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta, the forerunners of the festive trend, offer beautiful looks that work perfectly for your X-Mas or New Year’s Eve party.
A jacquard coat or blazer is an investment piece that can elevate your look to a complete new level of style.

I love my Alexander McQueen red goddess gown with beautiful golden embellishments that I wore recently to a gala in London together with a belt by Matthew Williamsonicon, some sandals by YSL and a vintage Chanel clutch.
Happy Holidays!

LoL, Sandra

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Chanel Pre-Fall 2011: Paris-Byzance

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Just when you finished off your wardrobe for this winter and have started thinking about next summer, I am challenging you once more with something very beautiful for next year’s fall.
Who said following fashion was an easy task?!

This Tuesday was a very snowy day in Paris but the guests who enjoyed the atmosphere in the Chanel Haute Couture salons were transported to another era, time and place. Karl Lagerfeld was inspired for his pre-fall 2011 collection by Byzantium, one of Coco Chanel’s major inspirations when she was the first to launch a line of costume jewelry in the 1920s.

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The Paris–Byzance Métiers d’art show broadcasted Chanel’s specialist craftsmen that the French house has gathered under its umbrella: Desrues the costume jeweler, Lemarié the feather specialist, Lesage the embroiderer, Massaro the shoe-maker, Michel the milliner, Goossens the goldsmith and Guillet the floral accessory specialist.

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In a decor reminding of an Ottomanesque chill-out room with 400 metres of squined fabric covering the walls, Lagerfeld revisited the bold colors and antique golds. Byzance and its splendor embellished every look from belts adorned with square glass beads to gold running through burn-out tweed and embroidered silks.

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The make-up was kept in the same color family with one star product: The cream palette is combining five different golds and is said to be limited to only 1500 pieces.

This collection is for the modern Theodora empresses who might be Chanel’s clientele of today. Celebrating Chanel’s strong heritage is surely a smart move and one key to remaining a powerhouse in the decades to come, especially with the opening of a second Chanel boutique in Istanbul.

LoL, Sandra

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