Gucci Unveils Culture of Purpose

 

This week during the Kering 2017  Talk at the London College of Fashion, GUCCI President & CEO Marco Bizzarri unveiled the brand’s new ten-year «Culture of Purpose» sustainability plan with two major announcements. One is very surprising to me, the house’s pledge to go fur-free beginning with the S/S 2018 collection by joining the FUR FREE ALLIANCE. According to a statement, GUCCI will no longer «use, promote, or publicize animal fur» in its collections and will be organizing a charity auction of remaining animal fur items with proceeds to benefit LAV and THE HUMANE SOCIETY.

Gucci President & CEO Marco Bizzari at the Kering 2017 Talk

Building on its long term CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign for gender equality, Gucci is donating € 1 million as a Founding Partner of UNICEF’s Girls’ Empowerment Initiative, which underpins the company’s approach to creating a more responsible business.

This will help UNICEF reach more than 50,000 girls directly with programs aimed at empowering them, and indirectly reach 150,000 more.

Gucci’s bestseller: the Horsebit-detailed shearling-lined leather slippers.
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Following Kering’s sustainability framework, the plan is focused on three pillars:

Environment – Gucci is committed to reducing its environmental impacts and is setting ambitious targets to create a new standard in luxury retail, e.g. guaranteeing the traceability of 95% of our raw materials.

Humanity – Gucci recognises the value of its employees and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the people who make its products as well as supporting communities, e.g. responsible and innovative management of the supply chain (Gucci was recently awarded with the Green Carpet Fashion award for Sustainable Innovation), gender equality (59% women senior manager, campaigns to support girls and women empowerment), diversity and inclusion (membership with Parks).

New Models – Gucci is developing new solutions by applying technical innovation to improve efficiency in its production and logistics. e.g. setting up an incubator and start-up environment to foster innovation within the company.

A look from the Gucci S/S 2018 that will obviously not be produced!

Explaining the origins of GUCCI’s progressive approach, Marco Bizzarri attributed dynamic change to the unified vision he shares with the brand’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, «In selecting a new creative director I wanted to find someone who shared a belief in the importance of the same values. I sensed that immediately on meeting Alessandro for the first time. Together, by committing to a culture of purpose, taking responsibility and encouraging respect, inclusivity and empowerment, we want to create the necessary conditions for a progressive approach to sustainability

To a better future!

LoL, Sandra

This Resort 2017 fur coat with snake intarsia will probably become a museum piece.

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci, © Getty/Gucci

Lone Star – The Single Earring Trend

The runways have made a strong return with the single statement earringseen at houses like DiorRosie Assoulin, Tibi, and Louis Vuitton over the past seasons.

In order not to look like a pirate, choose a piece that veers on the glamorous, feminine side. At once edgy and easy to pull off, a lone earring has the ability to make anyone look – in a word – cool. Wear yours with attitude without looking like you are missing something…
Here are my favorites available at the moment:

1 Spiral-shaped earringicon by Maison Marginal
icon2 Feather-embellished swan single earring by Lanvin
icon3 Diamond & rose-gold Star earring by Diane Kordas
icon4 X earringicon by Balenciaga
5 Crystal-embellished pearl-effect earring by Gucci
icon6 BB clip-on earringicon by Balenciaga
7 Wooden-drop single earringicon by Roksanda
Flower gold-plated hoop earring by Simone Rocha
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via Vogue US, Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Movie Night

Last week, I attended the opening night of the 13th Zurich Film Festival that opened with Danish director Janus Metz Pedersen’s tennis thriller BORG/MCENROE. Based on actual events, it tells the  story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe. The evening was a lot of fun with different events going on, from cocktail receptions to the screening, dinner and after party.

With Patrick Liotard-Vogt at the opening of the 13th Zurich Film Festival.

My look: Silk chiffon-trimmed cotton-blend lace halterneck gown by Alessandra Rich, leather platform pumps by Gucci, Saffiano double handle mini satchel by Prada, and earrings by Miu Miu.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
Thanks to my daughter for taking them!
Photo on the Green Carpet: © David Biedert Photography

The Hoodie

Trending now is the hoodie, but not just a hoodie… I am talking oversized, logo embellished, expensive and sold-out hoodies! The streets of New York, London, Milan and Paris have been filled with showgoers cocooned in those must-haves, and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian are stepping out in hoodies that don’t call for any pants.

Suddenly, the hoodie becomes a luxurious wardrobe piece that you can dress up with a pencil or ruffled skirt and heels. But how much should you pay for a hoodie?

My favorite this F/W 2017: Cotton hoodie by Balenciaga
it comes with a hefty price tag of approximately CHF 600.00.

If you are maxing out your credit card for one of these beauties below, don’t feel guilty! It is worth this season… and if you don’t want to, no worries. You can always buy a CHF 10.00 hoodie and maybe look just as cool.

Printed cotton hoodie by Gucci

Printed cotton-blend hoodie by Vetements

Mansel printed cotton hoodie by Isabel Marant Étoile

Leaf Crop cotton hoodie by Off-White

Embroidered cotton-blend hoodie by Dolce & Gabbana

Distressed chiffon-paneled cotton-jersey hoodie by Givenchy

LoL, Sandra
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via Getty Images

Oktoberfest Craze – Designer Style

While you are reading this, I am on my way to the Oktoberfest in Munich with HUBLOT for an exclusive «Wies’n Gaudi» at the one & only Käfer’s-Wies’n-Schänke. The dress code? Of course «Traditional Bavarian»!

Is any other traditional dress as feminine, elegant and downright sexy as a «Dirndl»?
Any man or woman alive who has visited the Munich Oktoberfest would have to answer with a resounding no! As many other Germans, I am always looking forward to the
 festival season rolling around, to wear my «Trachten» and «Lederhosen» to celebrate in style.

From left to right top: Breakfast at Tiffany’s –  Dirndl Time Oh Deer!
From left to right bottom: Pucci Goes Wies’nTyrolean Love

From time to time, I like to play around with the outfits and don’t opt for the traditional «Dirndl» but look for designer pieces in my closet that are inspired from Tyrolean or Bavarian styles.

Finding the right Dirndl can be quite expensive and choices are versatile. You can certainly look for less expensive ones at regular department stores, but then you’re quite likely to run into other women wearing the same style around town. In case it bothers you spending so much money on this occasion, I would like to inspire you with these designer pieces that you can wear all year long.

DAYTIME TRACHT: Misha embroidered velvet-paneled gabardine jacket by Vilshenko, crochet-trimmed lace-up broderie anglaise cotton blouse by SEA, velvet shortsicon by Pierre Balmain, appliquéd leather Chelsea bootsicon by Charlotte Olympiaembellished wool-blend socks, Lucia watersnake-trimmed embellished brocade shoulder bagiconcrystal-embellished round-frame gold-tone sunglassesicon and gold-tone crystal clip earringsicon, all by Dolce & Gabbana.

DIRNDL CHIC: Lace and velvet-paneled pleated crepe mini dress by Elie Saab, faux pearl-embellished velvet headbandicon and velvet shoulder bag, both by Miu Miuvelvet and gold-tone multi-stone choker by Etro, Elliot floral-print matelassé over-the-knee bootsicon by Altuzarra.

BAVARIAN QUEEN: Embroidered cotton-velvet tuxedo jacket by ALEXACHUNG, Adriana lace-up velvet-trimmed crepe dressicon by Altuzarra, Klara lace-up suede ankle boots by Tabitha Simmons, Padlock small appliquéd studded leather shoulder bagicon, metallic crochet-trimmed embroidered cotton-blend socksicon and frayed grosgrain, bead and faux pearl brooch, all by Gucci.

O’zapft is! Happy Wies’n Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht

Fall Jackets

Gucci‘s Alessandro Michele has truly set a trend by embellishing his designs in all sorts of ways.
Many designers are following his playful approach to fashion. Featuring embroideries, patches, slogans on all sorts of classic silhouettes, this lovely outerwear will keep you warm and chic this fall.


Calf hair-paneled embellished denim jacketicon by Gucci


Painted metallic leather biker jacket by Mira Mikati


Cityscrape embroidered leather and satin jacket by Coach

Embellished leather-trimmed shell bomber jacketicon by Opening Ceremony

Embellished appliquéd wool-felt bomber jacketicon by Miu Miu


Embellished silk-satin bomber jacketicon by Valentino


Leather biker jacket with appliqués by Saint Laurent

Enjoy your Sunday!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Fashion Is Not Superficial

Are you one of those who think fashion is superficial? Sorry, you are absolutely wrong. First of all you cover what most likely means a lot to you, your body, second of all, fashion has power. People are judging you during the first seconds they meet you. So choose your outfit wisely. Now, it is time to set a statement!

Here are some sweaters that are embellished with great essential quotes. Your turn to choose your mantra!

«IT SEEMED TO BE THE END UNTIL THE NEXT BEGINNING»

Beaded intarsia wool and cashmere-blend sweater by Valentino

«WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS FUTURE»

Embroidered metallic-trimmed wool sweater by Gucci

«DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE»

Embroidered cashmere sweatericon by Lingua Franca

«THE EARTH HAS ITS MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO WILL LISTEN»

iconWool intarsia sweater by Etro

«COUTURE IS AN ATTITUDE. IT’S NOT A PRICE POINT»

Loose fit jumper by Moschino

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Cruise

What do you wear on a cruise? Comfy swimwear and nice tunics are all you need. Enjoying the wind, the sun, the sea and visiting different spots each day. A great place to see is the Amalfi Coast in Italy with its picturesque towns like Positano and Sorrento as well as the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia.

My look: Embellished printed cotton-voile kaftan by Tory Burch, cutout bandage bikini by Hervé Léger, crochet-knit and printed silk-chiffon headband by Missoni, embroidered brocade drawstring backpack by Guccibeaded necklace by Etro, and DiorOrigins1 round sunglasses by Dior.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Now You Can Literally Live in Gucci

Today I have got very good news to nurture your latest Gucci obsession! Now, you can take it one step further and not only fill your closet but make it also look nicer. Presenting Gucci Décor designed by Alessandro Michele, an eclectic collection of furniture and decorative pieces for the home adorned with House motifs, patterns and codes.

My favorite piece of the collection is this amazing pink velvet three panel screen. How gorgeous would this look in my closet… but also the wallpapers, chairs, cushions and plates are to die for.

Below you can enjoy more impressions of the new launch for the home.
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LoL, Sandra

Illustrations by artist Alex Merry for Gucci. Photos: Courtesy of Gucci and via Instyle.

My Look: Sneakers & Dresses

If you spent your childhood in a pair of Converse or even Nikes, you already know, the right sneakers can make a statement. If you pay attention to the proportions, dresses work well when paired with just the right comfy footwear. And not only will you earn major style points for thinking outside the box, but your feet will surely thank you. Here you see me wearing this kind of look on my way to the Maison Sisley in Paris.

My look: Olwen cutout printed cotton-jersey dressicon and Falabella faux brushed-leather shoulder bagicon, both by Stella McCartney, embellished metallic sneakers and aviator-style metal sunglasses, both by Gucci, earrings by Dior.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
Thank you to my daughter for taking them!