Cult Gaia’s Ark Clutch

2017 has become the year of the basket tote with the rise of Los Angeles-based label Cult Gaia’s structural bamboo bag from pretty cool to Instagram-famous within weeks.

The so-called ‘Ark’ clutch is a crescent-shaped bamboo clutch that feels offbeat yet timeless. Designer Jasmin Larian draws inspiration from vintage pieces and is committed to sustainable practices. Don’t miss the laser-cut acrylic version of the carryall in vibrant hues.

I thought to let you know there are many fabulous variations of the Cult Gaia bag. It might be not the most practical bag, but it is still the hottest accessory of the moment and extremely affordable.

1 Ark large bamboo clutch
icon2 Ark mini acrylic clutch in emerald green
icon3 Ark small bamboo clutch
icon4 Ark mini acrylic clutch in black

The Ark clutch is here to stay for the next season and will be launched in many colors. You can pre-order this small multi acrylic Ark clutch for Resort 2018 here.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Cult Gaia
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To All the Strong Women Out There

Today is Mother’s Day, a day that should always be in fashion. To all the strong women out there who have raised kids and dedicated their love and energy to their families, have a look at this fun FEMINIST COLLECTION by Del Toro that is exclusively available at MODA OPERANDI, for both women and children.

The Future Is Female Slipper

Fashion trends aside, 2017 is the year of the power woman. But don’t slip on your grey suit and shoulder pads – or burn your bra – just yet, go for fun feminist slogans (as seen on the DIOR tees), from “Pussy Power” to “Feminist AF.” Del Toro’s classic velvet loafers are a chic take on statement-making style.

Here are my favorites! I am off to get spoilt on Mother’s Day…

LoL, Sandra
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Pussy Power Slipper

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Photos: Courtesy of Del Toro

Del Toro – The Most Beautiful Flats

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Based in Miami, Del Toro was founded in 2005 by Italian-born Matthew Chevallard, and originally sought to fill a void in the marketplace for affordable customized slippers.

It didn’t take long for the brand to become successful and so the collection evolved to include new styles such as sneakers, drivers, and espadrilles among others. Handmade in Italy, my favorite choices are those amazing S/S 2014 flats that tell a whimsical story with every step.

THE DEL TORO S/S 2014 COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE.

LoL, Sandra

Moda Operandi Flats Del Toro

Photos: Courtesy of Del Toro

Shop the Elie Saab S/S 2013 Show Now

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Elie Saab’s S/S 2013 collection is called Heiress. While the designer might draw inspiration from the aristocracy, his creations are anything but austere. In fact, his designs for the next season brim with vibrant shades: cobalt, raspberry, and teal. From colour-splashed dresses to potently hued suiting, this collection creates a compelling chromatic narrative for spring.

SHOP THE NEW ELIE SAAB S/S 2013 COLLECTION STRAIGHT OFF THE RUNWAY BY CLICKING HERE. Trunkshow ends on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at 11pm EDT.

LoL, Sandraicon

Photos: Courtesy of Elie Saab and Moda Operandi, © Sandra Bauknecht

Moda Operandi & Lyst: $1000 Give-Away

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Here is an amazing contest for you. Moda Operandi, the most exclusive shopping website where you can order your must-have pieces right off the runway (for more details, please click here) and Lyst, the social shopping site that helps you discover some of the best fashion pieces available, are giving away a $1000 shopping spree. Amazing, isn’t it?!

All you have to do is to follow Moda Operandi on Lyst. Just click on the photo above to be transferred directly.

The contest starts Monday October 8th, 2012 at 12:00am EST and ends October 17th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST (the “Entry Period”). All entries must be received during the Entry Period. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules.

LoL, Sandra

Moda Operandi

Moda Operandi

moda-operandi-logo-text-indexIt is fashion newest and definitely the most exclusive website for shopaholics. You can make your own buy of your runway favourites that will arrive in your closet in record time.
Heaven on earth for high-end shoppers that are always looking for those hard-to-get pieces and that are going to pay full price.

Aslaug Magnusdottir, former head of merchandizing at Gilt Noir (Gilt.com’s elite member group), founded the revolutionary new e-commerce site together with well-known Lauren Santo Domingo of Vogue.

Moda Operandi features collections from the likes of Alexander Wang, Vionnet, Proenza Schouler, Alberta Ferretti, just to name a few, for sale for a couple of days right after their runway shows. I think for a fashion addicted person like me it is just wonderful. You are not limited on what a department store’s buyers chose for their shop, you can choose from the entire collection yourself and very importantly, buy it in your size. No more wait lists!

Example of an e-mail that I am receiving from Moda Operandi

Example of an e-mail that I am receiving from Moda Operandi

How does it work? Moda Operandi has started last month with a small, exclusive database from their network of influencers and friends. The membership is very limited, you can apply for it by clicking here.
Members can place their order with a 50% deposit. You will receive your pieces once they are produced, which means approximately 6 months later.
Moda Operandi offers a very professional way of shopping. It might not be for everyone.
You have to know what is going on and without the help of fashion magazines decide what will be a must for the next season. If you are an avid reader of Sandra’s Closet, there is no need to worry. I will keep you ahead of the game right after the runway shows and you will exactly know what to get.

Anyway, I think it is very interesting to see how the fashion world is moving in two directions. On one side, you have those high-street chains like H&M and Zara that offer the latests trends on a tight budget. On the other side, there are the high-end fashion designers who get copied very fast and who are trying to come up with more exclusive new marketing ideas like Tom Ford who refrained from releasing any images of his runway collections. He has built a buzz until the collection would actually be in stores…

From one die-hard fashionista to another!

LoL, Sandra