Mary Katrantzou – Queen of Prints


My avid readers know how much I love MARY KATRANTZOU. Since her first collection, I have been collecting her designs. So I was over the moon when she told me to be part of her first solo exhibition that opened its doors this weekend at Dallas Contemporary as part of its first season for the new year. «Mary, the Queen of Prints,» explores the innovative work and kaleidoscopic world of fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. In addition to the museum celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, the upcoming year also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Mary Katrantzou’s brand.

With Mary at the Net-à-Porter Dinner in London in a S/S 2014 printed top and skirt.

Mary Katrantzou has said: «Print can be as definitive as a cut or a drape and allows a woman to filter beauty found in design, in a subversive way. All my prints are constructed through digital technology. Digital print allows me to experiment with print in a way that fine art and other methods could not. It opens up a huge spectrum for possibility; I can create possibility out of impossibility, surrealism out of realism and both vice versa


Following previous collaborations with top cultural institutions such as the New York City Ballet and the Paris Opera, this exhibition will be the first time the entirety of the designer’s previous collections is represented under one roof.

«Mary, the Queen of Prints» will be on view at Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street, in Dallas, Texas, until March 4th, 2018.

A beautiful dress from the F/W 2011 collection photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue.

Curated by Museum Director Peter Doroshenko and Director of Exhibitions Justine Ludwig, the exhibition will consist of approximately 200 garments as well as accessories, sketches, and textiles by Katrantzou. The works reveal Katrantzou’s diverse inspirations ranging from the pages of Architectural Digest to Fantasia, and provide a closer look at her inventive tailoring and techniques.

Presented in color groupings rather than chronologically (Katrantzou’s masterful use of color has been central to her aesthetic since the beginning of her brand), the garments create a prismatic field of color within Dallas Contemporary’s distinctive space and reflect the designer’s recognition in the industry as a creative mind and innovator.

With Mary at the UBS Unique Event in London in 2017

ABOUT MARY KATRANTZOU
Born in Athens, Mary Katrantzou studied Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BA in Textile design and an MA in Fashion from Central Saint Martins. Her graduation show in 2008, which featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewelry on jersey-bonded dresses, took the industry by storm, immediately securing a number of prestigious stockists, notably Browns, Joyce, Colette. After her graduation show, Mary Katrantzou established her namesake brand. She now boasts over 100 high-end stockists ranging from Selfridges to Joyce, Matchesfashion.com, Harrods and Saks.

Wearing the Ivory Dress from the F/W 2012 collection.

Mary Katrantzou was dubbed “The Queen of Print” by press, a moniker that recognized the enormous influence of her work in the medium. Katrantzou plays with clashing aesthetics, mixes technology and craftsmanship and explores opulent innovative embellishments in a world that is feminine, innovative, fresh and elegant.

Winning the Swiss Textiles Award in 2010 in Zurich

In 2010 Katrantzou was awarded the Swiss Textiles Award in recognition of her pioneering textile treatments; in November 2011, she received the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent, in February 2012 was awarded Young Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards. In 2015, Katrantzou received the Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, was awarded Glamour designer of the year, Harper’s Bazaar Breakthrough Designer as well as the British Fashion Award for New Establishment Designer.

In Mary’s Powdy Print from the F/W 2012 collection.

Prestigious collaborations have included capsule ranges with Swarovski, Longchamp, Moncler, Topshop, Cowshed and Adidas Originals. Mary has also collaborated with artist Pablo Bronstein at the ICA, designed costumes for the NYC Ballet and the Paris Opera and her work has been exhibited at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Lord Rothschild’s «Creatures and Creations» exhibition at Waddesdon Manor in the UK.

Mary’s Girls: from Mira Mikati to Nicky Hilton, from Sabine Getty to Wendy Wu – we all celebrated with opening of «Creatures and Creations» in May 2017.

From left to right: Eugenie Niarchos, Sandra Bauknecht, Elena Perminova, Miroslava Duma, Mary Katrantzou, Tamu McPherson, Elisa Nalin, Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis and Viviana Volpicella.

COLLECTION HISTORY
S/S 2018 – The Youth of the Year
F/W 2017 – A Fantasia  /  S/S 2017 – Minoan
F/W  2016 – Rodeo & Juliette  /  S/S 2016 – Cosmology
F/W 2015 – Kenophobia  /  S/S 2015 – Pangea and Panthalassa
F/W 2014 – Symbolism  /  S/S 2014 – The Shoes
F/W 2013 – Landscapes   /  S/S 2013 – Postage Stamps
F/W 2012 – Ordinary Objects  /   S/S 2012 – Flower Fields
F/W 2011 – Objets d’Art   /  S/ 2011 – Rooms
F/W 2010 – Madame Pompadour   /  S/S 2010 – Blown Glass
F/W 2009 – A Woman in a Bottle /  S/S 2009 – Jewels

Below you see how many pieces of the exhibition are from my closet. So proud of my personal collection and the fact that I have been part of the Katrantzou family from day one.

Serendipity Dress from the S/S 2011 collection

Jewel Tree Dress from the F/W 2011 collection

Kite Runner Dress from the F/W 2011 collection

Caramolengo Dress from the F/W 2011 collection

Harp Hazard Dress from the S/S 2012 collection

Fishtank Dress from the S/S 2012 collection

Powder Gun Dress from the F/W 2012 collection

Expandit Dress from the F/W 2012 collection

Alias Dress from the S/S 2013 collection

Ziggy Dress from the S/S 2013 collection

Orlyon Dress from the F/W 2013 collection

Godiva Jacket and Godiva Skirt from the S/S 2014 collection

Olivier Coat and Charm Butterfly Dress from the F/W 2016 collection

Hemera Dress from the S/S 2017 collection

Look 32 (Fustaella Shirt – Dove Top – Pantheon Skirt)  from the S/S 2017 collection

Nausheen Fox Fur Coaticon from the F/W 2017 collection

To many more year to come! Congrats, Mary, I love you!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou and © Sandra Bauknecht

The It-Bag You Cannot Buy in a Store

Something really exciting to share with you… for one week only you will be able to purchase the Gabriela Hearst bags that you cannot buy in a store or online besides now. These bags are highly sought after and trying to get them is almost impossible with extremely high waiting lists – on average there is a waiting list of 1,500 client per bag at any given time. If you really want the bag, you have to email, hope and wait.

The friends of Gabriella Hearst who were carrying the famous Nina bag as one of the first ones have caused a big hype: Miroslava Duma to the left and Brie Larson to the right.

My favorite: the Nina leather tote in cognac.

After having produced 20 of those must-have pieces for friends and family, the designer got so many requests that she created an It-bag without even thinking about it. Now, New York-based designer Gabriela Hearst has partner with NET-A-PORTER LTD to raise funds for Save the Children for the unprecedented hunger crisis and impending famine in Turkana, Kenya. The designer is committed to make a donation of $600,000. From the money raised, save the Children will provide cash transfers to those affected families, giving them the ability to purchase urgently needed food and clean water to help them survive the drought.

Gabriela Hearst

… next to her beautiful Ella two-tone leather tote.

A trio of its own: the Nina, the Demi and the Ellie. Hard to decide… and not a lot of time left as they are selling out like crazy!

TO SHOP THE GABRIELA HEARST BAGS FOR ONE WEEK, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Please be aware that the proceeds from the sale of the bags by NET-A-PORTER will not be donated to Save the Children. Instead, NET-A-PORTER is helping to raise awareness about the important work that this charity does and the donation will be made by Gabriela Hearst directly. The donation is made up of the money Gabriela Hearst makes from wholesaling the bags to NET-A-PORTER.
Photos: Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst and Net-à-Porter

The Dermatologist to the Stars

World-class skincare yields maximum results with a minimum number of products” – this is the concept behind Dr. Barbara Sturm’s nourishing formulas. Based on a thorough medical understanding of cells and anti-aging, her products protect, strengthen and detoxify without overburdening the skin and are gentle enough for sensitive complexions.

The so-called “dermatologist to the stars” is a very fascinating woman, who combines business and family life perfectly.

Married once to George Hamilton, she is now the wife of New York based lawyer Adam Waldman. She has two daughters, a 20-year-old and a 3-year-old. At the age of 45, she is her own best example that her products obviously work.

Two of them have fully convinced me and let me explain to you why:

Skin Food Supplement (60 capsules) by Dr. Barbara Sturm
iconNicknamed the “fountain of youth,” Dr. Barbara Sturm’s supplement is boosted with Purslane – abundant in Omega-3 fatty acids, it improves skin health and fights signs of aging from the inside out. Each capsule contains Japanese Knotweed Root Extract and Glucosamine to support the body’s natural production of plumping Hyaluronic Acid.

– Easily absorbed by the body, providing support for a healthy function
– Infused with antioxidants Kudzu and Astragalosides to combat the ageing process

But it gets better. What happens when Jessica Alba’s make-up artist and Cher’s doctor join forces to come up with something really magical – an anti-aging primer!

Anti-Aging Primer, 30ml by Dr. Barbara Sturm + Monika Blundericon
In collaboration with her Austrian fellow Monika Blunder, L.A. based celebrity makeup artist, Dr. Barbara Sturm developed her ‘Anti-Aging Primer‘ to enhance the look of her makeup while caring for her skin. Enriched with antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Pearl Pigments, this creamy formula contains the brand’s key active ingredient Purslane that protects your skin against free radical damage while reducing the appearance of enlarged pores and wrinkles.

– Suitable for all skin types

TO SHOP THE WHOLE LINE OF DR. BARBARA STURM CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandraicon

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-Porter, Getty Images, ©  Sandra Bauknecht

Net-à-Porter’s Gift Kits Are the Best

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Clueless about your upcoming Christmas gift list and no time to rush through the crowded city. I have an idea for you: these exclusive kits each include an expertly curated selection of products we all love – all presented in an elegant black packaging. Alongside essentials for a variety of occasions, there are also unique sets for working out and pampering. You just have to click add to basket and you are all set.

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Pamper Kit
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I am wishing you a relaxing and fun weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-porter
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The Cool Issue: Fashionable Vacation Kits

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Indulge loved ones or yourself with Net-à-Porter‘s fashionable vacation kits, packed with a host of chic and cool pieces that have been specially selected for their cult status. All sets come impeccably wrapped in the House’s signature packaging and are finished with a neat bow.

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THE BALI KIT
iconCurated for exotic destinations, the ‘Bali Boxicon‘ includes four luxurious travel essentials. The Upside‘s stylish swimsuit and matching towel are perfect for days in the surf, while Soleil Toujours’ SPF45 sunscreen protects your complexion against harmful rays and its body shimmer enhances bronzed skin with a beautiful glow.

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THE IBIZA KIT
iconThe ‘Ibiza Kit‘ contains everything you need to prepare for a relaxing yoga escape or recreate the benefits of one at home. This carefully edited set includes a matching sports bra, leggings and a high-performance mat featuring an exclusive print by Mara Hoffman, as well as This Works beauty products that will help you to achieve a healthy glow and restful sleep.

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HAMPTONS KIT
iconGet set for an active summer with the ‘Hamptons Kiticon‘. This must-have box comes complete with everything you need to stay sun-safe and stylish on the tennis court – including L’Étoile Sport‘s breathable stretch-lace dress, to Hampton Sun’s silky-smooth and lightweight ‘SPF15 Gel’.

Which one is your favorite and suits your holiday destination the best?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-Porter

The Travel Kit

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As you know I am traveling constantly and mostly go on short trips. I light to travel light and take in general only hand luggage with me. That means you have to be smart when it comes to packing (You can find a great guide how to stuff your suitcase that I shot with Louis Vuitton here).

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The biggest problem is that you are not allowed to take large amount of liquids. There fore I love NET-A-PORTER‘s TRAVEL KIT that includes 12 products from their skincare, haircare, nail and makeup department. Including everything from a rejuvenating face mask to glamorous lipstick, this elegant selection is conveniently travel-sized and also luxurious way to discover new products.

Includes: Jurlique‘s Rosewater Balancing Mist, Mio‘s Clean Slate Wipes, Leonor Greyl‘s Nourishing Shampoo, Deborah Lippmann‘s Cuticle Oil, Lipstick Queen‘s Invisible Lip LinerHourglassIcon Liquid LipstickErno Laszlo‘s White Marble Radiance EmulsionErno Laszlo‘s Treatment BarChantecaille‘s Bio Lifting Cream, LashFood‘s Conditioning Drama Mascara, Roloxin™ Lift‘s Revitalizing Facial Treatment and Christophe Robin‘s Hair Regenerating Mask.

To shop the TRAVEL KITicon, click HERE please.
Kisses from NYC!

LoL, Sandra

Still: Courtesy of Net-à-Porter
Photo: © Jamie McGregor Smith for Louis Vuitton

It’s on Sale, Baby!

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Great news! The NET-A-PORTER SALE has officially started and the website is full of amazing pieces waiting for you. Here are some of my favorites:
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Navette silver-plated crystal clip earrings by Oscar de la Renta (40% off)
These beauties vamp every look.

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Portobello 2016 textured-leather diary by Smythson (40% off)
Keep your things organized next year. It also makes a great gift.

602161_in_ppLady and the Tramp embroidered cotton-canvas clutch by Olympia Le-Tan (30% off)
Never wanted to invest in a fun accessory. Now is the time!
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Leather-trimmed wool and cashmere-blend jacketicon by Balmain (50% off)
Look for classics on sale that work for many seasons to come.
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Patent-leather T-bar pumps by Gianvito Rossi (40% 0ff)
I can never resist shoes on sale.

I hope that I could inspire you a little.
Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of net-à-porter

The Sale Is On

The Sale Is On

Great news, it is this time of the year: NET-A-PORTER.COM start their big sale today. Now, you have the chance to get the most amazing pieces marked down up to 50%.

Especially for you, I put together this outfit that would be perfect for a night out. To shop, just click on the highlighted text.

Get the look: Godet Dance embellished stretch-tulle mini dress by Topshop Unique (50% off), Lelie snake-effect leather sandals by Isabel Marant (40% off), Valorie glitter-finished canvas clutch by Anya Hindmarch (50% off) and Soho gold-plated snake earringsicon by Aurélie Bidermann (30% off).

TO ENJOY THE FULL SALE SELECTION CLICK HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

Totême Exclusive

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Let me introduce you to the first capsule collection from Totême, the brand that was established in 2014 by Swedish couple Elin Kling and Karl Lindman.

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The style queen presents American sportswear mixed with an effortless European sensibility. The collection of 14 perfect staple pieces, inspired by her every day New York wardrobe, will see you from city life to your next resort getaway.

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My favorite: Havana stretch-crepe dress by Totêmeicon

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Stay cool and look chic in silky separates, easy-breezy tailoring and luxe lightweight knits.
SHOP THE WHOLE CAPSULE COLLECTION EXCLUSIVELY HERE AT NET-A-PORTER.

iconLoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Totême and Net-à-porter

Happy International Women’s Day 2015

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Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is MAKE IT HAPPEN which represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater efforts to tackle gender inequalities issues that still affect societies all over the world.

Launched for the first time in 1911, organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate this special day, specific to their local context and interests.

Therefore, Net-à-porter will donate 20% of all profit made today to the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality! Shopping for a good cause, I like! TO SHOP PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Here are some of my favorites of the month:

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Braided leather sandalsicon by Gianvito Rossi
Hendrix crepe and cotton-twill peplum top iconby Peter Pilotto
Laser-cut glossed-leather toteicon by Alaïa
Candy leather sandalsicon by Saint Laurent
Slim fringed appliquéd leather toteicon by Marni
Suede skirt iconby Gucci

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-porter