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Update your warm-weather wardrobe with this amazing footwear. You can elevate your summer ensembles instantly with a statement pair of sandals.

Here are some of my favourites:

1 Bobbie Twist suede sandals by Sophia Webster
Latin Lover studded fringed suede and leather sandals by Aquazzura
3 Leopard-print calf hair lace-up sandals iconby Saint Laurent
Halley color-block suede sandals by Jimmy Choo
Embellished glittered leather platform sandals by Lanvin
Otrot 120 fringed suede sandals by Christian Louboutin
Vreeland lamé platform sandals by Charlotte Olympia
icon8 Glittered suede platform sandals by Miu Miu
iconEmbellished silk-satin and cork platform sandals by Nicholas Kirkwood

Sophia-Webster-Shoe designer Sophia Webster

If you are looking for the most eye-catching footwear ever. Have a look at the designs of Sophia Webster, a former assistant to celebrated cordwainer Nicholas Kirkwood. She is turning fashionable heads with her fabulous sandals:
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sophia-webstericonHeaven Tempest Orchid satin and suede sandals by Sophia Webster

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Flamingo Frill leather, satin and suede sandals by Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster_ShelliconUnderwater Lilico appliquéd leather slingback sandals by Sophia Webster
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Evangeline suede and laser-cut metallic leather sandals by Sophia Webster
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Malibu Sunset vinyl-trimmed patent-leather, suede and satin sandals by Sophia Webster

Which one is your sole-mate?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and via Vogue.com

Must-Have F/W 2015: Over-the-Knee Boots

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If you are going to say good-bye now to summer, then you are supposed to greet the fall in the prettiest way possible. Therefore I recommend to champion the new season’s essential over-the-knee boots – an instant look-changer whatever you are wearing. Take a high level approach to fall dressing in boots that offer extended coverage and style for days.

Sweet Revenge stretch-suede legging boots by Tamara Mellon
icon2 Embellished leather thigh boots by Saint Laurent
icon3 Kensington leather over-the-knee boots by Aquazzura
icon4 Suede and leather over-the-knee boots by Proenza Schouler
iconDoma elaphe-paneled suede over-the-knee boots by Jimmy Choo
iconCarnaby degradé-heel suede over-the-knee boots by Nicholas Kirkwood
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My personal favorites are the following:

607500_e1_xlSuede thigh boots by Chloé

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Suede over-the-knee boots by Saint Laurent

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Stretch-lace thigh boots by Dolce & Gabbana

Which ones are your favorites?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Love at First Swipe

New Shoes and Bags

Ladies, it is definitely time to get some new shoes and bags for the summer. This season, it will be hard to choose as the selection is huge.

As a little Valentine’s Day surprise in advance, I have an amazing offer for you, valid for two days (13-14 Feb 2014) only! You can earn a Gift Card up to $700 when you shop SHOES & HANDBAGS at Saks Fifth Avenue icononline. Use code SANDHB14 at checkout.

Spend $250 – $499 and get a $35 Gift Card
Spend $500 – $999 and get a $75 Gift Card
Spend $1,000 – $1,999 and get a $150 Gift Card
Spend $2,000 – $2,999 and get a $450 Gift Card
Spend $3,000+ and get a $700 Gift Card

Bags and shoes S:S2014

Here are some of the most wanted S/S 2014 pieces available to shop or to pre-order:

1 Patent Leather Cat-Print Mary Jane Ballet Flats iconby Miu Miu
Shaggy Deer Pale Blue Camo Backpackicon by Stella McCartney
Embroidered Mesh Ankle Boots iconby Valentino
Makeup Face-Printed Saffiano Tote iconby Prada
Zig Zag Crystal Pumps iconby Nicholas Kirkwood
Louis Woman Studded Leather Wedge Sneakers by Christian Louboutin
Small Striped Sac De Jour Tote iconby Saint Laurent
Leather & Striped Snakeskin Ankle-Strap Sandals iconby Pierre Hardy

LoL, Sandra

Interview with Nicole Kidman and Her Look

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Last Sunday, Nicole Kidman came to the Omega press conference for the launch of the new Ladymatic watches, held at the Postsparkasse, in an ultra chic off-white skirt suit from Nina Ricci‘s Pre-fall 2013 collection (In stores around June 2013). The white long-sleeve jacket comes with structured shoulders and metallic button detailing that she teamed with the matching pencil skirt. Nicole complemented the look with a pair of elaphe, metallic and patent-leather sandalsicon by Nicholas Kirkwood that are available now by clicking on the highlighted text and of course a new Ladymatic watch by Omega in bi-colour.

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The stunning strawberry blonde actress talked very openly about her marriage, her different ways of becoming a mother and what time means to her. Enjoy this interview and of course all those photos I took of her!

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What was your first watch? And are you punctual?

My first watch because of my generation was a Swatch watch; I’ve moved up. I started working when I was 14 and punctuality is something that’s really important to me in terms of when I’m on set. I like to have my own watch on – I don’t want to be asking other people what time it is. Working in the film industry as a child, you learn to be on time. I was taught a very strong work ethic that included punctuality, which I’ve always felt is a sign of respect for others.

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What does a woman’s choice of watch say about her?

I suppose it’s the equivalent to shoes and bags in a way. You can be funky; you can be quirky, or you can be very straight down the line – in terms of the watch and the band as well. It’s interesting and I think now it’s a very important fashion accessory. I enjoy it. And I enjoy that it does allow you to map out your day in terms of time. So it’s practical but it’s also very beautiful. And I also like that you can go underwater with it.

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Before you leave for a red carpet event, do your husband and daughters weigh in on what you’ve worn – and have you ever changed your mind about what you’re wearing based on their input?

I tend to solicit the opinions of all three of them even though one of them is only two. I’ve actually changed when my husband said something’s not great. A lot of times, I look in the mirror and see something different. He likes natural and he likes something that’s “not so ‘done’ ”, which I would say speaks for a lot of men. I’ve definitely changed my style since I’ve been with him as well.

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There are a lot of watch brands out there and I wanted to ask why you decided to represent OMEGA as brand ambassador?

Eight years ago, when they approached me I was really honoured. I was thinking about what a great company they are. To be with a company for eight years is a big part of my life in a way. They’re amazing to work for and as you would all know, they take very good care of you. They’re also philanthropic and have been incredibly supportive of a lot of the work I do with UN Women. They’ve always reached out for that and tried to help with that, which is amazing. I’m actually very grateful.

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Nowadays, people work so hard that they don’t have time to do other things. Do you think that having control over your own time is a kind of luxury in modern life?

I think that particularly as you get older, time is the most precious thing. You can’t buy it; you can’t get it back so how you spend it in terms of your life – that becomes the most important thing. I have a certain amount of control. I have young children so I’m very aware of how I allocate my time in terms of films and work. Time’s getting less and less, you know? Hopefully I’ll be sitting here at ninety talking to you but you never know. As you get older, particularly if you have parents who are aging, mortality becomes such an important part of our conversation and therefore, the choices that you make. Particularly, what I’m doing now is allocating time to travel to see my parents. All of those things that in my twenties wouldn’t have been so important have now become incredibly important. It’s a very strange thing to discuss time on a sort of a philosophical level, but I do love discussing how time is either nothing or everything.

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As you mentioned, it’s all about timekeeping and time saving. What’s your favourite waste of time?

Daydreaming. I’m still a huge believer in daydreaming. I love lying around with no book or anything – just having my mind. I used to do it as a kid and I still do it. When I do, it’s when I come up with ideas. It’s creative time and it’s something I try to create for my children. We tend to schedule so much for our children and I try not to do that. So much of your creative life comes from lying around in your bedroom, or in the backyard or on your back in the pool looking up at the sky. Those times as a child are so important. I remember them vividly. And probably as an adult, they are still times that I would rate as the great moments in my life. I remember I used to lie on the grass and dream of being an astronaut. That didn’t happen.

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What facets of Ladymatic are reflected in your own personality? Also, you mentioned last night that your daughter Sunday wanted an OMEGA . . .

She just wants a watch. She wants any watch. She has this obsession of wanting a watch, which, as a four-year-old, is fascinating. It represents being a grownup. I just love the Ladymatic because people notice it and they go, “Wow”. I haven’t experienced that before. I think men comment on each other’s watches a lot but I think women don’t notice as much. But with this watch, I’ve had so many people comment; and I just recently bought one for my sister. Her husband said to me, “You’ve done me in.” He didn’t know how to match it somehow. I think the impact of the watch is pretty extraordinary. It’s gorgeous.

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Time is not always kind to women working in Hollywood. You said once that after the Grace Kelly, that was it. But you told us yesterday that you are currently filming in London so nothing is stopping you right now?

When I had Sunday, I took a long time off my schedule. And it was my mother and my husband who said not to give up my career. I was in a place of contentment. I kind of thought I don’t need to keep doing this. My mom, who is a huge driving force in my life, and my husband both said, “You still have things inside you. You should still pursue them or in the next few decades you’re going to wish you had maintained it.” Not to the degree that I used to do it because that takes an enormous amount of commitment, but I knew I could do the occasional thing. And then “Grace” came along which was an opportunity to work with Olivier Dahan and be able to go to France and spend a long time there, which was fantastic. And then to go to England – I’ve spent pretty much the last year in Europe and that’s been wonderful. I’m doing work but it also allows my children to constantly broaden themselves because they’re travelling and seeing a lot of the world. And I’m glad I didn’t completely abandon it and I’m trying to balance, which is what I used to not be able to do. I was far more of an extremist and right now I’m trying to keep a lot more balance in my life. I don’t think I said I was going to give it up after Grace . . . I think I told Lars von Trier that I was going to give up filming when I was forty but he texted me and said, “Hmm. You’re still working.”

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In your career, you have played many different and complex roles, often as mothers. How has your vision changed as a woman and as a mother. Do you think that in ancient and modern times, being only a mother might be not enough to reach happiness?

Oh, these are big questions. I think it’s different for every woman – what fulfils you and what fulfils you in terms of what you want to achieve and the purposes in life. I would never assume any position except in relation to myself. I never thought I would get to experience motherhood in terms of giving birth to a child. I’ve experienced many different types of how to become a mother because I have adopted children, and I have a birth child and a child through a surrogate and the greatest joys to me have come from my children. About six years ago, I moved to Nashville and I thought, “I think I’m done now” in terms of my career and I thought “that’s it for me”.  My mother said I don’t think you should be done right now; I actually think you should keep a toe in the water and not give up your work, your creative life. She said, “As a woman, I wish I’d done more with my life in terms of my career and I’m encouraging you not to abandon it. And that was fantastic advice that probably only a mother could give. And now I’m far more balanced; I was far more extreme when I was in my twenties. I have a more balanced life and there’s definitely a lot more happiness and joy because of it. The greatest joy for me is from the simplest things, which come from daydreaming, spending time with my family and also then being able to delve into the psyches of different characters and work with extraordinary people. That’s the great thing about being an actor – you do have access to some of the greatest minds in the world. And therefore, your horizons are opened. Part of my quest is to live a well examined life. I’m very grateful that I was given the advice of keeping my toe in the water in terms of my career.

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You and Keith have been married for nearly 7 years. Can you tell me how you intend to celebrate? I’ve read reports that you’re going to renew your wedding vows.

My mother called me and asked “Are you renewing your vows?” and I said no so . . . I don’t know where it came from.

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What does marriage mean to you now with a distance of seven years?

I’ve always wanted a partner in life – that’s just who I am. I’m not a loner. I like to have my partner to go through life with and I’ve been very fortunate to find him. It doesn’t matter how we celebrate it; I just don’t take any date for granted in a relationship. I think that’s the greatest advice you can be given – that as much as you say you’re married, you can never take it for granted. It’s something you work at and it’s something that you constantly create. I try to stay in a humble part. I’ll do everything I can to make it last but sometimes I’m humbled by it that I’ve actually found it.

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We had this wonderful event last night. For what reason did you leave the event early?

So I could be here to work! You have to understand that I usually go to bed at 21:30. That was a really great night for me! To leave something early? To be honest, I don’t go to many parties. I prefer being at home I prefer to have people over. I’m not a good cook. I like somebody coming over and cooking because I’m not real good at it. I’m really good at enjoying the food. I suppose like the home life. I like entertaining in my home. I’m not so much of a party person even though I used to like going to clubs when I was younger.

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Have you found yourself drawn into what’s under the bonnet of the watch? Do women start to appreciate as much what’s inside the case as they do the beauty on the outside?

I do think women now comment on each other’s watches more and I think there’s a greater appreciation for watches; it was more of a male thing. Now, I do think there’s an interest in watches for women and there certainly is for me. I have a particular interest in vintage watches and OMEGA has an incredible collection of them which I’ve been allowed to wear every now and then. I find them exquisite, particularly when they’re built into the jewellery. Ever since I was little and I started collecting vintage jewellery, I always looked at watches. My mother’s first piece of jewellery that was passed on to me was my grandfather’s pocket watch. So it’s quite a part of my life.

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I have two questions: if Ladymatic is a Lady, how would you describe this lady? In all the roles you have played, which would you associate with Ladymatic? Grace Kelly? Your characters in Australia or Eyes Wide Shut?

I suppose if I had to use words to describe Ladymatic as a woman, it would be smart, elegant, and easy-going. The film probably be Grace. That’s hard to say – if you say “Eyes Wide Shut”, I don’t know if she would have had a Ladymatic but she certainly would have had an OMEGA watch.

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What kind of movie are you making in London?

It’s called Before I go to Sleep, an English thriller. It’s with Colin Firth. I haven’t made a thriller for a while; it’s a really strong script. I just finished playing Grace Kelly so I’ve spent an enormous amount of time in Europe in the last year which has been fantastic because I used to live here. Ten years ago, I was basically based in Europe and most of my films were European-based. And then I went back to the states met husband and had children. So to be back in Europe now for a long period of time feels like coming back in a way so it’s nice to be here and I’ve really enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll be able to spend some more time here.

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Is there anything else you’d like to do in Vienna?

I wish I could have looked around more. I love flea markets and would love to have gone to the Easter market. I have to get back to London because I have to be at work punctually at 6 a.m. on Monday morning.

Thank you, Nicole!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Net-à-Porter International Sale

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Yippie, another sale has started today and this is actually my favourite one: The NET-À-PORTER INTERNATIONAL SALE with amazing markdowns up to 50% off. As I told you in my previous post, it is much better to look for basics or pieces that will work for the next season.

Some of the big trends for S/S 2013 (as you can see in the pictures to the left) are the combination of black and white and ruffled details.

Here is a look that would be the perfect stylish addition to your summer wardrobe:

Crepe tuxedo blazer iconby Alexander McQueenwool-blend and silk-chiffon dress by Giambattista Vallilarge Cabas Chyc leather tote iconby Yves Saint Laurentruffle-trimmed suede pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood and splashout painted Swarovski crystal earrings by Tom Binns.

Happy Shopping by clicking HERE!

LoL, Sandra

NET-A-PORTER International end of season sale now on. Enjoy up to 50% off your favourite designers. Shop now

F/W 2012: Cropped Pants & Ankle Boots

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This winter, Ladies, we wear the pants! And to be precise, the cropped ones which draw attention to our ankles. Therefore, it is time to get a gorgeous pair of ankle boots.

Here are some of the most outstanding ones available at the moment:

Ankle Boots F:W 2012

1 Marychal 100 calf hair ankle boots iconby Christian Louboutin
Suede brogue ankle boots iconby YSL
Suede and snake-effect leather ankle boots iconby Miu Miu
Bi-colour ankle boots by Balenciaga
Gisèle suede ankle boots by YSL
Palma fuchsia ankle boots by Acne
Suede peep-toe platform ankle boots iconby Giuseppe Zanotti
Geometric-heel printed silk-covered leather ankle boots iconby Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem
Elsa boots iconby Sam Edelman

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I couldn’t resist those beautiful suede and snake-effect leather ankle boots iconby Miu Miu.
Which ones are your favourites? Happy Saturday Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht

La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain

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The story of La Petite Robe Noire began in 2009, when the house of Guerlain launched an exclusive and limited edition fragrance which was only available to a very selective clientele, followed by La Petite Robe Noire 2 last year.

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This fall, Guerlain will offer this very chic scent to broad market. Fresher, more radiant and passionate, in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser has modified his big love, La Petite Robe Noire slightly. Personally speaking, I have been a huge fan from the very first beginning. Inspired by the eternity and sophistication of a little black dress, it exudes the essence of Parisian elegance.

La Petite Robe Noir - 2Left: The first La Petite Robe Noire. Right: The new one.

The ‘heart-shaped’ bottles of the La Petite Robe Noir collection are inspired by the legendary vials of the house, such as L’Heure Bleue and Mitsouko. The dress illustration has been altered every time so that each of the three fragrances shows a different shape of this clothing. The animated ad campaign was created by French artists Olivier Kuntzel and Florence Deygas.

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Top notes: Red berries, black cherries, almond and bergamot
Middle notes: Licorice, Bulgarian and Turkish roses and smoked black tea
Base notes: Anise and the famous Guerlinade (A mix of the Guerlain’s beloved ingredients: Tonka bean, vanilla, iris and patchouli)

The new La Petite Robe Noire is available as 30 ml (CHF 90.-), 50 ml (CHF 129.-) and 75 ml (CHF 179.-) Eau de Parfum
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200ml (CHF 66.-) and Body  Lotion 200ml (CHF 77.-)
Available in Switzerland from August 27, 2012.

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An absolutely captivating and utterly irresistible perfumed creation by Guerlain. Like the cut of an iconic little black dress, this fragrance is shaped with all of the French house’s finesse.

I am convinced that we will hear much more of La Petite Robe Noire in the future. This uber-cute illustration translates so well into all aspects of Guerlain; from makeup to body products, to conceivable further versions such as cosmetic cases and more. The possibilities are endless…

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This would be the perfect look for your new scent, elegant and sophisticated, stylish and playful.

Diana brocade little black dress by Roland Mouret, ruffle-trimmed suede pumps by Nicholas Kirkwoodcroc-effect leather clutch by Alexander Wang and resin and crystal necklace by Marni.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Illustrations: Courtesy of Guerlain

The Big Pony Fragrance Collection – Women

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You might have seen those colourful bottles at the counter already and if you haven’t smelled them yet, please do. All four are uber-yummy and I like the idea behind the collection. Ralph Lauren celebrates the many facets of modern young women by saying that “scent is an essential accessory for all of the roles a woman plays.” Today’s woman should have a fragrance wardrobe to choose from according to mood and occasion. And here it is:

THE BIG PONY FRAGRANCE COLLECTION FOR WOMEN

Have fun exploring those four vital attributes and find out which F/W 2012 looks plus accessories would coordinate those passions best.

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N°1 SPORTY

Catch her if you can. This floral citrus scent features grapefruit & blue lotus for a vibrant, energetic fragrance that evokes confidence while awakening the senses. Confident and fearless, the sporty woman is a natural born leader and ready to take on the world.

Her must-haves: Cabas Chyc leather tote by Yves Saint Laurent and Tokyo metallic and leather sneakers by Jimmy Choo

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N°2 SENSUAL

A floriental fruity with the key ingredients of cranberry & tonka mousse, this fragrance is for an alluring flirt and the romantic at heart. Playful and irresistible, this modern woman follows her heart.

Her must-haves: PS1 Medium textured-leather pouch iconby Proenza Schouler and Maniac leather platform pumps iconby Brian Atwood

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N°3 FREE-SPIRITED

Eccentric, rebellious and independent, this floral green fragrance highlights pear & mimosa. The crisp, bright scent represents ultimate optimism and natural feminine radiance for a woman who dances to the beat of her own drum.

Her must-haves: Victoria leather tote iconby Victoria Beckham and suede and elaphe slingback sandals by Nicholas Kirkwood

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N°4 STYLISH

Edgy and refined, with a flair for the exotic, this oriental floral contains key ingredients of wild cherry & purple amber. Designed for the stylish woman, her flair expresses her unique personality and catches the eye and the hearts of anyone who crosses the path.

Her must-haves: PS1 Large suede satchel iconby Proenza Schouler and Havana patent-leather brogues by Christian Louboutin

Available now as EdT 30ml (CHF 44.90) and EdT 50ml (CHF 54.90).

LoL, Sandra

My Top Twenty for S/S 2011

My Top Twenty for S/S 2011

Today, I would like to give you a preview of my Top 20 runway shows for S/S 2011 that I consider the key collections for the next season.

The overall spirit was light-hearted and positive sweeping away the last bit of sobriety. The designers’ colouring box was bright and vibrant with lots of neon shades, vibrant stripes and bold tones.  Many tributes to YSL as well as the 70s were spotted, along with biker and punk themes, floral prints and embroideries, Marrakesh and Shanghai references and pure clean white. Enjoy!

Louis Vuitton S/S 2011

LOUIS VUITTON: Marc JacobsS/S 2011 show for the French fashion house was a hell of a lot of fun, brazen in decadence. A colourful free-spirited collection for the camped-up China girl that loves high-voltage chic. Inspirations from 1930 Shanghai’s Art Deco style to a 70’s New York disco atmosphere were seen in the Cheongsam dresses and bold tiger stripes
As for me one of my favourites this season.

Prada S/S 2011

PRADA: Miuccia Prada’s message was crystal-clear: „It’s time to be bold“. Her ecclectic humours take on her S/S 2011 collection was visionary. Fake baroque paintings (Who would have ever imagined that baroque can be minimal?!), fluorescent stripes, Josephine Baker banana designs and Mexican sombreros lead to that iconic Prada-twist that likes to surprise us.
I am loving it!!!!

Jil Sander S/S 2011

JIL SANDER: An implicit change to the Jil Sander woman, that was this collection about. Minimalism inversed into a modern maximalism that led to couture. Raf Simons surprised the fashion crowd with this exceptional S/S 2011 show.
Simple white tees dominated long, full skirts joined with YSL’s rich associations of colours. The shapes were reminiscent of Cristobal Balenciaga’s proportions. The apostel for minimalism, Raf Simons, showed us another optimistic side of the Sander woman without betraying the spirit of the label. Wow! And by the way, the fuchsia lips are gorgeous…

Christopher Kane S/S 2011

CHRISTOPHER KANE: „Princess Margaret on acid“, this is how Tammy described her brother’s S/S 2011 collection. It was an interesting vision of the future, brilliant and different, like the designer and his place in English fashion. Fluoresent colours and print motifs inspired by yakuza tattoos lightened up the classic and kind of formal pieces.
Watch out for Christopher, this guy is provoking trends!

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MARC JACOBS: There were many YSL references on the catwalks and Marc Jacobs was one of the first ones showing them in New York. By taking on the energy of the Studio 54 years and the ’70s, the brilliant American designer came up with one of his best collections, fresh, charming with a modern new spin, an ode to Missoni’s zigzag knits.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the peasant blouses and full skirts. My summer must-haves.

Gucci S/S 2011

GUCCI: Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech years were in the air and a breeze of the ’70s omnipresent at Frida Giannini’s collection  for Gucci. Alternating between electric glamour, safari chic and ethnic touches, the Italian powerhouse continued to celebrate the female silhouette and its seductiveness. You cannot go wrong with this!

Emilio Pucci S/S 2011

EMILIO PUCCI: A beautiful Greek Mediterranean vibe highlighted the collection that was seventies-inflected and mostly long. Peter Dundas knows his craft and the jetset girls will love his luxe hippie dresses worn with laced boots. Nonchalant, elegant, seductive details of which some were a little reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent will make Pucci a bestseller this summer.

Yves Saint Laurent S/S 2011

YVES SAINT LAURENT: The seventies are everywhere this summer and so is YSL. Thanks to the retrospective that was held this year in Paris, many designers were influenced by the epic Saint Laurent. But none could stake a more legitimate claim to the Master’s inspirations than Stefano Pilati’s work.
He revisited the codes of the fashion house one by one, „le smoking“, the famous palette of orange and pink, French blue, black and beige, abundant bows and the sophisticated tailleurs. I am so on for a trip down memory lane, and you?

Chanel S/S 2011

CHANEL: This time, Karl Lagerfeld took his inspiration from the early sixties movie Last Year at Marienbad and created a breathtakingly surreal setting. More than 80 models paraded through the ornamental garden with fountains, water features and gravel paths. The collection was so rich, full of couture details with dégradé chiffon florals, tweed patchwork, feathered edges and more. Just beautiful!

Mary Katrantzou S/S 2011

MARY KATRANTZOU: It was her first stand-alone show with which she won the Swiss Textiles Award 2010 in November. Mary Katrantzou is one of the hottest fashion newscomer with her groundbreaking creations. The designer of Greek origin worked in three dimensions and was inspired by the decors and backgrounds of the most beautiful of Guy Bourdin’s and Helmut Newton’s photos.
There was an almost hallucinatory depth to her digital printed clothes. The real revolution was how Mary modeled the shape to go with the graphics of interior designs. Are you up for wearing “room” this summer?

Alexander McQueen S/S 2011

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: Sarah Burton who had worked beside McQueen for 15 years, took over the cepter after the designer’s death last February. The S/S 2011 show, her first solo one, grabbed hold of his legacy and defined the same fantasia McQueen was so famous for. This time a hymn to nature, superb in its construction.
One of the biggest differences was that Burton softened the staging, a concept that was always so  vital to a McQueen show. It was a pleasure to see that there is a more feminine vision for the house but with the same theatrical love for detail.

Hermès S/S 2011

HERMES: Time to say good-bye for Jean-Paul Gaultier and he couldn’t have done it better. His last collection for the traditional French house boasted of master tailoring, sensuous glamour and leather at its finest. “Zorro in Andalusia” celebrates Hermès’ equestrian elegance heritage could have been the headline. Good luck to Lacoste defector Christophe Lemaire! Taking these luxurious reins seems to be quite difficult…

Céline S/S 2011

CELINE: The collection was once more strong in its remarkable simplicity even that Phoebe Philo laid her hands on artisanal effects like hand-woven silks, fringes and vibrant colours. Her motto „less is forever chic“ has determined the codes of her hugely influential designs.

Chloé S/S 2011

CHLOE: Minimalism at its best. Classic, timeless pieces that women can make their own and customise at will. The tutu-like skirts, reminiscent of the world of ballet, were among my favourites. Congrats, Hannah MacGibbon, for this lovely collection!

Erdem S/S 2011

ERDEM: Erdem Moralioglu, the upcoming designer of Turkish origin, took his audience to Russia for his S/S 2011 presentation in a London park. He had been involved this summer with Victoria & Albert Museum’s Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1920 exhibition.
The experience had been so inspiring that it shaped the substance of his collection where delicate dresses that clearly reflected the structure and flou of ballet costumes dominated the look. Once again floral motifs sprinkled the collection and were complemented by Nicholas Kirkwood’s gorgeous shoes tied up the calf like ballet slippers. I am sure that we will see much more of Erdem in the future.

Stella McCartney S/S 2011

STELLA MCCARTNEY: Even that I have to admit that I prefered Stella’s cruise 2011 collection, I am always in love with her practical, easy chic. The mother of four knows what she is talking about. Her key pieces are ideal companions to feel good in, even her long skirts split up the thighs swing comfortably with class. First bananas at Prada, now grapefruits and lemons at Stella that put us in a good mood. Her suits in pastel colours were strong on the runway and denim made a boxy shape debut. Thumbs up!

Haider Ackermann S/S 2011

HAIDER ACKERMANN: One thing is for sure, the days that Haider Ackermann was only a fashion insider’s favourite secret are definitely over. His S/S 2011 collection was outstanding in its beauty. Origami folds, kimono jackets and obi belts were among the Asian references. Dramatic effects and strong colours for a glamorous red carpet moment.

Dior S/S 2011

DIOR: Betty Page, the model from the 50s that invented the pin-up look, goes on vacation to Hawaii – this South Pacific-style fantasy dominated John Galliano’s collection for Dior. The colours and floral prints on exquisite chiffons, the ankles tied with satin, this island extravaganza put you immediately in the holiday mood. Very cute.

Balenciaga S/S 2011

BALENCIAGA: This was probably the most futuristic, unexpected and innovating collection of all. Nicolas Ghesquière defied the fashion codes and came up with new ones. His teddy boy-meets-punk masculinity was the reaction to a certain kind of sexiness. For him it was all about individuality. The talented fashion troublemaker used plasticized textures and couture techniques that were modernized with laser machine precision cuts.
It might take a while to adapt to the look but once you get it, you will be all over it!

Balmain S/S 2011

BALMAIN: Honestly, the time of Balmain might come to an end as there are always the same sharp-tailored rock allure pieces on the runway but I still love them so much.
This time, Christophe Decarnin shortened the shorts and minis as much as he could and looked for punk rebellion for inspiration. Studded and safety pinned biker jackets, bleached jeans and holey T-shirts were among his favourites. Let’s hope that the Balmainia is still strong enough to convince the fashionistas to pay so much for this DIY-look…

Stay tuned as I will go much more into detail during the next weeks about the trends and must-haves for S/S 2011.
If you are interested which collections were my Top 20 for F/W 2010, please click here.

To a very promising and cheerful looking summer!

LoL, Sandra

My Interview with Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood in Zurich


SJPYesterday, Zurich’s best shoe shop Lovers Lane hosted a trunk show to present the gorgeous creations of Nicholas Kirkwood. The British designer is the biggest name in shoes today, known for his craftsmanship and innovative designs, that are instantly recognisable. He also has a lot of celeb fans, among them Sarah Jessica Parker who wore his extravagant designs all the way through the Sex and the City 2 promotions.
The famed footman came extra to the Swiss city for the event last night and I was very lucky to do an extensive interview with him before he left for New York for a meeting with Anna Wintour this morning.



Nicholas Kirkwood with me

Nicholas Kirkwood with me


You were born in Germany. Do you speak any German?

No, I was just born there because my Dad was living in Münster at that time.

Being here in Zurich today to present your amazing creations, do you have a vision of the typical Swiss woman?

I came to Switzerland quite a lot when I was younger for my ski holidays. We were always staying at the same hotel that was run by lady who was very firm, and very strict, you could never do something wrong.  When we were running around, she would say no-no.

So tonight I am looking forward to meeting another type of Swiss ladies and see how my customers here look like.

Which woman do you have in mind when creating your shoes in general?

One season is more feminine, the other more angular. It is quite open. Therefore I like to do events like tonight. Seeing the shops I sell to and  meeting the women’s wishes. Every market is different. You have to start somewhere.

You logded with the late Isabella Blow?  Has her eccentric style influenced your work?

She was very encouraging. Any new idea, any of her thoughts would make a good idea. And of course, knowing her was amazing, her inspiration and unique character.

Is there a celeb woman that you would love to dress in your shoes that does not wear them yet?

A very interesting question. Let me think. If I was walking in the streets and my cell phone would be ringing and somebody would be asking me for shoes, who would shock me the most? Mmh, Madonna, no… Now I know. Imelda Marcos! I just want her to have my shoes even if she probably can’t wear them anymore.

Lovers Lane sells other brands as well. Which one do you like the best?

I love very much what Charlotte Olympia does. A wonderful girl, very beautiful. I think we sometimes have the same customer, it is a very close but friendly competition.

I know that you are not a big fan of kitten heels. So how did you like this season’s shoe trend? Will we see one day a Kirkwood kitten heel?

I kind of did a kitten heel, but it was very strange looking. There is more a hype, than a reality to it. A lot of people want it to be a trend, are pushing it to be a trend.
The shoes might be not as high as they were in the last few seasons and I might be completely wrong but I just do not see this happen.

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte


You have a signature look that is instantly recognisable . I truly admire that, especially with all the different collaborations you do, like for example Rodarte, Erdem, Peter Pilotto. Now, you are the new creative director for Pollini. You seem to be an unlikely fit for the traditional house. Do you have a carte blanche? How much freedom do you get in creating for other designers?

Pollini is a big challenge and I like it. I have a lot of work and I do not sleep much.

The best collaborations come out of working together. I’d hate it to be just told „do what you want“. The other party tries to bring the most into it. So the final product is the result of both rather than being too heavily weighted on one side or the other.

Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem


How did the pop-up e-commerce shop go? (The runway shoes he created for Peter Pilotto and Erdem were available for just a few days during London Fashion week.)
Would you do it again?

I think we will do it again. It was a great experiment.
In some ways it is the future. Probably sad to say but that is the way things are going to go and we like to keep ahead of the game. Burberry did it with clothes. I might be wrong, but with shoes we were the first.
Fashion is so quick. Something can seem old before it even hits the shops.

Will there be a Nicholas Kirkwood online shop soon? Do you dream of your own stores?

Yes, but we are not there yet.

Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto


In 2009, you created jelwery in collaboration with Swarovski? Will we see more Kirkwood in the future? For example handbags, menswear and more?

Men’s shoes, handbags, jewlery and sunglasses, yes! Soon…

Do you like things to be matchy-matchy? Like matching your bag to your shoes?

No, hate it. Similiar colour that is o.k..

Experimenting with heel shapes, negative spaces and shoe shapes might be pretty expensive. Do you have some base models you always start working with?

I try to always do something new. As soon as I have finished the collection, I start over again. I re-start and also keep something. Partly it is mostly somewhere close of what I have just done.  Fashion is too quick to always change.

I read once that you do not like fastenings and excess, do you still agree with that? Has your focus changed or developed during the last years?

No, it is not that I do not like it. There is sometimes a need to have a buckle and sometimes I try to think of other solutions than a buckle. But it is also nice to have those elements in there. When you are at a young stage, you start out on one tune.

Now, I am trying to expand the range, become more obedient to different types of customers, to become more of a shoe brand not just a niche for a small community.
Those details will become part of the collection more and more. There will always be my signature in it, but probably just not so in your face.

Is there a creation that you find horrible today?

Oh yes, especially a shoe that comes out crooked. I normally try to hide and burn it without anybody seeing the disaster.

Did you ever see a woman wearing your shoes and you did not like what you saw?

Sometimes, when I see somebody wearing my shoes completely beaten up. But on the other way, it is a sign that she very much loved them.

I hate it if they are wearing the wrong size and the toes are hanging out.


Alice in Wonderland by Nicholas Kirkwood


Have a you ever made a shoe in which it was impossible to stand or walk?

Yes, especially for photo shoots. You could stand in them for 10 seconds and that was it.

The Alice in Wonderland shoes that I made for Printemps in Paris, you could probably not walk in them because of the little hanging porcelaine cups.

Do you have a favourite of your designs?

In some ways I am never satiesfied with anything. Sometimes I am very happy with the way things come out. But once the shoe is made, I am over it. I have seen the process for so long, it gets kind of boring after a while.

It is like recording an album. You are listening to the same thing for such a long time, that by the time it is finished, you can’t stand it.

Nicholas Kirkwood especially for Keith Haring


Your shoes melt contemporary art and fashion? Best example is the upcoming Keith Haring collection. Do you see yourself as an artist?

No, not at all. I am more of a product designer. I studied fine arts at St. Martins. I am a big fan of art. It is a completely other thing. You do not replace it so easily like a piece of fashion. It has more of a longevity to it. There are similiarities to it like the way  people get excited.

I feel a little like the art world looks kind of down on the fashion world, a little bit of a high brow.

Could you imagine to do a collaboration with H&M? Or to create a more budget-friendly second line?

Not yet. I have been approached by similiar kind of things. I always like to promote the quality manufacturing and made in Italy. That is what I sort of believe in. It is different with the ready-to-wear. Regarding footwear, you will really notice a cheap pair of shoes . I don’t want to say that I will never do it. (Laughs…) I will wait until I can make a hell out of money out of it for a one-time-thing. And make a big party after.

I mean, there are a lot of people out there, not everything has to be accessible to everybody.

I don’t say that I will never,  there is just no need at the moment unless I will be forced by a powerful editor who says you have to.

Like the one you are seeing tomorrow (Anna Wintour)?

Laughs again. No, not her.


Lovers LaneI hope that you have liked the interview. I had a blast talking to Nicholas as he is such a sweet guy. The party at Lovers Lane was really great. I took some photos for you to get an impression.

And gentlemen, sometimes it is worth going shoe-shopping with your wifes or girlfriends. There might be a little treat for you, too.

LoL, Sandra


Daniela Karagi and Melanie Guenthardt, the two ladies behind Lovers Lane with me

Daniela Karagi and Melanie Guenthardt, the two ladies behind Lovers Lane with me


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Photos: Sandra Bauknecht

Photos: Sandra Bauknecht