Glamorous with a Touch of Gold

If there’s one night to go all out and turn on the flash, it’s undoubtedly New Year’s Eve. But some of us are challenged throughout the whole festive season with specific dress code for special parties. Personally speaking, I will attend the 8th annual ASW Winter Weekend Mid December at the fabulous Gstaad Palace in Switzerland and for Friday night’s dinner «La Vie en Or» the dress code says asks for «glamorous, with a touch of gold». This is great! I love any reason to wear sparkle, but such an occasion is the perfect time to shine. And gentlemen, you are in this, too!

«Golden Girl» or just a little golden accessory – you decide how much you would like to shine.

From full-on sequin dresses to just the right gold accessory, there isn’t one right way to fulfill the dress code. The golden rule is you have to feel comfortable, in every tailored sense of men’s style, is purchase clothing that fits you properly. Nothing destroys an outfit – whatever the dress code and no matter how expensive the clothes are – like an ill-fitting jacket, shirt or trousers.

In general, gold is the perfect color to lift an all-black or an all-white outfit to something glamorous and fun. Perfect for all festive occasions!

To make your life a little easier, I put together a fun guide for all budgets so that you don’t need to worry about anything and can focus entirely on celebrating the start of the winter season in style!

HIGH END BUGDET – Full Looks

Get his look: Metallic jacquard dinner jacket by Dolce & Gabbana, shirt gold detail shirt by Comme des Garçons, turn-up hem wool-blend tailored trousers by Pradaicon, ruler cufflinks by Paul Smithicon, skull and polka dot tieicon by Alexander McQueen and leather embroidered loafersicon by Gucci.

Get her look: Racko open-back sequined cady mini dress by Rachel Zoe or wondering lace-paneled fil coupé georgette blouse by Temperley London and sequined wool mini skirt by Marc Jacobs, Anya d’Orsay metallic patent-leather pumps by Saint Laurent, Celeste sequined canvas clutch by Jimmy Choo and Roma gold-tone earrings by Annie Costello Brown.

HIGH END BUDGET – Great Accessories

Stand out with a statement headpiece with a touch of gold and be the queen of the night: embellished satin headband by Dolce & Gabbana.

Lifting every basic look to new heights: Candy box by Jimmy Choo.

LOW BUDGET – A touch of Gold

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your outfit, I recommend getting some fabric with golden sequins. Those accessories will have a great effect on your outfit and can be combined with all sorts of colors. Moreover they are less expected than some golden shoes or a handbag. I still love the mixture between gold and black the best.

You don’t need to be an expert in tailoring to do some cuffs or a belt. If you get a stretchy material, you can even glue it together instead of sewing it. In case you are to lazy for some DIY, you can order them directly here:

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The perfect touch of gold for a man: the right colored pocket square.

LOW BUDGET – Taking the Dress Code Literally up a Notch

Zara has some cool pieces in gold. Minimal investment for a maximum effect.

Be the star of the night: golden bomber jacket for men by Zara.

The perfect touch of gold for women and great for dancing: shorts in gold combined with a black top by Zara.

And don’t forget… you want to start the New Year with something new for good luck, it’s a great excuse to add a new piece to your wardrobe.

Happy Shopping! And I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Gstaad…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, Gstaad Palace and © Sandra Bauknecht

The Cabinet of Curiosities 2014 in Bangkok

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Last week, I flew to Bangkok to attend the opening event of the fifth edition of the Cabinet of Curiosities by Thomas Erber. After Colette in Paris, Browns in London, Andreas Murkudis in Berlin and Maison Kitsuné in New York, the annual exhibition went the first time to Asia. Thomas Erber has been an acclaimed journalist, writer and special correspondent in the fields of travel, culture and trend for 15years. In addition, he also works as a brand consultant.

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In collaboration with Barom Bhicharnchitr, founder of the Siwilai concept store, located in Bangkok’s new mind-blowing shopping mall Central Embassy, Thomas Erber curated the biggest cabinet ever.

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Containing the finest pieces from the fields of fashion, design, high jewelry, art, photography and more, renowned brands such as Paul Smith, Maison Kitsuné, Harumi Klossowska, Marquis de Montesquiou and many more have created a unique or very limited edition piece, aimed at enhancing the essence of his artistic work or brand and especially created for the Cabinet of Curiosities by Thomas Erber.

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On top of the more than 80 guests from more than 20 different countries participating, 4 world-class Michelin Star chefs and renowned musicians are participating in the event that will take place until December 21st 2014 at Siwilai & Central Embassy as well as at an additional surprise venue for secret events.

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The extreme, natural-minded scenography perfectly integrates to the shapes of this post-modern spaceship that is Central Embassy.

And now let me show you my favorite pieces that are now on sale:

PERMANENT GUESTS

Origami Lamp

FRANCOIS CHAMPSAUR
INTERIOR & OBJECT DESIGN — EST . 1996 PARIS, FRANCE

Origami Lamp
Moulded, lasercut steel
Edition of 6

The French interior designer François Champsaur arrived in Paris from the Southern capital of Marseille in the 1980s, with extensive aesthetic studies at both the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, leading him to pursue his own practice to much acclaim. The lamp is laser-cut in steel and assembled with invisible welding, its sides lacquered individually in black, grey accentuated with yellow, and royal blue.

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MAISON KITSUNÉ
FASHION — EST . 2002 PARIS, FRANCE

Safari ensemble – cotton
Unique Piece

Maison kitsuné is the playground of Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki – a hybrid label that criss-crosses between music, fash- ion and design around the globe, from Paris and Tokyo to New York (and now Bangkok!), supporting cutting-edge musicians and making cool clothes to dress them. The kitsuné safari ensemble is a smooth segue from the label’s quirky spirit into the Cabinet de Curiosités, taking their no-fuss, purist attitude into the heart of the jungle. The short-sleeved shirt and the shorts are cut in khaki-coloured 100% cotton fabric and feature the iconic kitsuné fox patch above the left breast pocket – except here he stands facing a new friend, the Thai elephant.

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MARQUIS DE MONTESQUIOU
WINES & SPIRITS — EAU ZE, FRANCE

Armagnac Millésime 1975 Rare Armagnac, six last decanters available over three casks
Unique Pieces

An iconic symbol of the French Art de Vivre, Marquis de Montesquiou is a boutique Armagnac house renowned and awarded across the globe for creating one of the greatest handmade brandies in their dis- tillery in Eauze, in the Southwest of France. The Maison offers the last six decanters available in the world of its rare Armagnac Millésimé 1975, a numbered and limited series of three oak casks.

INTERNATIONAL 2014 GUESTS

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LE GRAMME
MEN’S JEWELLERY — EST . 2012 PARIS, FRANCE

“Golden Axe” bracelet set
Sterling silver engraved bracelet
Edition of 9

The “Golden Axe” set by Le gramme is a unique piece composed of nine 33g sterling silver bracelets handmade in France, one for each of the nine dynasties of Thailand. Famously known as the “golden Axe”, the map of Thailand is engraved across the nine pieces like a puzzle, remaining an abstract linear design across each piece, emerging only when they are united. Each piece is numbered in the nine piece series and engraved with its weight in the Thai alphabet, with a further symbolic 9 to honour the king Rama IX.

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ANGEL CHANG
WOMENSWEAR — EST . 2009 NEW YORK, USA & GUIZHOU, CHINA

Fringed necklace gown – cotton
Unique Piece

Angel’s pleated gown features a floral-etched necklace collar and hand-stitched skirt, the fabric dyed black in August according to the shamanistic calendar of the Miao people. Apart from the lasercut fringe overlay created with Hong kong-based studio The Fabrick Lab, no electricity was used in the creation of the fabric or production of the dress – not even electric lighting –, the entire process occurring outdoors during daylight hours.

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PIERRE FREY x TOXIC
TEXTILES & WALLPAPER — EST . 1935 PARIS, FRANCE

“No Toys Allowed” 3-piece unwoven wallpaper design, 3.5m x 2.5m
Edition of 10

Pierre Frey is a Paris-based design studio, specialising in wallpaper and textile design in the French tradition that presents a limited edition three-piece wallpaper design featuring “No Toys Allowed”, a painting by American graffiti artist Toxic, also known as Torrick Ablack. Toxic is considered one of the seminal members of eighties New York street art scene and a peer of both Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, whose artworks capture the youthful energy of Bronx rebellion.

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TRAMUNTANA
ARTISANAL PERFUME — EST . 2002 NEW YORK, USA

“Hay” eau de parfum “Hay” scented candle
Edition of 10 & 20

Claudia de Pablo Vicens created the bespoke “Hay” candle and room spray that both invoke the memory of wet grass after a summer rain, with notes of pure citrus, woods and florals.

THAI GUESTS

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JIM THOMPSON x OGREONER
SILK TEXTILES — EST. 1951 BANGKOK x EST. 1995 PARIS

Artwork
Spray paint and Posca markers on 2-ply
Thai silk fabric
Scarf
100% Thai silk twill
Unique Piece & edition of 50

Thai silk company Jim Thompson has kept its founder’s ethos to modernize the Thai silk industry while keeping its craft completely local. The company sustains its own silk farms, mills and design studio, producing all its fabrics in-house thanks to the hands of Thai master weavers, spinners and dyers. For this piece, the brand has teamed up with renowned French graffiti artist Olivier Burel, aka Ogreoner. Off the back of a highly buzzed collaboration with Chanel, which held prime position in Colette’s Rue Saint-Honoré store window during Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, Ogreoner was invited to make his mark in a new country. The artist took his spray cans to Thailand, and after more than 50 hours of freehand work, brought Naga Pitak to life. Ogreoner first encountered the naga at the Jim Thompson House; a mythical serpent, a symbol of protection, it is a hallmark of traditional Thai architecture.

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LOTUS ARTS DE VIVRE
FURNITURE, FINE JEWELLERY & OBJETS D’ART — EST. 1980 BANGKOK

Sculpture
Sterling silver parts, crocodile skull with Tiger’s eyes quartz detail, iron wood andleather
Unique Piece

The von Buerens, Lotus Arts de Vivre’s founding family, are a venerable clan of travelers, collectors and creators. Every handcrafted object is an intricate meld of East Asian tradition, modern opulence and functionality. Nearly all their creations are one-of-a kind, and everything is completed in their Bangkok workshop, like The Skateboard Crocodile which is a true piece of art.

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LAEND PHUENGKIT x OH FUTON
FASHION — EST . 1987 BANGKOK

“Jacky” shirt  -100% silk-satin
“Ken” shirt – 100% poplin, silk-cotton parts
Photography by Tanapol Kaewpring
Editions of 14

Zurich-born, Berlin- and Bangkok-based Laend Phuengkit may be new to the scene, but his designs have already earned him a Swiss Design Award in 2011 and a showing at Berlin’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Days in 2012. The designer’s unabashed use of traditional Thai and Asian-influenced colours, draping and prints, coupled with his dynamic pattern-making, gives rise to boldly proportioned garments with a demi-couture slant. Hide and Seek marks Phuengkit’s return to his native Bangkok and is, aptly enough, his first collaboration with an Asian artist, Oh Futon. A wearable commentary on human emotions, his shirts invite us to take a closer look and see the stories behind the person.

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LOTUS x ATELIER PETER NITZ
CABINET SPECIAL COLLABORATION
LUXURY MAROQUINERIE — EST. 2008 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Dragon clutch Alligator, silver, gold, rubies, pearl
Unique Piece

American-born designer Peter Nitz cultivated his eye for antiques and artisanal luxury goods working in a Chicago auction house, before the old world splendour of Europe beckoned him to Zurich. The “Dragon clutch” is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind evening clutch created in partnership with Lotus Arts de Vivre, fusing Peter’s classical romance with the Eastern exoticism of the dragon. Shaped in dark grey, matte alligator skin, the rounded box shape features an engraved frame and is closed by a dragon’s head clasp – its eyes two shining rubies, the mouth clutching a grey pearl.

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MAISON TAKUYA
LUXURY LEATHER GOODS — EST . 1987 CHAN GMAI

SofTote (M) bag
Matte black wild niloticus crocodile hide with lambskin leather lining
“Urban T City” bag
Black cashmere calf with wild niloticus crocodile trim
Unique Pieces

“Luxury is about delivering real value and real things,” and to François Russo, nothing personifies this realness like the perfect leather bag. Disillusioned with the generally poor quality of European luxury leather goods, the designer moved to Thailand in 2006 and founded Maison Takuya, a leather goods brand that blends Russo’s French heritage with his fondness for Japanese craftsmanship. The bags themselves, if not perfect, come close : each one is processed and stitched entirely by hand in the brand’s Chiang Mai manufacture. Each step is performed by one of 150 highly skilled Thai artisans under the tutelage of European and Japanese leathercraft masters. (Maison Takuya is also available at Trois Pommes in Switzerland.)

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P TENDERCOOL
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN — EST . 2006 BANGKOK

Handcrafted ping-pong table
Hand-casted brass base with Teng wood top and Makha Tae wood inlay
Handcrafted chairs
Hand-casted brass legs with 3D wooden shells and leather upholstery
Handcrafted ping-pong paddle
Makha Tae wood handles and leather upholstery
Unique Pieces

P Tendercool knows tables. Every piece is handmade in-house; no two tables are alike, and P Tendercool knows them all by name. PTppt is a dining-cum-ping-pong table fashioned from reclaimed Teng wood. The tabletop features hand-inlaid marquetery lines and borders, while its base was hand-casted by P Tendercool’s bronze-master Armando; the 1950s net-holders were custom-casted to match. For chairs, two moulded wooden seats were wrapped in hand-stitched leather and set atop hand-casted brass legs. Each chair-back is tattooed – guns, ink and all – with a unique design.

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Siwilai, first Thai concept-store with an international impact, perfectly matches the core spirit of the Cabinet and is the perfect place to host several events in their in-store restaurant and coffee bar Rocket Siwilai.

If you are in Bangkok, don’t miss the following:
Masterclass with OGREone on November 28, 2014 at 2pm.
Chef Masterclass: Chef Bertrand Grébaut (Michelin Star) on November 30, 2014 at 2pm.
Party hosted by Jim Thompson and his collar partner Ogre on December 3rd, 2014 at 6.30pm.
Chef Masterclass: Chef Ana Ros on December 7, 2014 at 2pm.
Chef Masterclass: Chef Virginie Laval on December 14, 2014 at 2pm.
Party hosted by Vickteerut on December 17, 2014 at 6.30pm.

Stay tuned for the outfit post coming up soon!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of CDCTE2014 and © Sandra Bauknecht

Prêt-à-Portea: A Fashionista’s Afternoon Tea

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The Berkeley London designer afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The menu is transformed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion. All served on fine-bone china by Paul Smith for Thomas Goode.

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The new S/S 2012 collection sees designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Jason Wu and Valentino grace the Berkeley’s tea stand as Prêt-à-Portea adds a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious.

Prêt-à-Portea is served in the Caramel Room daily from 1pm to 6pm.

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Christian Louboutin must have neon yellow high heeled chocolate biscuit with signature red sole
Jason Wu romantic cherry bavarois and coconut cream topped with playful pink skirt and biscuit heel
Mulberry white chocolate crème de menthe and raspberry mousse topped with a lemon meringue
Miu Miu 1950’s inspired vanilla bikini biscuit with red hot icing and playful white bow

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Valentino romantic peach cake dress with light pink champagne jelly and edible flower
Fendi nautical red and white striped vanilla cake filled with fraise des bois cremeux accessorized with oversized yellow button
Michael Kors safari opera cake with dark chocolate and mocha filling topped with signature leopard print
Dolce & Gabbana light blue Sicilian blueberry sponge cake wicker basket wrapped in chocolate
Gucci art deco Grand Marnier and dark Valrhona chocolate mousse embellished with golden beads

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And for those who are still hungry, a mouth-watering selection of miniature savoury skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and tea sandwiches is served.

I truly enjoyed this fashionable tea time. 
For Prêt-à-Portea reservations, please call +44 (0)20 7107 8866.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Berkeley Hotel and © Sandra Bauknecht

Trend Alert F/W 2011: Spice it up!

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Don’t hold back with colour and spice up your F/W 2011 season. Infuse the hues of autumn leaves straight into your wardrobe. Blast away your winter blues with spice colours such as mustard, curry, russet, pumpkin orange and gingerbread brown, sure to keep your spirits up in the bitter cold.

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I put together some of my favourite pieces for you and included some photos that I took at the spice market in Istanbul. If you like something, just click on the highlighted designer name for an immediate shopping experience!

Have fun!

LoL, Sandra

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This mink shoulder wool tweed trench coat by Burberry Prorsum makes an amazing fashion statement during the cold season.

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Space

This felted wool coat by Space has a great price and is a classic piece that you will keep for many more seasons to come.

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What a stunner! Make a stunning entrance in this floor-sweeping gown by Roksanda Ilincic .

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Fendi has launched many It-bags during the last years, from the iconic “Spy bag” to the “Baguette clutch”. This fall, fashionistas crave for the Chamelon colour-block tote that will stay a must for next summer.

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Pair this standalone piece by Fendi with a simple black dress for high impact, low effort style.

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Channeling fall’s penchant for all things texture, this shaggy statement coverup by Maurizio Pecoraro will lend every wardrobe a hit of directional cool straight from the runway.

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Keep warm in style with Paul Smith‘s striped wool knitted hat.

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Take a playful approach to this season’s ’60s-inspired style in Gianluca Capannolo‘s bright wool coat.

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Carven Dress

Make a head-turning statement at cocktails in Carven‘s merlot wool-blend dress.

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Trenchcoat

Christopher Bailey breaks from tradition with a trendy spin on the Burberry Prorsum Meniconic  trench coat.

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YSL Muse Two

Yves Saint Laurent‘s “Muse Two” is a modern classic and a wonderful addition to every closet.

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Simple design can make the boldest statement and Nicholas King‘s jewelry pieces are an effortlessly directional adornment.

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Etro

Etro‘s metallic silk-blend lurex dress is the perfect piece for the imminent party season.

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Proenza Schouler‘s iconic PS1 Keep All gets an on-trend makeover for fall in Navajo-inspired jacquard. My absolute must!

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Detailed with a signature horsebit and buckle strap, Ralph Lauren Collection‘s sleek boots will make a polished addition to your footwear collection.

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Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti‘s killer heels spice up every outfit!

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Tap into a ladylike retro mood with this fur stole by Diverso Italiano that is your fast-track to statement vintage appeal.

Photos (spice market Istanbul): © Sandra Bauknecht

Couture Bottles

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Recently the couture bottle design has become a huge craze. Companies team up with famous designers to get new “clothes” for their drinks.

After some really amazing collaborations with some of the biggest names in fashion, like Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paul Smith, Evian has chosen Issey Miyake this year to create a stylish cover. Clean, contemporary and colourful is the new design that will be available in gourmet stores.

Perrier

Perrier is spicing up his bubbles with the help of burlesque star Dita van Teese who will be their new cover girl this year. Before that they worked with Custo Barcelona, Agnès B. and Paul & Joe to create some very desirable cans and bottles.

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Finally San Pellegrino decided to be part of the hype and has chosen Missoni to cover their famous bottle label with the Italian fashion house’s zig zag pattern for their 111th anniversary. Thirty million units are being produced and will be sold in the best restaurants worldwide. In Zurich, they are everywhere.

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Diet Coke has been increasing its connections with the world of fashion since quite a while. So no wonder that a long list of famous designers already have got a chance to embellish the beloved soft drink. Karl Lagerfeld has even changed the shape of the bottle this spring.

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For all champagne loving fashionistas, Piper-Heidsieck has got some amazing pieces, from the corset bottle designed by Jean Paul Gaultier in 1999 to Christian Louboutin’s Le Rituel Box with a red soled shoe flute and Viktor & Rolf’s limited edition Rose Sauvage set with an upside down bottle.

Martini

Dolce & Gabbana’s first experiment in the wines and spirits sector is the Martini Gold Limited Edition. The exclusive mix: bergamot from Calabria, lemons from Sicily as well as oranges, Spanish saffron, myrrh from Ethiopia, ginger from India, and cubebe pepper from Indonesia was developed by the design duo themselves.

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A good investment was definitely one of the 2000 individually numbered whiskey bottles that featured Alexander McQueen’s signature Union Jack colours. The late designer had teamed up with Chivas Regal to create that special piece in 2008.

As to me, all those bottles are really striking and sophisticated object d’arts and a show stopping addition to any dinner party.

Cheers!

LoL, Sandra

Mixed Berries

Berry Hunt at the Emmy Awards 2010


Yesterday, at the 62nd Emmy Awards 2010 in Los Angeles, celebrities went on a berry hunt. The most beautiful dresses were the ones in the must-have berry shades of the season.
Those tones will remain for Resort 2011. Enjoy the sneak preview as most of the gowns have already been from the upcoming collections.

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The US-series Mad Men won again in the category top drama. I would give the award fashionwise in the category “top drama gown” to their supporting actress Christina Hendricks in her lilac Zac Posen Resort 2011 dress that flaunted her curves perfectly and looked so stunning in combination with her flame-red hair.


Mixed Berries for F/W 2010


On the F/W 2010 runways, berry tones were seen everywhere as if the designers have had all mixed berries for desert while creating their collections. The bright shades were combined in all ways.


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I put some outfits together to show you how those hues combined together can make a strong statement and instantly update your wardrobe.


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Red with violet, fuchsia with ruby, vermillion with plum- everything is possible, just let your imagination run free.


Tone on Tone


This winter, the LBD (Little Black Dress) is taken hostage by the LRD (Little Red Dress). So chances are very high that you might get scarlet fever soon. The bright vibrant tone is very contagious especially when worn tone on tone. Accessorize it with matching pumps and a bag in the same colour family for head-to-toe chic.

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I am totally in love with Bottega Veneta‘s tone on tone looks. How about you?
Have I whet your appetite for mixed berries?

LoL, Sandra