My Look: Day to Night Sequins

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Generally speaking, sequins got a huge upgrade during the last seasons, they are definitely no longer for the night time party girls only, they look sophisticated for the office, your shopping trip or wherever you like to go. Sequins can easily transition from day and night and don’t forget they provide an instant light on your face! I wore this dress in Los Angeles during the day (for the previous post, please click here) and yesterday in Sardinia at Forte Village for a night out dancing.

My look: Daga sequined bandage dress (30% off now) by Hervé Léger, iconBianca metallic elaphe sandals and beaded bracelet, both by Saint Laurent, patchwork clutch by Prada, Limelight Gala watch by Piaget and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

iconDon’t let anyone dull your sparkle! Shine on!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Luisaviaroma Style Lab – Grunge Flair

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Here is my last look from Luisaviaroma‘s Firenze4Ever style lab shot at the bar of the Helvetia Bristol hotel in Florence. I am completely in love with Givenchy’s F/W 2013 collection (think about that gorgeous Bambi sweater…), a little punk, a little grunge all with a certain flair.

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My look: Wool grain de poudre coat with golden details iconand sequined printed cotton fleece long sweatshirt, both by GivenchySo Nice earrings by Reminiscence, calfskin metal plaque booties iconby Giuseppe Zanotti and studded backpack iconby MCM.

LoL, Sandra

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At Roberto Cavalli’s Gentlemen’s Club

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According to Tim Blanks, the ninth-floor penthouse, where Roberto Cavalli presented his F/W 2013 men’s collection Sunday night in Milan, once belonged to the Gucci who was gunned down by his wife. Overlooking the rooftops of Milan, the spectacular views were the perfect backdrop for the outstanding presentation. Daniele Cavalli, who has been at the helmet of the menswear arm since two years, had a vision and transformed the amazing flat into a gentlemen’s club in impressive colours of purple and burgundy.

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Instead of a fashion show, the collection was presented on mannequins, next to the photos and videos created by well-known photographer Rankin. I totally liked that approach as you could truly look at all the details of the looks and believe me, there were many.

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Precious fabrics, from crocodile-printed pony skin to all-over sequined embroideries, of course the uniqueness of a print, and Daniele’s strongest talent, the combination of all those eye-catching details (see all the photos below please).

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Daniele told me a little about his inspiration, that he used a teleidoscope, a kind of kaleidoscope, to create his very special prints, in form of kaleidoscopic patterns.

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So then, no fashion shows this season. The reason?
The runway and the long walk before the public and photographers enhances and highlights the spectacular nature of feminine seduction. The same does not apply to the male essence. On the contrary, this might be the motive behind the skepticism of many men towards fashion. This collection aims at celebrating male reality.

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Many famous journalists attended the event, among them Suzy Menkes

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… and Tim Blanks, who were both listening to Daniele’s vision.

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Guests of the event were spoilt to all sorts of Cavalli Vodka drinks and enjoyed a musical performance of The Cyborgs. A fashion show that was more a fashion party in the world’s most stylish gentlemen’s club ever. Thumbs up!

Have fun looking at all the photos from the amazing night!

LoL, Sandra

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Me at work in the kaleidoscopic room where the accessories were presented.

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At the Pascal Millet S/S 2013 Show

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I have been following Pascal Millet from his very first collection in his own name. When I met him in 2010 to discover his creations for S/S 2011 in the showroom, I was overwhelmed by his love for detail, his couture-like cuts and the very Parisian chic.

Yesterday, he turned over a new leaf with his first show during Paris Fashion Week. This season, he drew his inspiration in the narrow alleys of Tangier, its colours and textures. The fabrics were beautiful from stretch leather to fishnet cotton, from sequined Chantilly lace to linen whipcord. The colour palette showed all hues that you can find in Morocco, sand, spice, white, deep black and Tadelakt green.

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Above you can see my two favourite looks, perfect for all fashionable city nomads. Modern, sleek and sexy.

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His eveningwear was just so beautiful:

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After the show, I went backstage to congratulate Pascal on his collection.

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LoL, Sandra

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Rock the Eighties


Can you guess where we are in time-travelling after my lastet posts about lace and rocking hot black leather? Yes, we have arrived in the `80s. For some people, the golden decade was the worst one fashionwise but since a few seasons designers have relied on some of the worth recycling styles. The leggings  and skinny jeans came back around 4 years ago and who would have ever imagined their ongoing success?! They have definitely conquered my closet and I never want them to vanish again as the modernized versions are stylish and comfy in one.

Designers have returned 20 years this F/W 2010 to find the `80s ma-ma-material beauty and so can you. Let`s begin!


You might feel like a virgin in a sharp leather pencil skirt, sequined blazer and fishnet stockings. Add lots of accessories like the iconic safety pins, stacked bracelets and big cross pendants for the ultimate killer look!


Balmain launched a real boom with the return of the shoulder pads. The last seasons, fashionistas have crazed all over the world for the must-have blazers and jackets. The hype is definitely not over yet! Party like it`s 1982 in those brocade and patchwork nightclub nostalgia pieces from the F/W 2010 runways. Absolutely screaming hot are red leather leggings, another must for this winter!


The `80s encouraged self-expression with eyecatching neon colours and rainbow dyes. I would not do the complete look but you can easily embed one sparkling bright piece into your daily wear. One thing I am not so sure is about the über-teased hair…. probably a little too much retro-style. But nevertheless the point of fashion is that girls just wanna have fun! So let`s start experimenting….

In case that you are looking for your personal Jesus, try black leather and fringes. So hot! Sequined leggings combined with a denim jacket would turn you also very fast back to the `80s without looking disguised.


If you want to find the fashion cure for this winter`s style heritage, you could opt for a goth look with an asymmetrical cropped sweater or some cut out off-shoulder-tops. And I am sure that this Friday, you will be in love.

 

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LoL, Sandra

A LBD is Worth Its Salt

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Yesterday evening at the premiere of “Salt” at Graumans Chinese Theatre in L.A., Angelina Jolie looked every bit Hollywood`s reigning queen. The spy thriller is due on 23rd of July in the US and one month later in the UK.

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At her big night, the leading lady kept her look cool with a sexy black sequin tube dress by Emporio Armani, nude peep toes by Salvatore Ferragamo and just one piece of jewelry from her own collection that she had designed for luxury jewelers Asprey last year. The snake bracelet has been part of the very limited serpentine-inspired Protector Collection, with only 10 items of each design available and all proceeds going to the power couple`s charity.


But her best accessory might have been King Brad who appeared fur-free, meaning without his beard, looking a little like a young Robert Redford in his aviator sunglasses and Tom Ford suit. As I am a bag-addict, I immediately saw that the beautiful brunette showed up without one. So I was wondering what Brad might have been carrying in his pockets…

Angelina wore her favourite colour dress as in LBD (Little Black Dress). In fashionista circles, this is a must-have and the general consensus is a thumbs up! The sequins gave her classic look a sexy twist and the nude pumps worked perfectly with it.
In case you do not own a dress like that, please consider one. At the moment, there are a lot of beautiful ones available of which many are on sale. Here is my pre-selection:

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If you prefer doing-it-yourself, I recommend a visit to the notions department. Sequin fabrics are not too expensive and used preferably for costumes. Just sew the material together and voilà there is your tube dress!

A sparkling LBD is a lifetime investment! Do it the Angelina way…

LoL, Sandra

Pochette Rococo

Pochette-RococoAre you looking for a great evening bag? I have one for you: The Pochette Rococo by Louis Vuitton. The fabric is amazing. Each sequin is printed with the iconic Monogram pattern. I am totally in love with this passion for detail.

The pochette will be available from May 1st for CHF 2110.- in three different colour combinations: black with gold, purple with silver and (my favourite) silver with purple Monogram print.

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I got so many compliments on my Mini Noé Rococo bag from the Cruise 2010 collection when the stunning material was first introduced that I don`t want you to miss the new pochette.

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It is an opulent bag with an edgy accent that will work for a black tie gala as well as for a dinner in jeans and blazer. A perfect little piece of decoration for you.
Happy Sparkling!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton and © Sandra Bauknecht

Matthew’s Liquid Sequin Waistcoat

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As you already know, I am a big fan of Matthew Williamson. Last night I went out and wore one of my favourite pieces: The liquid sequin waistcoat. This time I combined it with a black and white graphic dress from his winter collection, very high Yves Saint Laurent pumps and my sparkling Mini Noé Rococo bag by Louis Vuitton (see above and to the right).

For my Swiss based readers I have some very good news: Bongénie Grieder is carrying Matthew Williamson now in Zurich and Geneva. I spotted the waistcoat in black there (see below). Wear it with a white shirt and a pair of sexy leather leggings that you might already have. Accessorize this stunning look with a fringed bag by Jimmy Choo and those stunning gladiator sandals by Chloé. Both also available at Bongénie Grieder.

LoL, Sandra

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Leap Year

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The new movie “Leap Year”  starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode is hitting the cinemas today. The romantic comedy is about the Irish tradition that women may only propose to men in leap years on February 29th. It is believed this antiquated custom was started in 5th century  Ireland by the legendary St. Patrick.

In the movie, Anna (Amy Adams) is disappointed because her boyfriend does not ask the important question on their four-year anniversary. Therefore she wants to take matters into her own hands and follows him to Dublin to get down on one knee herself on Leap Day. But before that she has to face all sorts of problems as she is stranded on the other side of the Emerald Isle due to bad weather conditions. With the help of an innkeeper named Declan (Matthew Goode) she travels across the beautiful country and experiences that the road to love can be unexpected.

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As I am really looking forward to seeing this movie, I got inspired to create an outfit for the perfect proposal in the Irish countryside. Wouldn`t Anna look awesome in this cute belted flower dress by Stella McCartney combined with the faux-fur cocoon shrug by Elizabeth and James to keep her warm?! As it can be really muddy, the adorable quilted wellingtons by Marc Jacobs would be a functional but stylish addition to this cute look. And last but not least who could resist her glamorous embroidered sequined clutch by Stella McCartney and the vintage Bulgari pieces? Me- definitely not!

LoL, Sandra

Benefit Cosmetics

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As I am crazy for make-up, I am totally in love with Benefit Cosmetics. The cute packaging, the fun names (who can resist if Kitten goes to Paris?!) and the really amazing quality is what makes it so excellent. For the holiday season they sell special edition sets (i.e. Celebutante, Glitz Glam and Gloss or my place or yours Gina) that are great gifts for your girlfriends or for yourself. So be dazzling and glam it up with an irresistible red pout, rocking smoky eyes or just that little soft glowing touch. Experiment and have fun! I hope that you will be inspired by these different holiday looks. And for the Zurich based of you, they just opened a lovely Benefit counter at Jelmoli.

LoL, Sandra

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