Obra en Proceso Exhibition in Cuba

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As part of the month of the French culture in Cuba, the House of CHANEL presents the exhibition “Obra en Proceso / Work in Progress” by Karl Lagerfeld at the Factoría Habana art gallery. To celebrate its inauguration two days before the Cruise 2017 show, guests were able to discover more than 200 photographs by the famous designer.

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The exhibition is divided into three sections representing Karl Lagerfeld’s main interests – fashion, architecture and landscapes. It explores the great diversity of subjects, approaches and techniques that define the very personal and subtle interpretation that makes his photography. For him, a photo is not just an image but also a unique visual object. It is open until tomorrow and the admission is free.

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Factoría Habana
Calle O’Reilly No.°308, e/ Habana y Aguiar
La Habana Vieja
La Habana, Cuba

Enjoy my personal moments of the opening celebration:

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On our way to the exhibition through the streets of the old town of Havana…

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… we were guided by beautiful Cuban models.

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Karl Lagerfeld arriving at the opening celebration.

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With lovely Stella Tennant in front of Karl Lagerfeld’s photos of her.

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I fell in love with Lagerfeld’s photos of his muse Baptiste Giabiconi

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… that show the model in a different way.

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More to come from Cuba! Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Chanel / © Olivier Saillant / © Anne Combaz and © Sandra Bauknecht

Versace F/W 2014 Ad Campaign

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“In the new campaigns, I wanted to express the power and freedom of Versace today. The women’s images are about strength and sensuality, with women in total control.
The men’s campaign stands for a man’s right to be whoever he wants to be.”

Donatella Versace

It is this time of the season when all the new ad campaigns are popping up. I have to admit that I love observing who shot which campaign and how each brand likes to present itself. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are definitely some of the most successful photographers when it come sot campaign shooting. For Versace, the duo showed, under the creative direction of Donatella Versace, supermodels Anna Ewers and Stella Tennant in a world of femininity and strength, dramatic and provocative.

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The men’s campaign is about the individuality and self-expression of the Versace man. The images are shot on an entirely plain set, as the Versace man needs nowhere to hide. The models Filip Hrivnak and Daniel van der Deen wear pieces from the F/W 2014 collection inspired by the biker and the Wild West.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Versace

Nars Spring 2013: Color Collection

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Fresh and fierce, strong and sexy; the NARS Spring 2013 Color Collection introduces a vibrant, ‘90s-esque palette that sets the tone for a season of audaciously feminine looks.

The ’90s have been back on the runways and this is the perfect make-up to complement your revived look. François Nars has created a collection that heralds spring’s arrival with shades ready to make a graphic statement. Look your best as the face of the campaign, model icon Stella Tennant.

The collection will be available in Switzerland end of February 2013.

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Another great product will be launching in March 2013: The long awaited, skincare infused Radiant Creamy Concealers from NARS, that had been spotted during New York Fashion week S/S 2013 when the house’s make-up teams were using them backstage. They come with an amazing creamy liquid formula and will be available in 10 different shades for CHF 40.- each.

LoL, Sandra

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Givenchy F/W 2012 Ad Campaign

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Givenchy’s Creative Director Riccardo Tisci asked models Stella Tennant, Joan Smalls, Stef van der Laan, Daniela Braga, Simone Nobili, Jarrod Scott, and Rodrigo Braga to come up with their best dance moves for the latest GIVENCHY RAVE ad campaign. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Carine Roitfeld. The clothes are divine, definitely on my shopping list this winter.

LoL, Sandra

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Chanel F/W 2012: Crystal Clear

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It was crystal clear last week in Paris that Karl Lagerfeld was once again breaking fresh ground with multi-facetted silhouettes and some unexpected pieces including a new suit: “The new three-piece, a jacket and little dress over trousers!” (This will be a huge trend for F/W 2012. Also Miuccia Prada had shown this look for Prada F/W 2012).
As well as a very long riding coat with large, rounded, sloping sleeves and the “pantacoat”, an all-in-one with legs that unzip to become a coat. Volumes are amplified by drawstrings or gathered belts, are highlighted by top-stitching – a reference to the same detail found on the Boy CHANEL handbag. There are jackets with sailor-smock collars and a fur-lined coat like the one worn by Stella Tennant at the start of the show (see photo above).

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Needless to say, the decor at Chanel is always ouststanding. This time, the breathtaking ambiance was created by a brightly-lit mineral backdrop, beneath the glass roff of the Grand Palais. Giant blocks of uncut amethyst, clear rock crystal and opaque quartz erupted from a sparkling, white floor. “Nature’s the greatest designer,” said Lagerfeld to style.com, pointing at some of the more spectacular crystalline excrescences. “These shapes are millions of years old.”

The mineral rock setting extended into fabric metaphors with combinations of wool and more technical materials glinting with a subtle metallic shimmer. Subdued shades of hematite, azurite and obsidian are illuminated by a myriad of jewel-coloured splashes of sulphur, lapis-lazuli, emerald and amethyst. Stippled iridescent feathers, “softer to the touch than fur”, bring warmth to the outfits. Crystals and minerals reinterpreted in the style of Czech Cubism become prisms of gleaming vinyl.

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I included some of the backstage photos for you to see the beautiful details of the clothes even better. Enjoy Chanel’s  new mineralogist silhouette!

LoL, Sandra

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Big Shots

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It is August and the majority of fall campaigns can be seen now in the new fashion magazines, ads just keep coming out of the woodwork and so I wanted to give you a brief summary of the most important ones and by whom they were shot.
It is funny to see that this world in particular is pretty small and some photographers are ahead of the game.

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My personal favourite is Bottega Veneta`s strong expressive F/W 2010 campaign. Shot by the godfather of energetic graphic photography himself: Robert Longo. The artist has became famous in the late 1970s and early 1980s with his series „Men in the Cities“ that depicts men and women in business attire contorted in extreme positions.

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Roberto Cavalli 40th Anniversary featuring Gisèle Buendchen

The winner this season seems to be renowned Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. The dream team that has defined the look of the past decade, shot the most campaigns. Enjoy my preview:

Calvin Klein featuring Lara Stone

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Calvin Klein Jeans featuring Lara Stone

Calvin Klein Jeans featuring Lara Stone





Miu Miu featuring Lindsey Wixon, Ginta Lapina, Siri Tollerod, Daphne Groenweld

Miu Miu featuring Lindsey Wixon, Ginta Lapina, Siri Tollerod, Daphne Groenweld

Stella McCartney featuring Natalia Vodianova

Stella McCartney featuring Natalia Vodianova







Iceberg featuring Carolyn Murphy

Iceberg featuring Carolyn Murphy







Gucci featuring Nikola Jovanovic, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann

Gucci featuring Nikola Jovanovic, Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann




Giorgio Armani featuring Edita Vilkeviciute

Giorgio Armani featuring Edita Vilkeviciute







Bulgari featuring Julianne Moore

Bulgari featuring Julianne Moore












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Mulberry featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Hanne Gaby Odiele

Mulberry featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Hanne Gaby Odiele

The American photographer and long-time protégé of both Franca Sozzani and Anna Wintour, editors-in-chief of Italian and American Vogue is also a big shot in the world of fashion photography. No wonder, Steven Meisel shot all those gorgeous campaigns.

Lanvin featuring Mariacarla Boscono, Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak

Lanvin featuring Mariacarla Boscono, Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak








Balenciaga featuring Eliza Cummings, Freja Beha Erichsen, Julija Stepanoviciute, Kirsi Pyrohnen, Karen Elson, Meghan Collison, Mirte Maas, Stella Tennant

Balenciaga featuring Eliza Cummings, Freja Beha Erichsen, Julija Stepanoviciute, Kirsi Pyrohnen, Karen Elson, Meghan Collison, Mirte Maas, Stella Tennant

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Prada featuring Daria Strokous,  Angela Lindvall

Prada featuring Daria Strokous, Angela Lindvall






Louis Vuitton featuring Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova

Louis Vuitton featuring Karen Elson, Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova











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YSL featuring Daria Werbowy

YSL featuring Daria Werbowy

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinood Matadin, a fashion photographer duo that is well known for their independent art work. Most of their photographs are both critical and slightly disturbing as you can see in the campaigns they shot for F/W 2010.

Moschino featuring Alessandra Ambrosio

Moschino featuring Alessandra Ambrosio










Balmain featuring Kate Moss

Balmain featuring Kate Moss

Jean Paul Gaultier featuring Kelly Moreira, Crystal Renn

Jean Paul Gaultier featuring Kelly Moreira, Crystal Renn








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Mango featuring Scarlett Johansson

Italian-born Mario Sorrenti is a photographer and director best known for his spreads of nude models in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.


Kenzo featuring Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova

Kenzo featuring Lily Donaldson, Sasha Pivovarova









Emporio Armani featuring Karmen Pedaru

Emporio Armani featuring Karmen Pedaru







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Versace featuring Iselin Steiro, Anna Selezneva, Valerija Kelava

Versace featuring Iselin Steiro, Anna Selezneva, Valerija Kelava

Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino has shot many fashion stories and celebrities. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

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Burberry Prorsum featuring Nina Porter, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington Whitely

Burberry Prorsum featuring Nina Porter, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington Whitely




D&G featuring Simon Nessman, Travis Davenport, Vladimir Ivanov, Nils Butler, Oscar Spendrup, Simona Andrejic, Diana Farkhullina, Elena Melnik, Anya Kazakova, Regina Feoktistova

D&G featuring Simona Andrejic, Diana Farkhullina, Elena Melnik, Anya Kazakova, Regina Feoktistova















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Hermès-Fall-Winter-2010-Ad-Campaign2Hermès has come up with another really beautiful advertising campaign shot by Paolo Roversi. I love his romantic, vintage looking photos that always seem to tell a story. To me, a perfect choice for the French house!

Hermès featuring Constance Jablonski

Hermès featuring Constance Jablonski






Alberta Ferretti featuring Monika Jagaciak, Sigrid Agren

Alberta Ferretti featuring Monika Jagaciak, Sigrid Agren











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Salvatore Ferragamo featuring Stella Tennant

Salvatore Ferragamo featuring Stella Tennant

Bruce Weber is a well-known face in the world of advertising photography. His career really took of in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his famous advertising images for Calvin Klein.








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Céline featuring Sigrid Agren, Emma Balfour

Céline featuring Sigrid Agren, Emma Balfour

Juergen Teller‘s work is extraordinary and with a distinctive design. His raw style makes him one of the most influential fashion photographers working today.


Marc Jacobs featuring Monika Jagaciak, Frida Gustavsson, Ann Kenny

Marc Jacobs featuring Monika Jagaciak, Frida Gustavsson, Ann Kenny







Marc by Marc Jacobs featuring Ruby Aldridge

Marc by Marc Jacobs featuring Ruby Aldridge










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Chanel featuring Brad Kroenig, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen

Multi-talent Karl Lagerfeld likes to keep everything in his own hands. So no wonder that he shoots the advertising campaigns for his own collections for Chanel and Fendi.


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Fendi featuring Anja Rubik, Baptiste Giabiconi

Fendi featuring Anja Rubik, Baptiste Giabiconi




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Great job!

LoL, Sandra

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Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna

Dolce & Gabbana featuring Madonna