My Look: Howdy

Sandra Bauknecht - Howdy

One of my favorite designers is Alessandra Rich. Her take on evening wear is exceptional. This season, she launched a limited edition capsule collection with Net-à-porter iconof western style dresses. Those 70’s-inspired pieces are the perfect contemporary approach to the next season’s trend. Howdy!

My look: Chambray and lace maxi dress by Alessandra RichJanis leather platform pumps with chains and Betty chain red leather shoulder bag, both by Saint Laurent, western necklace by Chanel (Paris-Dallas collection), diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht in Alessandra Rich Cowboy 1

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Saint Laurent Janis Pumps with Chains

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Chanel Necklace Paris-Dallas

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The New Denim

The New Denim F:W2014

Durable, up-to-date and irresistibly stylish, new season denim gives a nod to the past and a sharp look into the future. High waisted or ripped and ragged like Saint Laurent or all patched up like Dsquared, pair your picks with Lucchese boots and a Pucci belt or a fringed leather bag by Antik Batik and a Michael Kors watch for just the right mix of uptown charm and new season western-style allure.

1 High-rise denim shorts iconby Saint Laurent
Destroyed cotton denim jeansicon by Saint Laurent
3 Pat super patch watch cotton denim jeansicon by Dsquared2
4 Lucchese Romia suede western bootsicon by Lucchese
5 Embellished suede belt by Emilio Pucci
6 Bertil fringed suede drawstring bagicon by Antik Batik
7 Lexington rose gold-tone stainless steel chronograph watchicon by Michael Kors

LoL, Sandra

Shopping Alert: Isabel Marant F/W 2012

Isabel Marant F:W 2012

Wander West with Isabel Marant this fall, be the first to get your hands on her cool, city-ready cowboy shirts, embroidered jeans and more covetable footwear.

For the next three days, you have the privilege to shop exclusively these F/W 2012 runway items before they are available to all customers.

Just click on the highlighted product description below each item.
Happy shopping!

LoL, Sandra

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Primo printed fur jacket

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Kurt suede cut-out pumps

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Rodwell tasseled mid-rise skinny jeans

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Manet cropped jeans

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Lauryn embroidered blouse

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Berry ankle boots with cut-out appliqué

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Lauryn embroidered blouse

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Eminoy cropped suede trousers

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Loli mini skirt

Photos: Courtesy of Mytheresa

My Look: Fort Worth

Fort Worth

Welcome to Fort Worth in Texas, that is the sixteenth most populous city in the United States of America and a cultural gateway into the American West. The city was established in 1849 and today still embraces its Western heritage and traditional architecture and design. A must see are the Fort Worth Stockyards.

My look: Twill cargo shorts by Alexander McQueen, olive green top by Prada, cuff by Stella McCartneyPandora bag by Givenchy and Monogram ballet flats by Louis Vuitton.
The stetson is a souvenir from Mesquite.

LoL, Sandra

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Survived South Dakota – Glad To Be Alive

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At the moment, I am doing a crazy road trip through the US. I have so much to show you but for lack of time and internet connection, I am far behind posting. Today was an amazing day that ended pretty badly and I am thankful that I am still in one piece. But see for yourself…

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I left this morning the city of Lusk, Wyoming driving all the way up to South Dakota. Those two states have got a real cowboy feel to them. I love this old school western charm and of course, I had to buy me a cowboy hat on the way.

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I drove around 130 miles through the middle of nowhere, vast land areas without any population, totally flat. The whole ride, I thought that this could be a region where tornados could take place.

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My first stop was Mount Rushmore National Memorial that I had been wanting to see for a long time. The colossal portraits of four famous presidents of the United States: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt in the Black Hills of South Dakota are pretty impressive.

Please stay tuned for a post about my look that I shot at this outstanding location.

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My second stop was the Custer State Park where the Needles Highway and other roads offer idyllic scenic drives. It encompasses an abundance of wildlife.

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So when I thought that it couldn’t get more thrilling than having a real bear in front of my car, I was completely mistaken.

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On my way back to Wyoming, the sky started to darken and I could see lightnings. Then, it all happened very fast. The wind got stronger and the rain heavier. All of a sudden, the radio announcer issued a warning that a severe thunderstorm was approaching and that people should look for shelter. For me it was too late. I was surrounded by miles and miles of flat land. All of a sudden, the sky dumped golf-ball-sized hail with 70mph winds. I stopped the car and threw myself on the floor. It was so scary. The hail made a horrible noise and broke the windows of the car. The glass went all over me. I was so scared that this would become a twister but fortunately, it didn’t go that far. Nevertheless, the car is completely destroyed and looks from the outside as if I had been in a fight with Terminator.

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Right after the storm had passed, I saw a rainbow through my destroyed rear window.

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No more windows left…

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… and glass all over.

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Do you see the damage of the roof? Can you imagine the size of the hail that leaves such marks?! It is impressive how strong the forces of nature truly are and that there is a point where you are at their mercy. Thank God that all went well!

LoL, Sandra

CarPhotos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Stallion Boots

Stallion

As Far Western chic is in the dress codes for next summer, I wanted to show you the most authentic and fashionable addition to your look: the perfect cowboy boots.

Last week I met Pedro Muñoz, owner of Stallion Boots and Leather Goods. A handsome, smart and witty guy in his early fifties, part Native American and grown-up in Mexico, he started to build up a his company in El Paso, Texas in the beginning of the eighties.

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Pedro Muñoz with Stallion boots and me

His creations are special! Each pair is the result of many hours of skilled craftsmanship that lead to a perfect and extremely comfortable fit. Approximately 70 are produced per week with top-quality materials like alligator, crocodile, ostrich, lizard, stingray, various snakes, water buffalo  and calf leather. I am totally in love with their amazing patterns and colours.

My favourite ones are the Vintage Butterflies with their beautiful red, green and beige leather inlays, view to the top right below. Those boots definitely celebrate a sexy style that makes girls and boys go wild. At request, Stallion even offers custom designs and fittings.

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In Switzerland, Trudie Götz sells a large variety of models at her Trois Pommes Stores in Zurich, Basel, Gstaad and St.Moritz.

Heigh-ho and away you go!

LoL, Sandra

Far Western Chic

Modern Cowgirl

Far Western chic is a must for next summer. Seen on the S/S 2010 runways were pretty cowgirls, pioneers of the prairies, lumberjack`s girlfriends and a new sort of trappers.

Especially D&G made a superb collection of versatile western references. The silhouettes were made of looks reminding me of Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau in the movie Viva Maria” or Penelope Cruz and Selma Hayek in the remake “Bandidas”. Denim, suede and eyelet were used – definite key elements for next season. But also Amerindian inspirations like navajo prints, lucky charms, feathers and tassels appeared along with stetsons, bandanas and broad belts. The inspirations and designs were numerous, only lassos and spurs were missing.

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Lumberjack`s plaid shirts were transformed into cocktail dresses and denim was pervasive in all sort of styles. Faded, worn out, mended mixed with cut-out suede, a sexy look that creates immediate seduction.

Come on, cowgirls, let`s go west!

LoL, Sandra

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