My Look: Barcelona

Greetings from W Barcelona! My fiancé took me on a short trip to Spain. It felt so good to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin after such a long time. Finally, I got to wear my new Dior bikini that showcases the Dior Oblique motif, a House symbol since its first appearance in 1967.

My look: Bikini top, bikini bottoms (both in Dior Oblique motif), crochet jumpsuit, vertical Dior book tote, and 30Montaigne square sunglasses, all by DiorDear Pool crystal-embellished suede slidesicon by Christian Louboutin, Rose Céleste necklaceRose Céleste medaillon necklace, and Rose des Vents and Rose Céleste necklace, all by Dior Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Anouk Bauknecht
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Gucci Garden Archetypes

On the 100th anniversary of the founding of Gucci, comes to Florence Gucci Garden Archetypes, an immersive multimedia experience that explores and celebrates the House’s creative vision.

An archetype is the original form from which all copies are made, never able to be recreated in itself, and every Gucci campaign speaks of a unique and unrepeatable moment – expressing the spirit of each collection, while reflecting the inclusive philosophy, liberated and audacious of Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

From Tokyo to Los Angeles, and from Northern Soul to May 68, the exhibition features mythical ark-builders, intergalactic explorers, horses, dancers, angels, and aliens all making appearances in this expansive exploration of Alessandro Michele’s kaleidoscopic vision. Gucci Garden Archetypes delves into the multifarious inspirations from the music, art, travel and pop culture spheres that resonate through Gucci’s campaigns.

«I thought it was interesting to accompany people in these first six years of adventure, inviting them to cross the imaginary, the narrative, the unexpected, the glitter. So, I created a playground of emotions that are the same as in the campaigns, because they are the most explicit journey into my imagery,» says Alessandro Michele, curator of the exhibition.

Cutting-edge technology, elaborate hand-crafting and innovative interior design create a sequence of distinct, immersive worlds, designed by Archivio Personale, the design studio that has transformed Alessandro Michele’s vision into narrative spaces reflecting and enhancing the uniqueness of his aesthetics. Accessed via what appears to be a behind-the-scenes operations center, visitors first get a split-screen live view of the exhibition they are about to enter. Inside, a network of themed spaces and corridors bring the intricate world-building of 15 Gucci campaigns to life.

Gucci Beauty’s lipstick campaign for the ‘bold, bright and beautiful’ is transformed into a multi-screen extravaganza, in which we are dazzled from multiple angles by the now-famous smile belonging to punk singer Dani Miller that has overthrown beauty conventions in the cosmetic industry.

Viewers also enter the scented floral paradise of Gucci Bloom, a hidden imaginary garden becomes a place of freedom for the three stars of the campaign – actress Dakota Johnson, feminist artist and photographer Petra Collins, and actress, model and trans woman Hari Nef. Charismatic and unconventional, this trio collectively ushered in Alessandro Michele’s new, inclusive vision of modern femininity.

In one room, a circular projection creates the immersive sensation of being out ‘on the floor’ with the exuberant dancers of Pre-Fall 2017, with its pioneering casting of an all-black ensemble, in what Michele described as a ‘homage to the elegance of black culture’, by putting it in the foreground. This campaign responded to the need for a better representation of the Black community in the fashion industry.

Pre-Fall 2018’s homage to the Parisian youth of ‘May 68’ on the 50th anniversary is evoked by a graffitied stairway that connects the two floors of the space. For S/S 2018, interdisciplinary artist Ignasi Monreal created in almost 900 hours of painstaking work, a giant hand-painted mural that covers the walls and ceiling. Elsewhere, 150,000 shimmering sequins blanket the walls in a dazzling reimagining of F/W 2016 campaign, a trip through Tokyo, while a museum-style diorama provides a guide to the creatures, aliens and explorers of the F/W 2017 campaign’s trip to outer space.

The obsessive collections of F/W 2018 campaign fill one space from floor to ceiling, as visitors are surrounded with shelves stacked with thousands of cased butterflies, as well as hundreds of cuckoo clocks, colorful wigs and sneakers. Guests can also find themselves in the 80s nightclub bathroom of the Berlin-set S/S 2016 campaign, and behind the scenes in the sprawling modernist villa that hosted the Cruise 2020 campaign ‘party of the century’.

Visitors can even enter a mirrored labyrinth to go inside a stately home like the one at the heart of the Cruise 2016 campaign, take a trip through the breathtakingly world of Cruise 2019’s epic community of ark-builders, and ride on an LA subway carriage like the one that made an appearance back in the F/W 2015 campaign, the first by Alessandro Michele.

The Gucci Garden Archetypes catalog will be the continuation of this journey into the imagination of Alessandro Michele – a true inventory of the creativity on display and a collection of images and surprises, complemented by original texts by personalities of the cultural scene including art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, philosopher Emanuele Coccia, artist and researcher Anna Franceschini, curator Antwaun Sargent, and sustainability and culture advisor Shaway Yeh.

Coherently with Gucci’s explorations of the digital realms, a virtual tour will also be available online, giving the possibility to visit the exhibition. Stepping further down this path, envisioning dialogues melding physical and virtual environments, the House has once again partnered with the global online platform Roblox – bringing in their metaverse a captivating Gucci Garden shared experience that will open its doors on May 17, for two weeks only. As visitors explore this virtual gallery freely inspired by the Gucci campaigns exhibited, the digital avatars transform into mannequins absorbing elements of the exhibition, turning themselves into unique digital artworks.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Gucci

My Look: May Weather

This spring has been crazy so far. Snow, rain, sun, we have experienced everything to the extreme so far. Right now, Switzerland is pretty cold, and I feel blessed to be escaping to Barcelona today.

This look has become my all-time favorite travel look. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear, while still looking chic.

My look: Tweed-style cashmere cardigan (Look 10 Pre-collection Summer 2021), green cotton top, and black wide drawstring pants, (Look 33 Pre-collection Summer 2021), green flap pocket bag with colorful strap (Look 5 Pre-collection Summer 2021), round sunglasses (Look 8 Pre-collection Summer 20121) and pearl necklace, all by CHANEL, and New Ace leather-trimmed printed coated-canvas sneakers by Gucciicon.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Wild Botanica

This was my look I wore on Mother’s Day when my daughter took me out to lunch at Restaurant Buech on this beautiful, warm and sunny Sunday.

My look: Botanica wattle-print linen-blend organza dressicon by Zimmermann, Constance 24 in Evercolor Lime with palladium hardware by Hermès, 30Montaigne square sunglasses,  and Mizza slingback ballerina flat, both by Dior, rose diamond ring by PiagetMaillon de Cartier 16mm 18-karat white gold diamond watchicon, and Clash de Cartier bracelet MM in white gold, both by Cartier.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Anouk Bauknecht
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Zimmermann S/S 2021: Wild Botanica

Personally speaking, one of my favorite S/S 2021 collections is ZIMMERMANN titled «Wild Botanica». Inspired by Nicky Zimmermann‘s native flora and fauna of her home country, Australia, the designer translated these references into bold floral and bird prints and playful 3D flower and butterfly appliqués. Furthermore, she looked at the turn-of-the-century artwork of painter and explorer Ellis Rowan.

Inspiration behind the Zimmermann collection: Australian artist and botanical illustrator Ellis Rowan (1848 – 1922).

Favorite looks from the Zimmermann S/S 2021 runway.

Breezy dresses, stunning shorts and vibrant blouses set the scene for sunny romance. The long gowns with butterfly embroidery or the billowing floral waterfalls in the back stood out for their interesting textures for me.

On Mother’s Day I wore the amazing Botanica wattle-print linen-blend organza dressicon that was the first Zimmermann S/S 2021 runway look. The outfit post will be coming up tomorrow.

Liya Kebede stars in the S/S 2021 campaign. In front of Benny Horne‘s lens, she poses on location in St. Barths. A picturesque setting complements dreamy silhouettes as well as painterly prints.

You can shop the beautiful S/S 2021 collection at NET-À-PORTER, MATCHESFASHION and MYTHERESA.

Such beautiful butterfly applications on my Botanica floral linen-blend organza maxi dress. This outfit post will also coming up shortly.

Photos: Courtesy of Zimmermann, © Sandra Bauknecht, © David Biedert Photography
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Street Style Zurich: Anouk

As promised here are all the details of the beautiful young look my daughter Anouk wore in yesterday’s post with me. I love how she gave the cropped top such an edge by combining it with a floral dress and Dr. Martens.

Get her look: Off-the-shoulder cropped cotton-blend jersey sweatshirticon by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Embry ruffled floral-print georgette midi dressicon by Reformation, Rose des Vents necklace in rose gold with diamonds and red lacquered ceramic by Dior Fine Jewellery, Falabella crossbody bag by Stella McCartney, Jadon patent leather platform boots by Dr. Martens, and Ivy sunglasses by Foster Grant.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Like mother, like daughter … I am so happy to have Anouk back from Boston for a few months. That has been the best Mother’s Day gift. We have spent an amazing weekend together. Here you see us on  our way to the intimate shop opening of the newly refurbished Hermès store in Zurich on Saturday (post coming up soon). We are wearing the same cropped top but styled it differently. Below you will find the details of my outfit, Anouk’s look will be posted tomorrow.

My look: Off-the-shoulder cropped cotton-blend jersey sweatshirticon by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, tiered ruffled leather maxi skirt by Saint Laurent, Arfee leather ankle bootsicon by Isabel Marant, stole New Libris in Rose Indien, and shiny Rose Schéhérazade Porosus Crocodile 25 Birkin bag by Hermès, multi-print face mask by Dolce & Gabbanasilk satin bow brooch in black (Cruise 2020) by CHANEL, leather, faux pearl and crystal chokericon by Alessandra Rich, Anita sunglasses by Louis Vuitton (F/W 2012), rose diamond ring by PiagetMaillon de Cartier 16mm 18-karat white gold diamond watchicon, and Clash de Cartier bracelet MM in white gold, both by Cartier.

LoL, Sandra

Photos:  © David Biedert Photography
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Say Sì for Mother’s Day

Your mum, your muse. My daughter, my muse. Anouk has been using Armani Sì Eau de Parfum since a long time. It is the fragrance I associate with her. Therefore, we loved the idea to collaborate with Armani Beauty for Mother’s Day to celebrate the launch of the new Sì EDP Intense.

My choice: The new Sì Eau de Parfum Intense

Sì Eau de Parfum Intense encapsulates the confident energy and modern femininity that characterizes the Sì woman. The fragrance’s signature is blackcurrant nectar, with this alluring note extracted from the heart of the fruit. In addition Ispartarose, harvested in Ispartaa region of Turkey known as «the city of roses», mingles with the velvety and liquorous davana. Together, these two notes create a fiercely intense effect. Finally, patchouli and benzoin resin lend an enveloping sensation. At the same time intense, voluptuous and sophisticated, Sì Eau de Parfum Intense, a chypré oriental, unveils each woman’s most intense side.

Anouk’s choice: The classic Sì Eau de Parfum

Both bottles come with the beautiful glossy black, stone-shaped cap that is a signature of Giorgio Armani fragrances, while sleek gold rings around the bottle’s neck and at its base lend a glamorous touch. Perfect for your bathroom display.

Happy Mother’s Day! To shop the fragrances, click here please.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Armani Beauty © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Classy and Fabulous

Classy and fabulous – this is how I feel in SAINT LAURENT. After this week’s IG Live Beauty Talk for Mother’s Day with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty (owned by L’Oréal, which holds exclusive licenses for the name), this post is an other homage to the French Maison. Shot at the Zaha Hadid exhibition at Galerie Gmurzynska – I am wearing pieces from the brand’s beautiful Resort 2021 and S/S 2021 collections.

SAINT LAURENT, that is today owned by the Kering Group, is one of the most iconic brands of the 20th Century. Founded by legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé in 1961, it quickly revolutionized the way fashion and society intertwine with the launch of its iconic «Rive Gauche» collection just five years later, becoming the first couture house to launch ready-to-wear. Today, Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello, who was appointed in April 2016 after Hedi Slimane left the company, continues to honor the label’s trailblazing spirit with his empowering, dynamic and boundary-pushing designs.

My look: Two-tone ribbed wool jacketicon, pussy-bow ruffled silk crepe de chine blouseicon, cotton-blend satin shortsicon, Jodie rose-embellished white leather platform sandalsicon, Cassandra medium YSL-plaque dark green leather cross-body bagicongold-tone, enamel and faux pearl clip earrings, all by Saint LaurentJUSTE UN CLOU bracelet in rose gold with diamonds by Cartier, and Carrera Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

LoL, Sandra

Photos:  © David Biedert Photography
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Prada’s Fifth Drop of New Timecapsule

Today the fifth drop of the Prada Timecapsule new series will be launched on prada.com – at 3pm CET – for 24 hours only. This time it is my favorite so far! Prada Timecapsule is an exclusive product drop of 50 items, occurring once a month, each first Thursday.

For this new drop, Prada Timecapsule presents a classic popeline boxy shirt, one of Prada’s wardrobe essentials, inspired by the ’80s in a mix of stylistic codes from the world of skateboarding and animalier prints. The Prada logo is reinterpreted on the front of the item, while the triangle bearing the month of the drop stands out on the back.

Enabled by the Prada e-commerce platform, the Timecapsule section is now available in Europe
(Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom),
Japan, South Korea, China, USA, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and UAE. Prada Timecapsule will reach other markets over the course of 2021 following the prada.com layout-relaunching calendar.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Oversized – Short sleeves – Bowling collar – Breast pocket – Straight hem – Mother-of-pearl buttons – 100% Cotton – Sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL). Made In Italy. Price: € 1.200.

Next drop will be Thursday, June 3rd, 2021.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada