The Most Iconic Color of Nars

Uncover a new glow with the all-new Orgasm X Collection: a provocative pink so deeply flattering, it’s enough to make you blush. Buildable. Blendable. Indispensable.

ORGASM X BLUSH (42.90 CHF)
The authority in cheek, discover new blush in its iconic shade range and bestselling powder formula. Cult-favorite NARS Blush delivers a weightless, natural-looking rush of color in matte, satin, and shimmering finishes.

ORGASM X CHEEK PALETTE (39.20 CHF)
Three stimulating shades. One for every pleasure. Hit all the right spots with a coveted cheek trio for a naturally dimensional glow. Featuring new Orgasm X Blush and cult-favorite Orgasm Blush, plus Orgasm Highlighting Powder for sultry, second-skin luster. Build the thrill.
Shades (from left to right):
ORGASM HIGHLIGHTING POWDER (golden shimmer)
ORGASM BLUSH (peachy pink with golden shimmer)
ORGASM X BLUSH (shimmering deep coral pink with gold pearl)

QUAD EYESHADOW (65.- CHF)
A limited-edition selection of Quad Eyeshadow Palettes in two new shades inspired by Orgasm and new Orgasm X – because too much is never enough. Matte, shimmer, shine.
Quads:
ORGASM – Shades:
• Golden shimmer (top left)
• Light pink champagne (top right)
• Shimmering light cocoa (bottom left)
• Matte Coral (bottom right)

ORGASM X – Shades:
• Pink rust shimmer (top left)
• Sparkling amber (top right)
• Dusty rose matte (bottom left)
• Black with red shimmer (bottom right)

OIL-INFUSED LIP TINT (36.- CHF)
Sensorial texture. Insatiable color. Sheer pleasure. Indulge your lips with a surge of hydration in new, limited-edition shade Orgasm X. Infused with water-absorbing molecules to help create a fuller look, and loaded with antioxidants for seductively plush lips that beg to be sealed with an X.
Shades:
ORGASM (sheer peachy pink with golden shimmer)
ORGASM X (Limited-edition; sheer shimmering deep coral with gold pearl)

MINI ORGASM EYESHADOW PALETTE (39.90 CHF)
The signature universally flattering Orgasm glow, but now reimagined in a travel-size eyeshadow palette. Featuring six shades of endless pleasure.
Shades:
FULL MOON (metallic pale pink – top left)
MAXIMUM PLEASURE (shimmering golden peach -top middle)
DANGER GIRL (matte coral – top right)
WILD ONE (metallic golden pink – bottom left)
PATTAYA (sparkling iridescent copper – bottom middle)
SEDUCED (sparkling amber – bottom right)

ULTIMATE ORGASM SET (66.60 CHF)
A travel-ready set of Orgasm Blush, Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm, Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint and a deluxe travel makeup bag.
Products Included:
MINI ORGASM BLUSH (peachy pink with golden shimmer)
FULL SIZE ORGASM AFTERGLOW LIP BALM (sheer peachy pink with golden shimmer)
FULL SIZE ORGASM OIL-INFUSED LIP TINT (sheer peachy pink with golden shimmer)
DELUXE TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG

«I never anticipated Orgasm becoming so successful. Looking back, I think the combination of the name and the shade made it so popular… Without such an audacious name, I don’t know if it would have become so iconic.» – Founder and Creative Director, François Nars

For the Orgasm X Collection campaign, François Nars photographed one of his current muses, model Yoon Young Bae, in a New York City studio, with an effortlessly glowing beauty look.
To recreate the collection’s campaign look, start by applying Radiant Creamy Concealer underneath the eyes. Next, using fingertips, apply Natural Radiant Long-Wear Foundation all over the face for an even finish.
Then, using the #20 Allover Eyeshadow Brush, apply Shade 3 from the Orgasm X Eyeshadow Quad all over the eyelids. Then, use the #21 Small Eyeshadow Brush to apply Shade 4 onto the bottom of the eyelids, Shade 2 on top of the eyelids, and Shade 1 on the bottom lash line. Then apply Shade 1 and Shade 2 from the Orgasm Eyeshadow Quad to the inner eye corners.
To define cheek bones, add overall dimension, and contour, sweep Orgasm and Orgasm X Blush onto the cheeks using the #16 Blush Brush.
Fill lips with the Orgasm X Oil-Infused Lip Tint to complete the look.

All products are now in stores.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Nars

En Passant


Graceful, fluid, En Passant is a luminous, mobile and charming perfume. It was born of Frédéric Malle’s collaboration with Olivia Giacobetti, who, in 2000, was the first woman to enter the exclusive circle of the world’s best perfumers chosen by the Perfume Publisher to compose the classics of tomorrow. Frédéric Malle chose her for the qualities of her perfume writing: a modern writing style that doesn’t follow fashions. A feminine, youthful, free and very personal writing. According to Malle, «Olivia has that rare ability to create an ambiance, to capture an atmosphere, like a great photographer.»

In the collection of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, En Passant is one of the soliflores, perfumes built around a single flower—here, lilac. But an idealized, reworked lilac, cleansed of its dusty, slightly honeyed notes. A purified, aerated lilac, as if it had transcended itself. Evocative of spring, the fleeting moments of childhood, youth and innocence, the lilac of En Passant naturally leads us into the green gardens of the Île de France region.

With En Passant, Frédéric Malle chose to add to his perfume collection a fresh, pure, transparent feminine composition, as light and elusive as a breeze. But a persistent breeze, bursting with the scent of lilac beneath the soft rays of the spring sun. A breeze that caresses although signaling its presence. A breeze that passes through at the same time as its trace renders it indelible.

Photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson

En Passant is a vegetal perfume both airy and architectural. Imagine the implacable lines of a minimalist sculpture by Donald Judd, or a repetitive musical loop by Philip Glass.
When Frédéric Malle speaks of En Passant, he first refers to the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Which is to say that, beneath the lightness of the breeze, in this apparently weightless air that can only be that of spring, is concealed the idea of the passage of time and the decisive moment that immortalizes the instant.

«Olivia Giacobetti possesses the special ability to create an ambiance, to capture an atmosphere, like a great photographer
Publisher & Founder, Frédéric Malle

Olivia Giacobetti has an uncanny ability to create an atmosphere. Having completed her training at Robertet, she founded her own perfume laboratory, Iskia, and dedicated her career to doing precisely that. She is the brains and the nose behind the fig accords that have been present in home scents for years. The perfumes that move her most are «echoes of everyday life and nature: fleeting emotions, moods, details, attitudes… the many small fragments of life that bear new images». Her compositions capture the authenticity of a single moment. They are, in other words, odes to transience.

Perfume 100ml: 210€, $290, £175 – Perfume 50ml: 140€, $205, £123
Perfume 30ml: 115€, $145, £88 – Perfume 10ml: 42€, $57, £35
Body Wash 200ml: 50€, $65, £40

TO SHOP EN PASSANT ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
And to all my Swiss readers, Happy 1st of August!
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Frédéric Malle and © Sandra Bauknecht
© Henri Cartier-Bresson

Louis Vuitton F/W 2020 Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton reveals its F/W 2020 campaign directed and photographed by Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Women’s Collections and I am loving the pieces.
Representing total creative investment in a very personal collection, the campaign expresses contemporary freedom and the pure pleasure of clothing that is open to all manner of audacity.

To photograph this campaign, Nicolas Ghesquière invited Louis Vuitton’s friends and family to his photography studio, a creative laboratory on the Quai Voltaire in Paris: among them were close friends whose personality inspires him, kindred spirits, and favourite faces. Celebrity friends, beloved models, astonishing artists and athletes include Léa Seydoux, Marina Foïs, Noémie Merlant, Akon Changkou, Stacy Martin, Dina Asher-Smith, Lous and the Yakuza and Sora Choi. In all, 20 personalities he wished to represent in their essence. The same holds true of the House’s iconic bags that accompany this stylistic exercise — the Capucines, the Twist, the Pont 9 and the Dauphine.

With the same candor, Nicolas Ghesquière incorporates the new line «SINCE 1854
A precious jacquard inscribed with a fundamental date, 1854, sprinkled among Monogram flowers in a nod to the year the House was created. Already iconic, this Monogram distills the Louis Vuitton spirit on timeless pieces such as the Dauphine, the Neverfull and the Petit Noé. The signature «SINCE 1854» also figures on a wardrobe of essentials and accessories.

Says Nicolas Ghesquière of the campaign, «I thought it would be interesting to extend my work to photography, to follow through to the end of the creative process and give the collection its final punctuation. In this portrait gallery, everyone is there for my own personal reasons, and I liked discovering new connections with people I knew already. I also wanted to bring unity to different aspects of the House, a circular vision of what happens here. To give a timeless aspect to creations that are very anchored in the season. For me, moving into photography came from a desire to reflect the feeling we share when we’re working on a collection

The campaign will be unveiled in September 2020 publications worldwide.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton

My Look: Summer Black

Black is prized for its understated elegance and endless wearability, but it’s not always the obvious choice when it comes to summer dressing. However, worn correctly, it has year-round appeal. Add a fancy logo and a little sparkle to this iconic color and mercury rises…

My Look: Cropped sequin-embellished cotton-blend tweed jacketicon, sequin-embellished cotton-blend tweed midi skirt, cropped sequin-embellished cotton-blend tweed topicon, and silver-tone crystal clip earringsicon, all by Alessandra Rich, Elephant mini crystal-embellished suede shoulder bag by Loewe, Kate 100 suede pumpsicon by Christian Louboutin, and crystal-embellished cat-eye metal sunglassesicon by Valentino.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Intensive Repair Serum

Recently, I discovered the 4protection Novigel 2% concentrate with 2% OM24® through a dear friend who recommended it for all sorts of skin concerns and it is truly a miracle product. Its active complex neutralizes free radicals, inhibits collagenase and repairs skin tissue – as proven by ETH study. It provides an intensive regeneration of skin changes and irritations, and reduces age spots and pimples. Furthermore, it promotes deep acting recovery of stressed skin. The oil free and pH-neutral formulation is also suitable for children. You can apply it to the skin as often as needed.

Novigel 2% Intensive Repair Serum is available for example at my favorite pharmacy at Paradeplatz in Zurich for CHF 38.90 (40ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Omni Medica
This post is not sponsored. I am just a fan of the product.

J’Adior Capri

Last Sunday, we took a beautiful boat and cruised around the island of Capri. One stop that I truly recommend for every fashion lover not to miss is the amazingly beautiful DIOR pop-up store which is set up at Il Riccio Restaurant & Beach Club, part of the Capri Palace Jumeirah.

Arriving by tender through the stormy sea is quite an experience. The location will take your breath away. From the cliff, overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean, this unique setting on a balcony is perched on the rock.

Paying an ode to la dolce vita, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s capsule summer collection, titled Dioriviera, includes alongside exclusive Dior Maison objects, sailor tops and summer accessories, such as the iconic Dior Book Tote, Saddle and Diorcamp bags. The must-have pieces are revisited with the motifs of the Dior Around the World line, inspired by the sketches of Roman artist Pietro Ruffo.

This signature joins Toile de Jouy and bayadère stripes on the cushions, parasols and personalized beach cabins of the lounging area, entirely redecorated by the House for the occasion as a testament to the irresistible lure of sun-drenched escapism and an evocation of the good life.

J’adior Capri! Stay tuned for the little souvenirs I got… and just saying the shopping bag itself that you get when you buy something, is worth the spree!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Miu Miu Wonder Woman

Today I would love to introduce you to the Miu Miu Wonder Woman T-shirt capsule collection.

Crafted in clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, and afforded magical powers by the Greek gods, Wonder Woman – aka Princess Diana of Themyscira and, in civilian identity, Diana Prince – is the ultimate female superhero. Originally inspired by early campaigners for women’s rights and by Margaret Sanger, pioneer of the birth control movement, in particular, she made her debut in All Star Comics in 1941.

Since the subject of myriad reinventions, both in still and moving imagery, illustrated and as played by mere human kind, now the wondrous woman generations of young girls have grown up wanting to be has found her way onto the fronts of three new Miu Miu T-shirts. Striking preternaturally athletic poses, playing the archetypal Amazonian pin-up and effortlessly battling dinosaurs, as appropriated by the Miu Miu community she will doubtless continue to wow.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Miu Miu

Miu Miu Close

Close is a collection of visual studies on the theme of proximity, in which each photographer has created a series of visual statements on the unique and intimate relationship they share with their subject. It highlights the significant role that personal distance plays in an image-maker’s treatment and understanding of what and who they are photographing.

As one of those models in the show, Gigi Hadid enjoyed the greatest access and freedom of movement in the backstage environment that any photographer could possibly have. Her work documents the experience of preparing a Miu Miu collection for the catwalk in an unprecedentedly honest and thorough way.


Lila Moss is photographed at home by Nikolai von Bismarck, imbuing the images with an affinity only achievable within a familial context; the Polaroid format highlights the informal candour of the setting. Kate Moss offers a personal perspective on the Miu Miu collection, styling the looks with Katie Grand.

With a particular focus on accessories, Steve Mackey shot London model Kasper Kapica wearing the collection on both film and Polaroid on location in a local public park. The Polaroids have been given a hand-painted treatment by Patrick Waugh, the signature of his brushstrokes evident in the texture of the paint.


Backstage at the show where the collection was presented, Liz Collins captured the character of the models in her close-up portraits, taken in private moments as they prepared to set forth on the catwalk.

For digital media, Amber Pinkerton photographed young Londoners on the day they reemerged to engage with the physical social space after a period of withdrawal, while Douglas Irvine was given exclusive access to Miu Miu’s F/W 2020 set, where he shot individual models dressed in the looks they wore for the show.

Finally, Anthony Turner, Luella Bartley, Silvia Prada and Chantal Stracey express their personal interpretations of both the mood and detail of the collection through distinctive hand-drawn illustrations and animations.


The result is a collective effort from a broad range of creatives working across various media. Their work has been assembled in collages using physical techniques of cut and paste – the touch of human hand at play in their production, proposing an intimacy that is all the more precious in a time of increased separation and isolation.


Everyone participating in this project is already a part of Miu Miu’s extended family. The participants’ familiarity both with their subjects and with the broader world of Miu Miu
gives Close a profoundly personal and proximate quality at a moment in history that has required us to reevaluate our understanding of personal distance.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Miu Miu

Edgardo Osorio: Capri

I am here in CAPRI to celebrate life and EDGARO OSORIO‘s new island adventure, the beautiful new shop located in the city center. Here, the story of the famous shoe brand began during a sunny summer day on the terrace of JK Place. The view of the bright blue color of the sea inspired the name AQUAZZURA. The light, sun, colors and sea of this unique island embody mood and unmistakable vibe of the brand’s lifestyle. Today, Edgardo shares his travel tips for Capri.

Your favourite holiday destination?
CAPRI is one of my favourite places to holiday in Italy, with its rugged coastline, the Blue Grotto and delicious food, this island is a treat for all the senses. The island is particularly close to my heart as it is where I came up with the name and concept for Aquazzura. Like Capri, Aquazzura should remind you of the Dolce Vita and of a fabulous summer holiday.

Your favourite hotel?
When I am in Capri my home is always the JK PLACE HOTEL.
Via Marina Grande, 225, 80076 Capri NA, Phone: +39 081 838 4001

Your favourite restaurant during the day?
For lunch my favourite restaurant is IL RICCIO in Anacapri.
Via Gradola, 4, 80071 Anacapri NA, Phone: +39 081 837 1380

Your favourite restaurant at night?
For dinner, I love restaurant DA PAOLINO.
Via Palazzo a Mare, 3/4, 80076 Marina Grande NA, Phone: +39 081 837 6102

Your favourite night club?
After I dance the night away at TAVERNA ANEMA E CORE, a really unique night club with a retro vibe.
Via Sella Orta, 1, 80076 Capri NA, Phone: +39 081 837 6461

Your favourite gelateria?
If you are looking for the best ice cream in Capri, you have to visit GELATERIA BUONOCORE, my favourite.
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 35, 80073 Capri NA, Phone: +39 081 837 7826

Your favourite day activity?
During the day I love chilling at LA FONTELINA BEACH CLUB.

Your favourite sightseeing spot?
When you are in Capri, you cannot leave without visiting the beautiful VILLA LYSIS, you will be amazed by the best view of Capri. It is a unique and enchanting spot, closely tied to the life and tastes of Jacques d’Adelswärd Fersen, a Parisian count who withdrew to the island of Capri in self-imposed exile to escape a series of scandals in his home country.
Via Lo Capo, 12, 80076 Capri NA

Your favourite shop?
Of course for the best shoes, you cannot miss the new AQUAZZURA boutique!
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 5, 80073 Capri NA, Phone: +39 081 1807 3010

The best book to read while being on vacation there?
A book that always reminds me of Capri is THE EXILE OF CAPRI, the story of a young eccentric aristocrat that used to live in the historic VILLA LYSIS that exiles in Capri and finds love.

The best soundtrack for this destination?
To better feel the atmosphere of this amazing island I love listening to the song TU VUÒ FA’ L’AMERICANO, the version sang by FIORELLO that is the soundtrack of one of my favourite movies, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY shot at the Amalfi Coast.

Thank you, Edgardo, for sharing your insider scoop on Capri with us!

If you are interested, don’t miss Edgardo’s travel tips for his hometown Florence. Click here for the previous post.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via the respective locations, © Aquazzura and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Late Afternoon

The perfect look for a late afternoon coffee meeting during those hot summer temperatures in the city. Airy and sophisticated, white with a touch of color, one of my favorites this season.

My look: Suraya cutout crochet-trimmed Swiss-dot silk maxi dressicon by Zimmermann, embellished necklace with coin charm by Oscar de la RentaAmbra plateau sandals by Gianvito Rossi, Maya fringed woven tote bag by Sophia Webstericon, crystal-embellished round acetate sunglasses by Gucciorange gold-tone and resin clip earringsicon by Dolce & Gabbana, Clash de Cartier ring large model in pink gold with amazonite, and LOVE bracelets, all by Cartier, and Big Bang Millennial Pink watch by Hublot.

Off to Capri today, my first flight after lockdown… I am so excited!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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