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

A Bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom with Hermès

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has co-created a magnificent Bespoke Phantom in a unique collaboration with Hermès. Designed and handcrafted by a combined team of Bespoke specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, and Hermès in Paris, Phantom Oribe reflects the personality and passions of its owner, Japanese entrepreneur and art collector Yusaku Maezawa, who envisioned the car as a «land jet», bringing the serene exclusivity of private air travel to the road.

Yusaku Maezawa

The car’s striking two-tone exterior matches the characteristic green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, of which Maezawa-san is a prominent collector. The upper part is finished in Oribe Green, a fully Bespoke colour created exclusively for the client; in an unusual move, Rolls-Royce has made the paint available for use on the client’s private jet the Phantom will be paired with. Developed over many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Centre at Goodwood, it perfectly captures the lustrous, deep-green glaze that characterises these 16th century ceramics. The effect is beautifully completed by the cream-white lower section.

The Oribe ware-inspired colourway harmoniously continues through the interior, created and realised through a true meeting of minds between Hermès designers and craftspeople, and the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople. Together, they applied their shared expertise and ingenuity to ensure every individual component embodies the finest traditions of both houses.

The interior is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending to details that include the immediate touch-points of the client; for example, the steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector and the rotary controls for the motor car’s climate settings.

The Hermès leather flows around the upper instrument panel, interior pillars and parcel shelf. It also enrobes less visible surfaces including the glove compartment and luggage compartment lining, centre console, decanter stowage compartment and Champagne cooler. In a sign of the project’s truly collaborative nature, and the two makers’ mutual esteem, the glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris.

Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space throughout.

The interior is also replete with examples of Rolls-Royce Bespoke design and handcraftsmanship. Wooden speaker frets, for example, are formed by meticulously perforating the Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer applied to the doors, creating a seamless, textured aesthetic and delicate haptics. Open Pore Royal Walnut is additionally applied to the centre and rear consoles and picnic table backs; in another first for Rolls-Royce, the interior features Hermès «Toile H» canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.

Hermès brings its distinctive equestrian heritage and innovative craftsmanship know-how to the car, with the leather upholstery created using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers. For Phantom’s Gallery, a feature unique to Rolls-Royce, that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia, Hermès commissioned an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988) who created many of the House’s iconic scarves. The work, inspired by the famous Hermès horse motif, is hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut and is presented as though staged in an art gallery, behind glass.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös added, «This majestic and tasteful Rolls-Royce Phantom demonstrates what is possible when talented people from two of the world’s great houses work closely together alongside a far-sighted, inspirational client like Maezawa-san. It is a meeting of minds, expertise, visions and skill that represents the very best of our respective craftspeople and capabilities

I am speechless. What a beauty! Bravo!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rolls-Royce

Levi’s® x Valentino

Jeans don’t really get any cooler than Levi’s®, especially when they’re made in collaboration with Valentino. Don’t miss these limited-edition reworked denim pieces, putting a feminine spin on iconic vintage styles, that were first shown in September 2020 during the Valentino show in Milan. At that time, vintage 517 Levi’s pants were used with a slight alteration to the back label: VALENTINO was added.

So in love with this look.

Now, months later, the collab is available for purchase. The collaboration features the LEVI’S® VINTAGE 517 (1969) and the LEVI’S® RE-EDITION 517, a special tag has been designed to celebrate the beginning of a new fashion exploration.

LEVI’S® VINTAGE 517 (1969)
It is fitting to note the collaborative vintage designs have been limited worldwide to just 517 units. Each piece of denim is a vintage, unaltered original that has been upcycled from previously-worn 517 jeans.

LEVI’S® RE-EDITION 517
These denims are a re-elaboration of the original style, exclusively produced by Levi’s® in occasion of the collaboration with Maison Valentino.

It is definitely the most covetable denim to own this season – a must-have for all fashion lovers.
YOU CAN SHOP THE JEANS EXCLUSIVELY AT NET-À-PORTER HERE and also at Valentino.com.

The style is also available in a menswear iteration. Available at MR PORTER.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © VALENTINO and Net-à-Porter
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Aveda Shampure™ Nurturing Shampoo Bar

Today, I received this limited-edition shampure™ nurturing shampoo bar from Aveda that is said to provide weightless, long- lasting nourishment for the hair in planet-friendly packaging for the Earth. Each April, Aveda celebrates Earth Month, this year with this outstanding highlight.

This 94% naturally derived (from plants, non-petroleum minerals or water) cruelty free and vegan shampoo bar gently cleanses with abyssinian oil, a natural silicone alternative, that leaves hair shiny and soft. It infuses hair with Aveda’s signature calming shampure™ aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences, including certified organic lavender, ylang ylang and petit grain, and is safe for color-treated hair. It is free from: sulfated, cleansers, silicones, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, animal ingredients and synthetic fragrance.

The best is yet to come. By purchasing this shampoo bar you could help to save 2.0 tons of plastic which is equivalent to 180k water bottles (based on estimated plastic bottle weight).
100% of the shampure™ nurturing shampoo bar formula waste from the manufacturing process will be donated to Clean The World Foundation, who will recycle it into new soap bars to be used in their WASH Education Program Hygiene Kits provided to vulnerable communities around the world. A great initiative, especially during today’s troubled times where hygiene is more important than ever.

How to use it? Lather in hands or directly onto wet hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly. Follow with shampure™ nurturing conditioner. Available for a limited time only for CHF 23.50 (100mg).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Aveda, © Clean The World Foundation – Collages/Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Barbie™ x Olympia Le-Tan

Founded in 2009, the brand Olympia Le-Tan is well known for its creation of originals handbags and minaudières, which are a combination of embroidery and French savoir faire.

For the S/S 2021 collection, Barbie™ is the cover girl of Olympia Le-Tan’s book-inspired clutches. Borrowing imagery from the archive of Mattel, the gilded hard cases are covered in canvas and skillfully embroidered and appliquéd to mimic the doll’s iconic features in all sorts of situations. They are also threaded with a special limited edition number at the back, plus ©2021 Mattel.

Pair them with your favorited dress and statement heels to complete the look. Don’t forget what Barbie teached us: «You can be anything you want

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iconBelow you find my two favorites that found their way in my closet and one with the cutest typo!

LoL, Sandra

Barbie embroidered appliquéd canvas clutchicon by Olympia Le-Tan


Barbie embroidered appliquéd canvas clutchicon by Olympia Le-Tan

Photos: © Olympia Le-Tan, © Sandra Bauknecht,© David Biedert Photography
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CHANEL Electro Watch Collection

CHANEL‘s signature watches receive the rainbow treatment for Watches & Wonders 2021 with the introduction of the Electro collection «inspired by the electronic dance music culture of the 1990s,» as Arnaud Chastaingt, director of the maison’s watchmaking creation studio, explains. «This musical movement created a radical new visual universe,» and became Chastiangt’s starting point for this new watch collection centred on the J12, that enters a polychromatic world of the rainbow setting.

Let’s have a look at those amazing timepieces constituting the CHANEL Electro line:

J12 Electro Box
The J12 Electro Box is a 12-piece collection of black ceramic watches each set with baguette-cut sapphires of the same colour, and together form the rainbow gradient. The set costs over CHF 1 million.

J12 X-Ray Electro Star
This 38 mm model in 18k white gold is set with over 32 carats of baguette-cut diamonds and 13 carats of sapphires. Totalling 267 baguette-cut stones, the sapphires are set on the flanks of the case and links, creating a rainbow gradient of colour. It’s powered by the cal. 12.1 movement made by Kenissi, the movement maker partially owned by CHANEL.

J12 X-Ray Electro Caliber 3.1
A creative and technical feat, the J12 X-RAY watch, featuring the Caliber 3.1 movement, is made entirely of sapphire crystal and set with baguette-cut diamonds. A fully transparent creation, available in a limited edition of 12 numbered pieces.

J12 White and Black Electro Dream
This polished white ceramic J12 has the bezel, crown, and back in 18k white gold. It is similarly set with coloured sapphires on the dial and bezel, while the movement is the cal. 12.1 automatic made by Kenissi. The J12 Black Electro Dream is the chromatic opposite – matte black ceramic with the same coloured sapphires and cal. 12.1 movement.

J12 Electro Dream
This is the base model, a 33 mm ladies watch in polished black ceramic and equipped with a quartz movement. The numerals and scales on the dial and bezel are printed in a rainbow gradient of colours.

Première Electro
Next up is my favorite watch from the entire Chanel Electro collection (as it is also one of the more affordable ones). The simplistic octagonal Première Electro gets a complete new look through the gradation of the leather and a shocking-pink Chanel logo. The watch is powered by a quartz movement.

Code Coco Electro
This quartz watch is a very modern take on the classic jewelry watch. It’s a bold statement.

Boy Friend Electro
Last but not least, the CHANEL Boy Friend Electro is the watch that stands out from this collection. Instead of using bright rainbow colors as accents to emphasize the inspiration behind the collection, CHANEL settled on captivating gem-setting.

Chanel actually makes blingy ladies watches look cool. I am loving it!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL

The Queendom

Today, more than ever, the world needs the power of creative freedom. A force to open up new horizons, to move us forward. A force to share and be shared. A force as powerful as love. A force that brings Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon together. Celebrating the Queendom, the collaboration is born from the collision of their two effervescent energies. A celebration of creativity, in the form of an artistic experiment, the release of rosé champagne and a limited edition sculpture design by Lady Gaga that will see the sale proceeds donated to the Born This Way Foundation.

Lady Gaga is a woman of the 21st century – boldly speaking her mind, and driving change through her art, her commitments, her actions. Through her Born This Way Foundation, she has been at the forefront of empowerment and well-being issues for 10 years. She has been a powerful voice for the LGBT+ community. Her One World concert initiative raised over 120 million dollars for the World Health Organization and the frontline healthcare fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. And this year, she was honoured for her art and activism by the Martin Luther King Center. When she reinvents herself again and again, she inspires the world to open up and grow.

Lady Gaga is a long-time aficionado of Dom Pérignon. This champagne has accompanied her throughout her life as an artist, as an activist, as a woman, to elevate moments of celebration shared with family, friends, Little Monsters (Lady Gaga’s fans) …

The intensity of the collaboration relies on the assembly of the elements that each creative personality brings. The visual experiment by Nick Knight, choreography by Richard Jackson, the costumes by Nicola Formichetti, the hairstyles by Frédéric Aspiras, Sarah Tanno’s make-up and Miho Okawara’s nails… All combine to create a vibrant take on the concept of the power of inspiration. To serve as the music for the film, Lady Gaga chose her song Free Woman, from her album Chromatica.

Nick Knight and Lady Gaga

Nick Knight is a visionary photographer and director. He has been a progressive image-maker for three decades, with era-defining campaigns. This collaboration brought him and Lady Gaga together again – a match for her boundless creative energy. His imagination orchestrated this new confluence, by delivering a shared vision through electrifying and shimmering visuals. «My desire was to create a burst of positive fantasy – a beautiful world that exists only in people’s imaginations. Fantasy is such an important part of our lives; it makes us dream and fuels our creativity. And right now, the world needs celebration. I wanted to create something which would touch people across many different cultures, for its joie de vivre, its energy, its rush of fantasy and celebratory visions.»

Nicola Formichetti

Nicola Formichetti is a cultural icon. Creative and fashion director and editor as well as creative consultant to Haus of Gaga, he’s been creating magic with Lady Gaga since 2009. He brought the characters of this campaign to life, through his avant-garde stylistic vision.

Richard «Richy» Richard needs no introduction. An acclaimed dancer, Lady Gaga appointed him in 2011 as her choreographer. His aim? To «change the game». For this collaboration, he sets Nick Knight’s film in motion through his ethereal choreography.

Sarah Tanno is Lady Gaga’s resident make-up artist and global artistry director for Haus Laboratories. She has worked with Lady Gaga for over ten years and always aims to «add to the moment» and enhance expressions and emotions.

Frédéric Aspiras is behind Lady Gaga’s spectacular, wondrous hair creations. In his words, everything he does with Lady Gaga is «a creative experiment». In this shared, exhilarating universe, he crafted Lady Gaga’s vibrant, timeless hairstyles – and a fantastic crown fit for a reigning Lady.

Miho Okwara is Lady Gaga’s nail artist who created her striking, talon-like nails for the shoot. Recreating the palette of Lady Gaga’s dress and accessories in chrome, she produced the «powerful; design that takes center stage in the campaign.

Designed by Lady Gaga for Dom Pérignon in collaboration with Nicola Formichetti, the enthralling
limited edition sculpture acts as a veil, enfolding a majestic jeroboam of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2005Produced in 110 exclusive pieces, the limited edition sculpture will be sold in private sales, and showcased in flagship Dom Pérignon locations. All Dom Pérignon’s profits from the uberpiece’s sale will be given to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

The Born This Way Foundation, launched in 2011 by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, supports the well-being of people and works with them to create a kinder and braver world through campaigns and programs such as Channel Kindness or #BeKind21 Events.

Over the next two years, Dom Pérignon and Lady Gaga will announce further exciting outcomes of their collaboration. In the fall, Dom Pérignon will release a Limited Edition of Vintage 2010 and Rosé 2006 in exclusive and creative cases.
As their journey together continues, we can’t wait to see what other exciting expressions this radical collaboration will produce. This is how the story unfolds. But it is far from over.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dom Pérignon / Nick Knight
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Prada’s Fourth Drop of New Timecapsule


Today, on April 1st, 2021, the fourth drop of the Prada Timecapsule new series, dedicated to knitwear, will be launched on prada.com – at 3pm CET – for 24 hours only. 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 modernist sweater, combining jacquard patterns from Prada archive with a sportswear-inspired maxi triangle inlay. The Prada logo is reinterpreted on the front of the item and the triangle with the drop date stands out on the back.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Jacquard pattern – Unisex fit with a vintage inspired silhouette – Ribbed collar – Regular shoulder – Ribbed cuffs and hem – Jacquard logo. Made In Italy. Price: € 1.200.

Next drop will be Thursday, May 6th, 2021.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada

HUBLOT CF Chronograph Shepard Fairey

In the second collaboration between the Swiss watchmaking manufacture and the brilliant American artist Shepard Fairey, HUBLOT presents the Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey timepiece. A veritable titanium sculpture to be worn on the wrist, it symbolises the natural cycles of life and the unity between different cultures.

Hublot is staying true to its motto «Be the first, be unique, be different» by deepening its commitment to its «Hublot Loves Art» programme. After unveiling new collaborations with artists Takashi Murakami and Richard Orlinski, Hublot is today presenting its third watchmaking work of art of the year, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey.

As its name indicates, it has been designed by American artist Shepard Fairey. Painter, graphic designer, DJ, illustrator, street artist, skateboarder and founder of the OBEY Clothing company, Fairey – also known by his pseudonym Obey – is probably the most politically influential artist of his generation. His works include the famous «Obama Hope» poster, an iconic image from Barak Obama’s electoral campaign in 2008, as well as the piece entitled «Liberté, égalité, fraternité» which he created as a symbol of hope for France after the 2015 terrorist attacks.

His works are on show in the world’s most prestigious museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the MoMa in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to name but a few. He has been a Hublot ambassador since 2018.

Hublot and Shepard Fairey chose a watch from the Classic Fusion collection as the basis for their second collaboration. On this piece, the American artist, greatly involved in the project, chose to bring to life a piece symbolising a mandala, an ornamental symbol whose origins can be traced back simultaneously to several cultures across the planet. The mandala represents harmony, the cycle of life and the elements, as well as the precious nature of time in the mind. Here, this pattern is brushed and engraved into the titanium, the material used to create the bezel and the 45-mm diameter case. This work continues on the dial, which has also been finely cut to reveal the self-winding chronograph movement, a calibre HUB1155 offering a power reserve of 42 hours. In the centre, the hands display Fairey’s signature «Star Gear» mark. Fitted on a lined black rubber strap, the black stainless steel deployant buckle is also brushed.

The Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey timepiece is available now as a limited edition in the Hublot e-shop and boutiques. Hublot and Shepard Fairey have agreed that this timepiece will help to raise funds for Amnesty International, an NGO formed of over 10 million people in 150 countries, which campaigns to put an end to human rights violations, in accordance with the theme of global harmony represented by the design engraved on the watch.

Price: € 21.700 – Limited Edition of 50 Pieces

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Hublot

CHANEL High Jewelry Collection N°5


To celebrate the 100th year of the N°5 perfume’s fame, Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the CHANEL Fine Jewelry Creation Studio, has imagined the «Collection N°5», the first High Jewelry collection ever to be dedicated to a perfume.

A first in the history of High Jewelry, this collection showcases all the facets of a perfume, interpreting the eternal mystery of the N°5 perfume with virtuosity. From the bottle to the sillage, one hundred and twenty-three extraordinary pieces express the different facets of the perfume. With its hundred years of fame, only a perfume as mysterious and iconic as the N°5 perfume could inspire such a majestic High Jewelry collection.

In 1921, the first «perfume for women with the scent of a woman» composed by Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel made a commotion. With the absolute modernity of the fragrance, the purity of the bottle and the mystery of the name, the N°5 perfume was nothing short of a revolution. In 1932, Mademoiselle shattered the codes of French High Jewelry with her one and only collection in platinum and diamonds. These «Bijoux de Diamants» introduced new ways of wearing and took jewelry into another realm… that of allure. In 2021, Patrice Leguéreau decided to bring these two domains together with the «Collection N°5».

«Gabrielle Chanel approached these two universes with the same visionary values, focusing on audacity and the quest for excellence. I wanted to rediscover that creative gesture with this collection, which has been conceived like a journey through the meanderings of the N°5 perfume’s soul, from the architecture of the bottle to the olfactive explosion of the fragrance

The zenith of this precious collection is the extraordinary 55.55 necklace that expresses all the codes of the fragrance which radiate through an exceptional gemstone crafted in its honour, a 55.55-carat custom-cut diamond.

«This is an unprecedented approach» observes Patrice Leguéreau. «We started with a rough diamond that we had cut, not to make the biggest stone possible, but to obtain a perfect octagonal diamond weighing 55.55 carats

The harmonious shape, in an emerald cut, the symbolic weight of 55.55 carats, the D Flawless quality of this stone and the 18-carat white gold bezel set with 104 round diamonds and 42 baguette diamonds testify to CHANEL’s perfectionism and exceptional levels of creation and technical mastery. The profile of the stopper, the silhouette of the bottle, the fastener shaped like the lucky number, and the cascading of pear-shaped diamonds in different sizes, cut one by one, mould this piece into an ultimate tribute to the perfume.

Figurative as much as it is abstract, the 55.55 necklace goes further than an exercise in style. It symbolizes the embrace between the spirit of the N°5 perfume and the most exceptional jewelry making. With an incomparable suppleness, this fascinating and eternal item of jewelry adds its own stone to the story of CHANEL’s first perfume, which has become a myth.

But the tale does not stop here because CHANEL has chosen to keep the necklace 55.55 in its Patrimoine. Thus, this extraordinary piece will forever be a part of the history of CHANEL’s High Jewelry and the symbol of the unbreakable ties that unite place Vendôme with the N°5 perfume.

Stunning, beautiful – an iconic piece that has already made history.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL