CHANEL’s Collector Box

More CHANEL to drool over. I am so in love with its Paris – 31 rue Cambon Métiers d’Art 2020 quilted gift box with 4 iconic mini bags.

Despite the high price of CHF 26250 per box, it won’t stop fashionistas around the world to add it to their collection. Personally speaking, it will be a great investment because those four mini iconic bags are smaller than the smallest bag of their line which makes them absolutely unique.

The four objects of desire included are: a Boy Bag, a Classic Bag, a Gabrielle Bag and the 2.55 Bag. All true gems of the Maison that will never go out of style. On top, the big box in diamond quilting is also one of a kind and I am convinced that the price for the collector box will skyrocket in the future. An investment you will never regret.

It is available in two versions, in black or pink/red shades. The Zurich store has a set in black… just saying!

LoL, Sandra

Stills: © CHANEL – Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Hublot Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto

THE BIG BANG DRESSED IN CAMOUFLAGE

For 50 years, Yohji Yamamoto has been offering a timeless style that transcends established notions. Like the monochrome featured on the Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto’s iconic textiles and daring approach to motifs set the tone for the Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto.

In May 2020, Hublot celebrated the grand opening of its new flagship Boutique on Chuo-dori Street in Ginza, Tokyo with this limited edition Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto.

Launching this month: a camouflage timepiece with a gritty vibe, as though deciphering a code that exists between paradox and homage, the new Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto.

«I am powerfully drawn to a cutting-edge approach, in the sense that it expresses a point of view that is slightly removed from traditional values. Each collection incorporates a message about what I am feeling right now. It is a way to invite people to question what is already there, which is something I value greatly. »
Yohji Yamamoto – Fashion Designer

The Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto is released as a limited edition of 200 pieces. Its 45 mm case is cut from matt black ceramic and its sapphire dial features superimposed outlines which form biomorphic patches in an echo of the artist’s camouflage motif, with his signature at 6 o’clock. The original construction of the camouflage motif extends onto the strap where each of the constituent shapes of the outline is cut out individually, assembled, and then fused together using the vulcanisation process. This is brand new technology for the watchmaking sector, reinforcing Hublot’s position as the first brand to use vulcanisation in the creation of its straps. The second strap is a black fabric option. The Big Bang Camo Yohji Yamamoto houses the Unico manufacture movement, with a 72-hour power reserve.

Yohji Yamamoto

The Yohji Yamamoto signature
Tagged as anti-fashion, Yohji Yamamoto’s creations are designed to raise questions, and all his collections contain this message. A master of contradiction and antagonism, Yohji Yamamoto sees the camouflage motif as the epitome of paradox, present and future clashing strikingly or blending seamlessly. As well as the initial message delivered by the camouflage print, he is reclaiming the values behind the clothes. The values of a rebellious spirit, a strong will, and cutting-edge individuality.

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An intellectual rebel at heart, designer Yohji Yamamoto has revolutionized fashion and design. Fabrics woven by artisans in Japan, mostly in black, which Yamamoto deems both modest and arrogant, are an important part of the garment making process. This camouflage print harks back to his previous work wear collection and highlights the fact that the act of choosing our clothing is an expression of our role and recognition in society. The use of this textile is a statement of respect for the artisans and contains a message about the value and preservation of the beautiful work performed by the hands and the body.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Hublot and © Yohji Yamamoto

GRAZIE Sergio

Five months after Sergio Rossi passed away, the house he founded has unveiled a new archive driven collection of the famed shoemaker’s greatest hits named GRAZIE Sergio. Reproducing 10 signature designs created by Rossi from 1969 to 2003, the limited edition collection (400 styles per shoe) will begin retailing in selective stores and online in December.

Our history is what makes us who we are. Throwback to the Sergio Rossi archive: Carla Bruni shot by Ellen von Unwerth. 

«I am proud to introduce GRAZIE Sergio, a project from the heart and filled with emotion, inspired by the creator of the dream we live every day. A tribute I deemed necessary to carry on and celebrate, today more than ever, his vision and creativity. I have always had a profound respect for Mr. Sergio Rossi, and I felt the responsibility to guide the brand inspired by his values from my arrival at the company. GRAZIE Sergio is more than a collection as it lives above all traditional seasons and comes from the visceral desire to move and be moved. We have revived from the archive 10 of his most beautiful creations and signature styles, made in our magic factory of San Mauro Pascoli, dedicated to all Sergio Rossi lovers. GRAZIE Sergio is a love letter to our women, a tribute to the Maestro, but also an important statement to restore a great truth: Sergio Rossi has always been and still is the symbol of femininity, quality and timeless Italian style» – Riccardo Sciutto, Sergio Rossi Group CEO. Since arriving in the company in 2016, Sciutto began organizing a significant archive for the house, which was founded in 1951.

10 creations manifesto of the aesthetics of the years, signature styles contemporary today more than ever, including the pillars and iconic collections as sr1 and srTwenty:
1969 – GRAZIE Sergio pump in leather with geometrical heel, heel 60
1973 – GRAZIE Sergio platform chalk and carminio bicolor leather, heel 70
1983 – GRAZIE Sergio pump black printed cocco with accessory, heel 90
1991 – GRAZIE Sergio pump in red lycra stretch, heel 50
1998 – GRAZIE Sergio cage sandal in black suede with silver details, heel 85
1998 – GRAZIE Sergio sr1 sandal in pearl leather, heel 60
2000 – GRAZIE Sergio mule in pony leather, heel 90
2000 – GRAZIE Sergio boots in platinum mesh with shiny details, heel 90
2000 – GRAZIE Sergio srTwenty mule in printed reptile, heel 60
2003 – GRAZIE Sergio lady jane in black patent leather with fringes and steel heel, heel 90

Bold, refined and timeless. No detail is left to chance: every shoe has the original logo from its year and is placed in a one-of-a-kind packaging.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sergio Rossi, @SERGIOROSSI
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From Runway to Rostrum – Prada x Sotheby’s

This week, Prada and Sotheby’s unveiled a selection of highlights from «Tools of Memory», an online auction to raise funds for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and its efforts to safeguard learning for students around the world in the face of the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19. At the peak of the pandemic, school closures to contain its spread interrupted the education of more than 1.5 billion children and youth – 90% of the world’s students – disproportionately impacting girls and women, for whom education is often a lifeline.

Prada will donate its proceeds raised in this auction to specifically benefit UNESCO’s new campaign entitled Keeping girls in the picture and their Global Education Coalition’s Gender Flagship, which has been leading collaborative efforts to promote the continuity of learning during closures and ensure a safe return to school for all women everywhere.

ITEM FEATURED IN AUCTION: GALLERIA SAFFIANO LEATHER TOTE – IN YELLOW, RED, BLUE, GREEN – AUTHOR: MIUCCIA PRADA 

An online sale like no other, every item featured is an original piece from the Prada F/W Men’s and Women’s fashion shows, including one-of-a-kind garments worn by the models, photographic prints of candid moments backstage, polaroid, seat cards and invitations, objects from the runway décor, and vinyl with the accompanying music for both presentations by Frédéric Sanchez.

ITEM FEATURED IN AUCTION: ANTI-HERO STATUE, MEN’S SHOW CENTERPIECE – PAINTED WOOD, 370 CM HEIGHT – AUTHOR: AMO/REM KOOLHAAS 

The sale features 72 lots in total and will open for bidding on Sotheby’s website from 2-15 October. Pop-up teaser exhibitions will also be staged at Sotheby’s in London and New York in the lead up to the sale. Debuted in January and February this year, Prada’s F/W 2020 shows transformed the grand hall of the Deposito of Fondazione Prada into two piazzas, designed by research and design studio AMO. An equestrian statue and a representation of the Greek Titan Atlas designed by Rem Koolhaas formed the centrepieces of the Men’s and Women’s shows respectively, and will now appear as highlights of the auction.

ITEM FEATURED IN AUCTION: CARNATION PRINT ORGANZA DRESS – WORN BY LICETT MORILLO – AUTHOR: MIUCCIA PRADA 

From layered fringes to deconstructed pleats, geometric prints, knitwear and shearling-lined outerwear, «Tools of Memory» features over 40 looks from the house’s F/W 2020 presentations. Comprising the clothing, shoes, and accessories worn by the models only for fittings and on the catwalk, each outfit is presented as an individual lot. Further items include unique garments, footwear and eyewear, handbags and jewellery, which will not be available to purchase in Prada’s stores but will be offered exclusively here.

ITEM FEATURED IN AUCTION: BEADED FRINGE EMBROIDERY DRESS – ITEM NOT FEATURED IN THE SHOW – AUTHOR: MIUCCIA PRADA 

A one-of-a-kind pastel blue dress with an embellished beaded fringe neckline also joins the line-up. Making its debut appearance, the dress was originally created for the show but the same prototype in a different colour featured on the final catwalk.

ITEM FEATURED IN AUCTION: PRE-SHOW PHOTOGRAPH OF GIGI HADID AND RIANNE VAN ROMPAEY – LARGE FORMAT FINE ART PRINT – AUTHOR: DANIEL ARNOLD

Photographic prints by Daniel Arnold, Phil Meech and model Gigi Hadid capture moments before and after each presentation backstage. Totems to the season, these shots as well as polaroid records of the models Kaia Gerber and Mensah Benjamin’s fittings, immortalise the backstage process and on-stage performance of the fashion experience.

ITEM FEATURED IN AUCTION: PRE-SHOW PHOTOGRAPH OF BANGALI DRAMMEH – LARGE FORMAT FINE ART PRINT – AUTHOR: DANIEL ARNOLD 

Detailed information about the online auction can be found on sothebys.com as well as on prada.com.

POP UP EXHIBITION DATES AT SOTHEBY’S
London 16-23 September
New York 18-22 September

LoL, Sandra

ITEM FEATURED IN AUCTION: ATLAS STATUE, WOMEN’S SHOW CENTERPIECE – PAINTED WOOD, 370 CM HEIGHT – AUTHOR: AMO/REM KOOLHAAS 

Photos: Courtesy of Prada and UNESCO
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Prada Timecapsule September Drop

Today, the monthly Prada Timecapsule drop 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.

The classic boxy shirt, one of Prada’s wardrobe essentials, is presented as unisex in an original printed version. The print’s motif is inspired by a theme related to the month of launch and includes a specific limited edition number 1/50, 2/50….

For this release,Prada offers a cotton popeline shirt for both women and men, characterized by bright colors and a new inspired print to the world of motor racing: yellow, orange and red play in contrast with black and white, drawing a lively geometric pattern. Available in XS, S, M, L, XL for €790,00 here for only 24h.

Next drop will be on October 1st, 2020.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada

Serge Lutens – New Fragrance Launches

As promised in yesterday’s post, here are the two new fragrances created by Serge Lutens that will hit the shelves in September 2020. Two special creations that I don’t want you to miss. Poetic, eclectic – just as their creator himself.

FILS DE JOIE

«A laugh awaits a sentence, a word or a situation to proclaim itself. A laugh may burst forth or be stifled by a hand that tries to contain it. But if it is sincere, it cannot be contained. On the skin, its fragrance is Lady-of-the-Night, a paradoxically radiant scent!»
Serge Lutens

Dominant notes
Jasmin – Ylang ylang – Musc
Olfactory impressions
Radiant, intimate, nocturnal

This nocturnal and sensual fragrance plunges us into the exhilaration of laughter. A rare and intimate, yet significant side of Serge Lutens’ personality. Childhood memories of the surreal atmosphere in a bar in northern France leave a lingering taste of excitement tinted with disillusionment. Loud hoarse voices and «making ends meet upstairs». This mundane yet murky and boisterous life finds its reflection in mesk ellil, or night-blooming jasmine. A profound and haunting fragrance.

Black collection – Fils de joie
100ml – 180€ / 50ml – 120€
Discover the 2020 limited edition of «Fils de Joie» : a Moorish designed packaging signed by Serge Lutens.

PÉRILLEUSEMENT VÔTRE

«Despite the risks, we stand at the brink of dizziness on the edge of a cliff weathered by salt water. At this moment, we entrust our fate to what awaits us. Whether we tread on dangerous ground or lose sight of the way, rose stays true to itself and oud overpowers all else!»
Serge Lutens

Dominant notes
Oud – rose
Olfactory impressions
Determined, courageous, splendid!

A fragrant psychoanalysis. An uncompromising creation which reflects the need to take great personal and creative risks and to seek the singularity which society perceives as dangerous. The moment to embark on a personal journey. What defines us, our uniqueness, or our destiny? At what moment of the journey does the artist bloom? An intimate and personal olfactory creation which lays its creator bare.

Gratte-ciel collection – Périlleusement vôtre
100ml – 290€

Both fragrances are available at the Palais Royal and Saint-Honoré Boutiques, on Serge Lutens website sergelutens.com, and in selected points of sale.

TO DISCOVER THE WORLD OF SERGE LUTENS ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Beautiful interior design inside the Serge Lutens Palais Royal Boutique

Photos: © Serge Lutens
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Prada x adidas Originals = Prada Superstar

After the first drop in December 2019, Prada and adidas Originals unveil the second part of their collaboration and propose a timeless, eternal classic, reengineered for the now – the Superstar. Now retailing alone, the iconic Superstar style is offered in a trio of new colorways: monochrome black, white with black, and chrome silver with white. For a new decade, a new point of view.

This step of the ongoing collaboration between Prada and adidas emphasizes qualities shared by and synonymous with each: collaboration, innate respect for heritage, a passion for sport. Craftsmanship is at the heart of the Prada Superstar sneaker – executed by Prada’s footwear specialists, fusing the lexicon of luxury with the language of high-performance sportswear in a style of shoe that has always been, in and of itself, unique and groundbreaking.

The streamlined silhouette of the adidas Originals Superstar sneaker – an inherently modern, entirely unisex design, first created in 1969 – is translated into full-grain leather. Its origins – Made in Italy – are heat-stamped into the side, a marker of superlative quality appreciated around the world, alongside the dual logos of Prada and adidas Originals, which appear together on the tongue of every pair. The fundamental character of the Superstar remains unchanged: it is a style icon, a timeless item which does not call for re-design, but rather provokes reconsideration.

The importance of handiwork and of craft, over everything, is underscored in the campaign, a fantastical, surreal reimagining of the actual process of creation of the Prada Superstar. Toying with scale through a miniature recreation of Prada’s manufacturing spaces in Le Marche region, the viewer can observe the final painstaking touches being made to each new colorway. The Superstar here is super-scale – this interplay of proportions magnifies and emphasizes the instantly-recognizable features of the Superstar – the triple-stripe, trefoil, and rubber shell toe – as well as the addition of the dual Prada and adidas Originals logos.

The new Prada Superstar will launch starting from 8 September 2020, via Prada boutiques and adidas flagship stores worldwide, alongside selected wholesalers. The range is also available via prada.com and adidas.com.

The partnership of Prada and adidas will develop and flourish. The next facet of this collaboration is linked to the America’s Cup – an expression of a mutual love for and enthusiastic participation in the arena of sport by both Prada and adidas.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada #Pradaforadidas

20 Year Anniversary Limited Editions

To mark the brand’s twentieth anniversary, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle celebrates the thirty-two perfumes created so far by looking back to the year of their creation and offering a number of limited editions.

Seven of the most popular perfumes, Bigarade Concentrée, Vétiver Extraordinaire, French Lover, L’Eau d’Hiver, Musc Ravageur, Carnal Flower and Portrait of a Lady, are presented for this special occasion in 100ml featuring a red bakelite cap – the brand’s signature color. The packaging and the bottles are elegantly clad in a frieze designed by Patrick Li, creative director of The New York Times’ T Magazine, that tells the story of twenty years of creation.

Bigarade Concentrée – € 215 (100ml)
French Lover – € 215 (100ml)
L’Eau d’Hiver – € 185 (100ml)
Vetiver Extraordinaire – €245 (100ml)
Musc Ravageur – € 215 (100ml)
Carnal Flower – € 285 (100ml)
Portrait of a Lady – € 285 (100ml)

The same imagery adorns two travel sets featuring a selection of three perfumes for him or her, offering a dream opportunity to enhance your getaways or widen your olfactive horizons. And finally, a twenty-year limited-edition discovery coffret allows you to treat yourself, or a fellow perfume lover, to the joy of discovering twelve emblematic masterpieces from the collection.

Discovery Set – €45 (12 x 1.2ml)
20Y Men Set – € 170 (3 x 10ml)
20Y Women Set – € 195 (3 x 10ml)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle

Monsieur de CHANEL Blue Edition

In 2016, CHANEL presented the MONSIEUR watch designed especially for men. With instant jumping hour and minute retrograde, the Caliber 1, the Maison’s first in-house Manufacture movement is entirely created, developed, assembled and tested by the master watchmakers of CHANEL.

In 2020, the MONSIEUR watch features a white gold case with dial and strap in matte blue; presented as an exclusive limited edition of 55 pieces.

Power reserve: 72 hours. Water-resistance: 30 meters. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds. Diameter: 40 mm. Available from beginning of September 2020.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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Space for Giants

I love elephants and will never forget my first encounter with these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. A memory I’ll treasure forever. To ensure that they remain in existence for many centuries to come, I joined the Matriarch Club, a group of 100 high profile women, in London last year, and will be leading the CoExistence charge as one of their Matriarchs. Due to the current pandemic, everything needed to be postponed but I hope that our USA adventure can take place in 2021. This powerful movement aims to build a $10m fund for human-wildlife-coexistence projects across Asia. Stay tuned, I will tell more about this great initiative soon.

I love this BURBERRY + Space for Giants suede-trimmed nylon jacket.
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Much to my delight, I discovered that Net-à-Porter has teamed-up with Space For Giants and developed an exquisite capsule collection with several designers to support their amazing conversation work. As you will see, the collection is inspired by safari influences and you’ll find lots of linens and neutral tones and an overall utilitarian aesthetic. Ole Lynggaard has also designed 5 incredibly special Elephant charm pendants in 18 karat yellow gold with emeralds and diamonds.  All profits from this collection will benefit Space for Giants.

OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN x Space for Giants
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By purchasing an item, you are answering the call of the wild and in this way you are making a supersonic effort that Africa’s ecosystems and the mega-fauna they contain are conserved. That means ending the poaching of elephants, because elephants are a keystone species and if they are thriving, their precious habitats are, too. And it means finding new ways to fund forever the protection of these landscapes so they can continue to bring their benefits for generations to come.

And if you are still not convinced, here are 10 reasons why to love elephants:

Elephants love deeply and are passionate about life.
Elephants are feminists! Elephant herds are matriarchal.
Elephants make great friends with strong social bonds.
Elephants are resourceful and can adapt to any situation easily.
Elephants are all about teamwork.
Elephants are fast learners and have one of the largest and most complex brains in the living world.
Elephants make great parents and are very protective and nurturing of their young.
Elephants are excellent communicators.
Elephants are environmentalists.
Elephants don’t forget, but they do forgive.

TO SHOP THE SPACE OF GIANTS CAPSULE COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
The perfect pieces for your next safari…
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Net-à-Porter and © Sandra Bauknecht
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