Olympia Le-Tan Zodiac Clutches

Looking for a great birthday gift for a fashion-loving friend or are you thinking of treating yourself to something beautiful to remember the day you were born?


Olympia Le-Tan‘s exclusive very limited «Zodiac» clutches are a lovely way to celebrate someone special and the way the stars were aligned on their birthday. Crafted to resemble a book, each one is artfully embroidered, appliquéd with the sign’s corresponding constellation and marked with the individual number at the back.

TO SHOP THE ZODIAC CLUTCHES, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Olympia Le-Tan / Net-à-Porter
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Prada Timecapsule November 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, 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, inspired by the world of ‘70s tracksuits. The graphic motif is distinguished by geometric lines in a vintage color palette. Available in XS, S, M, L, XL for €790,00 herefor only 24h.

Next drop will be on December 3rd, 2020.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada

Jimmy Choo x Timberland

Jimmy Choo collaborates with footwear label Timberland to create a lineup of glamorous reinterpretations of the signature boots that debuted over 40 years ago and remain popular today.

The limited-edition collection comprises four designs – three unisex and one women’s style. From subtle gold glitter to statement crystal embellishment, the capsule is a unique marriage that fuses two brand’s design iconography. Featuring embellished gold glitter and one-of-a-kind crystal detailing, the versatile range epitomises off-duty glamour.

A limited edition style, encrusted in all-over Swarovski crystals, makes it the ultimate in statement streetwear.

Shot on location in the Californian desert, Hawaiian skater, surfer and model Evan Mock and beauty entrepreneur Kristen Noel Crawley navigate the rugged desert terrain with an energised attitude, taking urban style back to nature. The landscape highlights the raw beauty of the desert while mirrored installations reflect the fusion of the dual brand aesthetics: high fashion glamour blended with outdoor utility.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP JIMMY CHOO x TIMBERLAND COLLECTION.

iconContinuing Timberland’s pledge to plant 50 million trees over the next five years, a tree will be planted for every pair of Jimmy Choo x Timberland boots created in support of Timberland’s pursuit of a greener future. Shopping for a good cause, we love!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jimmy Choo / Timberland
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Hermès Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh! Watch

The Arceau watch, created by Henri d’Origny in 1978, lends its classic yet distinctive round shape – with its asymmetrical stirrup-inspired lugs – to infinite expressions of Hermès creativity, style and expertise. Its timeless white gold silhouette stages an alliance between leather craftsmanship and Haute Horlogerie in a one-of-a-kind pocket watch. Beating to the rhythm of the Manufacture H1924 minute-repeater and tourbillon movement, the Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh! frames a refined white enamel dial, protected by a cover adorned with a tyrannosaurus composed of marquetry and leather mosaic.

After the gruff bear of the Slim of Hermes Grrrrr! and the wolf howling in the moonlight of the Arceau Awooooo, the Arceau Pocket Aaaaaargh! watch is joining the bestiary imagined by English artist Alice Shirley. On this model, the «king of the tyrant lizards» with half-open jaws and an attentive eye comes to life under the expert guidance of Hermès watchmakers, after a month of meticulous work using exclusive techniques developed in its leather workshops.

The design of the tyrannosaurus, which appears to be peeking through a porthole, stands out against the cover and involves a combination of several demanding skills. The head and scales are made in leather mosaic: thousands of finely hand-cut multicoloured leather fragments are applied one by one to faithfully reproduce the original pattern. The domed eye of the dinosaur, visible on both sides of the cover, is made of cabochoncut Grand Feu enamel.

Finally, the jaw and tongue are crafted in leather marquetry: fine tesserae are cut from various coloured leathers, previously thinned to just 0.5 mm, before being juxtaposed on the enamel base. Setting the final touch to this miniaturised leather artwork, a matt green alligator leather cord-strap is secured to the rectangular stirrup and accentuates the overall design.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
One-of-a-kind creation

MOVEMENT
Manufacture Hermès H1924 movement
Mechanical hand-wound, crafted in Switzerland
Diameter: 30mm
Thickness: 8.89mm
Power reserve: 90 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, minute repeater, flying tourbillon

CASE
Shape/size: Round, 48 mm in diameter
Material: White gold case and cover
Watch glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and caseback
Caseback engraved with the inscription “Pièce unique”
Water resistance: 3 bar

DIAL
White enamel on a white gold base

COVER
«Aaaaargh» marquetry and leather mosaic motif
Grand Feu enamel eye

LEATHER CORD-STRAP
Medium – green alligator leather

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Marchon for Hermès

Shine Bright by OPI

There’s no such thing as too much bling with Shine Bright by OPI, a new limited edition holiday collection with Swarovski crystals. Featuring 15 shades, including three special glitter hues, Shine Bright captures the festive magic of the season with hues that shimmer and sparkle.
Beautifully rich velvety tones of pink, mauve, burgundy, and golden brown offer a luxurious, feminine feel, while mixed metals in silver and gold add delicate sparkle. Gemstone shades of garnet and ruby make a bold statement, and sensual, shimmering colors of champagne, deep blue, and black add instant sophisticated glam.

The collection also features three special glitters, each packed with glass-like glitter particles for a threedimensional look, including a clear base with iridescent glitter, an icy blue jelly base with cellophane glitter, and a dark gray jelly base with cellophane glitter.

Naughty or Ice?
Say hello to a glam champagne shimmer that’s so nice you’ll want to paint your nails and check them twice.
Snowfalling for You
Make every day a snow day with this pink pearlescent shade that you’re sure to fall in love with.
This Shade is Ornamental!
Deck your nails with this velvety, rose pink and thank us later for the compliments.
Dressed to the Wines
This deep red-wine shimmer will not only dress you to the wines, but dress you to the nines.
This Gold Sleighs Me
Sleigh all day and night with a gold metallic that will turn heads left and right.

Gingerbread Man Can
Add a little spice to your nails with a shimmery brown that will dazzle and delight.
Merry in Cranberry
Be berry and bright with a playful punch of fuchsia.
Red-y For the Holidays
’Tis the season for a classic, velvety red that will make your nails festive and fun.
Let’s Take an Elfie
Ready for your closeup? This shimmery, violet-purple deserves all the snaps.
Tinsel, Tinsel ‘Lil Star
Shine bright with this metallic silver that will make you twinkle.

To All a Good Night
Party until the ball drops with this deep, midnight-blue that will light up the night.
Heart and Coal
Little black dress, meet your match with this black glitter that elevates all your festive party looks.
All A’twitter in Glitter
This iridescent glitter will transform your world into a winter wonderland one nail at a time.
Bling it On!
Bring on the bling with this icy blue that will light up your nails with iridescent glitter.
Puttin’ On the Glitz
Dress up your nails with this dark gray glitter that will add some glitz to your glam.

GelColor (CHF 19.90) provides a salon-perfect finish with up to three-week wear, while Infinite Shine (CHF 24.90) offers a high-shine finish and traditional lacquer application. Nail Lacquer features a highly-pigmented, rich formula for even application without streaking.

I love the advent calendar with 25 mini bottles of the OPI SHINE BRIGHT collection. Available for CHF 89.90. For the store locator, click here please, or visit online www.globus.ch, or www.perfecthair.ch.
In stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of OPI – #OPIShineBright

Louis Vuitton Artycapucines Collection

After last year’s first collection of six Capucines bags created by contemporary artists, Louis Vuitton unveiled a new edition of its Artycapucines project.

Beatriz Milhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao have all created beautifully imagined and stunningly worked versions of the iconic Capucines bag.

From the 30th October, each bag in the Artycapucines collection will be released in a limited edition of 200 in selected stores worldwide. Price per bag: CHF 7900.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Beatriz Milhazes
Based upon a new work created by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes for the Artycapucines project, Milhazes’ bag is a technical and artisanal achievement. 18 different types of leather are worked to the same thickness and then inlaid onto the bag’s lambskin base using innovative and novel marquetry techniques. To complete the kaleidoscopic variety of the different textures and aspects, the bag also has two areas of gold leaf and an inlaid, injected silicone gel peace sign. The LV logo uses enamel marquetry and gel to match the exact colours of the design over which it is placed.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Jean-Michel Othoniel
Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Artycapucines is a graceful and joyous object. The bag’s main body is intricately hand-woven in raffia, while along the top edge of the bag is a hand-embroidered trim that uses a type of black satin silk more generally used in haute couture. The bag’s handle is made of large black resin beads that echo the French artist’s best-known large-scale works, such as his Le Kiosque des Noctambules Palais Royal Métro entrance in Paris. The bag is completed by a striking charm whose three resin beads act as an exclusive and portable Othoniel sculpture.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Josh Smith
New York-based artist Josh Smith’s design is based upon one of his signature «name» paintings. To recreate the work, the bag’s cotton canvas exterior is first embroidered with white-coloured stitches to replicate brushstrokes, creating a sensation of depth. The fabric and stitches are then painstakingly printed, before the letters of Smith’s name are embroidered across the entire bag. The LV signature is in metal inlaid with wood, while the handle is made of pure pear wood. Its silk inner lining is printed with Palm #3, another of Smith’s striking and brightly coloured paintings.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Henry Taylor
Henry Taylor’s Artycapucines brings together the Californian artist’s striking and expressive 2017 portrait A young master – a portrait of the late Noah Davis, the Black American artist and founder of LA’s Underground Museum – with the latest cutting-edge laser printing and traditional marquetry. Reproducing the painting on leather to replicate its original brushstrokes and varied textures required over 100 experiments to test different methods of 2D and 3D printing. The bag’s taupe Taurillon leather background was then used as a «blank canvas» into which this tactile portrait on leather was inserted using precise and demanding marquetry techniques. The result is a portrait that is also a remarkable sculptural bas-relief.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Liu Wei
Beijing-based artist Liu Wei is renowned for provocative, unclassifiable work that jumps between media. His Artycapucines is based upon Microworld, a large-scale sculptural installation shown at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Variously sized aluminium petals from this sculpture are recreated for the bag using five different types of silver-coloured leather that are meticulously thermo-moulded and inserted directly into the bag’s exterior or attached using Louis Vuitton-engraved rivets. The bag’s handle is made in black Plexiglas, which brings a retro-futuristic touch, and is held in place by rings covered in metal spheres, each individually attached and with a different finish to match those in the original artwork.

Louis Vuitton Capucines by Zhao Zhao
Chinese artist Zhao Zhao’s Artycapucines is based on his 2018 sculpture, In Extremis No.3. For his bag, the artwork’s metal components are transformed into 353 individual laser-cut patches made of 5 different types of leather, which are either hand-embroidered, machine-embroidered, printed – with seven different patterns – or worked into relief. They are then assembled and meticulously sewn together into a single panel that follows the precise design layout that Zhao created. The resulting pattern covers the entire surface of the finished bag to create the impression that the original work has been moulded to fit precisely around the Capucines.

Aren’t they all very special! I love when fashion meets art…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton 

Prada Timecapsule October Drop

This Thursday, October 1st, 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, 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, scheduled October 1st, Prada offers a cotton popeline shirt for both women and men, inspired by the world of motocross. The graphic motif, evoking the uniforms of the pilots, is distinguished by a futuristic design with fluo touches. Available in XS, S, M, L, XL for €790,00 here for only 24h.

Next drop will be on November 5th, 2020.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Prada

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.

Decoding
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
#GrazieSergio #SergioRossi