Moschino x Playboy WorldPride Capsule

Pride is good… and so much more fun with this dedicated capsule collection created by Jeremy Scott for Moschino.

«I’m excited to announce I was able to convince Playboy to let me alter their iconic logo to read as GAYBOY for pride month and create an 8 piece capsule collection at the PLAYBOY pop-up in Soho with the net proceeds going to support the Trevor Project
Jeremy Scott

The 8 piece capsule collection is available online by clicking here to be transferred directly. The only piece for women is this cool cropped sweater below – a must for my closet!

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: Courtesy of Moschino and Playboy

Converse x OPI Neons Collection 2019

Ladies, here are your next-level neons. The summer glo-up gets glossy with Converse x OPI Neons Summer Collection 2019. From your flashy nail art to your neon Chucks, stay shining.

This electric-charged collaboration features Converse One Star slides plus Chuck Taylor All Star High and Low Top silhouettes in shades to match new Neons by OPI nail lacquers, available in a fun and playful palette including bold neon hues of yellow, orange, purple, teal, blue and hero shade pink.

Great combination (the name of the nail polishes are in parentheses): Chuck Taylor All Star Low Tops are available in neon purple (Positive Vibes Only) and yellow (PUMP Up the Volume).

The Chuck Taylor All Star High Tops are available in bold shades of pink (V-I-Pink Passes) and blue (Music is My Muse). The shade names are inscribed on Converse’s iconic vulcanized rubber sole.

Converse One Star Slides are available in bright hues of pink (V-I-Pink Passes) and teal (Dance Party ‘Teal Dawn). Another shade featuring the bright monotone aesthetic is Orange You A Rockstar, which is also part of the 4-piece mini nail polish pack (CHF 24.90).

The Neons by OPI will be available in GelColor, Infinite Shine (CHF 24.90) and Nail Lacquer (CHF 19.90) formulas. PUMP Up the Volume (yellow) and Music is My Muse (blue) will be available in GelColor and Nail Lacquer formulas only.

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

The Converse capsule will be available globally from Converse.com and select retailers. The Neon by OPI collection will be available from mid-June 2019, for at least four months in Switzerland. The Converse x OPI shoes can be purchased from SCHUH and delivered to Switzerland here.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of OPI, Collages: © Sandra Bauknecht

MAC Electric Wonder

Switch on electric summer feels! New naturally charged lip and eye shadows serve a wonderstruck summer of bronzing. Specially designed in gold-flecked marbleized packaging, MAC Electric Wonder Collection is the newest limited edition collection from MAC, and it includes five lipsticks, five lipglosses, four cheek colors, one cheek palette, and two eyeshadow palettes.

EYESHADOW X 12: DESERT LIGHTNING, CHF 71.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

DESERT LIGHTNING Light yellow beige (Matte)
DUABANDITA Red with blue pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
IS IT THE BEAT Deep black (Matte)
RETROSPECK Beached blonde (Lustre)
SO JADED Seafoam green (Veluxe Pearl)
DECEPTION Cool medium brown (Frost)
FRESH INNOCENCE Ivory frosty warm white (Frost)
BIG ATTITUDE Dirty grey (Frost)
MARZIPAN Muted plummy taupe (Matte)
GOLDEN BROWN Golden brown (Veluxe Pearl)
FOOL’S GOLD Dirty olive gold (Frost)
BRUN Muted blackish/brown (Satin)

EYESHADOW X 12: NATURAL VICE, CHF 71.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

DIAMOND BUTTERFLY Silver white shimmer (Frost)
FAB ACCENT Soft nude (Matte)
DESERT ROSE-MANCE Warm golden peach (Veluxe Pearl)
CORK Muted golden brown (Satin)
SUN TWEAKED Soft frosty pink (Frost)
PLEASING TO THE EYE Dirty mauvy pink (Matte)
MAGMATIQUE Warm reddish brown (Matte)
REBEL PEBBLE Cool deep muted brown (Satin)
STRUCK GOLD Bright yellow gold (Frost)
VALLEY OF THE GODDESS Orange beige (Matte)
GO WILDER Pearly red brown (Veluxe Pearl)

IGNITE WONDER FACE PALETTE, CHF 65.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

GIRL WONDER Peachy pink
SEVEN WONDERS Rose gold
WONDER YEARS Warm berry pink
WONDER WHO? Soft champagne beige
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Champagne gold
ANY WONDER Bronze

ELECTRIC WONDER IRIDESCENT POWDER, CHF 41.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

SERENITY SEEKER Warm gold
INTO ETERNITY Rosy pink

NEXT TO NOTHING BRONZING POWDER, CHF 42.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

CANYON DREAMIN’ Yellow brown
SUN-SOAKED STRIP Warm light red brown

LIPGLASS, CHF 26.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

MARBLE FAUN White with gold pearl
NATURAL FREAK Bright yellow gold
CORAL OF THE WILD Light corally nude
ROCK STARZ Cool bronze
MAKE ME MERCURIAL Berry with slight pink

LIPSTICK, CHF 28.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

FEELIN’ SEDIMENTAL Light corally beige (Satin)
THE NATURALIST Warm peachy nude (Lustre)
LET’S MESA AROUND Light bubble gum blue pink (Lustre)
LIFE IN SEPIA Muted mauvey brown (Matte)
NATURAL BORN LEADER Muted red berry (Matte)

BRUSHES, CHF 40.00 to CHF 67.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

126SES Split Fibre Large Face Brush (CHF 67.00)
243SES Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush (CHF 40.00)

Limited Edition. Available now at MAC counters.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of @MACCOSMETICS #MACSWITZERLAND

La Mer Summer 2019 and a Good Cause

On Saturday, June 8th, is World Ocean’s Day that is celebrated around the globe yearly. The LA MER Blue Heart Oceans Fund is committed to helping protect marine habitats through awareness-raising initiatives and charitable donations. Striving to ensure a future with flourishing seas for generations to come, LA MER donates $25 to the LA MER Blue Heart Oceans Fund every time someone post a public picture on Instagram using the hashtags #LaMerBlueHeart and #LaMerDonation this June until $650.000 will be reached in total.

Limited-Edition Blue Heart Crème de la Mer CHF 490.00 (100ml)

For summer, LA MER has some other limited edition goodies that you should not miss. Experience the sun-inspired radiance of Soleil de la Mer™ with:

The Bronzing Powder CHF 105.00
This velvet-to-the-touch bronzer creates a look of glimmering sun-kissed glow any day of the year. Harmonious and illuminating shades blend perfectly to highlight and contour the complexion. Skin looks radiant with a sun-warmed, illuminated glow.
The Glowing Body Oil CHF 120.00
My personal must-have each summer. With its rich blend of Vitamin E and nourishing oils, this luxurious, limited-edition body oil softens and conditions to create a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow. Layer over skin for a touch of shimmer and youthful luminosity.

The Lip Voluminizer CHF 95.00
Such an amazing new product! This lip gloss aka voluminizer has a beautiful iridescent sheen with an irresistible sensation. Infused with cell-renewing Miracle Broth™, this serum-inspired treatment instantly plumps, visibly softens lines and defines the look of lips.

All products protect your skin or lips with anti-oxidants and nourish with healing hydration, just one try and you’ll realize why nothing less than LA MER will do.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of LA MER – Cover Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht
#LoveLaMer #LaMerBlueHeart #LaMerDonation #GiftedByLaMer #SoleilDeLaMer

Passion, Beauty, Bucherer

Last week, the Bucherer Flagship Store in Zurich opened its doors after an intense refurbishment in new splendor at Bahnhofstr. 50. Inside, five floors of around 800 square meters await you to explore the most beautiful jewelry pieces as well as creations from several renowned watch brands, among them Piaget, Chopard and Roger Dubuis just to name a few. On the ground floor, a unique Rolex boutique, welcomes customers at the entrance.

Modern architecture meets spectacular design. The facade shines in Cristallina
Marble, the only one mined in Switzerland, generating a fascinating effect depending on how the sunlight reflects on it.

The renovation is another milestone in the over 130-year history of Bucherer. What many do not know: Although the family business’ roots are in Lucerne, Bucherer has been represented at the Bahnhofstrasse since the early ’40s.

To celebrate the occasion, I was invited to explore the fascinating collections of Bucherer Fine Jewellery that you see me wearing in the pictures, all created with passion and expertise for high jewelry.

Speaking of passion: if you visit the store, have a look at the Romance Lounge, that invite customers to take their time to indulge in the beautiful pieces as if they were sitting in a café.

My personal favorites are the new limited edition Clover rings that have been launched as a highlight for the re-opening. Bucherer’s VIP customers were of course able to explore the models beforehand and reserve their must-have. 18 unique pieces, each of them exclusive, valuable and rare – the number an homage to the founding year of Bucherer 1888. Prices range depending on the precious stones from CHF 22,000 to CHF 420,000.

To surprise their distinguished clientele in different ways, Bucherer plans to host exclusive events throughout the year on their event floor with roof terrace, that offers breathtaking views over the city. Outstanding service and strong customer relation – two main values the family business has been standing for since 1888.

Stay tuned for my next post from the opening party last Tuesday coming up soon…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bucherer
Photos of me: © Dominik Orth –  Instagram @orthart

CHANEL New Eye Make-up Collection

For 2019, Lucia PicaCHANEL Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer — has created a collection inspired by female individuality and designed to encourage self-expression.
Eyes make the first impression: they need to reflect a woman’s character and convey her nuances, to amplify her personality rather than mask it.

«It is not about covering them; it is about beautifying them,» reflects Lucia Pica. «I am very attracted to style and character. I feel like women should still look polished, just not too overly done and old-fashioned.»

THE NEW «SECOND SKIN SMOKY»
4 HARMONIES, 3 PRODUCTS
Inspired by the «blurry» effect, and based on the three pillars of CHANEL eye products (LES 4 OMBRES, STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF, LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL), Lucia Pica has created four universal harmonies with a distinctive colour signature for all women, regardless of their level of makeup expertise. Four ways to dress a look in the most personal and intuitive way, with ease and freedom.

Each palette’s elegant colour combinations can be endlessly mixed and layered, by varying and blending shades and finishes. Their blurry effect creates a foolproof «second skin smoky» look.

LES 4 OMBRES – CHF 77.00 each
Four palettes designed to offer infinite results. Silky concentrated pigments gently glide over the eyelid, their emblematic shades universally appealing, their diffusive, blurry textures seamlessly blendable. On application, effects can range from natural definition to intense drama.

THE SHADES
318 Blurry Green a dusty antique gold; a satin golden green;
a warm rosy bronze; a deep dark green
322 Blurry Grey a smoky grey; a dusty platinum;
a deep aubergine; a matte stone beige
324 Blurry Blue a lightly rosy grey; a matte blue grey;
a taupe grey; an intense dusty blue
328 Blurry Mauve a terracotta tile red; a light dusty rosewood;
a bronze, satin taupe; a deep greyish lilac

LUCIA’S TIP
Playing with texture and finish ensures modern impact: when both lips and eyes are enhanced, keep the skin fresh for a contemporary finish.

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF – CHF 35.00 each
A waterproof eye pencil created to enhance the eyes with intensity and depth. A retractable tip and integrated sharpener encourage easy and spontaneous use. Whether tracing the contour of the upper lash line for a natural effect, or thickening its application for sophisticated drama, the smooth, gentle formula offers profound impact.

THE SHADES
943 Brun Agapé a luminous bronze
944 Noir Énigmatique a sparkling blue grey
945 Black Wood a deep brown
946 Intense Teal a duck blue
948 Jungle Green a forest green

LUCIA’S TIP
For an effortless but dramatic effect, apply the liner a little heavier and smoke out the colour using a small brush, blending out and upwards. Then, re-apply liner close to the lashes for extra depth and definition.

LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL – CHF 48.00 each (limited edition colours)
The first ever 3D-printed mascara brush, LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL offers a revolution through its unprecedented precision and immediate, extreme volume. This uniquely high-tech innovation ensures perfect, even application with every stroke — and with no clumps in sight.

THE SHADES
17 Jungle Green an emerald green
27 Deep Eros a bright burgundy
37 Intense Teal a sparkling green blue
91 Volcan a deep blue grey

LUCIA’S TIP
Apply extra mascara to the centre of the lashes, and remove a little from the outer edges, for a wide-eyed effect.

In stores Mid June 2019.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL

Immediate Boarding with CHANEL

In the mood for immediate boarding with CHANEL? For those who wish to discover LES EAUX DE CHANEL or travel with them by land, air or sea, the French Maison proposes an elegant set of the three eaux de toilettes PARIS-DEAUVILLE, PARIS BIARRITZ and PARIS-VENISE available in limited edition. Presented in 50ml bottles, they come with a jersey pouch bag and three postcards to send from one of your getaways.

PARIS-DEAUVILLE: essences of orange and basil, vivacious, elegant and
full of character.
PARIS-BIARRITZ: an invigorating scent like a splash of sea spray, bursting with top notes of grapefruit and mandarin, accompanied by a lily-of-thevalley accord.
PARIS-VENISE: a gentle vapor that brings the subtle promise of the Orient on the skin, through the presence of neroli softened by an ambery accord.

LES EAUX DE CHANEL Travel Set Limited Edition CHF 297.-
PARIS-DEAUVILLE Vaporisateur 50 ml CHF 99.-
PARIS-BIARRITZ Vaporisateur 50 ml CHF 99.-
PARIS-VENISE Vaporisateur 50 ml CHF 99.-

Available from the beginning of June 2019.

Yesterday, CHANEL‘s Cruise 2020 show took place in Paris and travel was very much on the Maison’s new artistic director Virginie Viard who wrote the next chapter in the history of the House that had been synonymous with Karl Lagerfeld for 36 years. Train tracks, but no train, the audience seated on wooden benches waiting to board the CHANEL Express. The ambiance, the invite, everything was more minimalistic than what we were used from Emperor Karl. Very cool though was the Belle Epoque café that carried the name «Le Riviera», reminiscent of CHANEL’s newest limited edition fragrance PARIS-RIVIERA, that resembled Le Train Bleu at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris.

Inside, guests were served a three-course lavish champagne lunch. CHANEL knows how to wet your appetite… enjoy the best looks below. A collection that I would call extremely beautiful yet not super exciting.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of CHANEL, via Instagram @chanel 

Always Bare for You by OPI

This spring, embrace soft, sheer color with Always Bare for You by OPI! Six shades in the prettiest neutral, feminine hues offer a hint of color – ideal for anyone seeking a delicate nail look, especially brides and brides-to-be. Inspired by weddings and all the joy surrounding this season of love, Always Bare for You features shades of pink, nude and rose gold in crème and shimmer finishes, as well as pale lilac and soft blue grey rounding out the collection.

A beautifully manicured hand will always command attention especially when showing off your ring. OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann suggests for brides to wear a hue like Ring Bear-er, an elegant blue grey, on fingers or toes and check «something blue» off their list.

Always Bare for You by OPI includes these shades in classic Nail Lacquer, Infinite Shine and GelColor formulas: Baby, Take A Vow – Throw Me A Kiss  Chiffon-d of You – Bare My Soul  Engage-meant To Be  Ring Bare-er.

French manicure is trending again.

These new shades are for everyone looking for the perfect nude shade to complement every outfit. Mother’s Day, baby showers, Easter, and even just a sunny morning are all good excuses to embrace a sheer nail.

Available now as Nail Lacquer CHF 19.90 (15ml), Infinite Shine CHF 24.90 (15ml) and as GelColor in-salon treatments for around 6 months.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of OPI

Les Eaux de CHANEL Paris – Riviera

«PARIS-RIVIERA is a floral and luminous fragrance that reflects the joyful, sunny spirit of the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s.» – Olivier Polge

Launched in 2018, the LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection opened a whole new realm of olfactory sensations in the world of CHANEL fragrances : one of freshness and elegance in any situation. Woven with Sicilian and Calabrian citrus, these eaux de toilette invite you to travel, to escape without reason and sail away. With LES EAUX DE CHANEL, there is no need to go anywhere to savor the scent of faraway places on the skin.

Inspired by destinations dear to Gabrielle Chanel, and created by Olivier Polge in cooperation with the CHANEL Laboratory of Fragrance Creation and Development, LES EAUX DE CHANEL are adds a new destination: PARIS-RIVIERA. Rare and exclusive, the new motionless escape will be available for one year starting June 1, 2019.

Gabrielle Coco Chanel and Misia Sert

The mere mention of its name conjures up images of a coastline winding its way between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Bringing the promise of azure blue and dancing sunlight, the Riviera evokes an enveloping softness and the lazy days of summer. From the far south bordering Italy and Monte Carlo to the Var, artists and creators from around the world were drawn to this Mediterranean coast as early as the 1920s. Thanks to her friend Misia Sert who introduced her to Venice, the gateway to the Orient, Gabrielle Chanel began sojourning on the Riviera in 1920.

Gabrielle Chanel and Count Sala at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco.

She loved driving to Monaco with the Grand Duke Dimitri or travelling south on the Train Bleu, a means of transport made famous by Serge de Diaghilev who wrote a ballet by the same name and entrusted the costume design to Mademoiselle Chanel. She could often be found on the Côte d’Azur during the Roaring Twenties, one day on the Duke of Westminster’s yacht in Monte Carlo, another at her regular haunt, the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco, or at the Société des Bains de Mer resort
known for its legendary parties. Gabrielle Chanel also frequented Cannes, where she opened a boutique, and joined the painters and writers who flocked to Saint-Tropez, which was but a fishing port at the time.

Gabrielle Chanel at her villa «La Pausa»

But a little to the East, on the heights of Roquebrune, is where she chose to point her compass and have her villa «La Pausa» built. Mademoiselle oversaw every last architectural detail, and had olive groves and fields of lavender planted. She made it her permanent vacation home, where she entertained a number of celebrities such as Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dalí. There in her beloved southern France, Gabrielle Chanel wove a tapestry of moments suspended in time and joyful memories.

Her bathroom inside «La Pausa»

The fantasy-filled world of the Riviera inspired perfumer-creator Olivier Polge to compose a luminous and elegant fragrance. «The dream Côte d’Azur of the 1920s is what guided the development of this new fragrance,» explains Olivier Polge. «A sun-filled Eden that was a magnet
for artists. The flawless architecture of the villas in those days. The
bright and happy atmosphere of party nights…»

The perfumer noticed a remarkable lightheartedness in the pictures of Gabrielle Chanel surrounded by friends, her face upturned to the sun, and incarnated it with a fragrance of Mediterranean flowers bathed in fresh citrus. He teamed jasmine with a unique quality of neroli from the orange
blossoms found in the South of France. «For years, we have worked with a cooperative in Vallauris that distills orange blossoms grown in the region’s private gardens», recounts Olivier Polge. «The owners of bitter orange groves bring the petals picked from their trees to this cooperative to be processed on location. The local climate yields an extremely pure essence.»

Les Eaux de CHANEL collection: Paris-Deauville, Paris-Venise and Paris-Biarritz

The airy signature scent of the LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection is instantly recognizable on the skin: a refreshing veil of orange peel and petit grain. Then emerges the pairing of jasmine and neroli with enveloping fullness. Over time, an irresistible softness fuses with the floral impression : it is the work of benzoin balm and sandalwood. The PARIS-RIVIERA eau de toilette creates a snapshot of summer with a single spray. A promise of azure blue and sun on the skin. A one-way trip to a legendary Mediterranean coast.

Available in limited edition from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020 at CHANEL stores and on chanel.com. Paris-Riviera Eau de Toilette Vaporisateur 125 ml for CHF 155.00.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL, © Monte-Carlo SBM archives

CHANEL-Pharrell Capsule Collection

A long-time friend of the House of CHANEL and of the late Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrell Williams has signed a CHANEL ready-to-wear and accessories capsule collection for the S/S 2019 season.

With a rainbow palette, Pharrell Williams has imagined a line in the colours of optimism. In the spirit of street art, the musician appends his signature and his writing in the form of CC, N°5 and Coco embroideries and graffitis on a hooded sweatshirt, an oversize shopper and white sneakers with mismatched laces.

The collection was launched first in Seoul’s newly opened CHANEL store on March 28, 2019.

Pharrell Williams performing at the opening party in Seoul.

The artist combines his name with that of the House of CHANEL – CHANEL-Pharrell – on block colour t-shirts, short and long robes, rhinestoned costume jewelry, leather belts, terry towelling bucket hats, hip packs in suede, loafers that also come as mules, as well as rectangular-shaped, shield and round glasses with a pop attitude.

The singer and songwriter also has fun sharing a memory, that of a bet he made with a friend about a future collaboration with CHANEL: we find this story printed on the back of a long-sleeve t-shirt that comes in eight different colours.

CHANEL-Pharrell, obvious assonances, a creative affinity: discover this collaboration exclusively now in certain CHANEL boutiques around the world.

Personally speaking I like it a lot. Nevertheless it seems not very «CHANEL» to me and reminds me somehow a little bit too much of Gucci … but every brand has to find a new way to navigate through the possible bumpy times ahead and to secure new customer groups. Especially that the emperor had to leave his kingdom… the wheel of fashion is turning fast and you have to be creative to survive. And let’s be honest, Coco Chanel was a trendsetter. It’s in the DNA of the Maison!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of © CHANEL
#CHANELPharrell