The Game Changer: The Cape

Capes appeared on the fashion radar last year in full force, when an array of designers put their high-fashion spin on this classic cover-up. Personally speaking, I have been a fan of capes since forever because they are the perfect pieces to wear over voluminous shoulders, big sleeves or embellishments. The trend is thankfully still going strong and giving us good incentive to go hands-free when we wrap up this season. My advice, opt for a statement piece that will make heads turn. It can be inspired by the current ’70s bourgeoisie trend, come with a military vibe, be vibrant or knitted. Here are my favorite ones available with the power to elevate even the plainest of outfits.

LoL, Sandra

Eureka double-breasted camel hair cape by Max Mara
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Pleated cashmere cape by Loewe

Asymmetric leather cape by Saint Laurent
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Two-tone wool-blend cape by Chloé


iconButton-embellished double-breasted wool and cashmere-blend cape by Balmain

iconReversible wool and silk-blend cape by Gucci


iconDouble-breasted scalloped houndstooth wool-blend bouclé cape by REDValentino


iconLong single-breasted wool cape by Prada
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Leather-trimmed wool-blend cape by Burberry

Organza-trimmed wool and silk-blend crepe cape by Valentino

Wool-blend cape by Valentino
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iconEmbellished silk-crepe capeicon by Givenchy

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Most Wanted: The Leopard Print Coat

Animal prints have been reigned supreme on the F/W 2018 catwalks, with leopard-print coats having a particularly strong presence.

Do you recognize me on this photo from 2004?
I am not blonde anymore but I still have this leopard coat…

Since many decades, fashion’s love affair with leopard print has been notably present in the glamorous world. This season, I recommend looking for a piece with contrast collars or cuffs to spice up the eye-catching look even more.

Below are my favorites to shop the trend now:


Contrast-collar leopard-print coat by Dolce & Gabbana
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Leopard print coat by Simonetta Ravizza
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Leopard print coat by Cédric Charlier

Leopard print coat by P.A.R.O.S.H.

Leopard print fur coat by Simonetta Ravizza


iconLeopard patterned coat by Liska


iconOversized glossed leather-trimmed leopard-print shearling coat by Givenchy

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, via Vogue and Courtesy of the Brandsicon

The Perfect Black Cape

For F/W 2018, it is one of my favorite trends: the comeback of the cape, so versatile and easy to put over even the biggest sleeves (click here for my look in the picture).

While being in London with my dear girlfriends, we had a heated discussion about finding the perfect black cape that is not overloaded with embellishments and I promised I would make a great selection which I am happily sharing with you today. Thank you, ladies, for your inspiration!

Here are the best pieces available at the moment (I also looked for the best deals…):

My favorite with its sophisticated black on black embroidery:
Baroque embroidered cape by Versace 

Classy and beautiful:
Mid-length cape with tassel detailicon by Lanvin

A great and unusual cut:
Asymmetric cape coaticon by Givenchy (30% off)

Like a queen:
Embellished cape coat by Versace

The subtle embellished piece:
Serena bead-embellished wool-blend cape by Altuzarra (50% off)icon

Military inspiration:
Embroidered cape
 by RED Valentino (30% 0ff)
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Always stylish – the cropped version:
Cashmere cape by Chloé (50% off)
(Also available at Net-à-Porter but there it is not marked down yet.)

Love this one – too cute:
Studded scalloped wool and cashmere-blend cape by Valentino

Also available in a long version:
Wool and cashmere cape by Valentino

For the ultimate WOW-effect:
Cape-style blazericon by Saint Laurent
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The evening piece:
Satin-trimmed velvet cape by Saint Laurent

I hope that you have enjoyed this selection. Happy Friday to everyone!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © David Biedert Photography
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Preen Home

One of my favorite F/W 2017 pieces was the beautiful eiderdown coat iconby Preen by Thornton Bregazzi that gave birth to the designer duo’s first interior collection, Preen Home.

The eiderdown coat is crafted from waterproof crepe de chine and is featuring a swathe of clashing prints in this season’s signature black floral skull and purple flower bomb. The oversized cocoon coat includes a wrap belt embroidered with the message reading «out of the forest I came with my flowers». A firm editorial favourite, it has appeared in countless fashion publications including Vogue and Elle.

Preen Home is a «straight from the runway» collection, featuring prints from the ready-to-wear clothing line. Launching with pillows and eiderdowns, the designer duo plans to update the range with a new design every season.

Floral silk-satin quilted eiderdown

The roots of Preen Home can be traced to Bregazzi’s passion for vintage eiderdowns, that inspired these fanciful feather-filled pieces, taking comfort to its chicest level.

TO SHOP PREEN HOME, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi / Preen Home and via Instagram @preenbythorntonbregazzi

Moncler Ends Its Gamme Collections

This took me by surprise. Moncler announced that the house will discontinue its GAMME BLEU and GAMME ROUGE runway collections after the S/S 2018 season, announcing a new strategy in the coming weeks. Because of this development, they also part ways with Thom Browne and Giambattista Valli, who designed the fashionable sub-labels of the outerwear brand that has more than a $1 billion revenue per year. Browne was in charge for GAMME BLEUicon, the line for men, since 2009. Valli partnered first with Moncler in 2008 for GAMME ROUGE, the womenswear collection.

TO SHOP MONCLER GAMME BLEU FOR MEN, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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TO SHOP MONCLER GAMME ROUGE FOR WOMEN, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

Moncler is highly successful at the moment with high growth rates. This, of course, brings competitors in the game, trying to get on the gravy train as well. So, Moncler might prepare itself for a new consumer behavior, faster and more volatile.

While I was in Milan a few weeks ago, the Italian outerwear brand opened its new 800-square-metre flagship on Via Montenapoleone with a fantastic party. They even transformed the famous shopping mile into a winter wonderland and fake snow was falling from above the windows. Inside, products from their different lines, still including the Gamme collections, are presented next to each other and not divided into different departments.

I am curious to hear more about the brand’s new strategy. The wheels in fashion are turning, and obviously faster and faster…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Moncler, © Sandra Bauknecht

Trending – The Army-Green Bomber Jacket

Update your outerwear edit with one of those amazing army-green bomber jackets. No outerwear trend has caught on quite as rapidly as bomber jackets have over the past year. It is quite obvious why… First, practicality. They’re ideal for in between seasons and vary in weight and fabrication, meaning you’ll be able to find one that’s light enough for summer and also one that’s warm enough for winter. Essentially, they’re a year-round staple.

1 Rockstud satin bomber jacket by Valentino
icon2 Oversized pleated shell bomber jacket by MM6 Maison Margiela
3 Bomber jacket by Saint Laurent
4 Bomber jacket by Miu Miu
Ribbed jersey-trimmed shell bomber jacket by Sacai
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My absolute favorite: Balenciaga‘s bomber jacket has everything you would look for, even the iconic orange lining. The satin-like technical fabrication is water repellent, allowing for a cool look rain or shine. I love!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Getty Images

New Order

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Here is your green card for the next season. Military coats have been trending since quite a while but this winter they are making a full comeback. This time with the ultimate feminine touch.

1 Double-breasted appliquéd wool coat by Gucciicon
2 Wool-trimmed waxed-cotton coat by Miu Miu
iconOversized shearling-trimmed cotton parka by Burberry

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iconOpt for a jacket with a tailored waist, a belt or a ruffled peplum. Wear it with cropped pants and high heels to join fashion’s battalion.

Get the look: Wool-felt jacket by Alexander McQueenone-shoulder cropped stretch-jersey top by Helmut Lang,icon cropped nubuck-paneled leather tapered pants by Chloé, suede pumps by Tom Ford and Ames leather-paneled suede shoulder bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

The Showstopper

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This is the ultimate showstopper. My object of desire. The everything. The heart shaped cape that Hedi Slimane presented as a tribute to the late designer at his last show (F/W 2016) for the brand. Yves Saint Laurent had reinvented endlessly the symbol of the heart and created endless love stories with it.

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TO SHOP THE HEART SHAPED FUR CAPE, VISIT LUISAVIAROMA OR MYTHERESA.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Saint Laurent and Vogue.com

The Burberry Prorsum Blanket Poncho

Burberry Prorsum Blanket Poncho

Burberry Prorsum were key in setting the blanket poncho trend for F/W 2014 and have left us spoilt for choice. I think these are a great alternative to a full-on coat. Wear yours thrown over the shoulder, as a coat or belted at the waist. These super-luxurious pieces are effortlessly chic and just perfect for when you need an impromptu cover-up should the weather suddenly become chilly in the evenings. The body-wrap rugs are designed with modern art references and are crafted in Scotland from lambswool and cashmere.

TO SHOP THE MUST-HAVE BURBERRY PRORSUM CAPES, PLEASE CLICK HERE. icon

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Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn Winter 2014 Collection

Cara Delevingne wore this checked wool and cashmere-blend cape as the closing look of Burberry Prorsum’s F/W 2014 runway – it cemented the global-luxe mood of the show. (The personalized version that has been spotted on many celebrities was only available right after the show until the beginning of March 2014 from the Burberry website.)

Don’t miss one of the hottest must-haves of the season!

LoL, Sandra

Burberry Prorsum Cape on Celebrities

Photos: Courtesy of Burberry Prorsum and Alex Huckle/FilmMagic

There Is Something About Mary

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There is something about Mary that we all love! She is not only extremely charming but also one of the most talented designers of our time. Besides her amazing eponymous line, she has collaborated with the likes of Longchamp, Topshop and Repetto. This season, Mary Katrantzou has created a capsule collection in collaboration with Moncler, mixing the Italian house’s signature style with her iconic feminine cuts and bold graphic prints.

The exclusive collection MONCLER M will be available in Moncler boutiques worldwide from August 2013. As those pieces will surely be flying off the shelves, I recommend the following: 
PRE-ORDER THE MONCLER M COLLECTION HERE iconand be the first to wear it.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Moncler