Balenciaga’s Insane Astronaut Jacket

Your next dream destination? It might be an intergalactic exploration if your budget allows for a 28$ million trip to space with Jeff Bezos or to accompany Richard Branson on another space test-flight. The global super-rich are taking joyrides in viewing our planet from above.

If you are a fashionista, your space race is on this season. Several designers have tapped into the «Living on Mars» trend, with BALENCIAGA offering the most authentic interpretation. Now you can look like you accompanied Bezos to space without spending millions of dollars, a few thousands are just enough.

The most insane and most expensive piece of the collection is the so-called Space Parka. First spotted in the label’s F/W 2021 video game presentation, this puffy coat takes inspiration from retro NASA spacesuits. It’s made from distressed white shell and has an oversized fit that’s almost gravity-defying. Playful finishing touches include appliqués, buckles and straps.

Interesting to know is that as authentic as some of the collection’s pieces look, they are not launched in collaboration with NASA. You can use the space center’s logo, even free of charge, as long as the design is submitted to the Multimedia Division of NASA’s Office of Communications and the agency approves the specific uses. Ranging from €95 to €3990, the Maison’s NASA capsule that includes also graphic tees, polos, hoodies, socks, and co-branded baseball caps, can be found at select stores or the brand’s website.

Certain pieces are only available for pre-order. If you love the Space Parka as much as I do (it definitely deserves a spot in my museum), you can order it now at NET-A-PORTER. Sorry guys, size FR34 went straight to me :-)…

Space lovers can get the full look with silver Chevalier 110MM Booties, cyberpunk aluminum sunglasses, and logo-bearing handbags.

Who doesn’t want to walk around looking like an astronaut?  And it probably leaves less carbon footprint than the hour-long joyride that will have a staggering impact on the planet.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Balenciaga
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My Look: Soccer

Last Monday, I watched the Euro 2020 game between Switzerland and France which was an absolute thriller, so captivating and good. I feel very blessed to have two nationalities which doubles the chances to win. After my home country Germany lost on Tuesday against England, all my hopes are pinned on Switzerland.

Hopp Schwiiz! Fingers are crossed for another amazing game on Friday against Spain. My outfit is ready – a playful take on soccer fashion.

My look: Oversized embroidered appliquéd printed neon mesh T-shirticon, embroidered logo soccer pants, and soccer neon pink low-top sneakers, all by Balenciaga, fringed intarsia wool scarf by Miu Miu, cat-eye acetate and gold-tone sunglasses by Bottega Veneta, Barocco print soccer ball by Versace, and Carrera Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Anouk Bauknecht
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My Look: Denim

Perched on the sixth floor, overlooking the city, the lake and the Alps, La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich’s La Muña restaurant is the place to be. Here you see me on the terrace dressed in an all-denim look. With the recent ’90s fashion revival, the matching jean-on-jean style is making a cooler-than-ever comeback this season and has been seen on several runways.

My look: Embroidered washed denim jacket (Look 38 pre-collection S/S 2021), matching denim top and jeans (Look 37 pre-collection S/S 2021), white organza blouse (Look 21 S/S 2021 runway collection), 80’s inspired chain earrings, all by CHANEL, faux pearl and satin clutch by Balenciaga, oversized cat-eye acetate sunglassesicon by Celine, and Carrera Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

LoL, Sandra

iconPhotos: © David Biedert Photography
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Discover Your Inner Child

These quirky-cute, child-like accessories (which are definitely a nostalgic nod to the ’90s) add an extra dose of fun to your outfits. Be the cool kid on the block and delve into a world of playful proportions. With Demna Gvasalia at the helm, Balenciaga retains its unique and innovative approach to fashion and plays a leading role in this trend that is suddenly everywhere.

LoL, Sandra

Embroidered poplin-trimmed shirred floral-print cotton mini dressicon by Gucci

Toy silver-tone beaded choker and Toy silver-tone beaded braceleticon, both by Balenciaga

Dummy drop earrings by Balenciaga

Sailor-collar lambswool bodysuiticon by Miu Miu

Toy logo coin purse by Etro

Toys print shoulder bag by Etro

Hello Kitty XXS embellished printed leather tote by Balenciaga

Oversized distressed printed cotton-jersey topicon by Balenciaga

Bear-motif jumper by Moschino

Gummy Bear hoop earringsicon by Balenciaga

Photo: © David Biedert Photography – Stills: Courtesy of the Brands
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Show Love This Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day will be different this year: with limited options for spontaneous getaways or romantic nights out, it is time to rethink the ways in which we can show appreciation for those who are dear to us. But when expectations are out the window, opportunities for new traditions arise. Let’s get creative! From small handwritten gestures to a beautiful gift. Treat your partner (or yourself!) with a Valentine’s Day surprise. Looking for inspiration? Have a look at my suggestions below:

Ruffled organza-trimmed printed silk crepe de chine dress by Rodarte
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Bracelet As de Coeur by Hermès

Cherries T-Shirt by Miu Miu

GG and heart crystal-embellished choker by Gucci


iconCrystal-heart drop clip earrings by Alessandra Rich

Happy Hearts 18-karat rose gold diamond ring by Chopard

Valentine’s Day plate set by Louis Vuitton

Valentine cotton-jersey hooded sweatshirt by Balenciaga
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Nike Air Force 1 Valentines Day 2021 for Women by Nike
I LOVE that they feature cute heart-shaped air holes on the top of the sneaker rather than the usual circle holes.

Nike Air Force 1 Valentine’s Day for Men by Nike
For the madly in love couples that love to match, there is also a sneaker for men.

Personalized chocolate by Toblerone

Besides all those fabulous gift ideas, there’s nothing quite like a handwritten Valentine’s Day card. Beautifully handcrafted, they’re ready to be filled with your love notes.

Love Valentine’s Day card by Smythson

Have a lovely Valentine’s weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

Optical Glasses

No matter if you need them or not, wearing glasses will give you a polished, distinguished and different look. Regardless of your outfit, glasses can help you enhance your unique style and improve how people perceive you in the process. Almost all psychologists agree that glasses-wearers look more qualified and trustworthy. I got myself a pair of glasses that filter out the blue light spectrum to cut down on digital eye strain, which was a great decision.

Below are some optical designer frames I truly like. Make them a statement! It is a little investment for a great output. The attention will be all yours…

Happy Friday 13th – I keep on packing!

LoL, Sandra

Round-frame tortoiseshell acetate optical glassesicon by Tom Ford
The ones I am wearing.

Cat-eye acetate optical glassesicon by Saint Laurent

Round acetate glasses by Celine


Core cat-eye acetate glasses by Cartier


Round-frame acetate optical glasses by Gucci


FF logo-print cat-eye acetate glassesicon by Fendi

Victoire cat-eye acetate glasses by Saint Laurent


Hexagonal acetate glasses by Loewe


iconBB-logo acetate glasses by Balenciaga


DiorSight03 square acetate glasses by Dior

Round acetate glasses by Bottega Veneta

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands – Photos of me: David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Sport

Activewear is probably the biggest trend for 2020. Due to the current pandemic, customers prefer comfortable styles such as all-in-one bodysuits, tight leggings and workout gear. As women are flocking to stores to buy the latest in fashionable fitness clothing, Balenciaga has come up with the perfect combination of a skirt and a pair of shorts. I am in love with this skort. No more excuses to not exercise.

My look: Off-the-shoulder velvet mini skort dressicon, logo-appliqué cotton baseball cap
icon, Hello Kitty printed leather tote, and Triple S leather and mesh trainersicon, all by Balenciaga.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Designer Tights


What makes this season’s vibrant hosiery so interesting is that those bold stockings are being paired with relatively straightforward clothes. Update a simple sweater and miniskirt with blue tights or elevate your evening dress with sexy lace hosiery. Those Balenciaga logo tights might look extreme at first pass, but under a trench coat they read almost normal. If we’ve learned anything from the trends this season, it’s that being just left of center feels so right and designer tights seem so much more tempting…

1 Flocked tightsicon by Balenciaga
2 Metallic lace tightsicon by Gucci
3 Floral stretch-lace tightsicon by Dries Van Noten
4 Ribbed stretch-silk tightsicon by Prada


5 Jacquard-knit tightsicon by Gucci
6 Lamé-coated metallic tightsicon by Gucci
7 Swedish Stockings leopard-print 60 denier tightsicon by Ganni
8 Intarsia fishnet tightsicon by Gucci

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands, Photo: © Gucci
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My Look: Hello Kitty

When I was a little girl I would play dress up and prance around, twirling tulle skirts, and admiring the glamorous reflection of my sparkly earrings. Today I wished I could just beam me back to those fun times playing with my Barbie dolls and Hello Kitty gadgets. My iPhone crashed completely and it took me 8 hours to rescue everything. This made me realize how dependent we all are on this portable device and how I sometimes miss those carefree days.

Playing dress up is still so much fun for me and I love to indulge in those happy, pink, and girly moments. Therefore I left my daughter’s playroom exactly as it was when she was a little kid. The perfect backdrop for this fun and playful outfit.

My look: Tulle midi dress by Dolce & GabbanaChiara embroidered leather sandalsicon by Sophia Webster, Hello Kitty printed leather tote by Balenciaga, bow and crystal-embellished wrap braceleticon by Miu Miu, silver-tone crystal clip earringsicon by Alessandra Rich, and oversized bow hairbandicon by Moschino.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Heels Over Pants


I love the new Bottega, so many cool pieces that can elevate your looks to new heights. My favorite barely there sandals that wrap around the ankles have already reached cult status. I love this clever styling trick (see trouser tuck) which means no more tailoring needed. For more sandals like those, visit the previous post here.

My look: High-neck long-sleeved jersey topiconhigh-rise wide-leg silk trousers, wood and intrecciato leather clutch, and wrap-around snake-effect leather sandals, all by Bottega Venetaicon, BB clip-on earringicon by Balenciaga, and FF-print round acetate sunglasses by Fendi, «Mitza» ring by Dior Fine Jewellery and chain belt by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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