The Retro One-Piece Swimsuit Is Back

The retro one-piece swimsuit feels so right again. Better than ever, those new offerings are really fun, and could double as bodysuits. You can style them with pants or tailored jackets to the office or with hot pants to the next festival.

In the end, they will accompany us through the summer, reminding us of beaches we’ve lain on, and boats we’ve jumped off. Enjoy and channel your own Baywatch moment.

LoL, Sandra

One-shoulder ruffled printed swimsuit by Johanna Ortiz

Wrap-effect button-embellished printed swimsuit by Balmain

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Printed swimsuit by Gucciicon

Lacy swimsuit by Cynthia Rowley

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Amari Swiss-dot tulle-paneled ruffled swimsuit by Zimmermann
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Old Smoky Moonshine embellished cutout swimsuit by Johanna Ortiz

Scared Heart print swimsuit by Dolce & Gabbana
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Printed swimsuit by Balmain
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Printed swimsuit by Fendi


iconLeopard-print swimsuit by Dolce & Gabbana

Sparkling swimsuit with zebra print by Gucci

Mare striped sequined swimsuit by Missoni
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Dakotta slashed swimsuit by Agent Provocateur
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One-shoulder button-embellished cutout swimsuit by Balmain
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Printed swimsuit by Versace

Ruffled swimsuit by Emilio Pucci


iconAllia floral print swimsuit by Zimmermann

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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My Look: Where the Wild Things Are

Saint-Tropez is definitely the place where the wild things are happening. After yesterday’s post about CHANEL’s ephemeral summer boutique in the picturesque Riviera hot spot, I thought you might like this outfit shot in the harbor last Saturday. CHANEL accessories are always a fashion-forward addition to create some pretty daring looks. Here you see me wearing some new S/S 2019 pieces combined with vintage ones that elevate the all black outfit into new heights.

My look: Feather capeicon by Balmain, Natalie keyhole mesh jumpsuiticon by Hervé Léger, cutout leather platform pumps by Saint Laurent, mini boxy flap bag, lambskin belt with rhinestoneslogo earrings, and pearl bracelet, all by Chanelicon.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
Black & White Photo: © Rian Davidson

My Look: Travelling to São Paulo

For this year’s Easter weekend, I flew to São Paulo and I cannot wait to share my experiences from this amazing, vibrant city. Here you see me at Zurich airport stretching a little before the long flight. When I am flying, I love to stay comfortable and in this case, I also went for a shirt with pockets to store the most important things close to my body. Everybody warned me how dangerous São Paulo is going to be but I have to admit I experienced it completely differently. Clean and safe. More to come soon….

My look: Fringed wool-jacquard cardigan by Etro, black oversized jersey dress by Miu Miuoversized cotton military shirt by Balmain, Helda stretch-scuba leggings by The Row, Soho mini textured-leather shoulder bag by Gucci, vintage Muse Large leather toteicon by Yves Saint Laurent, and Triple S sneakers by Balenciaga.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Rest in Peace Karl Lagerfeld

Today is a very sad day for the world of fashion and also for myself. Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris at the age of 85. When I heard the news a few hours ago, I literally cried my eyes out.

«Trendy is the last stage before tacky.» – Karl Lagerfeld

For me Lagerfeld was a genius, without him the world of fashion would not be the same. He created collections simultaneously for CHANEL and FENDI (since 1965!), in addition to his signature label, at a pace without rival in the luxury industry. When I started looking at fashion magazines in the middle of the ’80s, he had just begun designing for CHANEL. Before that he had worked at BALMAIN, JEAN PATOU and CHLOÉ where he became successful with his feminine flowing party dresses, the latter he returned to once more in the ’90s before handing the reigns to Stella McCartney.

With Karl Lagerfeld in December 2014 in Salzburg.

When I turned 18, I wished for nothing else than a CHANEL costume. Whenever I met him or interviewed him, he impressed me by his intelligence, wittiness (I attached some of my favorite quotes in this post) and his way of working, which actually was very German. Just get the job done!

I asked him once how he seeks inspiration, he looked at me and said: «Forget inspiration, you sit down every day at your desk and work, half of the outcome is for the trash bin but the other half will work.» Another time, I wanted to know when he goes on holidays and he answered: «Holidays are only for employees.»

«If you are cheap. Nothing helps.» – Karl Lagerfeld

A shoot we did during my time at Marie Claire magazine with Barbara and Boris Becker photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, March 1999.

But my favorite story happened almost 20 years ago when I started my first job at Marie Claire magazine in Germany. My fashion director Florentine Pabst at that time was very close to Karl (and by the way also Jim Morrison‘s last girlfriend) It was probably my first week at the office and she explained to me that during her meeting her phone calls would be transferred to my phone. And most importantly if Karl called, I should let him know, that she will get back to him. I said: «Karl, who? The Karl?!» She smiled and replied: «Of course.»

«Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.» – Karl Lagerfeld

I didn’t leave my desk waiting eagerly for him to call. When he did, I gave him the message. The conversation was probably not longer than 30 seconds but I sat down at my desk with the biggest smile. My boss came back and asked me what happened. I grinned and said: «I am the happiest girl in the world. I just spoke to Karl Lagerfeld.» She laughed.

After half an hour, my phone rang again. It was my fashion director telling me somebody wanted to talk to me. It was no other than Karl Lagerfeld telling me: «I heard you enjoyed talking to me so much, so I thought I give you another call.» And this is how my love story started…

Another epic moment with Karl Lagerfeld in St Moritz in February 2013 at the opening of Fire Etchings at Galerie Gmurzynska.

«I think tattoos are horrible – it’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time.» – Karl Lagerfeld

 There is so much you could talk when you think of Karl Lagerfeld. He discovered Claudia Schiffer, was such a talented photographer himself and his ultimate success with CHANEL made the house one of the most important and prolific today. Thanks to Lagerfeld, the company also acquired many specialized French craft ateliers, like Lesage for embroidery, Lemarié for feathers and artificial flowers, Maison Michel for millinery, and Causse for glove making. This craftsmanship  was celebrated with lavish Métiers d’Art fashion shows as Paris – Bombay or Paris – Salzburg for example. The famous cruise collections took place in far destinations such as Dubai or Havana, Cuba, showing Lagerfeld’s way to making CHANEL even more prominent and desirable around the world.

Eric Pfrunder, Virginie Viard and Karl Lagerfeld

This January, Lagerfeld didn’t come to his Haute Couture presentation in Paris which was already a sign that the designer was not feeling well. Instead of him, Virginie Viard, the creative studio director, took the applause. It is more than likely that she will succeed Lagerfeld as CHANEL’s designer, supported by Eric Pfrunder, the house’s director of image.

«I am very much down to earth, just not this earth.» – Karl Lagerfeld

I could go on and on and will surely share with you more about my most magical moments I had with him. Rest in Peace Karl Lagerfeld –  your legend will live on, and not only in my closet!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Balmain 44 François Premier

This year Olivier Rousteing launched a new BALMAIN eveningwear collection, called 44 François Premier, named after the Paris address of Pierre Balmain’s original atelier. It pays homage to couture and the house itself. The label is white and bigger than the usual Balmain tag. The gowns are delivered in a beautiful white box. Here you see me wearing one with a beautiful train from the F/W 2018 capsule collection for the ASW Winter Weekend charity gala dinner in Gstaad Mid December. The report will follow shortly.

My look: Off-the-shoulder button-embellished grain de poudre wool gown by Balmainleather platform pumps by Gucci, vintage eagle clutch and matching earrings, both by Chanel. Rose diamond ring by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography

Dear Santa… We Need to Talk

Dear Santa… honestly we need to talk! We as women do all the work for your arrival, and there is still so much on our wish list :-)…

Therefore I put together this amazing list of pieces on sale (to save you money, Mr Santa!):

Nile Bracelet mini textured-leather shoulder bag by Chloé (40% off)
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Embroidered velvet mini dress by Alaïa (50% off)


Bead and acetate clip earrings by Oscar de la Renta (40% off)
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Babette sequined suede boots by Balmain (50% off)


iconLeather-trimmed checked wool bereticon by Versace (40% 0ff)

Double-breasted denim blazer by Balmain (40% off)


Studded leather shoulder bagicon by Prada (30% off)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Festive Trend: Red Leopard Print Dresses

In yesterday’s post I showed you a head to toe red leopard print look. Today I would like to show you even more options. Keep it going bold with these red animal print dresses – perfect for the effortless seasonal chic and a modern way to uplift your festive appearance.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Button-embellished leopard-print velvet mini dress by Balmain
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Pussy-bow pleated printed silk crepe de chine dress by Givenchy

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Lace-trimmed leopard-print satin dress by Koché
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Open-back leopard-print jersey mini dress by Tom Ford

Leopard and tiger-print wool-blend skater dress by Valentino
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Leopard-print silk-jacquard maxi dress by Alessandra Rich

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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My Look: Hola Madrid!

Greetings from Madrid where I spent the most amazing weekend one week ago! On Saturday the sun was shining and we went on an interesting sightseeing tour through the city visiting the Royal Palace, the Museo del Prado and all the must-see places of the Spanish capital.

My look: Shearling and leather coaticon by Balmain, kickback trousers by Alexander McQueencream white wool sweater by Givenchy, Susanna leather ankle boots by Chloéicon, fringed checked cashmere scarf by Burberry Prorsum, Linda sunglasses by Tom Ford, necklaces and quilted lambskin mini 2.55 vintage classic flap bag, both by Chanel.

You have heard it a gazillion times from me, but I would like to emphasize it again. If you have enough space to store your pieces, keep them, there will always be a time again. Speaking about my mini 2.55 vintage flap bag by Chanel for example, this size was discontinued. I got mine from my parents when I turned 18 (Thank you for always spoiling me!). The bag is still sold on the internet in pre-owned conditions and in very high demand. Some consignment stores will even put you on a long waiting list.

The name of the 2.55 classic flap bag refers to February 1955; the month and year in which the style was introduced. This mini one is made from lambskin and has a single flap with a double C turnstile lock. A single chain strap can be worn either on your shoulder or in cross body. Talking about vintage… it looks like it just has hit the shelves.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: The Lace Jumpsuit

While you are reading this, I am in South Korea exploring many amazing places that I will soon share with you. In the meantime I would like show you one of my favorite pieces in my closet: the lace jumpsuit. I hope that you will like it as much as I do.

My look: Velvet-trimmed stretch-cotton lace jumpsuiticon by Balmain, laser-cut leather and suede platform sandalsicon by Alaïa, Cassandre small suede shoulder bag by Saint Laurent, lace-trimmed stretch-silk satin underwired balconette bra and matching lace-trimmed stretch-silk satin briefsicon, all by Dolce & Gabbana, Horsebit blue topaz diamond white gold ringicon by Gucci Fine Jewellery and crystal and pearl-embellished drop earrings by Miu Miu.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and Getty Images

My Look: ZFF 2018

One week ago, the 14th Zurich Film Festival opened with the European premiere of director Peter Farrelly’s drama GREEN BOOK, that for the first time in the festival’s history led to standing ovations. Farrelly and Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) attended as honored guests.

My look: Vintage eagle plaque shoulder bag and vintage eagle earrings, both by Chanelbutton-embellished tweed gown by Balmain and platform sandalsicon by Alaïa.

After the screening, the after party took place at Globus Bellevue. Partying in a store is always a great experience…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
© Schweizer Illustrierte / Olivia Pulver and © Getty Images / Andreas 
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