My Look: Superwoman

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Somehow I always find the time before the holiday season extremely stressful, getting everything ready for the family, the gifts, the food, the decoration, preparing the travels and getting all the business work done. Running around the city in those freezing temperatures doesn’t make it any better. Then, it is always time to put on some superwoman powers…

My look: Black double-breasted wool coat with gold bars iconby GivenchySuperman jumper by Valentino,icon Skin 5 mid-rise skinny jeans iconby Acne StudiosJoyce embellished leather shoulder bag by Loewe, wool scarf by Bottega Veneta, Horsebit blue topaz diamond white gold ringicon by Gucci Fine Jewellery and red leather boots by Prada.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Rive Gauche Summer Party 2016

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Last Friday, I went to the iconic Rive Gauche Summer Party at the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich. The first social event after the summer break is always a lot of fun. This year, it was extremely hot which was perfect for this garden style celebration. If you decide to go, remember to wear wedges as standing in the grass can be quite challenging for thin high heels!

My look: Margarita orange gown by Hervé LégerMonogramme fringed leather and jacquard clutchicon by Saint Laurent, suede wedge sandals by Bottega Veneta, Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis, earrings by Chanel and ring «Mitza» by Dior Haute Joaillerie.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © David Biedert Photography, © Sandra Bauknecht

Most Important F/W 2016 Accessories Trends

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More is more, this is what the F/W 2016 season is all about! With fashion in a maximalist mood, accessories have taken center stage. On the runways, heels were high, the bijoux was stacked and layered, and the bags were furrier or came with accessories of their own. The forecast: Get ready for your most sumptuous season yet.

LoL, Sandra

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F/W 2016 TREND 1: GUITAR STRAPS
Valentino – Fendi – Burberry

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F/W 2016 TREND 2: DAVID BOWIE BOOTS
Maison Margiela – Marc Jacobs – Balenciaga

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F/W 2016 TREND 3: STATEMENT GLOVES
Delpozo – Loewe – Rodarte

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F/W 2016 TREND 4: CHOKERS
Balmain – Alexander Wang – Lanvin

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F/W 2016 TREND 5: STACKED JEWELS
Gucci – Etro – Bottega Veneta

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F/W 2016 TREND 6: FUR BAGS
Michael Kors Collection – Salvatore Ferragamo – Versace

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F/W 2016 TREND 7: HIKING BOOTS
Rag & Bone – Louis Vuitton – Prada

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F/W 2016 TREND 8: BAG ACCESSORIES
Dolce & Gabbana – Dior – Chanel

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F/W 2016 TREND 9: VELVET CRUSH
Stella McCartney – Erdem – Dries Van Noten

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F/W 2016 TREND 10: EMBELLISHED HEELS
Oscar de la Renta – Miu Miu – Saint Laurent

My Look: The Roaring Twenties

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Last week, I had a little fashion challenge as I got a last minute invite to a «Roaring Twenties» party. Thank God, Sandra’s Closet is full of little treasures that I have collected over many years… here is what I came up with. 1920s fashion is considered one of the most glamorous decades in fashion history. It was all about short flapper dresses in loose fitting that allowed women to literally kick up their t-bar shoes in new dances like the Charleston. The hair was worn shorter. One of the first trendsetter of this style was Coco Chanel.

My look: Gold fringed flapper dress by Bottega Veneta (Runway F/W 2007), feather stole, satin evening bag with fake fur trim, choker and earrings, all by Dior, long pearl and feather necklace
by Lanvin, t-bar shoes by Yves Saint Laurent, head piece with rhinestones by Sonia Rykiel,
icon diamond ring and bracelet by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Tote Bags

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Fashionistas love fashionable and oh-so practical tote bags. Whether classic or reinvented, this handbag shape should be atop your must-have accessory wish list. A keeper forever!

1 Monogramme Cabas medium leather tote by Saint Laurent
2 Bamboo Shopper medium textured-leather tote by Gucci
iconLiberty leather tote by Victoria Beckham
Paloma small spiked leather tote by Christian Louboutin
icon5 Le Dix Cabas textured-leather tote by Balenciaga
iconIntrecciato leather tote by Bottega Veneta
Joy medium textured-leather tote by Tod’s
iconThe Rockstud medium leather tote by Valentino

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My avid readers have seen me a gazillion times with my Bamboo Shopper large textured-leather tote by Gucci. I adore this bag, so practical, stylish and easy to carry. Perfect for travelling!

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More than 30 years after it was introduced, it is still one of the most exclusive tote bags in the world: the Hermès Birkin Bag, a true classic.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

The Top 15 Runway Trends for S/S 2016

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Here they are: the most important trends for the S/S 2016 season. Scroll through my forecast to see which styles will be on everyone’s shopping list next season. Let’s be honest, there is nothing really new, but that is the beauty of our century. Everything is possible!

LoL, Sandra

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S/S 2016 TREND 1: SWEET GIRLS
Miu Miu – Gucci – Dries Van Noten

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S/S 2016 TREND 2: SLEEPWEAR
Balenciaga – Loewe – Alexander Wang

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S/S 2016 TREND 3: ARM CANDY
Dior – Fendi – Céline

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S/S 2016 TREND 4: OFF THE SHOULDER
Sonia Rykiel – Proenza Schouler – Edun

SS2016 Romanticism

S/S 2016 TREND 5: ROMANTICISM
Alexander McQueen – Saint Laurent – Etro

SS2016 Tribal

S/S 2016 TREND 6: TRIBAL
Balmain – Prada – Valentino

SS2016 Jungle

S/S 2016 TREND 7: JUNGLE
Roberto Cavalli – Versace – Bottega Veneta

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S/S 2016 TREND 8: TIE-DYE
Narciso Rodriguez – Altuzarra – Paco Rabanne

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S/S 2016 TREND 9: FINE LINES
Salvatore Ferragamo – Stella McCartney – Tommy Hilfiger

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S/S 2016 TREND 10: STARS & STRIPES
Lacoste – Marc Jacobs – Max Mara

SS2016 Boyish Overalls

S/S 2016 TREND 11: BOYISH OVERALLS
Louis Vuitton – Isabel Marant – Ralph Lauren Collection

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S/S 2016 TREND 12: NEW DENIM
Derek Lam – Chloé – Chanel

SS2016 Disco Sparkle

S/S 2016 TREND 13: DISCO SPARKLE
Lanvin – Vetements – Nina Ricci

SS 2016 Silver

S/S 2016 TREND 14: SILVER
Victoria Beckham – Tom Ford – Courrèges

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S/S 2016 TREND 15: TRANSPARENT EMOTIONS
Dolce & Gabbana – Emilio Pucci – Burberry Prorsum

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A Fragrance Inspired by an Iconic Bag

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Since its launch last year, Bottega Veneta KNOT has become a huge success and once you smell it you will understand why. It is so airy and abounds in floral sparkling notes. After my first spritz, I have been hooked ever since.

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The name is an homage to the Italian brand’s beloved KNOT clutch and the cap of the bottle echoes the bag’s iconic knot-shaped closure. Being one of the brand’s signature pieces, it has been a «collector’s item» since its launch in 2001.

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Bottega Veneta KNOT is inspired by the amazing fresh air of the Italian Riviera, the scent of flowers, such as peonies from the garden and clementine trees from the hills nearby and clean laundry whose scent comes through the open windows.

As KNOT wears, you will explore the dry and crisp dimension of orange blossom that ends in a richer dimension thanks to tonka bean and musk.

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Top notes: Clementine tree accord (based on mandarin, lime, neroli and orange blossom)
Middle notes: Peony, white rose and lavender
Base notes: Musk and tonka bean
Eau de Parfum 30ml (CHF 98.00), 50ml (CHF 145.00) and Body Lotion 200ml (CHF 72.00)

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Great news is that there is a new flanker to be launched this month: Bottega Veneta KNOT EAU FLORALE that will be available now exclusively at Marionnaud.

The new floral scent conjures the next chapter of the Mediterranean interlude, this time set in the villa’s flower garden where fragrant roses and peonies transport their visitors into a private sanctuary that gives comfort and relaxation. “I wanted the fragrance to capture an awakening of the senses though an escape to the garden,” says Tomas Maier, Creative Director Bottega Veneta. “It is these quiet moments of respite that I believe are the ultimate luxury.”

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BOTTEGA VENETA KNOT EAU FLORALE
Top notes: Mandarin orange, neroli and lavender
Middle notes: Rose and peony
Base notes: Tonka bean and cedar
Eau de Parfum 50ml (CHF 140.00) and 75ml (CHF 165.00).

Personally speaking, Bottega Veneta KNOT EAU FLORALE is the perfect way to take a little bit of summer into fall.

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Steeped in the traditions of Italy’s master leather craftsmen and renowned for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta stands for individuality and self-confidence, a philosophy expressed in its famous motto, “When your own initials are enough”, and of course in the highest quality materials.

TO SHOP THE LATEST KNOT CLUTCHES, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

This post is also available in German and French on the Marionnaud blog.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta and © Sandra Bauknecht

New Creative Director of Gucci Revealed

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Last December, GUCCI iconrevealed the breaking news that their Creative Director Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco both stepped down.

Being also a couple in real life – they have one daughter Greta together – they had both joined the Kering group almost at the same time, Di Marco 13 years ago as the CEO of Bottega Veneta before moving to Gucci in 2008 and Giannini 12 years ago, when she left Fendi for Gucci, at this time still under the creative direction of Tom Ford.

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Marco Bizzarri has been appointed the new CEO of Gucci, having joined Stella McCartney in 2005 before moving to Bottega Veneta in 2009. Seems like Bottega Veneta is the “stepping stone” for Gucci CEOs.

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Yesterday, the new Creative Director of GUCCI has been officially appointed and it is probably not someone you would have thought of: Alessandro Michele, a longtime Gucci employee, is responsible for all of the brand’s collections and global image.

Born in Rome in 1972, Alessandro studied at the prestigious Academy of Costume & Fashion in Rome. He forged his early design career inside Fendi where he was Senior Accessories Designer. A rising talent, he was tapped by Tom Ford in 2002 and moved to Gucci’s London-based Design Office. Over his 12-year tenure inside the Gucci design studio, Alessandro held a variety of roles. In 2006 he was named Leather Goods Design Director and promoted in May 2011 as Associate to then Creative Director Frida Giannini. Passionate about interiors and décor, Alessandro in September 2014 took on the additional role of Creative Director of Richard Ginori—the fine Florentine porcelain brand acquired by Gucci in June 2013. He immediately reimagined the product offering and branding of the 280-year-old brand, repositioning it for the luxury market with new collections and a new store design template.

It was during the Gucci Men’s F/W 2015 runway show where Alessandro first revealed a contemporary new direction for the House. His full vision for Gucci will emerge during the Women’s F/W 2015 runway show. I am wishing him only the best, a great start and of course lots of creative ideas!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci and Indigital

The Perfect Black Clutch

The Perfect Black Clutch

How hard is it to find your perfect black clutch? Depending on your own taste, it has to meet different criteria: from sophisticated, fashionable to functional or timeless. Such a little black bag is essential to complete your closet! Here is my selection of the best ones available right now.

1 PURE LUXURY Patent-crocodile clutch iconby Bottega Veneta
2 FASHIONISTA’S MUST-HAVE Monogramme leather clutchiconby Saint Laurent
3 ROCK CHIC Rockstud leather clutch by Valentino
4 INTO THE WILD Embellished suede fold-over clutch by Roberto Cavalli
5  ALREADY A CLASSIC Falabella faux brushed-leather clutch iconby Stella McCartney
6 LADYLIKE Chandra chain-embellished shimmer-suede clutch iconby Jimmy Choo
7 FOR EVERYDAY USE Antigona envelope clutch in black grained leather iconby Givenchy
8 GREAT WITH JEANS Broadway fringed suede clutch iconby Gucci

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UNDERSTATED AND TIMELESS Marche leather and suede clutch iconby Nina Ricci
My personal favorite is accented with gold hardware and has three internal compartments – perfect for keeping your belongings organized. Carry it cross-body by day, swapping to the hand strap after dark.

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Bohemian Rhapsody

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In summer I love long dresses with a bohemian vibe. Perfect for a stroll through the city.

My look: Printed layered maxi dressgreen ‘Miss Sicily’ bagcoin earrings and cameo coin necklace, all by Dolce & Gabbana, wedges by Bottega Veneta, ring by Etro and sunglasses by Marni.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht