Parisian Chic – Je Ne Regrette Rien

The famous ASW Winter Weekend in Gstaad is approaching fast and Friday’s dress code «Je ne regrette rien» might leave some with questions. Therefore I put together a little guide with lots of inspiration for you to get ahead of the fashion game. For those not coming, take this post as an idea for your next holiday festivities. You might outshine even the Christmas tree…

As many designers are looking into their archives for inspiration, time-traveling on our part is absolutely trending. From sixties retro to nineties nostalgia, the only mission is to stand out of the crowd. And there is truth in the fact that French women seem to always get it right! It is the widely adored allure of «je ne sais quoi» attitude. Their ability to assemble an outfit in the most put together way without looking too made up.

When it comes to partying, the capital of France has enthralled party planners and party goers for centuries. This December, ASW will bring the opulent glamour and intrigue of Paris nights to their members. Think of red plush, sparkling lights, think of the time when Edith Piaf first sang her iconic song «Je ne regrette rien» in 1960 or seek inspiration from the late 1970s through the 1990s, when «Les Bains Douches» was the nightclub to go in Paris. Imagine Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, and Brigitte Bardot, dancing at «Chez Régine» or transform yourself into a burlesque dancer that could have popped out of the famous «Moulin Rouge» or «Crazy Horse» with feathers, sequins and showing off lots of skin. For the gentlemen the motto is to become the most handsome dandy or French lover. It is the allure that counts. Don’t forget a touch of sleaziness is always welcome during Parisian nights… here you can can…. here life is a cabaret.

Below are some outfit inspirations, to shop just click on the highlighted text:

LIFE IS A CABARET
Crystal-embellished feather and felt haticon by Gucci, feather-trim velvet bustier dress and tasseled sequined chiffon pouch, both by Atticoicon, Salsa feather-embellished suede sandals by Charlotte Olympialong feather scarficon by Yves Salomon and smoking silver-tone, enamel and crystal clip earringsicon by Saint Laurent.

BURLESQUE EXTRAVAGANZA
Cold-shoulder lace-up stretch-tulle midi dress
icon by Dolce & Gabbana, sequined long dress by Temperley Londonicon, lace ribbon gartericon by Folies by Renard, Talitha feather-trimmed glossed-leather sandals by Saint Laurent, and ruffle-trimmed woven clutchicon by The Vampire’s Wife.

YES WE CAN CAN
Bow-detailed glittered stretch-velvet mini dressicon by Balmain, Pandor ruched printed silk-blend lamé mini dress by Isabel Marant, Vivienne glittered velvet clutchicon by Jimmy Choo, Marguerite 100 velvet and leather-trimmed mesh mulesicon and Daisy 100 leather-trimmed velvet ankle bootsicon, both by Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt.

BELLE DE NUIT 
Fringed embellished tulle jacketicon and crystal-embellished tulle jumpsuiticon, both by Naeem Khan, leopard-print turban headband by Gucci, Cleo crystal-embellished satin platform sandals by René Caovilla, Disco Pandora embellished glittered perspex clutchicon by Charlotte Olympia and gold-tone earringicon by Balenciaga.

FRENCH LOVER
Gold-fit satin-striped wool-blend suitmetallic jacquard suit
, and lace-up leather derby shoes, bothicon by Dolce & Gabbana, embroidered collar shirticon, feather print scarf iconand dancing skeleton loafersicon, all by Alexander McQueen, and sequin blazer by Saint Laurent.
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FOREVER CRAZY
Taking the theme to the next level and wearing the motto on your skin… those temporary transfer tattoo stickers are available here.

Looking forward to a great party ahead! Stay tuned for more…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands – Collages: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Gunter Sachs Collection at Sotheby’s

Gunter Sachas Coll.

Last night, I went to the exhibition opening of the Gunter Sachs Collection at Sotheby’s.

The art collection of famous German multimillionaire Gunter Sachs, who committed suicide at his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, at the age of 78, last year and who was once married to style icon Brigitte Bardot, will be sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London on May 22 & 23, 2012.

Gunter Sachs and Brigitte Bardot

The 300 items are ranging from Pop Art works to Art Deco furniture, including paintings by Andy Warhol, Yves Klein and Mel Ramos, to name a few.

Sachs, one of the last great “playboys” and famed for his jet-set lifestyle, was friends with many famous artists.

Brigitte Bardot

Andy Warhol – Brigitte Bardot
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 120 by 120cm
Executed in 1974
Estimate £ 3,000,000 – 4,000,000

I love this Bardot painting!

Visit sotheby’s.com/sachs for further information, highlights and videos. For enquiries regarding the London auction, please call + 44 (0) 20 7293 5390.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: AFP, Getty Images, Reuters

Happy New Year 2011 from St. Moritz

St.Moritz

Happy New Year to you, my dear readers, may all your dreams and resolutions come true.

I started 2011 in St. Moritz, the glamorous place in the Alps that calls itself „the Top of the World“. The Swiss mountain village has been home to the jet set since many years, attracting celebrities, princesses and socialites from everywhere. When it comes to fashion, luxury is the keyword.

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And speaking of glamour and over the top, the typical St. Moritz style means fur, fine jewelry, sequined dresses, lots of glitz and sparkles. In case that you forgot to pack something adequate, no worries. St. Moritz is a great place to shop with all big brands represented. So for somebody like me, who is not an avid skier there is enough entertainment program.

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My St. Moritz look: Sequined dress by Balmain, sequined clutch with bow by Valentino, earrings by Prada and Tribtoo pumps by Yves Saint Laurent.

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Sylvester Outfit 2KLast night, I went to the traditional New Year’s Eve cocktail reception hosted by well-known publisher Jürg Marquard and his wife Raquel.
The party always takes place in their amazing apartment located in the tower of the famous Badrutt’s Palace hotel overlooking the lake of St. Moritz. Previous tenant until the early ninties was gentleman-playboy Gunter Sachs.
My German based readers might recognize some of the faces below… Enjoy all those photos of beautiful people in beautiful outfits!
That is St. Moritz!

To a wonderful 2011!

LoL, Sandra




Hostess Raquel Marquard with her daughter Bianca Gubser to the left

Hostess Raquel Marquard in a gorgeous gown by Dolce & Gabbana with her daughter, model Bianca Gubser to the left



Sophie Hermann wore the best dress of the evening from Atelier Versace

Sophie Hermann wore one of the nicest dresses of the evening by Atelier Versace

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Rebecca Schmid Robinson with me, both in sequined dresses

Rebecca Schmid Robinson with me, both in sequined dresses


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Dorothea Mühlemann in Alaia


Fabienne Bratschi and Radio 24-moderator Elena Bernasconi ("The Redhead")

Fabienne Bratschi in Dolce & Gabbana and Radio 24-host Elena Bernasconi, "The Redhead"



Nina Riegel and Alexandra Knapp Voight

Nina Riegel and Alexandra Knapp Voith in Roberto Cavalli


Inga Jacobi

Inga Jacobi in Valentino

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From left to right: curator Gigi Kracht, her husband hotelier Andrea Kracht, me and Inga Jacobi

From left to right: Hotelier couple Gigi and Andrea Kracht, me and Inga Jacobi


Andreas Knapp Voight with a turquoise nail oilsh matching Raquel Marquard's dress

Andreas Knapp Voith with turquoise nail polish matching Raquel Marquard's dress


Gentleman with style: Andreas Knapp Voight wore the most extraordinary pair of shoes by Prada

Gentleman with style: Andreas Knapp Voith wore the most extraordinary pair of shoes by Prada

Badrutt's Palace New Year's Eve decoration

Badrutt's Palace New Year's Eve decoration

Wardrobe Astrology

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On the last day of the year, I would like to give you a reading on what you’ll be wearing in 2011. Each zodiac sign has a style all it’s own. Here’s your wardrobe astrology, not just what to wear, but how to wear it. Don’t get dressed without it. And enjoy your birth flower and stones, they tell a lot about you, too.
Sometimes people choose a fashion style that represents more their rising sing (ascendant). Enjoy finding out what describes you best.

Acquarius

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 – Feb 18) – They are the first to find it, wear it and probably create it, too. Their own sense of style is indespensable for them. Aquarius are trendsetters, they mix and match everything and break all fashion rules.
With their urge to be different, they don’t mind to be called quirky and unusual, they even enjoy those comments. Aquarius are the most free-spirited, individualistic zodiac of all, always ahead of the fashion pack.

Birth flower February: Violet (faith, wisdom and hope)
Birth stone February:  Amethyst

Famous Aquarius: Jennifer Aniston (Feb 11, 1969)

Pisces

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) – Many fish absolutely adore shoes and tend to have a full closet of them. They are the daydreamers of the zodiacs and love romantic fashions, especially dresses in chiffon and shimmering materials, mostly in aquamarine shades.
Moreover, fish adore jewelry and often wear much at one time, adorning themselves with gold, silver and precious gemstones. Eclectic would be the best word to describe them.

Birth flower March: Daffodil (rebirth, unrequited love and vanity)
Birth stone March: Aquamarine

Famous Pisces: Drew Barrymore (Feb 22, 1975)

Aries

ARIES (March 21 – Apr 19) – Aries is an early adopter, who adds her own twist to what’s new. They are very independent and love colour, first and foremost red, and clean, dramatic lines. The part of the body that Aries rules is the „head“, many wear stylish hats, scarves and barettes.

Birth flower April: Daisy (innocence, purity and royal love)
Birth stone April: Diamond

Famous Aries: Elle MacPherson (March 29, 1963)

Taurus

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20) – Taurus love clothing that is comfortable and chic classics that don’t date or scream but do mix and match. Bulls seldom go for the latest fads. They like high quality items but want to get them on sale. Discount designer stores are their favourites. Being an earth sign, neutral tones and earth shades are the best for a Taurus.

Birth flower May:  Lily of the Valley (happiness, humility and sweetness)
Birth stone May: Emerald

Famous Taurus: Michelle Pfeiffer (April 29, 1958)

Gemini

GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 21) – Ruled by Mercury, Gemini – considered the smart and versatile planet – has a fashion editor’s eye. Anything goes here! Gemini’s dual personality favors all kinds of looks and styles. Their closets are brimming with outfits for every occassion.
They enjoy wearing a pair of jeans with a tank as much as they love to dress up. Gemini also have a weakness for purses.

Birth flower June: Rose (love, gratitude and appreciation)
Birth stone June: Pearl

Famous Gemini: Heidi Klum (June 1, 1963)

Cancer

CANCER (June 22 – July 22) – Cancer adores girly, ultrafemme shapes and soft, beautiful fabrics. They like anything vintage, pastel colours, especially white and shimmering tones.
In regard to their jewelry, they usually prefer silver, rubies and pearls. It is also considered the domestic sign.

Birth flower July: Larkspur (joyful, fickleness and lightness)
Birth stone July: Ruby

Famous Cancer: Jessica Simpson (July 10, 1980)

Leo

LEO (July 23 – Aug 23) – Leo, the Lion, loves luxurious things, they love designer labels and tend to have a closet full of expensive outfits or those that at least look rich. Leo’s style reflects her healty ego and major confidence. With her, nothing is halfhearted.
Glittery, sequined, rock pieces, animal prints and bold colours are staples in the Leo’s wardrobe. They love to stand out of the crowd and always look for drama.

Birth flower August: Poppy (remembrance and moral integrity)
Birth stone August: Peridot

Famous Leo: Madonna (Aug 16, 1958)

Virgo

VIRGO (Aug 24 – Sept 22) – Virgo always has a „put together“ look, neat and polished describes her best. She wants things to be productive, multifunctional; she appreciates tailoring, beautiful embellishments, and a solid investment.
Her love for conservative outfits is strong, she doesn’t like anything too flashy, too tight or fashion fads that go out of style quickly.

Birth flower September: Aster (daintiness, patience and magic)
Birth stone September: Sapphire

Famous Virgo: Claudia Schiffer (Aug 25, 1970)

Libra

LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 22) – Libra loves clothes! They are fashion-conscious, polished and well-groomed; being supersocial also makes her trendy and creative. It is the sign of balance and scales. She stands for real style. Since Libra is such a romantic sign, many women opt for lacy shirts and skirts, pretty florals and lots of jewelry.

Birth flower October: Calendula (grief, hopefulness and grace)
Birth stone October: Opal

Famous Libra: Bridgitte Bardot (Sept 28, 1934)

Scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct23 – Nov21) – Sensuous, sleek and authoritative, Scorpio keeps life simple with a few well-cut, smart „uniforms“. Scorpio has the reputation as the sex sign, many Scorpio tend not to wear underwear but those ones who do, report lacy bras and thongs as their favourites.
They like to leave „something to the imagination“ when they dress up but still opt for clothing that entices. Sexy high heels and thigh high boots are among their must-haves along with dark sunglasses that help them look so mysterious.

Birth flower November: Chrysanthemum (compassion, friendship and abundance)
Birth stone November: Topaz

Famous Scorpio: Julia Roberts (October 28, 1967)

Sagitarius

SAGITTARIUS (Nov22 – Dec21) – Fresh-faced and natural, Sagittarius prefers comfortable, relaxed, and unpretentious clothing that allows for ease and speed – she’s on the go!
Sag are freedom lovers. They love jeans and sweatshirts, everything casual with a stylish attitude works for them best.

Birth flower December: Narcissus (sweetness, self esteem and vanity)
Birth stone December: Turquoise

Famous Sagittarius: Katie Holmes (December 18, 1978)

Capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec22 – Jan 20) – Capricorn’s look is well-bred, they always manage to look like they come from wealth – the old-money kind – even if they don’t.
Goats are serious about their wardrobe. They look for quality clothing and often designer labels. They enjoy attention getting outfits but not the flashy fashions. Rhinestones and glitz don’t work for them. Understated elegance is the Goat’s leitmotif.

Birth flower January: Carnation (love, beauty and fascination)
Birth stone January: Garnet

Famous Capricorn: Kate Moss (January 16, 1974)


I hope that you have enjoyed my little wardrobe astrology. By the way, I am aquarius and I think this is kind of evident in my fashion sense.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a Happy 2011!

LoL, Sandra