CHANEL S/S 2020 Pre-Collection

To embody the most beautiful S/S 2020 pre-collection, Virginie Viard has chosen Caroline de Maigret, ambassador of the House. She was shot by photographer Leila Smara at the legendary CHANEL address at 31 rue Cambon in Paris.

For this pre-collection, Virginie Viard has imagined a very Parisian silhouette, with a cool and chic allure that lights up everyday life. The soft, comfortable lines emphasise the masculine-feminine spirit characteristic of CHANEL, further illustrated by the choice of materials such as tweed, denim, leather, satin and cotton poplin.

A yellow and gold tweed jacket with four pockets is worn naturally with faded jeans. Tweed also comes as a black and white checked blazer whose rigour is softened by an ethereal jabot blouse and a pair of diaphanous shorts in cotton poplin.

Tweed is feminised as a sensual and graphic bustier top accompanied by trousers in quilted leather. Leather, again, is printed with silver pinstripes for a straight-cut jacket and trouser ensemble.


Ease and freedom of movement are at the heart of the CHANEL silhouette. A tweed trouser suit with an ultra-fluid cut worn over a jersey top, a very soft long coat in cotton tweed combined with white jeans, and a casual chic ensemble in printed satin all perfectly correspond with this philosophy.

To walk, move, to come and go in the utmost comfort, the shoes are flat or have a small square heel: derby shoes in patent leather, slingback pumps in fishnet, flat sandals trimmed with chains and loafers in crêpe and grosgrain embellished with a rhinestone comet. A small tote bag in quilted leather has integrated handles and a strap allowing for two ways of wearing it. Finally, couture jewelry – multi-strand sautoirs, pearl necklaces, cuff bracelets, curb chains and XL chain belts – punctuates all the silhouettes.

With the S/S 2020 pre-collection, Virginie Viard reinvents the essence of the Parisienne and her nonchalant elegance. She infuses her with a youthfulness that reflects the eternal and contemporary allure of the CHANEL woman. Discover the collection in boutiques from January 2020.

Just so beautiful…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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My Look: Gstaad


2020 has started so well … enjoying the beautiful sunny weather in Gstaad with family and friends. Here you see me at Wasserngrat restaurant, located at an altitude of 1,920 metres above sea level, with breath-taking views of the stunning mountain scenery.

My look: Oversized faux fur coaticon by Balenciaga, ski print bodysuit, logo headband and snow boots with spikes (Coco Neige F/W 2019), black and white cashmere scarfembellished leggings and tortoise shell sunglasses (Resort 2020), and Chanel 19 tweed bag, by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: #IMACHRISTMASTREE

Leave a little sparkle wherever you go. I love the festive season and cannot get enough of my Christmassy outfits. Much love to everyone!

My look: Red and white cashmere cardigan and Chanel 19 waist bag, both by CHANEL, printed Christmas T-shirt, Christmas ornament sandals and Christmas tree earrings, all by Dolce & Gabbana, and Jumpy ruffled leather skinny pants by Isabel Marant.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
Thank you to The Dolder Grand for the hospitality.

My Look: Celebrate

Last weekend, I celebrated several occasions in London and had a fantastic time. Before I left for dinner at The Arts Club, we took these photos in my Park Suite at the Como Metropolitan hotel. Completed renovated in fall 2015, this luxury minimalist boutique hotel is perfectly located in Mayfair. If you stay there, don’t miss the Asian-style spa, Nobu restaurant and the slinky cocktail bar.

My look: Double-breasted embellished crepe blazericon, embellished crepe mini dressicon and champagne bottle bag, all by Moschino, metallic and matte leather pumpsicon by Saint Laurent, and logo earrings by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: CHANEL

CHANEL is forever. Personally speaking, I have been a huge fan of the French Maison since I was a teenager. When I turned 18, I wished for a CHANEL costume. Thanks to my lovely parents, I got one that I still have in my closet along with other treasures I collected over all these years. There is something about CHANEL that I find absolutely amazing. It is never outdated and it never looks «old season». FARFETCHicon has now a dedicated page where they offer vintage CHANEL pieces as they are true investments. Just click on the highlighted text in the description to learn more.

My look: Ensemble in beige and black (Look 48 from the S/S 2019 runway consisting of a cropped top with a large flower brooch and the matching mini skirt), side packs in yellow, straw hat, logo earrings, all from the S/S 2019 collection, clogs from the S/S 2010 collection, charm belt and matching charm braceleticon, both from the F/W 1994 collection, all by CHANEL.icon

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Greece

«After rain there’s a rainbow, after a storm there’s calm, after the night, there’s a morning, and after an end, there’s a new beginning

When I was with my beloved Mary Katrantzou in Athens for her S/S 2020 show, I was reminded of this beautiful quote. The day of the event, we had a crazy storm followed by a rainbow, and then a beautiful calm afternoon and night. We shot the photos at my hotel, the Four Seasons Athens. that I can absolutely recommend.

For S/S 2017, Mary had looked back to her childhood visit to the ancient palace of Knossos, on Crete. I thought it is the perfect time to finally sport this dress with Minoan goddesses, Cretan murals and the silhouetted paintings on Greek vases and plates.

My look: Chariot print dressicon by Mary Katrantzouplatform leather pumps by Gucci, Vicky quilted patent leather wallet on a chainicon by Saint Laurent, silver-plated, Swarovski crystal and faux pearl clip earringsicon by Miu Miu, and crystal aviator sunglasses by Chanel.

My last weeks were quite «stormy», but now I can feel the calm coming… so much to show you. Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Camouflage

According to the F/W 2019 runways, camouflage is back and more versatile than ever. But why is camo a thing again now? It might have to do with its utilitarian roots and a second-coming of ‘80s and ‘90s style inspiration. Camo, by definition, is a form of armor. Its purpose is to hide and conceal. Blending in the landscape, I also love my new Jimmy Choo boots and bag, that both feature the new exquisite JC logo hardware detailing.

My look: Camouflage-intarsia wool cardiganicon and matching camouflage-intarsia wool shortsiconembellished rabbit-felt cap, and glitter sunglasses, all by Miu Miu, bee fil coupé shirt by Gucciicon, Varenne leather toteicon and Mahesa 100 embellished leather knee boots, both by Jimmy Choo, pearl earrings and logo pearl brooch, both by Chanel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Golden Fall

Gold leaves in autumn, on a beautiful fall sunny day in Austria – during my stay at Vivamayr Maria Wörth, I went on several walks and explored the area nearby. Right next to the deluxe detox destination is the famous Gothic pilgrimage church dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the highest plateau of the island. It was built as early as around 875 and is one of the loveliest pearls of the landscape in the garland of Carinthian beauty, with the neighbouring Winterkirche beneath it.

After a week in sweatpants, I felt like dressing up. Isn’t it amazing how one brooch and a corset belt can change a black dress completely?!

My look: Wool-blend long sleeve dress by Alaïa, velvet and leather-trimmed Prince of Wales checked wool-blend corset belticon by Miu Miu, Studwrap leather pumps
icon by Valentino, waist bag with chains and pearls and logo pearl brooch, both by Chanelicon.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

CHANEL’s Must-Have Cruise 2020 Shoes

Inspired by travelling, the CHANEL Cruise 2020 collection focuses on a silhouette in motion, powerful and yet delicate. Comfort, functionality and elegant simplicity form the basis of this allure that nothing can hold back. And to accessorise it, Virginie Viard has imagined a shoe that shakes up the lines of a great CHANEL classic: the two-tone pump.

Fastened with a strap, perched on a 7cm or 9cm conical heel with a pointed toe, this patent leather pump comes in various two-tone colour combinations with black as the common denominator. The blue, pink, red and purple all add a touch of pop to this shoe which also exists as a bootie.

Their form and carefully studied duo of colours respond to each silhouette of the collection, imbuing them with a modern allure and distinct elegance, from morning through to evening.
As a discreet signature, the white lacquered double C is positioned just below the ankle.
Extremely comfortable, this new pump fits the foot perfectly. The stability of its heel speaks of a long-distance journey, to come and go as one pleases, in complete freedom.

Gabrielle Chanel used to say of shoes: «they are the height of elegance.» With this pump, Virginie Viard revisits CHANEL’s emblematic two-tone shoe and reaffirms the vision of its founder.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Gentle Oil

This November, CHANEL is expanding LES EXCLUSIFS collection with the GENTLE OIL (Huile Douce), a delicate and sensorial oil for the hair and body that you shouldn’t miss and I will tell you why. In the cold season, our skin and hair are both suffering from the dry and freezing temperatures. Oil seals in moisture and adds extra nourishment.

With an elegant and sensual touch, the GENTLE OIL is pure luxury and embellishes the skin and hair while leaving a discreet, fresh and citrusy trail with floral notes of jasmine against a backdrop of white musks, making itself discreet and gives a voice to the fragrance of your choice in perfect harmony. It moisturizes the skin, thus prolonging and intensifying the scent of each LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL creation, or needless to say any other perfume you love wearing, while remaining true to the fragrance.

The light, caressing texture of the GENTLE OIL envelops the skin in a silky satiny veil. Its formula boasting 80% ingredients of natural origin is extremely compatible with the skin, instantly absorbing upon application without leaving an oily film. To heighten the pleasure, I recommend mixing a few drops into your favorite body cream, in my case the FRESH BODY CREAM by CHANEL. The GENTLE OIL can also be applied on hair (down the length of the hair before shampooing or on dry ends as a finishing touch) leaving it softer, shinier and suppler. The bottle is iconic and beautiful, decorating every bathroom shelf by itself.

LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL GENTLE OIL Body & Hair will be available as 250ml bottle for CHF 190.00 from beginning of November 2019.

In Switzerland at the CHANEL Boutiques in Zurich and Geneva, at  CHANEL Parfums & Beauté at Bongénie in Geneva and CHANEL Space Parfums at Jelmoli in Zurich and Manor in Geneva.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL and © Sandra Bauknecht