Fashion Wants You To Play

In times of quarantine and lockdowns, during holiday season or just for fun, board games  are always a welcome distraction of the day. If you have a fellow fashionista friend, this could be a great gift idea. Board games have been rendered in a variety of shapes and materials by several fashion houses, from luxe crystal-embellishments to sturdy wood. I have gathered some of the most beautifully designed chess sets and game boards that are sure to delight everyone from game novices to Kasparov-level players.

LoL, Sandra

Lambskin, resin and silver metal, black and ecru checkers set by CHANEL (Métiers d’Art 2021 Le Château des Dames) (FYI, the Zurich store has one set left)

Chess set by Prada

Acrylic chess set by Jonathan Adler

Horsecut chest game by Hermès

Crystal-embellished Dominoes game by Rosantica

K/Ikonik monogram card game by Karl Lagerfeld

Barocco Medusa puzzle game by Versace

Decorative backgammon set by L’Objet

Nudes tournament size backgammon set by Alexandra Llewellyn

Helios mahjong set by Hermès

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht
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Chess Set by Lanvin


This beautiful chess seticon by Lanvin will provide endless entertainment and also serves as a unique display piece for the home. The wooden figures have been skilfully carved into some of the characters from former Creative Director Alber Elbaz‘s illustrations and painted with clothing inspired by the house’s ready-to-wear collections.


It will make the perfect gift for lovers of the brand as well as the game. A great way of getting a last piece by the wonderful Alber Elbaz who left the company after a dispute regarding the House’s strategy.



LoL, Sandra


Photos: Courtesy of Lanvin

Checkmate! Hermès Chess Set

ChessCheckmate! For the gentleman who has everything, Hermès has created a luxurious chess set as part of their S/S 2012 collection. For the ultimate board game experience, buy this leather chess board featuring competing armies in rosewood and mahogany for CHF 19850.-.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Hermès