Gabriela Hearst’s First Chloé Collection

Personally speaking, it was THE show of Paris Fashion Week that I have been eagerly waiting for: Gabriela Hearst’s first collection for Chloé.

Hearst called her first collection for the French Maison the «Aphrodite» to her own brand’s «Athena». Chloé in Greek means «blooming». The question is if it is a new bloom for the Maison with Hearst at the helm. It definitely is in terms of sustainability and this key word was Hearst’s approach to Chloé’s F/W 2021 collection: sustainability was her inspiration, her technique, her fabrics and even her volumes.

The Uruguayan-American designer claimed in the press release that Chloé’s F/W 2021 collection could be considered «four times more sustainable compared to last year,» and she explained that she got there by «eliminating virgin synthetic fiber (polyester) or artificial cellulosic fiber (viscose) and sourcing recycled, reused and organic denim,» adding that «more than 50% of the silk comes from organic agriculture and more than 80% of cashmere yarn for knitwear is recycled

This earthy point of view is also something Hearst is known for at her own eponymous brand. For me, I had to look at the collection many times until it has started to warm up to me. You have to understand it to like it as there is not something really excitingly new for the eye, but for your consciousness. I can see the DNA of both brands. However, it is missing this romantic, bohemian playfulness I have always loved at Chloé, even that Hearst only sent dresses down the digital runway.

Gabriela Hearst presented the last look herself.

My favorite item was the coat Gabriela wore for the finale of the show, along with the eco-leather dresses and the printed puffer coats. Hearst created them by repurposing from Chloé overstock spanning designers and eras, with Sheltersuit, a nonprofit organization providing aid to the homeless, which also collaborated on a series of backpacks. The marble prints on blouses and dresses had been created by the artist Peter Miles using seaweed and eggs.

The show was presented digitally last week on March 3rd, one hundred years to the day of founder Gaby Aghion’s birth. Both Gaby and Gabi, as is Hearst’s nickname too, are two strong fashion designers that interpret femininity in their own independent way and respective generations. It is surely a very viable wardrobe with lots of investment pieces to last for a very long time. As Hearst noted to Gaby in a statement, «your House is in good hands» – I would sign that! At least she made me start to re-think the state of fashion today.

LoL, Sandra

The rebirth of Chloé’s Edith bag by Gabriela Hearst.

Photos: © Chloé

Year of the Ox

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the Year of the Ox. The Chinese New Year will start on February 12th, and it will last until January 31st of 2022. Many designers are celebrating Lunar New Year of the Ox with special collections, such as Gucci is featuring the famous Manga character Doraemon, the cat-type robot sent from the XXII century, appearing on ready-to-wear and accessories, or Moschino is showing a cute ox with the slogan «in love we trust».

In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is very hardworking and methodical. The upcoming 2021 will be the year of the Metal Ox, and its message couldn’t be clearer: Success will come to those who work hard. Like really hard! 2021 is going to be a year when work will get rewarded. Cheers to that!

LoL, Sandra

Chinese New Year Ox-embroidered clutchicon by Olympia Le-Tan

Oversized embroidered printed organic cotton-jersey T-shirt by Chloé

New Year Ox charm keyring by MCM


iconYear of the Ox textured leather-trimmed printed coated-canvas tote by Gucci x Doraemon

 Year of the Ox limited edition fountain pen and roller pen by Caran d’Ache
Limited to 888 pieces.

Chinese New Year Ox tote bag by Anya Hindmarch

Perpetual Moon Year of the Ox by Arnold & Son 1764
CHF 49.900 – limited to 8 pieces

Bullchic horn-detailed Chinese New Year tote bag by Moschino

Chinese New Year logo-embroidered sweatshirt by Moschino

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My Look: Grateful

I am so grateful that I recovered so easily from my COVID-19 infection and never showed the typical symptoms besides loosing my taste and smell for a few days. The isolation was tough on me. However, I spent my time reading and enjoying myself in my new home.

I am grateful that all my loved ones didn’t catch it and I  feel blessed for all the beautiful things in my life, including my closet! Speaking of which, I adore this outdoor look, comfy yet stylish, and hope you will like it as well.

My look: D-White turtleneck sweater, cream white cashmere sweaterreversible Teddy-D small brim bucket hat, D-Venture logo ankle boots, socks with Dior Oblique motif, Oblique saddle bag and blue shoulder strap, all by Dior, layered pinstriped grain de poudre wool and silk shorts by Chloé, and Audrey wayfarer sunglasses by Celine.

Are you grateful like me that 2020 will be over soon?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Do It With Passion

Yes, it is your passion that makes any work successful. If you are not passionate about anything, dont do it. It will just waste your time. Fashion makes me happy, therefore writing this blog gives me a lot of pleasure. Being in isolation due to my positive COVID-19 test, I am grateful for all the pre-shot material that I can share with you now.

Burberry’s classic heritage check is back in fashion and looking fresher than ever. When in doubt about print clashing, just go for the double check. I think it looks fabulous!

My look: Shearling jacketicon by Chloé, embroidered cashmere and silk-blend turtleneck sweatericon, pleated printed crepe skirticon, and check stretch knit sock boots, all by Burberry, beaded drop earrings by Oscar de la Renta, andicon Daily Multi Pocket belt bag by Louis Vuitton.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Today

Today is a very happy day! My daughter is back from Boston and I love spending time with her. The other positive side effect is that I have my photographer back in town.

Sporting my new Dior Bobby bag in shearling along with Isabel Marant‘s bohemian, comfortable and cool aesthetic, it is a combo that could be appealing to women of all ages. Don’t you agree?

My look: Chinchilla fur cape and medium Bobby bag in grey, both by Dior, Peggy exaggerated-shoulder cashmere-blend sweatericon, Ginkao draped wool midi skirticon, and Luido leather ankle boots, all by Isabel Marant, Franckie mismatched drop clip earrings by Chloé, and knitted logo face mask by Balmain.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Gabriela Hearst Is Chloé’s New Designer

Today, the House of Chloé has already announced its new designer after Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s exit was announced last week. It is no other than Uruguay-born, New York–based designer Gabriela Hearst, whose eponymous extremely successful label turned five this year.

Gabriela Hearst’s famous It-bags have been successful from the beginning.

While Ramsay-Levi’s designs were much appreciated by industry insiders, the brand’s heat with consumers, especially in terms of It-bags, cooled under her reign. That might be one of the reasons why Gabriela Hearst has been chosen. She is bringing a track record of success with handbags. Her iconic «Nina» style has been a huge hit from the beginning, followed by models such as «Patsy», «Diana» and «Demi». These bags are all highly sought after and trying to get them is almost impossible with extremely high waiting lists.

A true rancher by heart: Gabriela Hearst  

Gabriela Hearst grew up on her family’s 17,000-acre ranch, Santa Isabel in Paysandu, Uruguay, surrounded by horses, cattle and sheep, where the notion of luxury meant things were beautifully crafted and made to last. Her approach to «slow and conscious luxury», which is defined in her craft-forward aesthetic and focus on sustainability might be the other reason for being Chloé’s lead candidate.

Chloé’s new CEO Riccardo Bellini

CEO Riccardo Bellini, who joined from Martin Margiela in late 2019, who welcomed Hearst in a statement this morning. had already indicated in an interview with WWD last month, that Chloé was seeking B Corporation certification for its social and environmental performance and was creating an advisory board to hold the company accountable.

Hearst’s first runway show for F/W 2017 was produced to have as low as an environmental impact as possible, and from there her commitment to the issue has only grown. Now, she opts for eco-friendly fabrics and chooses to use recycled yarns whenever she can.

Power couple: Gabriela and Austin Hearst

Hearst’s lead investor is her husband, publishing heir Austin Hearst, whom she married in 2013. She opened her first store in New York in 2018, followed by another in London the following year, and made her Paris Fashion Week debut in September. In 2019, LVMH Luxury Ventures, an investment arm of LVMH, took a minority stake in Gabriela Hearst, making it the only American brand other than Marc Jacobs in which the global luxury conglomerate is invested.

My two favorite looks from the Gabriela Hearst F/W 2020 runway.

I am loving her cashmere knitted pieces. Incredibly soft and each piece has a tag where you can explore its garment journey. Stay tuned for many outfit posts coming up! Honestly speaking, I am truly looking forward to seeing her at the helmet although I liked Natacha’s designs a lot.

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Gabriela’s first collection for Chloé will be presented next March. All the best, I am sure it will be different and fabulous!

LoL Sandra

Wearing Gabriela Hearst dress and Nina bag

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Gabriela Hearst
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Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi Steps Down

On December 2nd, I was invited by Net-à-Porter to join a live event hosted by Alison Loehnis, President of NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER and Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Creative Director of Chloé to discuss the S/S 2021 collection. I was so keen on it and hoped to make it on time as the moving company was still unloading my boxes. However, all of a sudden I received a message in the morning of the 2nd that due to Natacha Ramsay-Levi being unwell, Net-à-Porter was regrettably cancelling the event with Chloé. Today, I found out why Natacha was not feeling well.

She is stepping down from her role at the Parisian luxury leather goods and apparel brand owned by Richemont after only 4 years. A new creative director was not named yet.

«Over the last months of health, social and economic turmoil, I have thought about the changes I want to see in our industry and how to better align them with my own creative, intellectual and emotional valuesMs. Ramsay-Levi said in her statement. «It is this reflection that makes me consider my future differently and desire to pursue new opportunities.»

Me wearing some of Natacha’s key looks for Chloé

Personally speaking, I truly liked Natacha’s vision, who worked as a key deputy of Nicolas Ghesquière during his time at Balenciaga and during his early seasons at Louis Vuitton, as it was a less commercial take on the house’s bohemian and very feminine codes. However, what had been driving the most sales at Chloé previously, were all the It-bags under previous designers like Clare Waight Keller and Hannah MacGibbon, that have been lacking recently. Even that the collections were broadly well received by fashion lovers, they were ultimately lacking in strong-selling items unfortunately. Sometimes, it drives me nuts that people don’t understand the greatness of some pieces and that they opt for mainstream.

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LoL, Sandra

Chloé F/W 2020 finale

Photos: © Chloé and © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Millennial Cool

This is by far my favorite look of the season. It just makes me so happy. Dior’s Dioraura collection is inspired by the creative community, Monte Verità, located close to Ascona in Switzerland. The beautiful pieces all feature muted rainbow colors reminiscent of the sunset, reflecting the themes of aura and energy. In today’s troubled time, it sends also a message: the rainbow knows no gender! It stands for diversity and is a symbol of peace. The same goes for Hublot‘s new Big Bang Millennial Pink, whose color involves everything from gender roles to ideas of beauty, evolution, and science. It’s a positive hue that represents a kind of tongue-in-cheek prettiness. It’s a way to be pretty while holding on to your intellectual mindset.

My look: Dioraura long dress in multicolor silk, Dioraura Book tote in multicolor stripe embroidery, J’adior bracelet set in multicolor cotton and with antique palladium finish metal detailing, and Dioraura Mitzah scarf in multicolor silk twill, all by DiorC-plaque suede platform sandalsicon by Chloé, gold-tone and wood hoop clip earringsicon by Dolce & Gabbana, Aurora oversized butterfly acetate sunglassesicon by Zimmermann and Big Bang Millennial Pink by Hublot.

Millennials are increasingly redefining what it means to be a grown-up in a seriously troubled world. Sometimes, we all want to be soothed — and what better way to do that than looking at your watch in gentle millennial pink. So uplifting!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Favorite S/S 2020 Shoes

Today’s post is dedicated to my favorite S/S 2020 shoes in my closet. From candy-colored sandals to pair with flowy summer dresses to chunky platforms that promise height and comfort, there’s a variety of options ranging from trendy to functional that’ll put you in a better mood just by looking at them.

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LoL, Sandra

Sundance metallic vegan leather platform sandals by Aquazzura

White Upflair feather-trimmed leather sandals by Valentinoicon

Queen Of The Desert embellished suede sandalsicon by Aquazzura

Chiara embroidered leather sandalsicon by Sophia Webster

Ambra plateau sandals by Gianvito Rossi

C-plaque suede platform sandals by Chloéicon

Purist 105 suede pumpsicon by Aquazzura

Quilted leather mulesicon by Bottega Veneta

Logo-jacquard canvas wedge espadrilles by Fendi

Raynibo 100 crystal-embellished suede sandalsicon by Christian Louboutin

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Total Fashion

Hello June! Lift your mood with quirky colors of the ’70s. Green, yellow and blue mixed together look great on those chilly summer days.

My look: Shearling-lined appliquéd suede vest by Miu Miu, ribbed-knit sweater and ribbed leather platform mulesicon, both by Givenchy, Cassette Intrecciato leather cross-body bagicon by Bottega Venetametal and leather necklace with glass beads by Gucciicon and Carlina round-frame gold-plated sunglassesicon by Chloé.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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