Rest in Peace Karl Lagerfeld

Today is a very sad day for the world of fashion and also for myself. Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris at the age of 85. When I heard the news a few hours ago, I literally cried my eyes out.

«Trendy is the last stage before tacky.» – Karl Lagerfeld

For me Lagerfeld was a genius, without him the world of fashion would not be the same. He created collections simultaneously for CHANEL and FENDI (since 1965!), in addition to his signature label, at a pace without rival in the luxury industry. When I started looking at fashion magazines in the middle of the ’80s, he had just begun designing for CHANEL. Before that he had worked at BALMAIN, JEAN PATOU and CHLOÉ where he became successful with his feminine flowing party dresses, the latter he returned to once more in the ’90s before handing the reigns to Stella McCartney.

With Karl Lagerfeld in December 2014 in Salzburg.

When I turned 18, I wished for nothing else than a CHANEL costume. Whenever I met him or interviewed him, he impressed me by his intelligence, wittiness (I attached some of my favorite quotes in this post) and his way of working, which actually was very German. Just get the job done!

I asked him once how he seeks inspiration, he looked at me and said: «Forget inspiration, you sit down every day at your desk and work, half of the outcome is for the trash bin but the other half will work.» Another time, I wanted to know when he goes on holidays and he answered: «Holidays are only for employees.»

«If you are cheap. Nothing helps.» – Karl Lagerfeld

A shoot we did during my time at Marie Claire magazine with Barbara and Boris Becker photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, March 1999.

But my favorite story happened almost 20 years ago when I started my first job at Marie Claire magazine in Germany. My fashion director Florentine Pabst at that time was very close to Karl (and by the way also Jim Morrison‘s last girlfriend) It was probably my first week at the office and she explained to me that during her meeting her phone calls would be transferred to my phone. And most importantly if Karl called, I should let him know, that she will get back to him. I said: «Karl, who? The Karl?!» She smiled and replied: «Of course.»

«Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.» – Karl Lagerfeld

I didn’t leave my desk waiting eagerly for him to call. When he did, I gave him the message. The conversation was probably not longer than 30 seconds but I sat down at my desk with the biggest smile. My boss came back and asked me what happened. I grinned and said: «I am the happiest girl in the world. I just spoke to Karl Lagerfeld.» She laughed.

After half an hour, my phone rang again. It was my fashion director telling me somebody wanted to talk to me. It was no other than Karl Lagerfeld telling me: «I heard you enjoyed talking to me so much, so I thought I give you another call.» And this is how my love story started…

Another epic moment with Karl Lagerfeld in St Moritz in February 2013 at the opening of Fire Etchings at Galerie Gmurzynska.

«I think tattoos are horrible – it’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time.» – Karl Lagerfeld

 There is so much you could talk when you think of Karl Lagerfeld. He discovered Claudia Schiffer, was such a talented photographer himself and his ultimate success with CHANEL made the house one of the most important and prolific today. Thanks to Lagerfeld, the company also acquired many specialized French craft ateliers, like Lesage for embroidery, Lemarié for feathers and artificial flowers, Maison Michel for millinery, and Causse for glove making. This craftsmanship  was celebrated with lavish Métiers d’Art fashion shows as Paris – Bombay or Paris – Salzburg for example. The famous cruise collections took place in far destinations such as Dubai or Havana, Cuba, showing Lagerfeld’s way to making CHANEL even more prominent and desirable around the world.

Eric Pfrunder, Virginie Viard and Karl Lagerfeld

This January, Lagerfeld didn’t come to his Haute Couture presentation in Paris which was already a sign that the designer was not feeling well. Instead of him, Virginie Viard, the creative studio director, took the applause. It is more than likely that she will succeed Lagerfeld as CHANEL’s designer, supported by Eric Pfrunder, the house’s director of image.

«I am very much down to earth, just not this earth.» – Karl Lagerfeld

I could go on and on and will surely share with you more about my most magical moments I had with him. Rest in Peace Karl Lagerfeld –  your legend will live on, and not only in my closet!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld and © Sandra Bauknecht

Donatella’s Tribute to Gianni

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the brutal murder of Gianni Versace in broad daylight in Miami Beach. I will never forget this moment when I saw the news on TV. I was studying fashion design and was at home working on one of my first assignments. At this time, Versace was big. We all dreamt of butterfly prints, safety pins, tight dresses and many more…

Gorgeous as her mother in the nineties… Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford, on the Versace S/S 2018 catwalk.

This week, Donatella Versace chose to stage her S/S 2018 show at Milan’s Triennale museum as a tribute to her late brother’s Gianni’s inspirations and creations. And so, for the first time since being the creative director of the company, she seeked inspiration directly from the house’s archives with all the key prints and pieces from the years 1991–95.

Versace in the ’90s

As I said those years marked the highlights of Gianni Versace’s designs. His most iconic collections included Vogue, Warhol, My Friend Elton, Icons, Baroque, Animalia, Native Americans, Tresor de la Mer, Metal Mesh, and Butterflies.

Beautiful finale of the S/S 2018 Versace: Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen posing in classic Versace chainmail dresses.

To celebrate «a genius . . . an icon . . . my brother» as Donatella said, the show fulminated in a finale that brought tears to my eyes. Gianni’s favorite models, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christensen, appeared in golden gowns on stage, to the chorus of George Michael’s «Freedom! ’90.» Front row? Alessandro Michele, Anthony Vaccarello and Pierpaolo Piccioli applauded to Donatella’s tribute to the late master of fashion.

Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Burlington lipsynching to George Michael’s «Freedom 90» for the finale of Gianni’s Versace’s F/W 1991 show. Back then fashion was truly fun!

The era of the top models: Gianni Versace surrounded by them in 1991.

A beautiful Versace ad campaign from the ’90s.

This moment reminded me why I chose many years ago the direction of fashion and how much the work of Gianni Versace in the ’90s had inspired me to do so.

Thank you, Donatella, for this little reminder, we all sometimes need in this busy life! And thank God that I have kept everything in my closet… time to dust the butterflies off…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via Vogue.com and Rex Features

Balmain Brings the Supermodels Back

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Olivier Rousteing, Balmain‘s Creative Director, wrote yesterday on his instagram account: «U made me love FASHION yesterday, U make me love FASHION today, and U re going to make me love FASHION in the future.» In the pictures that he commented on, he was next to Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell.

His #BalmainArmy is in expansion mode and the three ’90s supermodels are the faces of the S/S 2016 campaign shot by Steven Meisel. Posing in the designer’s body-conscious and ruffled new seaon’s creations, they look as stunning as 20 years ago and are a perfect fit for the French Maison. Personally speaking, the three icons are so much more beautiful than Kendall and Gigi, the previous faces. I am sure this campaign will have a lot of success.

TO SHOP BALMAIN ONLINE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Balmain

Fashion Hero Lunch in Hamburg

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Recently, I was invited for lunch to Hamburg. And it was as fantastic as it sounds. I was flown in by André Maeder, Chief Retail Officer Karstadt, to celebrate his collaboration with the German reality television series FASHION HERO that airs every Wednesday on ProSieben.

The concept of the show focusing on fashion design and hosted by no other than Claudia Schiffer is pretty easy and convincing.

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The 21 contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged by a jury that consists of three buyers, André Maeder (Karstadt), Anne Rech (Asos) und Petra Winter (s.Oliver). Each week, the three retailers buy their favourite designs (sale to the highest bidder) that will be available online directly after the show or the next morning at the respective department store.

In the end, whoever meets the needs of the three retailers in the finale will receive a capsule collection worth €1.5 million within each shop.

André Maeder with Sandra Bauknecht

I sat next to André Maeder, who is of Swiss origin, and had a very interesting conversation about this new show that is adapted from the US format called Fashion Star.

He told me that “for the first time in Karstadt history, the website collapsed as too many people wanted to buy the pieces right after the show.” Maeder, a born leader who had worked at Harrods, Boss and Charles Vögele before, knows what he wants and has a clear vision of style. Being asked who are his own fashion heroes, he replied: “Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs.” Can’t argue with that!

Below you can enjoy some impressions of the lunch:

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Framed by the winners of the first show, Sahra Tehrani und Marcel Ostertag.

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Beautiful ambiance at The Box in Hamburg.

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On display were the designs of the first show, that are available here.

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Drinks Fashion hero

Herr Maeder Bags

Hamburg Flight

Beautiful Hamburg – always worth a visit! Bye-bye, see you soon again!

LoL, Sandra

Some photos of the first collage: Courtesy of ProSieben, all other photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Happycoat Comes to Switzerland

Happycoat Comes to Switzerland

Great news for my Swiss readers, Notting Hill-based label Happycoat will come to Switzerland for an exclusive VIP sale at Kids and the City from September 12-14, 2012.
(For details, please see invitation below).

This is your chance to meet the designer, Tilla Lindig, and to explore her collection of timeless outerwear, from sophisticated capes to chic coats and fitted jackets such as the “Kate” which is named after the Duchess of Cambridge, of course.

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Tilla, who was born and raised in Germany, lives today with her husband and three kids in London. She knows exactly what women want: Looking stylish while being comfortable. Her pieces work for all occasions, bringing the kids to school or having lunch in the city. She even has started to do bespoke pieces.

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Her fan base is huge. Many celebrities have been spotted in Happycoats, among them Claudia Schiffer, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Kate Moss. Last month, Lindig was voted Best German Brand Abroad 2012 by German Bunte, Elle and Instyle magazines. Congrats, Tilla, well done!

If you would like to have more information and see some of the styles, please click here for a previous post.

LoL, Sandra

Happycoat Invite ZurichPhotos: Courtesy of Tilla Lindig, Happycoat and © Birgit Klemt

Stars Wearing Stars

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Dolce & Gabbana’s star-sprinkled collection is loved by fashionistas and celebrities all over the world. The must-have print also graces some of the recent September issues. From Spanish Vogue with Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer in a trio of Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2011 dresses on the cover to American Marie Claire with Anne Hathaway.

My favourites are the printed star dress with lace inserts and the matching star pumps. The sequined star clutch and wallet work well with every outfit.
Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

I see you in the stars

Fashion Alert: Claudia Schiffer’s New Label

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Newly launched for F/W2011, Claudia Schiffer’s luxurious cashmere line perfectly encapsulates the legendary supermodel’s insouciant style. Schiffer sourced the finest fabrics for this collection of model must-haves – you’ll find everything from cozy cardigans in rich earth tones to slinky color-pop tube dresses.

The range will be manufactured, produced and distributed in partnership with luxury German 
cashmere label Iris von Arnim.

Available from today at www.net-à-porter.com.

LoL, Sandra

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Sylvester Stallone – 35 Years of Painting

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„Every time you look at a great painting, you’ve literally took a piece of the artist’s soul.“
– Sylvester Stallone

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Sylvester Stallone with me in front of his artwork "Best of Life", 1989, which is my absolute favourite, a collage of fan letters.

This morning, I attended a very interesting opening at the well-known Galerie Gmurzynska in St. Moritz in the presence of the artist himself: Sylvester Stallone 35 Years of Painting. In case that you are wondering, I am talking about the “Stallone”, the “Rambo”.

The exhibition is a retrospective of his work. About 30 pictures will be presented, documenting different periods of Sly’s creative work.

The  famous actor has started painting in his teens. His early pieces, which he signed “Mike Stallone”, were experimental. Due to financial reasons he then worked as an author until he started a career as an actor. In 1976 he made his breakthrough as “Rocky”, started painting again and continued to do so until today. During the seventies and eighties, Stallone’s art was very expressive and morbid. Amongst others, his paintings were influenced by the death of his manager  to handle the stroke of fate. The work he made during this period was graphic, flat, often brightly coloured and still quite illlustrative.



"Finding Rocky", Mixed media and artists frame, 1975

"Finding Rocky", Mixed media and artists frame, 1975

A change in his style began 1989/1990. He got deeper into art, studied closely contemporary art and painters like Picasso, Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer. He looked into abstract work of Mark Rotho and developed a unique style for himself: He produced expressive, profound and expressionistic works, sometimes modified self portraits, sometimes pictures playing with words.
Smooth strokes instead of hard blows…

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"Best of Life", Mixed media and artists frame, 1989

"Best of Life", Mixed media and artists frame, 1989

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Donald Kuspit, one of America’s most renowed art scholars, wrote an essay about Stallone’s art in which he states that Stallone is no longer acting or pretending when he is painting, but honestly and openly himself. He is no longer Rambo , the straight-shooter who never misses, or Rocky, an everyday guy who made it, but in search of his missing self – the self he may have lost when he played those proud creations. His paintings are more emotionally realistic than his unrealistic heroes.


"Never Ever Land", Mixed media and artists frame, 2010

"Never Ever Land", Mixed media and artists frame, 2010

Stallone told Donald Kuspit that the cutting of the frames symbolizes the cutting of frames and scenes from his movies by various editors. It upset him greatly, which is one reason he does not completely frame nor edit his paintings –does not hem them in.


"Hercules O'Clock", Mixed media and artists frame, 1991

"Hercules O'Clock", Mixed media and artists frame, 1991

The artworks will be exposed at Galerie Gmurzynska in St. Moritz from February 19th until March 15th. Subsequent to the show in Switzerland, Stallone’s art will be exhibited at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. The prices for Stallone’s artworks are approximately between $50.000-$150.000.

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Photo: Richard Avedon

Stallone is a very impressive and expressive man with a voice that is truly to die for. The father of five children will turn 65 in July and is said to have an IQ of 141.

He was very sweet and answered the question if he could imagine to start painting with Arnold Schwarzenegger like this: „Wouldn’t that be something?! Arnold paints, too but he is not showing his artwork to the public. I painted once with my wife, but this was already complicated enough…”.

In 1995, he modeled for Gianni Versace to promote his new home collection. The photos were taken by Richard Avedon and I still love that one of Claudia Schiffer and Sly both stripped down.

A little trip down fashion memory lane…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: ©Sandra Bauknecht

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

Casual Goes With Style


Claudia Schiffer was spotted recently in London on the way to pick up her kids from school in a cozy and stylish combination. The nautical dress/top is still in style and worn together with a chunky knit coat like the Stella McCartney one adds this little spice to the classic piece. Skinny jeans, a pair of comfy boots and the quilted Chanel bag finish off this casual look perfectly.

Two thumbs up!

LoL, Sandra