My Look: Greetings from Paris

Sandra Bauknecht-Paris Je t'aime

Greetings from Paris where I am for another exciting photo shoot with Dior for the launch of their new mascara and eyeliner. The pictures and review will follow shortly. Here you see me at Place Vendôme in one of my favorite outfits this season. I have been in love with Simone Rocha‘s designs from the beginning. From Central Saint Martins graduate to London Fashion Week highlight in under a year, she is the hot new design star to watch. Her innovative collections focus on clean color palettes and experimental fabric techniques.

My look: Faux pearl-embellished scuba-mesh jacket and matching skirt with cutout detail, both by Simone Rochacropped black sweater and pointed leather Mary-Jane pumps, both by Saint Laurent. Pearl hoop earrings and tricoloured Lady Dior bag by Christian Dior. Jewelry by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht in Saint Laurent Top in Paris

Close up Simone Rocha Jacket

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Simone Rocha Skirt with Cut out

Cour de Vendôme

Dior Bag, Simone Rocha Skirt

Place Vendome Dior

Sandra Bauknecht in Simone Rocha in Paris-2

Cut out Skirt Simone Rocha

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Sandra Bauknecht in Simone Rochas

Sandra Bauknecht in Simone Rocha in Paris

Lady Dior Bag Paris

Skirt 2 Simone Rocha

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Paris Vendome

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Total Styling Lab: Graphic Construction

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Here is my fourth look from the LuisaViaRoma Total Styling Lab. This time, I worked on the cutout trend which I totally adore. An absolute highlight is the necklace with the amazing spider pendant by Stephen Webster.
Sometimes, you have to have something to dream of…

Dress: VersaceSuede Pumps: Yves Saint LaurentPython Clutch: Philippe RoucouNecklace: Stephen Webster

LoL, Sandra

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Rock the Eighties


Can you guess where we are in time-travelling after my lastet posts about lace and rocking hot black leather? Yes, we have arrived in the `80s. For some people, the golden decade was the worst one fashionwise but since a few seasons designers have relied on some of the worth recycling styles. The leggings  and skinny jeans came back around 4 years ago and who would have ever imagined their ongoing success?! They have definitely conquered my closet and I never want them to vanish again as the modernized versions are stylish and comfy in one.

Designers have returned 20 years this F/W 2010 to find the `80s ma-ma-material beauty and so can you. Let`s begin!


You might feel like a virgin in a sharp leather pencil skirt, sequined blazer and fishnet stockings. Add lots of accessories like the iconic safety pins, stacked bracelets and big cross pendants for the ultimate killer look!


Balmain launched a real boom with the return of the shoulder pads. The last seasons, fashionistas have crazed all over the world for the must-have blazers and jackets. The hype is definitely not over yet! Party like it`s 1982 in those brocade and patchwork nightclub nostalgia pieces from the F/W 2010 runways. Absolutely screaming hot are red leather leggings, another must for this winter!


The `80s encouraged self-expression with eyecatching neon colours and rainbow dyes. I would not do the complete look but you can easily embed one sparkling bright piece into your daily wear. One thing I am not so sure is about the über-teased hair…. probably a little too much retro-style. But nevertheless the point of fashion is that girls just wanna have fun! So let`s start experimenting….

In case that you are looking for your personal Jesus, try black leather and fringes. So hot! Sequined leggings combined with a denim jacket would turn you also very fast back to the `80s without looking disguised.


If you want to find the fashion cure for this winter`s style heritage, you could opt for a goth look with an asymmetrical cropped sweater or some cut out off-shoulder-tops. And I am sure that this Friday, you will be in love.

 

99780_in_lMy personal `80s-inspired object of desire is this gorgeous suede buckled V-neck dress by Balmain. Available from today at net-à-porter. This is rock glam chic at its best! Hard to beat it.

LoL, Sandra

The Monokini

Monokini

Probably you are a little like me. I am always very fast in buying fashion for the next season. So I do not mind starting to get my summer clothes in December. But there is one thing that is always fairly traumatic for me: Trying on a bikini in January when I am all pale in the fluorescent lights of a small dressing room. Somehow those mirrors do not seem to flatter anyone and have the magical power to eliminate the highest self-esteem. They should serve a mandatory glass of champagne to anyone swimsuit shopping when the temperature outside is freezing cold.
Therefore I always wait until the last minute when I am already a little tanned to get my bathing apparel. Probably online shopping is anyway the best way to go.

This year, my object of desire is a monokini, a bikini with fabric linking the bottom and top. The absolute must-have this summer! You could also name it a cutout swimsuit. Reminding me of the 80s, it looks so stylish and surprisingly modern. My favourite is the printed one by Emilio Pucci. The only disadvantage is the pattern that the crisscrossing panel is going to leave on your skin…

LoL, Sandra

Don’t Cut Yourself Out!

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Me wearing the cutout dress by Gucci

Me wearing the cutout dress by Gucci

 

Me wearing Alexander McQueen

Me wearing Alexander McQueen

This summer, there was no body part safe from the cutout trend. If you think too trashy for you, you will be most likely mistaken. Strategically placed bare spots are glamourous and taking sexy to the next level without being vulgar. Revealing the right amount of skin can be much more sizzling than seeing it all. It is like playing hide and seek.

As the S/S 2010 season is coming to an end fashionwise, I truly recommend getting a cutout or cobwebby knitted dress now. The Gucci version has the must-have tribal print for summer but will not be a classic because of that.
Please find below my pre-selection of the best pieces on sale, available at Browns and Net-à-porter.

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Trust me, it will be a good investment. The trend is going to stay for F/W 2010. The only obvious change is that the cutout styles are a little more subtle and smaller which is probably better for the cold winter months. Please see for yourself:

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Play discreetly peekaboo and believe me heads will be turning your direction!

LoL, Sandra