My Look: You Have My Whole Heart

Sandra Bauknecht in Azzedine Alaia

For a true fashion lover, Azzedine Alaïa is a must in a closet. An Alaïa dress is a seasonless wardrobe wonder piece that never lets you down. I bought my first item by the Tunisian-born designer probably 20 years ago and it still looks up to date. His designs play with discreet luxury, they are comfortable and ultra feminine. For the Bally x L’Officiel event I wore this look and played with the color combination of dark blue and black which I adore, it is so chic.

My look: Blue heart motif stretch-knit dress, black cropped fine-knit cardigan and corset belt, all by Azzedine AlaïaDirty ’50s stretch-denim jacket iconby Saint Laurent, dark blue suede strappy sandals by Miu Miu, Kelly So Black bag by Hermès, Limelight Gala watch and rose diamond necklace by Piaget, diamond ring and bracelet by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

Monsieur Alaïa, you have my whole heart…

LoL, Sandra

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Denim Jacket by Saint Laurent

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Meet Monique Péan and Her Amazing Jewels

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Today I would like to introduce you to the New York based premier environmentally friendly fine jewelry line MONIQUE PÉAN iconthat is known for its one-of-a-kind designs, avant-garde style and unique materials, including sustainable fossilized woolly mammoth and walrus ivory as well as dinosaur bones.

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Partnering with artisans around the world to support traditional craftsmanship and cultural heritage, MONIQUE PÉANicon, founded in 2006, strives to raise awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues through design. Proceeds from the sales contribute to global philanthropic organizations such as charity: water, which provides clean drinking water and basic sanitation to people in developing nations.

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In 2009, Péan was one of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Accessories that same year. Péan was raised in the Washington D.C. area and holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics.

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Now, you have the chance to pre-order her exclusive Resort 2015 line until August 26, 2014 for which she embarks on an archeological expedition with these most rare gems featuring prehistoric fossils. Conflict-free diamonds shine bright in the sleek settings that bring new meaning to modern relicts.

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To pre-order, just click on the highlighted text below the photos to be transferred directly. Enjoy those rare treasures!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Monique Péan

Acte V by Louis Vuitton

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During Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris last week, I was invited by Louis Vuitton to explore the new Haute Joaillerie collection: ACTE V at their newly opened showroom at Place Vendôme. Old sketch books from the house were also on show as well as the high-finished jewels in diamonds and brilliant stones.

V as in the Roman numeral 5 is the leitmotif in the house’s fifth high jewelry collection. V is also the modern ideogram,the Maison’s signature stylised by Gaston-Louis Vuitton during the Art Deco period, in which he was a major player, chairing the Exhibition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925.

Here are some of the most stunning pieces of the new ACTE V collection, of which each jewel is constructed on the basis of a V:

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The Genesis Necklace
The cornerstone of the collection is presenting the V as in the shape of this pixelated gem, a 87.92-carat triangular Australian black opal.
White Gold – 1 Australian Opal: 87,92 cts – 1 Tourmaline: 8,60 cts – 1 Sapphire: 5,07 cts – 2 LV Star Cut Diamonds: 1,04 ct / 1,07 ct – Diamonds

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The Genesis Ring
This is another amazing piece of Vuitton’s new High Jewelry collection. The exceptional 20.94-carat blue grey Burmese sapphire was extracted from the Pien Pyit mine in Mogok valley.
White Gold – 1 Burmese sapphire: 20,94 cts – Sapphires: 1,44 ct – Diamonds

Cuff bracelets were the star items of jewelry in the ’20s and for ACTE V, they are crafted with an avante-garde aesthetic transporting the idea of women travelling and breaking free:

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The Apotheosis Cuff
White Gold – 1 Tsavorite Grenat: 16,51 cts – Onyx – Diamonds

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The Apotheosis Bracelet
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The Apotheosis Necklace
White Gold – 1 Paraïba Type Tourmaline : 7,93 cts – 1 Emerald: 0,41 ct – Diamonds

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The Metamorphosis Necklace
Platinum – 2 Panjshir Emeralds: 5,29 cts / 4,23 cts – Diamonds

Below you can enjoy some exclusive behind the scene photos of the artwork behind such a jewel.

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In this collection, Louis Vuitton brings together extraordinary gems discovered after diligent searches the world over. This know-how is crystallised in a ring with a red Tanzanian spinel weighing over 20 carats, boasting a brilliance similar to that of diamonds:

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The Metamorphosis Ring
Platinum – 1 Red Spinel: 20,03 cts – Diamonds

With ACTE V, Louis Vuitton pays tribute to outstanding and hard to find stones, their quality criteria and the emotions they arouse. They are the soul of the jewel: at the heart of the piece, they make us dream and indulge in the beauty of their colors.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton and © Sandra Bauknecht

Piaget Soirée de la Couture Précieuse

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Together with Piaget, I hosted a very special evening called “Soirée de la Couture Précieuse” at the Swiss brand’s store on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich this month. I invited a small circle of friends that also enjoy the beauty of outstanding high jewelry creations.

Piaget‘s enchanting couture collection, first presented at the Biennale des Antiquitaires in 2012, was flown in from Paris on this special occasion. It was a true feast for all senses. While we were enjoying a gourmet dinner by Marco Pfleiderer at the large festive table in the middle of the shop, models presented the finest and most precious jewels, an ode to femininity and seduction. Later, we were able to explore the different facets by trying the pieces ourselves.

If you need a last minute inspiration for a Christmas gift, here you go. To find out more about the Couture Précieuse collection, I kindly invite you to read this previous post with all the details.

LoL, Sandra

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The New Omega Ladymatic Watches

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After having shared with you so much about my recent press trip to Vienna for the launch of the new Omega Ladymatic watches, it is time to finally show you the new models within this fascinating collection. Since its launch in 2010, the Ladymatic watch, which revived the name of an automatic women’s timepiece launched by Omega in 1955, has been acclaimed as much for its extraordinary movement as for its unique design.

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Featuring the innovative Omega Co-Axial calibre 8520, the newest models with their bold, attractive dials have become even more exquisite and fashion-forward. They have a 34 mm case with white, black or rose ceramic between the decorative wave and inner casebody. Each is presented on either a matching satin-brushed leather strap, a polished stainless steel or gold bracelet. The dials, with their enchanting Supernova pattern, are made even more brilliant with 11 diamond-set indexes in facetted 18K white gold diamond-shaped holders, and there is a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The Brilliant Omega Cut diamond found on the screw-in crown is complemented by the wearer’s choice of a dazzling bezel with diamonds arranged in a snow-set pattern, or the pure and elegant polished stainless steel bezel. In addition to offering waterproof capabilities up to 100 meters, Omega – sure of its reliability – assures all of its blissful owners a 4-year warranty.

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I was able to have a closer look at all the models. Please enjoy my favourites below.

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Unique pink mother-of-pearl. Ref. 425.32.34.20.57.001
CHF 7.000.- (excluding tax)

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Seductive purple. Ref. 425.37.34.20.60.001
CHF 13.900.- (excluding tax)

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Enchanting sparkling diamonds. Ref. 425.65.34.20.55.006
CHF 69.000.- (excluding tax)

In case that you have missed the post about the amazing launch event with Nicole Kidman at the Gartenpalais Liechtenstein in Vienna, please click here. For the interview with the stunning actress, please click here.

Stay tuned for the outfit post coming up soon!

LoL, Sandra

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Pomellato’s Secret Treasure in Zurich

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During the last days I showed you so much from my recent road trip through the US. But the country I live in, Switzerland, has a lot to offer as well. Before I left two weeks ago, Pomellato celebrated its store opening with a nice cocktail reception high above Zurich’s rooftops.

Can you imagine that this terrace (see photos below) is never open to the public? It is a real treasure hidden on top of the building.

If you visit the boutique, check out their latest collection: Sabbia by Pomellato in rose gold with brown diamonds, diamonds and black diamonds. So beautiful!

LoL, Sandra

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Rings starting at € 1980.-, Bracelet € 9845.-

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Today is Independence Day, commonly known as Fourth of July that honours the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It is definitely the most American of holidays, celebrated all over the country and marked by patriotic displays coloured in red, white and blue like the US-flag.

Above there is my “American Dream” consisting of a white gold case with 76 set diamonds, a rotabable bezel with 23 diamonds, 18 rubies and 18 sapphires framing a black dial: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II. The list price of this beautiful watch is definitely not a steal: €53.920.- / $70.600.- but colourwise a solid salute to the 234th anniversary of the USA. What a lovely reason….

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There are plenty of stylish ways to wear your pride for America. Stars and stripes work the year around and are always a cool addition to your look, but please just one at a time! For today`s celebration, you can go overboard. The Converse shoes and the snakeskin lips clutch by Lulu Guinness, both with the US-flag, are absolute eyecatchers. Thanks to the big nautical trend this summer showing your sartorial spirit for the USA  is very easy and there is a large variety to choose from. I love this Alice by Temperley striped jersey dress and the maritime sunglasses by D&G.

Have a great 4th of July!

LoL, Sandra