My Look: Paisley

After my master detox program at Clinique La Prairie I feel so full of energy which translates into my choice of fashion. Vibrant, colorful, full of life, for Gucci‘s «Epilogue» collection Alessandro Michele takes inspiration from the bohemian styles of the ’60s and ’70s. «Epilogue» was conceived as a vibrant rejection of fashion’s more «traditional» guidelines. It reveals all of the elements that have guided the Gucci aesthetic over the last six years. This brightly coloured paisley print ensemble speaks to the narrative used throughout the collection. It’s cut for a figure-skimming fit from breathable cotton and linen-blend canvas printed with a rainbow of swirling paisleys.

My look: Paisley-print canvas crop topicon, and matching paisley-print cotton-blend canvas maxi skirticon, Angel leather platform sandals, all by Gucci, oversized gold-tone, crystal and faux pearl clip earrings by Dolce & Gabbana, Gilda super mini crystal-embellished lamé toteicon by Amina Muaddi, and Royal Oak 37mm 18-karat frosted rose gold watch by Audemars Piguet.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
The photos were taken on the terrace of my suite at Clinique La Prairie.
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My Look: Show

While I am at Clinique La Prairie for a master detox program, I try to stay away from work as much as possible. Even that I post on a daily basis, I have so many things that still haven’t been revealed. Time is really the issue. Today’s post is very emotional. This was the last fashion show I attended that felt normal. One year ago, right before the first lockdown in Italy started, I was invited by Moschino to see their F/W 2020 show which was one of my favorites of all time, inspired by the French Revolution and Marie Antoinette (for a post in which I wear a look from the show, click here please). After the presentation, I was invited by Moschino to IT Milano, a one Michelin star restaurant, and got spoiled by chef Gennaro Esposito, who really liked my Crazy Fruits bag. If you head to my Instagram, there is a story about the show in my highlights.

My look: Collared feather-trimmed sequined blazericon by Michael Kors Collection, sequined tulle underwired balconette braicon, and sequined tulle briefsicon, both by Dolce & Gabbana, cereal box embroidered clutchicon and ruffled silk stole with Halloween printicon, both by Moschino, and 76 suede over-the-knee bootsicon by Saint Laurent.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Happy Tasty Easter with Dolce & Gabbana

Easter greetings from Italy! The luxury label Dolce & Gabbana has collaborated with the traditional Sicilian bakery Fiasconaro and is providing you for Easter brunch with a sweet-smelling and exquisite pastry. This so-called «La Colomba Pasquale» is a counterpart to the popular festive Christmas panettoni. A modern take on the traditional recipe, they come in three different variations and make every festive table look special … a bit like vacation in Italy.

The «Colomba Pasquale» is the dove of peace, which is traditionally baked in Italy for Easter. It is not only a symbol of peace and rebirth, but also stands for traditional craftsmanship, family and the typical flavors of the south. Since a handmade Colomba has become rare, the «Colomba Pasquale» from the Sicilian Pasticceria Fiasconaro, which has been run as a family business since the 1950s, is something truly special.

The natural sourdough is refined with fresh ingredients and is known for its incomparable lightness and seductive fragrance. The Dolce & Gabbana by Fiasconaro edition is available in three versions: Colomba with Sicilian almonds and candied orange, Colomba with Sicilian chocolate and wild strawberry jam and the classic Colomba with Sicilian chocolate.

The exquisite eye-catching tins come in a typical Dolce & Gabbana print that has taken inspiration from the fine china of Delft, with its deep contrasting hues of blue against a porcelain-white background. The tins alone make for a most impressive gift, worth keeping long after the contents has been consumed.

In Switzerland available at Jelmoli and Globus, or online. Happy Easter!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dolce & Gabbana and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Just Smile

Just smile – Easter weekend is calling and the sun is out. Blue jeans and a white tee are always a good idea and I love them in combination with my favorite spring cardigan, for which Stella McCartney asked artist and friend Jeff Koons to create the artwork for «K is for Kindness» in her #StellaAtoZ series, and the message is spread loud and clear on the back of this cardigan. The perfect remedy for gloomy days and a must-have for for eternal optimists, it’s knitted with cheerful intarsia of a natural landscape reminding you to smile.

My look: Kind intarsia wool and cotton-blend cardigan by Stella McCartney, white cotton cropped top (Look 44 Pre-collection Summer 2021), and AirPods Pro case in white, both by CHANEL, high rise straight jeans with embellishments by Dolce & Gabbana, iPhone cover in blue ostrich leather by The Collector, and Lady Bug 100 patent leather pumpsicon by Christian Louboutin.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
The photos were taken inside the fumoir at Gstaad Palace Hotel.
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My Look: Lesage

«Embroidery is to Haute Couture what fireworks are to Bastille Day.» – François Lesage

I love CHANEL‘s Métiers d’Art collections, that are always a visual treat for the senses, showcasing the craftsmanship for which the luxury house is revered. Those runway shows take place each year outside the traditional fashion schedule.

The name itself reveals it: Métiers d’Art means «art professions». They are considered demi-couture, right between ready-to-wear and haute couture; although the designs are not bespoke, their ornamentation and craftsmanship rely on couture techniques. The collections and their elaborate themes are brought to life by the small specialist workshops that CHANEL began buying in 1984, in order to preserve the expertise and craftsmanship associated with French luxury, among them the buttons and accessory maker (Desrues), costume jewelers (Goossens), embroiderers (Lesage and Montex), feather and flower makers (Lemarié), milliners (Maison Michel), shoemakers (Massaro) and so on. Today these ateliers have become essential to the everyday running of the fashion house, providing CHANEL with everything from lace to embroidered buttons.

For the Métiers d’Art collection 2020, named Paris – 31 Rue Cambon, Virginie Viard, who was with CHANEL’s haute couture department for more than 30 years before taking the helm as the Maison’s creative director in 2019, brought the show back to the legendary designer’s apartment, creating the magnificent set-up that placed emphasis on Coco Chanel’s famous mirrored staircase.

Her favorite look of the collection was number 34, and it was also mine. It is a piece of art, created using the intricate trompe-l’œil embroidery done specifically at the ateliers of Lesage, and the attention to detail is undeniable.

The story began in 1858, when Charles Frederick Worth opened his haute couture fashion house, and started making use of the prodigious talent of the embroiderer Albert Michonet, whose studio was purchased by Albert and Marie-Louise Lesage in 1924. This was the beginning of a period of fruitful and close collaboration with the best-known names of the time. They introduced tambour embroidery to the studio using the Lunéville technique, which could respond to the voracious demand for beaded and sequinned gowns during Les Années Folles.

In 1949, on the death of his father, François Lesage (1929 – 2011) took over management of the company at the tender age of 20. For 50 years, he has cleverly combined the skills of a traditional craft with meeting the pioneering requirements of the new generation of fashion designers. In 2002, the company became part of the CHANEL family.

Coming back to Look 34, that I am wearing in this outfit post. It features the Lunéville technique that involves using a crochet hook to chain stitch small decorations (black and gold beads) to the underside of the fabric. In this case, over 25,000 gold beads and 35,000 black tube beads are used to form the embroidered braids, before the seamstresses at the tailleur atelier carefully place them along the edges and cuffs of the wool tweed jacket and trousers. The classic handbag was created to complement the look, crafted in the same red-and-black wool tweed and finished with the embroidered braid detailing all around the edges.

Why am I explaining all of this to you? Those pieces are one-off creations that continually push the boundaries to showcase the fine arts that are only alive and well today because of CHANEL’s continued patronage. If you love fashion, you will appreciate the craftsmanship of those eternal items. This look is very dear to my heart.

My look: Tweed jacket with embroidery, matching tweed pants, and classic handbag, layered pearl necklace with bows, and two-tone slingback shoes, all by CHANEL (Look 34 Métiers d’Art 2020 Paris – 31 Rue Cambon),  velvet and Leavers lace-trimmed stretch-tulle halterneck bodysuiticon, and gold-tone, enamel and faux pearl clip earrings, both by Saint Laurent, and Carretto-print face mask, by Dolce & Gabbana.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: The Diana Tuck

A trend borrowed from Lady Di’s iconic off-duty style, pants tucked into knee-high boots, has already made the leap from the runway to the streets, and is sported today also on my legs. It gives your outfit such a cool and relaxed take on luxury. It is my styling trick if the pants are too long…

My look: Vichy embellished houndstooth tweed bomber jacketicon, and matching Vichy embellished houndstooth tweed tapered pantsicon, both by Alessandra Rich, intarsia wool-blend turtleneck sweatericon by Dolce & Gabbanagrosgrain-trimmed wool-blend felt cap and grooved cabochon clip earringsicon, both by Saint Laurenticon, camellia brooch by CHANELblack suede knee boots by The Attico, and Cassette chain-embellished padded intrecciato suede shoulder bag in dark brown by Bottega Veneta.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Mirage Gstaad

One thing you should not have missed when visiting Gstaad, is the outdoor sculpture MIRAGE GSTAAD. Until this month, the mirror house designed by Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken stands on the hiking trail between Schönried and Gstaad and can only be reached on foot.

With every available surface clad in mirror, it both absorbs and reflects the landscape around in such ways that the exterior will seemingly disappear just as the interior draws the viewer into a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and reflection. With the help of my tripod, I shot this outfit post by myself – a comfortable look that is perfect for hiking around Gstaad.

My look: Lawrence space-dyed cashmere sweatericon, and Lauren fringed space-dyed cashmere wrapicon, both by Gabriela Hearst, skinny jeans «Kate» by Dolce & Gabbana, Biker II leather bootsicon by Jimmy Choo, Loulou heart-shaped acetate sunglasses by Saint Laurent, Clash de Cartier ring in 18K rose gold with amazonite by Cartierand waist belt by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Winter Layers Love


Stay fashionable in the cooler winter temperatures by layering sweaters, tops and cardigans – all in style of course! A good rule of thumb is to start off with all three layers on, then as you start to feel a little too warm, shed a layer. Great news is that you can wear the pieces alone all year long. The trick is to pair them together smartly – think stylish, not bulky and put the thickest piece as the last one. Personally speaking, nothing keeps me as warm as a great mixture of layers.

My look: Colorful long cardicoat (Coco Neige 2020), black top with cross design (F/W 2020 Look 13), stirrup wool pants (Pre-fall 2020 Métiers d’Art «Paris-31 rue Cambon» Look 9), multicolored stone and pearl necklace (Pre-fall 2019 Métiers d’Art «Paris – New York»), velvet clutch with colorful stone embellishments (F/W 2020 Look 52), hair clip with pearls and vintage square plexiglass ring, all by CHANELruffle-trimmed lace and ribbed-knit sweater by Valentinoblack fur snow boots by Prada Linea Rossa, and pearl embellished cat eye sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: The Fog

Around Lake Zurich, it can get very foggy, especially during fall. Not being able to to see the sun after several days can really bring down one’s mood. However the beauty about Switzerland is, that if there is fog around the lake, you can almost always find the sun and blue skies above in the mountains. I spent the last two days in Zurich and when driving up today to Gstaad again, the sun was shining and it made me realize how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful place.

My outfit definitely works on all occasions, sunny or foggy weather. I am absolutely loving it. It is playful, yet conservative, eye-catching, yet muted in colors.

My look: Sheep fur coat by Saint Laurent, houndstooth wool pinafore dressicon by Miu Miu, roll-neck jersey sweatericon by Dolce & Gabbana, Cassette chain-embellished padded intrecciato suede shoulder bag in dark brown by Bottega Venetapearl crystal birdcage pin brooch by CHANEL, D-Dream leather beret, and Dior Empreinte heeled boots, both by Dior.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Gstaad Experience

Here is the outfit I wore for my Gstaad experience last week. Cozy and warm, yet stylish, waterproof and protective, wearing a great ski suit makes you look awesome on the slopes and is also perfect for all other activities in the mountains.

Great news is that this ski suit is equipped with the RECCO® system. Since its launch in the 80’s, this rescue system has become the standard bearer in avalanche search and rescue technology. It’s always on and ready to go with no batteries that might run out and lasts a lifetime. For the wearer the system consists of a permanently attached «reflector» which is sewn into the Dolce & Gabbana outerwear pieces. When an avalanche happens, professional rescuers pull out a RECCO® detector which scans the slide area for signals and allows them to easily find those lost under the snow.

My look: Tropical rose print ski jacketiconmatching tropical rose print ski trousers, printed silk scarf, and roll-neck jersey sweatericon, all by Dolce & Gabbana, Trekkgirl snow boots by Valentino, vintage white mink ear muffs by CHANEL, medium shearling Bobby bag in grey by Dior, and LV Timeless metallic stole by Louis Vuitton.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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