Franca Sozzani Dead at Age 66


«You use the way you dress to give a message to someone else. So I don’t understand why sometimes it becomes so controversial.» – Franca Sozzani

She was much-loved, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani passed away in Milan on Thursday after a year-long illness. She was only 66 years old.

bn-dz659_mag091_fr_20140806122915Franca Sozzani in her home office in Milan.

Having led the magazine for 28 years, she has transformed Vogue Italia into a platform for honoring the power of the image and of photography. For me, she has always been an idol with her great style, the long wavy blond hair and her warm-hearted and elf-like appearance. She was very open, never shied away from pop culture, gifting Kim Kardashian her first Vogue appearance and defending fashion bloggers well before they were an established part of the industry.

sarorialist-franca-sozzaniAlways smiling, never pretentious, Franca front row.

A modern woman, who combined motherhood and business. She was extremely close to her only son, Francesco Carrozzini, who in the final year of her life directed a well-respected documentary about her, which commentators described as a love letter between a mother and a child. He was at her side when she died.

franca-sozzani-vogue-1With her beloved son Francesco Carrozzini.

The fashion world has lost an icon. RIP Franca – you will be missed!

LoL, Sandra


Photos: © Peter Lindbergh, © Angelo Pennetta for WSJ Magazine, © The Satorialist, © Bruce Weber for Vogue October 2016, © Vogue Italia

Bally x L’Officiel Event in Zurich

Bally x L'Officiel Event in Zurich - Sandra Bauknecht

Last night, BALLY celebrated their new F/W 2014 collection in collaboration with L’OFFICIEL SWITZERLAND at the Zurich store on Bahnhofstrasse.

Exclusively for BALLY, I chose as editor-in-chief my must-haves for the next season that were highlighted in the store with cute little tags. Moreover guests were entertained by a specially curated trunk show during the event. Enjoy some impressions below and stay tuned for my outfit post coming up soon.

To shop the chic F/W 2014 collection online, click here please.

LoL, Sandra




My favorite BALLY heels: the BESNA PUMPS



My favorite BALLY bag: the SOMMET TOTE icon

Sandra Bauknecht-Erhard Schwendimann

Last night with Erhard Schwendimann, BALLY’s Managing Director Retail





Photos: © David Biedert Photography

It’s OFFICIEL – Big Personal News


Today, I have some very big personal news that I am very proud to share with you. I am appointed Editor-in-Chief of L’OFFICIEL SWITZERLAND, for both, the French and German editions of the publication. The magazine is launching in March 2014. And no worries, Sandra’s Closet will still exist, I will be wearing “two hats” so to say and will keep you posted with fashion and lifestyle news from all over the world.

Personally speaking, I am very much looking forward to my new challenge. L’OFFICIEL is at the top range of international fashion magazines and I am very excited to launch its Swiss edition with the local team. It will allow for an interesting balance between the precision and beauty of print and the speed of online fashion reporting through my blog.

The team include a strong mix of national and international talents:

Team L'Officiel Suisse

I will keep you posted on all future developments and hope that you will enjoy the first edition of L’OFFICIEL SWITZERLAND in March 2014.

LoL, Sandra