Heavy Hitters

Speaking of shoe fall trends, there is no way not to be mentioning Prada. The heavy-duty combat boots we saw on the Italian fashion label’s F/W 2019 runway above are already poised for huge success, and they’re joined by similarly utilitarian styles from Fendi and Balmain, which I predict fashionistas will wear with floaty dresses or tuck their trousers into.

If you’re wise enough to make an investment now, shop the boots that speak to you the most (before everyone else does)… don’t say I didn’t warn you!

LoL, Sandra

Laser-cut leather and suede ankle boots by Alaïa
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Ranger logo-debossed leather ankle boots by Balmain
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Ceonene 40 leather ankle bootsicon by Gianvito Rossi

Cruz studded textured-leather ankle boots by Jimmy Choo
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Army lace-up leather ankle boots by Saint Laurent
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Lace-up leather ankle bootsicon by Prada

Freedom leather ankle bootsicon by Fendi

Leather boots by Miu Miu

Rope-trimmed lace-up leather ankle boots by Balenciaga (50% off)

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Mule It Over

From flats and kitten heels to something a little higher, these backless shoes will score instant cool points and are so perfect for a sexy walk to the pool!

LoL, Sandra

Paige knotted leather mules by Cult Gaia

Quart 80 suede mules by Christian Louboutin


iconCrawford knotted leather mulesicon by Gucci

Croisette crystal-embellished leather and suede sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti


iconMaureen 100 leather mulesicon by Malone Souliers

Lyn 105 python mules by Gianvito Rossi


Smokey 100 crystal-embellished glittered leather mules by Jimmy Choo

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Donata Swarovski crystal-embellished leopard-print suede mules by Aquazzura

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Clearly the Most Stylish Shoes of the Season

It’s a PVC party!  If you feel like you’ve been spotting see-through everything lately, you’re not alone. But this season, designers step up their game by choosing vibrant colours, studs, laces or even lucite heels filled with surprises to attract the attention.

Clearly the most stylish shoes of the season!

LoL, Sandra

Logo-perforated PU and faux leather mules by Stella McCartney
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Metallic leather and PVC sandalsicon by Prada

Amber Ghost patent-leather and PVC sandals by Alexandre Vauthier


icon105 patent leather-trimmed leopard-print PVC slingback pumpsicon by Gianvito Rossi
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PVC and leather sandals by Dries Van Noten


iconFaridaravie 100 embellished PVC and mirrored-leather sandals by Christian Louboutin

Milos 105 leather and PVC sandals by Aquazzura


iconPeggy sandals by Nicholas Kirkwood
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iconParadise leopard-print wood & PVC clogs by Sophia Webster

iconPhotos: Courtesy of the Brands

Trending F/W 2018: White Ankle Boots

This F/W 2018 season, ankle boots in white are a must! Originally introduced as a low-heeled, mid-calf go-go boot by designer André Courrèges in 1964, and later called the Courrèges boot, it also became famous through the song «These Boots Are Made for Walkin’» in 1966 when Nancy Sinatra performed in a white go-go model, and got credited with further popularising the boot.

Nancy Sinatra wearing the go-go boots in the ’60s.

This season, designers reworked the footwear item of the season by injecting it with allure, a pointed toe, and leg-lengthening thin heels. Style them with monochrome separates for a modern office look.

Here are the best ones available for F/W 2018:

Lace-up leather ankle boots by Miu Miu
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Bow-embellished leather ankle boots by Miu Miu
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Folded cuff leather ankle boots by Givenchy


Banner patent-leather ankle boots by Paul Andrew
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iconTalon Slash leather ankle boots by Balenciaga

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Levy 55 leather ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi

Vania 85 leather ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi
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Fausto leather ankle boots by Jennifer Chamandi


iconEmmet lace-up leather ankle boots by Tabitha Simmons

Millen lace-up leather ankle boots by Alexandre Birman

Palace ruffled leather ankle boots by Aquazzura

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and via Getty
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Shop the Sale in a Smart Way

The MYTHERESA SALE is here with up to 50% off. But how do you shop in a smart way that you’ll get the most out of your money, buy great clothes and avoid any post-purchase feelings of regret? It all begins with preparation – you need to know your current wardrobe inside out and create a list of what you wear often, what you don’t have but would like, and the items you really don’t need another version of. Look for everything that you can take you into the next season.
Here are some pieces I can highly recommend:

Mini fur-lined cotton parka by Mr & Mrs Italy (30% off)
A great investment for the upcoming winter season!

Tyle suede ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi (40% off)
Nothing beats a pair of eye-catching ankle boots.

Princess Diana Falabella box shoulder bag by Stella McCartney (50% off)
I am in love with this bag – perfect for the next bal season.

Ankle Boots Sinatra 105 by Aquazzura (50% off)
Another pair of ankle boots that is a piece of art.

Highland suede over-the-knee boots by Stuart Weitzman (50% off)
Over-the-knee boots are here to stay – so better get yours now on sale.

Wool sweater by Stella McCartney (40% off)
A classic piece for many seasons to come.

Dusana wool and cashmere poncho by The Row (30% off)
Capes and ponchos are absolutely trending this upcoming F/W 2018 season!

SHOP THE COMPLETE MYTHERESA SALE HERE!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Prêt-à-Portea

This week, I was in London for Fashion Week and treated myself to the legendary Prêt-à-Portea designer afternoon tea experience at the Berkeley Hotel which is inspired by the world of fashion. I had already done it once 6 years ago (for the previous post click here please) and was curious to see the Collins Room after it had undergone renovations.

You might be wondering what is Prèt-à-Portea exactly? It is a menu of couture cakes especially designed for the respective season gets a makeover every six months to reflect the latest catwalk trends, colours and designs. For F/W 2017-18, Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat has sent out a brand new collection of exquisite biscuits, bakes and fancies. It takes inspiration from an array of distinguished fashion and accessory designers, and the latest creations shown on the international fashion runways.

YOUR FASHIONISTA’S TEA INCLUDES
A delicate collection of cakes and fancies inspired by the world’s finest designers:

Gucci’s kimono, complete with a charming parasol, transformed into a pomegranate and grenadine bavarois, with cassis and apple compote topped with a crystallised edible flower and a chocolate parasol.

Balenciaga’s effortlessly luxe black-and-white flouncy dress reimagined as a moist chocolate cake, layered with white chocolate Grand Marnier mousse, crunchy ganache and a sexy orange leg.

Gianvito Rossi’s red-heeled boots, recreated as a fennel seed biscuit iced with burgundy red royal icing.

Bottega Veneta’s daring mustard-coloured suit, gracing the cakewalk as an iced speculoos chocolate biscuit.

Anya Hindmarch’s orange leather clutch as a dulce and ginger cake sandwiched within foxy orange chocolate.

Burberry’s sleek white feathered cape, recreated as a tonka bean cheesecake with cinnamon crumble base, covered with glossy white glaze and finished with a curvy white chocolate feather.

Miu Miu’s luxuriously warm coat transformed into a bûche of pistachio crémeux set on hazelnut sable and topped with waved meringue.

Christopher Kane’s ‘LBD’ taken to another level with stunning flowers and transformed into a chocolate moelleux cake with lacte café and Bailey’s cream, finished with sugar flowers.

Dolce & Gabbana’s stand-out dress, now an almond génoise complete with a mango & passion fruit insert and a cocktail caraibe mousse, topped with a rainbow of chocolate disks.

Your tea also includes a flavoursome collection of miniature savoury skewers, taster spoons, elegant canapés and tea sandwiches. To drink, choose from a large selection of loose leaf teas (I personally recommend the Ceylon & Rose tea) from the hotel’s extensive collection and treat yourself to a glass of bubbly like I did. Raise a toast in style!

Prêt-à-Portea is priced at £52.00 per person.
Champagne Prêt-à-Portea, with a glass of Laurent-Perrier, £62.00 per person.
Couture Champagne Prêt-à-Portea, with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé, Bollinger Rosé or Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, £70.00 per person.
A 12.5% discretionary service charge will be added to your bill.

Bookings
Email: dining@the-berkeley.co.uk
Call: +44 (0)20 7107 8866

THE PRET-A-PORTEA BOOK
There is also a great coffee table (I meant tea table book :-)) that I can recommend: «Prêt-à-Portea: High-Fashion Bakes and Biscuits» was published to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Berkeley’s iconic afternoon tea with 20 recipes and baking techniques from the hotel’s Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat. To buy the book, click here please.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
Runway Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
Photos Cover: Courtesy of the Berkeley Hotel

Star Style: Jella Haase Sports Velvet

On Tuesday at the premiere of «Fack Ju Goethe 3» in Zurich, German actress Jella Haase caught my eye in this stunning outfit. First of all, I love velvet in burgundy but paired with a touch of it looks so chic and modern. Two thumbs up for her stylist!

Get her look: Long-sleeved velvet dress by Saint Laurent, Besa leather shoulder bag by Roksanda and Gianvito 105 velvet pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via Jella Haase’s Instagram @jella_h

The Slouchy Boot

The knee- or thigh-high boot is the front-runner for fall. Look for it in ’80s-style slouchy leather with a sharp toe and an inverted heel. Pair it with a printed dress, a skirt, or over jeans.

1 Niki slouchy overknee boots by Saint Laurent
icon2 Kelsey 85 suede boots by Gianvito Rossi
3 Lokyo suede knee bootsicon by Isabel Marant
Leather knee boots by Pradaicon

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Red Alert

Siren call: a fire-engine-red ankle boot is an instant fall upgrade. Step to it.

Robin buckled leather ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi
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Stretch-jersey sock bootsicon by Balenciaga

Downtown 85 suede boots by Aquazzura

Ellipse velvet ankle boots by Tom Ford

Loulou velvet ankle boots by Saint Laurent

I am such a big fan of red booties. If you would like to see my complete look, click here please.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht

White Boots and Booties

After this week’s post about the must-have glitter boots, see today what else is trending in footwear for F/W 2017. As seen on the runways (from left to right in collage: Victoria Beckham – Marc Jacobs – Narciso Rodriguez), white ankle boots and booties are the preferred choice to due their versatile nature and nonchalant aesthetic.

This season, we are spoiled for choice — more so than ever before — when it comes to interesting white styles that will give your cold weather wardrobe that extra element of cool. Please find herewith the tip of the iceberg.

1 Buckled ankle boots by Derek Lam
2 Levy leather ankle bootsicon by Gianvito Rossi
3 Eri embellished leather ankle boots by Alexander Wang
icon4 Faux leather ankle bootsicon by Stella McCartney
5 Leather ankle boots iconby MM6 Maison Margiela
Leather ankle bootsicon by Balenciaga
7 Plume patent-leather ankle boots iconby Laurence Dacade
For Walking printed leather over-the-knee boots by Off-White

My favorite pair are those versatile Laura 85 leather boots by Gianvito Rossi.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands