Veiled

Fairy-tale whimsy, an ode to couture, spring’s plethora of veils speak all languages.
Below are the best ones to shop at the moment.

LoL, Sandra


Swarovski crystal-embellished mesh and buntal fascinatoricon by Philip Treacy

Embellished veiled mohair-blend beret by Jennifer Behr

Clémentine lace veil headband by Maison Michelicon


iconCrystal-embellished mesh and buntal fascinator by Philip Treacy


iconEmbellished satin and mesh-trimmed parasisal straw fedora by Philip Treacy

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Veiled straw hat by Ann Demeulemeester

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Rest in Peace Karl Lagerfeld

Today is a very sad day for the world of fashion and also for myself. Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris at the age of 85. When I heard the news a few hours ago, I literally cried my eyes out.

«Trendy is the last stage before tacky.» – Karl Lagerfeld

For me Lagerfeld was a genius, without him the world of fashion would not be the same. He created collections simultaneously for CHANEL and FENDI (since 1965!), in addition to his signature label, at a pace without rival in the luxury industry. When I started looking at fashion magazines in the middle of the ’80s, he had just begun designing for CHANEL. Before that he had worked at BALMAIN, JEAN PATOU and CHLOÉ where he became successful with his feminine flowing party dresses, the latter he returned to once more in the ’90s before handing the reigns to Stella McCartney.

With Karl Lagerfeld in December 2014 in Salzburg.

When I turned 18, I wished for nothing else than a CHANEL costume. Whenever I met him or interviewed him, he impressed me by his intelligence, wittiness (I attached some of my favorite quotes in this post) and his way of working, which actually was very German. Just get the job done!

I asked him once how he seeks inspiration, he looked at me and said: «Forget inspiration, you sit down every day at your desk and work, half of the outcome is for the trash bin but the other half will work.» Another time, I wanted to know when he goes on holidays and he answered: «Holidays are only for employees.»

«If you are cheap. Nothing helps.» – Karl Lagerfeld

A shoot we did during my time at Marie Claire magazine with Barbara and Boris Becker photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, March 1999.

But my favorite story happened almost 20 years ago when I started my first job at Marie Claire magazine in Germany. My fashion director Florentine Pabst at that time was very close to Karl (and by the way also Jim Morrison‘s last girlfriend) It was probably my first week at the office and she explained to me that during her meeting her phone calls would be transferred to my phone. And most importantly if Karl called, I should let him know, that she will get back to him. I said: «Karl, who? The Karl?!» She smiled and replied: «Of course.»

«Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.» – Karl Lagerfeld

I didn’t leave my desk waiting eagerly for him to call. When he did, I gave him the message. The conversation was probably not longer than 30 seconds but I sat down at my desk with the biggest smile. My boss came back and asked me what happened. I grinned and said: «I am the happiest girl in the world. I just spoke to Karl Lagerfeld.» She laughed.

After half an hour, my phone rang again. It was my fashion director telling me somebody wanted to talk to me. It was no other than Karl Lagerfeld telling me: «I heard you enjoyed talking to me so much, so I thought I give you another call.» And this is how my love story started…

Another epic moment with Karl Lagerfeld in St Moritz in February 2013 at the opening of Fire Etchings at Galerie Gmurzynska.

«I think tattoos are horrible – it’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time.» – Karl Lagerfeld

 There is so much you could talk when you think of Karl Lagerfeld. He discovered Claudia Schiffer, was such a talented photographer himself and his ultimate success with CHANEL made the house one of the most important and prolific today. Thanks to Lagerfeld, the company also acquired many specialized French craft ateliers, like Lesage for embroidery, Lemarié for feathers and artificial flowers, Maison Michel for millinery, and Causse for glove making. This craftsmanship  was celebrated with lavish Métiers d’Art fashion shows as Paris – Bombay or Paris – Salzburg for example. The famous cruise collections took place in far destinations such as Dubai or Havana, Cuba, showing Lagerfeld’s way to making CHANEL even more prominent and desirable around the world.

Eric Pfrunder, Virginie Viard and Karl Lagerfeld

This January, Lagerfeld didn’t come to his Haute Couture presentation in Paris which was already a sign that the designer was not feeling well. Instead of him, Virginie Viard, the creative studio director, took the applause. It is more than likely that she will succeed Lagerfeld as CHANEL’s designer, supported by Eric Pfrunder, the house’s director of image.

«I am very much down to earth, just not this earth.» – Karl Lagerfeld

I could go on and on and will surely share with you more about my most magical moments I had with him. Rest in Peace Karl Lagerfeld –  your legend will live on, and not only in my closet!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld and © Sandra Bauknecht

Halloween Pieces for the Lazy Girl in Us

Don’t want to go the whole Halloween costume hog? To be honest, I hate real costumes, it is a waste of money for me. I am not in the mood of applying fake blood and spending five hours getting all costume-ready. I always try to create something out of my closet. Pieces that are fun, honor the ocassion and can be worn all year around. So if you are like me, don’t panic about Halloween, these pieces are all you need… perfect for the lazy girl in all of us!

To shop, just click on the highlighted text. And don’t forget to scroll until the end of this post. The probably most expensive designer look inspired by Halloween is waiting for you…

Halloween-print silk scarf by Vetements

iconCaterina embellished wool-felt hat by Eugenia Kim
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Cashmere skeleton gloves by Saint Laurent


Jacquard knit skeleton sweater by Saint Laurent
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GucciGhost G-Timeless watch by Gucci
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Montana Pony clutch by Mara & Mine

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Lou crystal-embellished velvet mask by Maison Michel

Kitty leather-trimmed velvet slippers by Charlotte Olympia
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iconNight Fairy embroidered wool-blend scarf by Alexander McQueen

Queen and King skeleton earrings by Alexander McQueen
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Fringed printed silk-blend jacquard scarf by Alexander McQueen
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Reverse opening cardigan jacket in crystal skeleton embroidery by Thom Browneicon

Trouser length cardigan skirt in crystal skeleton embroidery by Thom Browne
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Perspex and crystal clip earrings by Miu Miu

Happy Halloween 2018!

LoL, Sandra

Photos/Stills: Courtesy of the Brands
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Getting Ready for Easter

Easter is in two weeks which is right around the corner. Get ready for the holiday in style with these adorable outfit and gift ideas for any Easter activity you have planned! Whether you are hosting a brunch with friends and family, an egg hunt with the kids, or just chill at home for the holiday with your loved one, I have your wardrobe options covered. Thankfully, this season’s trends complement the Easter spirit perfectly, so no need to feel shy wearing your bunny all year long!

THE FASHIONABLE EASTER BUNNY

1 Embellished intarsia sweater by Gucci
2 Polka dot rabbit T-shirt by Peter Jensen
icon3 Rabbit intarsia jumper by Prada
icon4 Rabbit tote by Comme des Garçons Girl
icon5 Intarsia wool sweater by Gucci
6 Rabbit zip around wallet by MCM
iconRabbit print wallet by Prada

THE GUCCI EASTER BUNNY

1 Embroidered wool cardigan by Gucci
2 Embroidered denim skirt by Gucci
3 Appliquéd cotton T-shirt by Gucci
4 Appliquéd cotton hoodie by Gucci
5 Embroidered denim jacket by Gucci

THE NAUGHTY EASTER BUNNY

1 Playboy bunny logo sweater by Moschino
icon2 Bunny gingham leather cross-body bag by Loewe
icon3 Bunny cap by Bernstock Speirsicon
4 Embellished swimsuit by Moschino
icon5 Heidi lace bunny ear headband by Maison Michel
iconEmbellished Bugs Bunny sweater by Gucci

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Chanel Goes Hamburg

After Salzburg, Rome and Ritz Paris, CHANEL will present its next Métiers d’art collection for Pre-fall 2018 in Hamburg, Germany, on the 6th of December 2017. The show will take place at the spectacular Elbphilharmonie, a true work of architectural prowess conceived by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, and situated in the heart of the Port of Hamburg that just opened in the beginning of the year.

No word yet on why Karl Lagerfeld has decided to take his collection to his hometown, of course, rumors are whispering something about his final show which I absolutely doubt.

The beautiful interior of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg will surely be a stunning backdrop for the show.

Each year, through the virtuosity of the German designer, the CHANEL Métiers d’art collection is taken around the world, and honours the exceptionnal savoir-faire of CHANEL‘s artisan partners, among which the embroiderers Maison Lesage and Atelier Montex, feather-maker Lemarié, shoemaker Massaro and hat-maker and milliner Maison Michel.

Chasing waterfalls for S/S 2018.

Lagerfeld just presented his S/S 2018 show for the French house on Tuesday at Paris Fashion Week, debuting some chic rainwear alongside artificial (but nonetheless astonishing) waterfalls in the Grand Palais. He is a true genius and I am so much looking forward what he will be showing in our mutual home country! Only two months exactly to ago…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via Getty Images and Courtesy of Chanel

Sale Spotlight

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Great news, it is this time of the year: the sale has officially started and you can find amazing pieces that are marked down up to 50%. Below you can find my selection of my favorite 10 with a little explanation why I have chosen them.

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Ruched knitted sweater by J.W.Anderson (40% off)
iconA great sweater for every day in a stunning colour combination.

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Embroidered denim clutch by Marc Jacobs (30% off)
You will be the star at every 4th of July party.
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Bandage mini dress by Hervé Léger (50% off)
A true classic in dark blue.

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Embroidered wool-blend cardigan by Saint Laurent (30% off)
A fun cover-up for those rainy days and later for fall.

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Suede knee boots by Gianvito Rossi (50% off)
Already an investment for the upcoming winter season.

Tom_Ford_Icon_BagiconIcon medium leather tote by Tom Ford (40% off)
If you get a Tom Ford bag on sale, you better do not hesitate.

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iconHenrietta rabbit-fur felt hat by Maison Michel (30% off)
Couture millinery Maison Michel was founded in 1936 and is now owned by Chanel, do I need to explain more?

DOLCE_GABBANA_PUMPSiconEmbellished printed brocade pumps by Dolce & Gabbana (40% off)
With this discount, it feels good to add some color to your wardrobe.

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iconEmbellished bomber jacket by Saint Laurent (40% off)
A treasure from the runway.

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Crystal embellished ring by Gucci (30% off)
Fashion jewelry by Gucci will stay a huge trend next season. This is an amazing opportunity to get it on sale.

I hope that I could inspire you a little… have fun shopping the sale!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Straw Hats, Hemingway and Cuba

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Last night, I arrived in Cuba and was greeted by CHANEL in my hotel room with a lovely surprise: a very cute straw hat created in collaboration with Maison Michel, the famous hat-maker and milliner that was acquired by the House of CHANEL as one of its specialty ateliers.

The first thing popping up in my mind was, how is this shape called? Is it a Panama or a Havana hat, a feodora or a trilby…? Here is a little guide for you so that you will become a real insider.

The easiest thing to remember is that the rim of a fedora curls up while the rim of a panama hat is straight. A trilby is a narrow-brimmed type of hat which in shape resembles the Tyrolean hat.

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Straight rim: straw Panama hat by Rag & Bone.

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The rim curls up: icongrosgrain-trimmed woven paper fedora by Melissa Odabash.

Diesel_Trilby_hatNarrow-brimmed: icongradient trilby hat by Diesel.
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Trendy, the floppy brim: sunny sequined straw sunhat by Eugenia Kim.

Straw hats in all shapes have already become a must-have accessory for fashionistas everywhere as they are the perfect addition to a summery look. So ladies, hold on to your hats, many exciting things are waiting for you during the next days!

Ernest Hemingway wears the look of the successful novelist in Paris, in 1927, just after his book, “The Sun Also Rises,” hit the bestseller list. (AP Photo/Charles Scribner Sons)

I am leaving now an a Hemingway tour which will take me on a journey, following the footsteps of one of the worlds greatest writers here in Cuba. In 1940 Hemingway, with his new wife Martha, purchased a home outside Havana where he would live for the next twenty years. Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht

Believe in the Easter Bunny

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We believe in the Easter Bunny all year around as those amazingly cute pieces would be a shame not to be worn more than one weekend. Kate Moss knows how to do it!

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Get the bunny look in style here:

Easter Bunny Pieces

1 Printed cotton-jersey sweatshirticon by McQ Alexander McQueen
2 Bunny leather clutch by Hillier Bartley
3 Flocked glittered cotton-jersey T-shirticon by McQ Alexander McQueen
4 Swarovski crystal-embellished tulle bunny ear headbandicon by Fleur Du Mal + Playboy
5 Satin and patent-leather sandals by Gianvito Rossi
icon6 Bunny ponte bodysuit by Fleur Du Mal + Playboy
iconHeidi patchwork cotton bunny ears headband by Maison Michel

Enjoy your Easter weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via Playboy January/February 2014
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Fash Friday: Coachella

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When you think “festival fashion,” Coachella, which starts today, is pretty much the gold standard. With the stylish crowd gathered in one dusty desert destination, decked out in their boho best, it’s a feast for the eyes. With the emergence of ’70s styles on the S/S 2015 runways, adapting to the boho vibe seems to be an easy task. Take, for example, fringe. From fringe hemlines to cropped tops, gorgeous flats and even bags, the look is everywhere you turn at a music festival. Here is some style inspiration.

Get the look: Fringed leather biker jacketicon by Balmaincropped cutout stretch-knit top by Jonathan Simkhai, cut-off denim shorts iconand Monogramme fringed suede shoulder bag, both by Saint Laurent, Virginie rabbit-felt fedora iconby Maison Michelgold-plated chain bib necklace iconby Ben Amun, aviator-style gold-tone mirrored sunglassesicon and leopard-print calf hair point-toe flatsicon, both by Victoria Beckham.

A hat looks always stylish or opt for a flower crown. Colour some cute daisies under your eyes for the ultimate hippie feeling or stitch some floral lace around one hemline of your denim shorts. Wether you are in Palm Springs or not, this style looks great everywhere.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, Etsy and © Sandra Bauknecht

Chanel Paris – Edimbourg

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Last Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld presented his latest Metiers d’Art collection for CHANEL, Paris-Edimbourg, at Linlithgow Palace – the ancient family seat of the Stuart family, where Mary Queen of Scots, was born.

An incredible presentation of know-how and craftsmanship, this collection honours and showcases the exceptional talent of the jeweler Desrues, the feather maker Lemarie, the milliner Maison Michel, the boot maker Massaro, the lace embroiderer Maison Lesage, the embroiderer Montex, the glove maker Causse and the Scottish cashmere company Barrie knitwear – a recent acquisition of the House of CHANEL.

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Scotland, a country that Gabrielle Chanel discovered with the Duke of Westminster, became the source of her inspiration for tweed creations and knitted cardigans. In choosing Scotland as the scene of this Metiers d’Art collection, Karl Lagerfeld once again reinvented the history and codes of the House with renewed creativity.

The collection included many classic Scottish design elements, such as tartan, tweed, fur and layers of wool. Fashion’s greatest storyteller Karl Lagerfeld modernized the idea and came up with some very cool oversized and boyish highland looks, which were juxtaposed by very feminine details, like bows and embroideries adding a very Shakespearean appeal.

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After the show, guests walked through the torch-lit grounds of the Palace, to the dramatic sound of Scottish bagpipes, arriving at a dinner and party held in Karl Lagerfeld’s honour which was followed by a performance by the British singer and songwriter Jake Bugg.

Just beautiful…

LoL, Sandra

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