Kilian Hennessy: Paris

KILIAN HENNESSY inherited a taste for creation from his family’s generations-old cognac business. His namesake perfume collection BY KILIAN epitomizes both luxury and modernity, using some of the world’s finest raw materials and rare essential oils. The elegant bottles and boxes are all refillable and reusable. His newest launches «Body Pleasures» include shower gels, body lotions as well as scented hair and body oils. I met with the irrevocably French fragrance-maker who gave me some amazing tips for his favorite place on earth.

Your favourite city?
PARIS – It is the most beautiful city for me, full of culture. It inspires me, helps me to create. I was born there and then raised from 1-7 in Cognac. At the age of 7, I returned to Paris. As of now, I haven’t found a better city.

Your favourite hotel?
LE BRISTOL – It is the perfect hotel for a romantic weekend with exceptional service.
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33 1 53 43 43 00

Your favourite restaurant?
CAVIAR KASPIA – It is owned by a couple which are good friends of us. The food is absolutely excellent and it has a fun vibe. We are always there for Russian New Year’s – the most exciting place to be! The waiters are dancing on the table, they even get naked. We always have a blast.
17 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33 1 42 65 33 32

Your favourite dish there?
POTATO CAVIAR – It is a baked potato with a huge amount of caviar on top.

Your favourite bar?
MATHIS BAR –  The most elegant and handsome bar in Paris.
3 Rue de Ponthieu, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33 1 42 25 73 01

Your favourite nightclub?
CLUB RASPOUTINE – The only club in Paris for people my age. They play house music, kind of hardcore, but a lot of fun.
58 Rue de Bassano, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33 1 47 20 02 90

Your favourite sightseeing spot?
LA VICTOIRE DE SAMOTHRACE at the LOUVRE. I cannot go to the Louvre without stopping by to see her. It is a sculpture that was at the bow of a ship which you can still see in the exhibition. The woman has wings with a veil that is covering her naked body. Looking at her, you imagine the wind that is pulling the fabric to show of parts of her body. It is very sensual, you can feel so much strength. If I don’t have any more elan, I go see her.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Your favourite park?
I don’t do parks.

Your favourite shop?
MR PORTER – Even that there are still a few brands missing. I love that it is shopping with no hazzle. Just trying at home and if it doesn’t fit, they pick it up. So easy.

Your must-have accessory?
It would be MY SCENT. Otherwise I just got this amazing BLACK SUEDE TOTE BAG by SAINT LAURENT that I cannot live without anymore.

The best soundtrack for this destination?
IL VENAIT D’AVOIR 18 ANS by DALIDA – I cannot live without. It’s part of my culture, such a gorgeous song.

The scent of Paris?
ECCENTRIC – All excesses blend well in Paris. Here women have a posture to look beautiful in a «negligée way». The message they convey is «I kind of work on it but I didn’t do anything». This is FRENCH CHIC. So the scent would be a gorgeous tuberose, jasmine like VOULEZ-VOUZ COUCHER AVEC MOIicon. For example in the States where women tend to be more made up, the scents are more subtle.

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Thank you, Kilian, for sharing your insider scoop on Paris with us!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via The Telgraph, ©Mathieurivrin, Courtesy of the Locations, Mr Porter, © Kilian Hennessy and © Sandra Bauknecht

Party-à-Porter

Dolce PartyNATALIE, DOMENICO, LATIFAH, NAOMI, STEFANONatalie Massenet, Stefano Gabbana, Queen Latifah, Naomi Campbell and Domenico Dolce.

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Here we go: Party N°2!

I didn’t even have time to change after Matthew’s tropical night as I was running off to the next amazing event on Thursday night in London:
Net-à-Porter and Mr Porter celebrated the arrival of Dolce & Gabbana with a very intimate party “at home”.

It was literally a night of the stars (photo to the left: Queen Latifah with me), an A-list event with so many celebrities joining the fun and fashionistas wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s star-sprinkled F/W 2011 pieces.
Enjoy all the pics and comments from that memorable night!

Dolce & Gabbana collections are now available on Net-à-Porter and Mr Porter.

LoL, Sandra

P1010661My favourite fashion duo Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce with me.

P1010662Remember designer Henry Holland from LuisaViaRoma’s Animalier Party?!

Nap2Very sweet Mary Katrantzou remembered me and my Serendipity dress.

nap4The good thing about Twitter (it was livestreamed on a wall) is that you can find people easily…

nap5…like Disneyrollrgirl.

P1010664Emerging solo artist Sunday Girl Jade performed live in a star print jumpsuit by Dolce & Gabbana.

P1010658Natalie Massenet and Tim Blanks pose for their photo on the vintage Vespa mopeds.

IMG_6790My own picture postcard – such a lovely idea!

KELLY OSBOURNEKelly Osbourne

DAVID GANDYFamous Dolce & Gabbana model David Gandy

NATALIE MASSENET & JEREMY LANGMEADMr & Mrs Porter: Jeremy Langmead & Natalie Massenet

PIXIE GELDOFPixie Geldof

PIXIE LOTTPixie Lott

DOMENICO, NATALIE, NAOMI, STEFANOStefano Gabbana, Natalie Massenet, Naomi Campbell and Domenico Dolce

Photos: © Net-à-Porter / Mr Porter, © Sandra Bauknecht

Dolce & Gabbana Men Now at Mr Porter

Dolce Men at Mr porter

Finally, Dolce & Gabbana Men is available at Mr Porter!

The F/W 2011 collection is dedicated to Bryan Ferry (he is even on a special icon T-shirt). But the Italian duo didn’t copy the man who is said to be one of rock’s best dressed singers, they only took some inspirations. The models walked to Ferry’s music on the runway in well-tailored suits, tuxedos and skinny suspenders. For the more casual days, Dolce & Gabbana offers cool leather jackets, striped sweaters, cropped pants and distressed denim.

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For the launch of the brand at Mr Porter, three Italian screen stars were photographed in those must-haves for men. One, you will recognize for sure: Michele Venitucci, my colleague for the Closed F/W 2011 campaign shoot.

Michele & Sandra

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Gentlemen, we, the weaker sex, love a little Italian seduction… Viva la dolce vita!
And ladies, please stay tuned, Dolce & Gabbana will launch their beautiful women’s collection this week at net-à-porter, too.

IMG_6136Domenico Dolce recently in Milan with me

Below you will find my personal favourites worn by Paolo Bernadini and Luca Marinelli.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: via Mr Porter

Falling for Mr Porter

One of my favourite online stores Net-à-Porter has started to receive the new pre-fall 2010 collections and I do not want you to miss this. The beginning of the season offers always so many stunning pieces. Here are some of them, already put together in complete outfits. The Burberry Prorsum jackets are divine just as the python prints by Stella McCartney. A belted cardigan is a must-have for next season, why not go for this Fendi one and think leather, leather, leather! The Burberry Prorsum pencil skirt below would be the perfect opportunity. Do you feel the same urge to push the “add to shopping bag” button like I do?!

Natalie Massenet

Natalie Massenet

As it has been a week of announcements, I have another one, this time for my male readers who probably feel a little left behind. Ten years to the day Net-à-Porter was founded and right after its acquisition by Richemont earlier this spring, the online shop`s founder Natalie Massenet and the Net-à-Porter family announced that they are adding a stand-alone menswear luxury retail site to the company, called Mr Porter. It will launch in January 2011 for next spring and will offer the most exclusive service along with style advice.  Brands like Balmain, Burberry, Lanvin, YSL and John Lobb, just to name a few, will make the stressed business man happy shopping from his desk. Or we could order for our men a little pre-selection to enjoy at home. I like it!mrporter.com_

LoL, Sandra