Sergio Rossi Dead From Coronavirus

The first famous victim in the fashion world has died at the age 84 from complications of the novel coronavirus: Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi. Prior to his passing, he was hospitalized for a few days in Cesena, Italy, one of the nations hit hardest by the pandemic.

«Everyone at Sergio Rossi joins me in remembering our dear Sergio, the inspiring founder of our dream,» Sergio Rossi Group chief executive Riccardo Sciutto wrote in a statement.  «Sergio Rossi was a master, and it is my great honor to have met him and gotten to present him the archive earlier this year. His vision and approach will remain our guide in the growth of the brand and the business. He loved women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way, creating the perfect extension of a woman’s leg through his shoes. Our long and glorious history started from his incredible vision and we’ll remember his creativity forever.»

Don’t miss Sergi Rossi’s exclusive capsule at Net-à-Porter, featuring timeless crystal-embellished pumps, sandals and flats.

Sergio Rossi founded his eponymous footwear label in 1951, and quality craftsmanship has remained central to the brand’s identity ever since. Expertly handmade in the founder’s native San Mauro Pascoli, each pair of shoes is the product of a 120-step process and more than 14 hours of meticulous attention to detail. It was a family business: Rossi’s father was a shoemaker, and his son, Gianvito Rossi, went on to start his own successful accessories brand.

Gianvito said that his father put up a noble fight against the coronavirus. »He has always stood out for his class and his strong, charismatic, generous, courageous character: a natural leader, loved and respected at the same time by his collaborators, with whom, in the long journey of his life, he created one big familyGianvito Rossi wrote. «The family offers, with love, their last goodbye: With the unquenchable fire of your passion, you taught us that there are no limits for those who love what they doGoodbye, maestro.»

Grazie Sergio!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Sergio Rossi, Net-à-Porter and © Sandra Bauknecht
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What’s Next?

Yesterday I really felt gloomy about the future, for the first time while being in quarantine. I was shocked in regards to my work when I received the news that after Net-à-Porter had closed its distribution centre in the US last week, the company is shutting down e-commerce operations for Net-à-Porter and Mr Porter in the UK/Europe/Middle East as well. The only space to shop left is the Asian siteicon. It’s not clear when the websites will be back up and running. At the moment, they are not able to accept customer returns, and have extended the window for product returns to a timeframe of 60 days instead of 30.

For me, as I am working with e-commerce, this decision has hit me pretty hard. Somehow, preparing my posts, doing some online shopping or at least looking at the sites, gave me a sense of normality. Now, not being able to generate revenue as much as I used to, leaves me uncertain of what will be next.

The upcoming men’s and haute couture shows in Paris, that would have taken place in July 2020, have been cancelled and Milan’s next men’s fashion week has been postponed and will be merged with the city’s women ready-to-wear week in September 2020.

The retailers that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 crash.

The question is should the fashion industry skip a season? A question, BoF is asking in today’s article. Many companies have not the possibility to work at the moment on their collections. Some might not be able to afford skipping a season but let’s be frank, what will happen with all the merchandise that is left now, that cannot be sold due to closed shops and shut down e-commerce websites. When stores eventually re-open, there will be so much unsold product in the market that analysts are predicting a wave of discounting similar to that seen in the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2008.

In terms of my blogging industry, I can see a tremendous shift happening. Some large fashion and beauty retailers have paused affiliate link programmes as the coronavirus pandemic depresses sales, throwing a fundamental element of the social media economy into turmoil. Right now, it is happening in the mass market, with houses like Dillard, Ulta and Macys, but I am convinced others will follow. Is this the end of the influencer era as affiliation programs are driving a lot of our income?

With so many questions arising, I am sure that we will have difficult times ahead, with also lots of new chances popping up. In the meantime, I am wishing you lots of good energy while enjoying yourself at home. I will try to entertain you as much as I can. Isn’t it quite ironic that we got the corona virus from China and now it is only the Asian warehouse that is open…

IF YOU LIKE TO SHOP ON NET-A-PORTER’S ASIAN SITE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Net-à-Porter and BoF
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J. Lo’s Jungle Fever

Twenty years ago, a green jungle print gown by Versace broke the internet, and Google Images was born. It was February 2000 when Jennifer Lopez wore the iconic dress, designed by Donatella Versace, to the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony.

The sheer fabric was printed with a tropical leaf and bamboo pattern, and cut with a very low neckline that extended well past Lopez’s navel, while the waist of the dress was studded with citrines. Seemingly overnight it became a fashion legend, as well as the most popular search query Google had seen at the time. It was often described as a turning point in designer Donatella Versace’s career after the death of her brother, Gianni Versace.

But back in 2000, search results were still just a list of blue links. When the search team realized they weren’t able to directly surface the results that people wanted – a picture of the American recording artist and actress in the dress – they were inspired to create Google Images.

Left: Crystal-embellished printed silk-chiffon gown by Versace (available now)
Right: J. Lo wearing the original design in 2000 to the Grammys

Before it became famous on the red carpet of the Grammy Awards, the dress was presented on the catwalk by model Amber Valletta, and was also featured in Versace’s main advertising campaign that year; Steven Meisel also photographed it on Valletta.

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Left: Cutout embellished printed silk-chiffon gown by Versace (available now)
Right: J. Lo with Donatella Versace on the S/S 2020 runway last fall
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Two decades later, Donatella Versace showed off a new, revamped green gown in the print for her S/S 2020 collection, and a magic moment in fashion history took place when J. Lo modeled it as the final look of the runway presentation last fall. And is it only me? But I think that J. Lo looks even better than 20 years ago! Just wow!!!

Great news is that you can make these pieces of fashion history your own as both versions are available this season. TO SHOP BOTH VERSACE GOWNS, CLICK HERE PLEASEicon.

Can you guess which one I went for? I hope this quarantine will be over soon and I get to wear it to a special occasion…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Versace, Net-à-Porter and Google
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Net-à-Porter Fantasy Gifts


Incredible women deserve a gift like no other, and they don’t come any more exclusive or special than this. For holiday 2019, NET-A-PORTERicon offers an edit of Fantasy Gifts including everything from a bespoke shoe experience in Florence with Aquazzura’s Edgardo Osorio, to a luxurious Priesteregg ski retreat and Bogner wardrobe for schussing on the slopes. These limited-edition packages are designed to treat the receiver to once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The 6 Fantasy Gifts will be available from October 24, and can be purchased through their dedicated Personal Shoppers (If you are an EIP, e-mail your personal shopper now to secure your selection …). Here are all the details for your beforehand (Click on the highlighted text please, to be transferred directly.):

The Ultimate Spa Weekend in Budapest with Omorovicza
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• NET-A-PORTER’s beauty team has partnered with Omorovicza to create the ultimate spa experience for two people.
• Including two nights at the stunning Four Seasons Gresham Palace in a River View King Room, with breakfast included and a private driver for the duration of the stay.
• Full body and face treatments, and a bespoke skincare consultation at the Omorovicza Spa plus an additional treatment at the hotel spa
• Guests will receive the entire Omorovicza range delivered to their home, including samples of new products yet to be released.
• Not forgetting to recharge the mind as well as the body, this experience also includes a private boat trip along the Danube, a private sunrise or moonlight visit to the Rudas Thermal Baths and dinner with Omorovicza founders Stephen and Margaret de Heinrich.
• In addition to two box tickets to the Opera and cocktails at private members house in District 6, Brody Studios.
Limited edition: 3 available globally

The Ultimate Ski Weekend with Bogner
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• The NET-A-PORTER team has planned the ultimate ski retreat in an exclusive partnership with German athluxury brand Bogner.
• Available from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January 2020 and offered with shuttle service from the airport, this trip for two includes two nights at the private Willy Bogner chalet in Priesteregg, which boasts spectacular panoramic views over the valley and surrounding mountains.
• Including two-day ski passes for the Saalbach Hunterglemm Leogang and Bogner ski outfits (including jacket, pants and a first layer) and equipment (including skis, ski sticks, goggles and helmet).
• This trip also includes the ultimate alpine clubbing experience and there’s the option of a helicopter flight over the four-piste network.
Limited edition: 1 available globally

Jessica McCormackicon Botanical Heirloom Jewelry Box

• London-based fine jewelry designer Jessica McCormack is offering this exquisite one-of-a-kind jewelry box, inspired by the whimsical tales of Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Garden
• Featuring two velvet-lined trays sectioned into compartments and embroidered with flora and fauna – every bead, thread, and metallic yarn has been hand-stitched by artisans at Hand & Lock, embroiderers to the Royal Family and purveyors of the art since 1767.
• Turning the tasseled key in the lock of the chest reveals a carefully curated collection of 17 of the brands best-selling styles, including six rings, four pairs of earrings, four necklaces, and a single 3.01-carat diamond charm, which you can use to adorn any chain.
• You’ll also have a chance to visit the brand’s Carlos Place townhouse and select the final personalized touches with Jessica herself.
Limited edition: 1 available globally

The Bespoke Shoe Experience with Aquazzura
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The ultimate gift for shoe lovers, this unique NET-A-PORTER experience provides the chance to visit the home of Aquazzura in Florence and the private studio of founder and designer Edgardo Osorio, located within the historical Palazzo Corsini.
• Accommodation for one is included at the Four Seasons, where you’ll receive flowers, a small gift and a personal handwritten note from Edgardo, as well as a special guide to his favorite places in the city.
• You will have the chance to see his design and creative process first-hand as he creates a customized shoe exclusively for you, and you will receive a signed sketch after the studio visit.
Edgardo will also host an intimate private luncheon at his home in the Palazzo. Car transfers in the city are also included.
Limited edition: 3 available globally

The Ultimate Net-à-Porter Party Wardrobe

Create your dream party closet with this unique NET-A-PORTER experience.
• With the help of a dedicated personal shopper, you’ll enjoy access to What’s New first, exclusive previews and a chance to pre-order the pieces you love.
• Following a personal consultation, our team will work with you on a wardrobe detox to overhaul your collection and make room for key investment items – leaving you to enjoy a wardrobe where everything is meticulously organized and arranged.
• With a personal edit of the season’s most sought-after pieces, you’ll have all that you need for every event, function and dinner in your schedule.
Limited edition: 3 available globally

The Shoe of the Month Subscription

Our Fantasy Gifts make the most special and stylish experiences you could ever wish for into a reality.
• This subscription allows you to transform your wardrobe from the feet up with a new pair of beautiful shoes every month – from the ultimate statement shoe to the perfect pump.
• You’ll be assigned your own dedicated personal shopper from NET-A-PORTER’s fashion team, who’ll give you styling advice, tell you exactly what’s trending and grant you access to products before anyone else, along with the power to pre-order.
Limited edition: 3 available globally

Aren’t all those gifts just amazing? Which one is your favorite! I am curious to hear…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © NET-À-PORTER 

The Ultimate Advent Calendars

There are advent calendars and then there those supersized, super-luxe advent calendars, full of the best in makeup, hair and skincare or even filled with surprises for intimate pleasures. It’s what self-gifting was made for…

Consider them the ultimate, carefully curated «best of» – and everything you need to take you through the holiday season. Click on the highlighted description to find out more… I personally love the small sized products as they are great for travelling.

LoL, Sandra

The Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar by Harrods
Housed in a beautiful navy blue coffret which will serve as a keepsake for years to come, it’s packed to the rafters with twenty five miniature and full size favourites from the famous Harrods Beauty Halls.

icon25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar by Net-à-Porter Beauty
Counting down 25 days, its drawers are packed with a slew of goodies picked especially by Net-à-Porter’s team of Beauty Buyers.

iconGlittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Advent Calendar by Charlotte Tilbury
 Filled with hero products to get you through the party season and beyond.

10 Day Balmain Advent Calendar by Balmain Hair Couture
Balmain Paris Hair Couture brings back the joy of opening advent calendars with this grown-up version featuring 10 haircare products.

icon 12 Days of Red Carpet Advent Calendar by Rodial
This round-up of miniatures will ensure your skin is looking refreshed and radiant in time for the big day.

Beauty Advent Calendar by Acqua di Parma
Featuring a miniature version of the signature scent Colonia, it also includes Blu Mediterraneo, Le Nobili and Signature of the Sun miniatures.
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12 Days of Glowing Renewalicon by La Mer (coming soon)
Featuring 12 mini La Mer products from the popular Renewal Oil and Treatment Lotion to two 15ml mini moisturisers in the Soft Cream and original Creme de la Mer Moisturising Cream.
In Switzerland available from October 21, 2019 for CHF 440.

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Townhouse advent calendar by Jo Malone London (coming soon)
As always, the calendar is filled to the brim with sweet-smelling products, with 24 doors containing small vials of perfume (9ml), candles and body lotion.
In Switzerland available from October 28, 2019 for CHF 490.

Deluxe Advent Calendar by Amorana
In Switzerland available now for CHF 479.90 – for intimate pleasures.

Photos: Courtesy of the Brandsicon

10 Pieces on Sale You Shouldn’t Miss

You snooze, you lose… I don’t let my readers miss out on hundreds of items by Tom Ford, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo and more – all now in final sale.

Shop up to 80% off at NET-A-PORTERicon – plus enjoy 20% off all ‘Sale Must-Haves’! Here are the 10 pieces on sale you shouldn’t miss:


Silk-chiffon headscarf by Tom Ford
A piece that will elevate every look to new heights and will be your friend on a bad hair day!
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Asymmetric gathered stretch-crepe gown by Givenchy
A runway piece that moved like a flowing waterfall as it made its way down the S/S 2019 runway. An investment piece for a great piece that works for all seasons.
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Dolce Box crystal-embellished acrylic clutchicon by Dolce & Gabbana
A clutch decorated with glistening crystals in a striking leopard pattern will never come out of fashion.

Maureen 85 leather-trimmed zebra-print satin mules by Malone Souliers
Zebra print is THE trend among animal prints for the F/W 2019 season. This is your chance to get ahead of the fashion tribe!


iconLove 100 glittered checked leather pumps by Jimmy Choo
Another great transition piece. A must for winter!


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Belted marbled intarsia-knit jacketicon by Balmain
A wonderful cardigan for cold summer nights and a daily companion for winter.

Gold-tone clip earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane
Would you have guessed that those earrings are now Marked down to less than €30?

Fringed jacquard-knit wrapicon by Etro
This wool-blend jacquard wrap is exactly what you want to reach for on chilly days.

Loulou medium leather and jute-trimmed quilted printed cotton shoulder bag by Saint Laurent
A seasonal but fun piece you shouldn’t miss! Bohemian luxe at its best.
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Printed silk-twill scarficon by Versace
A classic that makes a great gift as well.

Happy Weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brandsicon

Net-à-Porter High Jewelry Cocktail in Paris

NET-A-PORTERicon hosted cocktails in Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week to celebrate a collection of its high jewelry designers. Private gallery Hôtel du Grand Veneur was the setting for a beautiful mirrored spiral shaped installation which housed over 20 rare, one-of-a-kind pieces from the world’s most renowned high jewelry maisons, including Chopard, Piaget, Buccellati, Lorraine Schwartz, Boehmer et Bassenge, Boghossian, Giampiero Bodino, Nadia Morgenthaler, Ana Khouri, Repossi, De Grisogono, Bina Goenka and many more.

With my beloved Lupe Puerta, Global Director of VIP Client Relations at NET-A-PORTER

NET-A-PORTERicon offers great service for their EIP (Extremely Important Person) customers, now taking it one step further with EIP Privé. The new high jewelry pieces are part of this new concept that was introduced to a selected clientele during Paris Fashion Week. In general, the EIPs can request to see exquisite one-of-a-kind creations via private appointments and «try before you buy», so that the jewel might never be seen by another customer again.

With lovely Elizabeth von der Goltz, Global Buying Director of NET-A-PORTER.

To give the best service possible, NET-A-PORTERicon‘s dedicated team of personal shoppers receive comprehensive diamond and gemstone education from the Gemological Institute of America.

Amazing piece, a combination of ring and bracelet, by Bina Goenka.

Good to know is that the iconic online shopping destination adheres to the Kimberley Process, a certification scheme committed to the removal of conflict diamonds from the global supply chain. It was established in 2003 after the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution supporting its creation.

Jewelry creations by Chopard.

Since 2014, NET-A-PORTER has also been a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council – the only retailer to stake this claim. In addition, all fine jewelry sold over the site is tested, marked and certified according to the Hallmarking Act 1973, which guarantees the purity of precious metals.

A huge thank you goes to my personal shopper who does the best job! I am a huge fan of the EIP service and I can only recommend buying at NET-A-PORTER.

Enjoy more impressions of the night below!

LoL, Sandra

Alison Loehnis, President of NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, with actress Mandy Moore.

With Alberto Cibrario, Sales Department Operations Manager at de GRISOGONO.

On display: high jewelry pieces by de Grisogono.

Chabi Nouri, CEO, Piaget

Gaia Repossi, Jewelry Designer

Ana Khouri, Jewelry Designer

Photos: © François Durand / Getty Images for Net-à-Porter
© Sandra Bauknecht

Ratio et Motus

Deriving its name from the Latin term for «sense and emotionRATIO ET MOTUS only launched in 2018, yet New York-based Angela Wang and Daniel Li, the creative minds behind the brand, are already making waves with their cult pieces. Their classic and artful handbags immediately caught the attention of NET-A-PORTER’s fashion buyers who support the label as part of their Vanguard initiative, that is promoting new and rising talent in the industry.

The brand aims to produce products with considered design details utilizing Italian craftsmanship all while keeping longevity in mind. Being sustainable is important to them, therefore the duo only source leather from local Italian tanneries with a mission of low carbon footprint, minimum toxic wastage, low water consumption and ethical supply chain. All leathers used in the collections are by-products from the meat industry and the water repellent lining is made of vegan leather.

Look out for the unique «Disco» bag, which has modern details like specific slots for iPhones …

… or opt for my favorite, the «Twin Frame» leather tote. I adore its sleek, structured silhouette with the separate clutch at the front that can be unscrewed and used alone.

TO SEE AND SHOP ALL BAG MODELS, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Ratio et Modus and Net-à-Porter

Flash Sale at Net-à-Porter for 24 Hours Only

Exciting news – flash sale at NET-A-PORTER: I don’t want you to miss out on the top designers, now for less!

Up to 50% Off, plus enjoy 15% off last minute gifts. Valid on all ‘Sale Must-Haves‘ – enter code LASTMINUTE15 at checkout. This promotion will be live for 24 hours only – it will launch on Monday 17th December 12.00am GMT, and will end on Monday 17th December 11.59pm GMT.

TO SHOP THE FLASH SALE, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

NET-A-PORTER UK

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-Porter

Shopping Alert for Gabriela Hearst Bags

Gabriela Hearst believes in «honest luxury» – pieces that are beautifully made and don’t compromise her ethics and values. «There is a purpose to every piece,» says the former model of her eponymous label which is inspired by the ranch she grew up on in Uruguay and her current life in New York City. From the beautiful gowns to the impeccable tailoring, each garment is thoughtfully designed and crafted using the most luxurious fabrics. But really exclusive are her bags (for a previous post, click here please) as you cannot buy them in a store or online besides now.

For a limited time period of two-weeks only, Net-à-Porter is launching a pop-up boutique of Gabriela Hearst bags, which includes the exclusive «Patsy» and the new «Diana» styles along with the iconic «Nina» and «Demi» totes.

My favorite: Diana leather tote
iconIt’s pretty much a given that every new bag Gabriela Hearst releases will become a hit in no time, but this ‘Diana’ bag that’s shaped like an accordion really strikes all the right notes. Made in Italy, it’s detailed with polished rose gold hardware and opens to reveal a striking red lining.

Another must-have: Patsy textured-leather tote
Inspired by vanity cases, this ‘Patsy’ tote has been made in Italy from pristine textured-leather with rose gold hardware. Be sure to snap it up quickly – the designer’s sought-after bags will only be available for a limited period of time.

Iconic: Nina leather tote
The unique round shape of this highly coveted tote is inspired by the exaggerated and voluminous designs of Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero. Known for its origami-like silhouette, this structured tote has been crafted from buttery leather and punctuated with gleaming rose gold hardware.

Me with my beloved Nina tote in cognac, click here for the outfit post.

iconTO SHOP GABRIELA HEARST BAGS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst, Net-à-Porter and © Sandra Bauknecht
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