My Look: Pulp Fiction

Last weekend, I was invited to a birthday party in Fribourg with the dress code «Choose a Quentin Tarantino Movie Character». The possibilities are versatile but one that I truly liked and that looks great in daily life is the style of Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) in Pulp Fiction. The 1994 movie is known for its many twists, but most poignant of all is her dance with Vincent Vega (John Travolta). It’s in that scene that Mia sports the outfit that has inspired one of the most popular Halloween costumes of the last two decades, with a white button down shirt as the quintessential piece combined with black cropped pants.

My look: Bandage flared pantsicon by Hervé Léger, cotton-poplin shirt, sequined gun shoulder bag, and Janis suede platform pumps, all by Saint Laurent, Petit Jardin embroidered stretch-tulle underwired bra by La Perlaicon, and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

You’ll never watch that scene the same way again when I tell you what else made it so iconic for a fashion lover. It was the nail polish on Mia’s fingers. First debuted at the F/W 1994 CHANEL show, Le Vernis Rouge Noir made its screen debut in Pulp Fiction 25 years ago. Until today, the hue is still one of the most coveted—and questionably duped—color in both fashion and beauty history.

I really like this hair style (the wig is from What do you think? Time to get a new hair cut?

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht 

Chanel Rouge Noir Collection

The best throwback in a long time!

In 1994, a uniquely striking LE VERNIS shade was revealed on the CHANEL F/W 1995 runway, and a legend was born: ROUGE NOIR. This year, a gleaming Holiday colour collection celebrates the rebellious black-red, ‘Vamp’ — the shade that became an icon. I still remember how blessed I felt 20 years ago when I got my hands as one of the first ones on one of those popular bottles.

Revive your vamp attitude!

Chanel Rouge Noir Holiday 2015 Collection


Chanel Les 4 Ombres Signe Particulier – Limited Edition – CHF 78.00
Satin Beige Pink – Velvet Purple – Black Red – Saffron Gold

Joues Contraste Lumière Highlighting Blush – Limited Edition – CHF 59.00
Coups de Minuit – peach beige

Chanel-Holiday-2015-Rouge-Noir-2Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow – CHF 47.00
Rouge Noir – shimmering black red

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara – Limited Edition – CHF 47.00
Rouge Noir – intense black red
Ultra Black – intense black
Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil – Limited Edition – CH 32.00
Rouge Noir – black red


Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer – Limited Edition – CHF 41.00
Rose de Lune – shimmering soft pink
Etincelle – golden black red
Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour – not available in Switzerland
Merry Rose – soft grey pink
Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer – Limited Edition – CHF 33.00
Or Safran – warm saffron gold


Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour – Limited Edition – CHF 48.00
Vamporeuse – light pink purple
Rouge Noir – black red
Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour – Limited Edition – CHF 48.00
La Merveilleuse – intense raspberry red


Le Vernis Nail Colour – Limited Edition – CHF 35.00
Rouge Noir – black red
Rose Fusion – luminous purple grey
Le Top Coat | Gold Sparkle Nail Coat – Limited Edition – CHF 33.00
Lame Rouge Noir – shimmering black red

Les Mini de Chanel – Limited Edition – CHF 130.00
Is a set of five essential mini brushes for face and eyes.

The collection is in stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

The Click. The Red. The Allure


A lipstick is never innocent and is much more than just a beauty step
Elegant or provocative, lips dress up to reveal their intentions, marking a presence, a difference and an attitude. Intense and radical, each ROUGE ALLURE shade sparks the imagination, expressing the personalities of all women.

Like a prelude to the rush of colour, the object itself is a true statement. A real jewel in its contemporary case with pure lines, it delivers the sensation of authentic luxury. Press once and it reveals itself in just one click, reinventing seduction in an exquisitely feminine step.

In 2012, ROUGE ALLURE explores a new range of colours that are more intense than ever before. To give colour all of its power, the formula evolves, while maintaining com­fort and gentleness. It is designed to enhance colour with the help of highly concentrated extremely fine pig­ments. And because colour dazzles even more on supple, protected lips, the formula is en­riched with moisturising and antioxidant agents, such as sweet almond oil, sappan wood and green tea.



The style of CHANEL can be traced in black and white. Free and unpredictable, red enriches its palette, setting off elegant ensembles with a note of boldness and imperti­nence.

For Gabrielle Chanel red is more than a colour, it is an attitude and a sign of distinction. Paradoxical and intriguing, but never innocent, red shimmers and makes a statement. On lips, it combines strength, femininity and allure.

The new ROUGE ALLURE collection puts red in the spotlight to match every style.


97 INCANDESCENTE, a flamboyant red with insolent radiance.
98 COROMANDEL, a luminous and precious orange-red.
99 PIRATE, an ultimate, slightly bluish red (see photo above).
102 PALPITANTE, an exquisite shade of raspberry red.
104 PASSION, a dazzling and absolutely glamorous red.
105 INIMITABLE, an intense, irresistible red with pearly reflections.


88 ÉVANESCENTE, a natural beige for a sophisticated nude effect.
90 PIMPANTE, the subtle seduction of a peach tone.


91 SÉDUISANTE, a natural pink, hesitating between candor and spicy charm.
93 EXALTÉE, a true fuschia, deliciously provocative.
94 EXTATIQUE, the freshness and playfulness of an intense bluish pink.


95 ENJOUÉE, a fresh, energising coral pink.
96 EXCENTRIQUE, an absolutely bold and luminous apricot shade.


108 DÉTERMINÉE, a violet-plum brown with a bewitching character.
109 ROUGE NOIR, the revolutionary deep red, now a classic.
110 DÉLURÉE, the brazen originality of a deep brown.

CHF 48.- each

Crayon Levres


New shades of lip liners will be launched to match with the most flamboyant shades of ROUGE ALLURE:

55 FUSCHIA (new)

CHF 34.- each

Le Vernis


For a radical makeover, ROUGE ALLURE is coordinated with iconic CHANEL nailpolishes:

565 BEIGE, a universal and iconic shade (new).
617 HOLIDAY, avant-garde and a future classic, this intense and sophisticated coral becomes part of the legend (new, depending on the market).
473 COROMANDEL, a timeless and extremely feminine orange-red.
08 PIRATE, the must-have flamboyant red (my favourite red).
18 ROUGE NOIR, deep, mysterious and inimitable.

CHF 35.- each

Available in Mid September 2012.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel