My Look: GreenGo

This week my favorite hotel, my home away from home, the famous Gstaad Palace hotel opens its doors again for the summer season. Such great news as I cannot wait to be back. We have already booked our stay in winter. Hopefully, the GreenGo club will also be open again by then. Personally speaking it is one of my favorite night clubs in the world and I am looking forward to dancing again to the sound of DJ Jim Leblanc. With its unparalleled design, an unbelievable dancefloor floating above a swimming pool, every night is one to remember. My outfit is definitely ready …

My look: Green double-breasted checked wool blazer, gold-tone, enamel and faux pearl clip earrings, and gold-tone necklaceicon, all by Saint Laurenticon, Patent-leather and tulle bodysuiticon, and paneled patent-leather and crepe leggingsicon, both by David Koma, Palmette crystal-embellished suede cross-body bag by Christian Louboutin, glitter face mask by Missoni, and Cha Cha crystal-embellished suede pumps by Alexandre Vauthier.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Like mother, like daughter … I am so happy to have Anouk back from Boston for a few months. That has been the best Mother’s Day gift. We have spent an amazing weekend together. Here you see us on  our way to the intimate shop opening of the newly refurbished Hermès store in Zurich on Saturday (post coming up soon). We are wearing the same cropped top but styled it differently. Below you will find the details of my outfit, Anouk’s look will be posted tomorrow.

My look: Off-the-shoulder cropped cotton-blend jersey sweatshirticon by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, tiered ruffled leather maxi skirt by Saint Laurent, Arfee leather ankle bootsicon by Isabel Marant, stole New Libris in Rose Indien, and shiny Rose Schéhérazade Porosus Crocodile 25 Birkin bag by Hermès, multi-print face mask by Dolce & Gabbanasilk satin bow brooch in black (Cruise 2020) by CHANEL, leather, faux pearl and crystal chokericon by Alessandra Rich, Anita sunglasses by Louis Vuitton (F/W 2012), rose diamond ring by PiagetMaillon de Cartier 16mm 18-karat white gold diamond watchicon, and Clash de Cartier bracelet MM in white gold, both by Cartier.

LoL, Sandra

Photos:  © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Classy and Fabulous

Classy and fabulous – this is how I feel in SAINT LAURENT. After this week’s IG Live Beauty Talk for Mother’s Day with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty (owned by L’Oréal, which holds exclusive licenses for the name), this post is an other homage to the French Maison. Shot at the Zaha Hadid exhibition at Galerie Gmurzynska – I am wearing pieces from the brand’s beautiful Resort 2021 and S/S 2021 collections.

SAINT LAURENT, that is today owned by the Kering Group, is one of the most iconic brands of the 20th Century. Founded by legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé in 1961, it quickly revolutionized the way fashion and society intertwine with the launch of its iconic «Rive Gauche» collection just five years later, becoming the first couture house to launch ready-to-wear. Today, Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello, who was appointed in April 2016 after Hedi Slimane left the company, continues to honor the label’s trailblazing spirit with his empowering, dynamic and boundary-pushing designs.

My look: Two-tone ribbed wool jacketicon, pussy-bow ruffled silk crepe de chine blouseicon, cotton-blend satin shortsicon, Jodie rose-embellished white leather platform sandalsicon, Cassandra medium YSL-plaque dark green leather cross-body bagicongold-tone, enamel and faux pearl clip earrings, all by Saint LaurentJUSTE UN CLOU bracelet in rose gold with diamonds by Cartier, and Carrera Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

LoL, Sandra

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Two Different Colored Shoes Day

Today, on May 3rd, we celebrate Two Different Colored Shoes Day. Probably you have never heard of that special day before that is set to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of humanity. Where the simple and lighthearted act of purposely wearing two different colored shoes demonstrates the courage to «take a risk» and step outside of ones daily routine.

A daring combination: 105 crystal-embellished metallic leather sandals by Gianvito Rossi andicon Moon 105 crystal-embellished leather sandals by Aquazzura.
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The easiest way to do it is to combine two shoes that have the same height and a similar structure. If you are one of those people, who likes to buy your favorite pair of shoes in different colors, you will have a blast mixing your footwear.

A safe way to celebrate Two Different Colored Shoes Day is to mix neutral shades and the same shoe model as those Kate 100 leather pumps by Christian Louboutin.
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The day was created by Dr. Arlene Kaiser, an educator and public speaker, who has a profound love for diversity and has always been encouraging people to be who they are and not to concern themselves with being what society tells them they should be.

I wear today Jodie suede platform sandals in black and  Jodie rose-embellished white leather platform sandalsicon, both by Saint Laurent.

Remember that Two Different Colored Shoes Day is about celebrating your individuality, so wear whatever you love, and enjoy your own fashionable creativity. The world can use a little more color, and there’s nothing wrong with everyone being as diverse and as different as they are.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of the Brands
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My Look: Lily of the Valley

I am wishing you a wonderful first day of May! It is the day to gift lilies of the valley as a symbol of springtime to someone whom you would like to wish happiness. I am wearing them as a beautiful print today.

It was also Christian Dior‘s favorite flower and his lucky charm. He would stitch a stem of lily of the valley into the seam of his dresses for good luck. To celebrate this beautiful tradition, I have been spoilt by the Dior team in Zurich today with a beautiful gift.

To find out more about the symbolism of lilies of the valley and the history behind it, I invite you to read a previous post by clicking here.

My look: Lily of the valley-print pussy-bow silk blouse and Lily of the Valley-print pleated silk skirt, both by Valentinochecked wool-blend tweed jacket and Jodie rose-embellished leather platform sandalsicon, by Saint Laurent, silver-tone, crystal and faux pearl clip earrings by Alessandra RichHimalaya Niloticus crocodile Birkin bag by Hermès, and crystal embellished scrunchie by Prada, diamond ring and diamond bracelet, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra


Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: The End

I love CHANEL – THE END!

But seriously ladies, when I attended the CHANEL S/S 2021 show in Paris last fall, I knew I had to have this fun look with those crazy prints.

My look: Neon pink printed black sweater with white collar, matching neon green printed black jersey skirt, both by CHANEL (Look 26 from the S/S 2021 runway collection), necklace with bag charm, and chain creole earrings , both by CHANEL, python medium classic Box bag in fluo pink by Celine, Saint-Sulpice chain-embellished faille pumpsicon by Saint Laurent, Satin Touch 20 denier stay-up stockingsicon by Wolford, and Carrera Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
The photos were taken at La Réserve Eden au Lac.
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My Look: Shibori & Macramé

Hello beautiful weather! Time to put on some fun pieces. Do you know what shibori and macramé are? My beautiful and super comfy jumpsuit is printed with a Japanese shibori – inspired pattern.  Shibori (from the verb root «shiboru» – «to wring, squeeze or press») is a Japanese manual tie-dyeing technique, which produces a number of different patterns on fabric. Macramé is a crafting technique that uses knots to create various textiles as seen on my bag and shoes. I love the combination of both beautiful craftsmanships and hope you will like it too!

My look: Hesper floral print jumpsuit by Ulla Johnsonnavy multi espadrille small shell-charm macramé tote bag by Altuzarra,icon chain-embellished macramé and leather pumpsicon by Bottega Veneta, crystal-embellished cat-eye acetate sunglassesicon by Saint LaurentMitza ring by Dior Fine Jewellery, metal glass pearls leather earrings by CHANEL (Cruise 2020), and Royal Oak 37mm 18-karat frosted rose gold watch by Audemars Piguet.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Lesage

«Embroidery is to Haute Couture what fireworks are to Bastille Day.» – François Lesage

I love CHANEL‘s Métiers d’Art collections, that are always a visual treat for the senses, showcasing the craftsmanship for which the luxury house is revered. Those runway shows take place each year outside the traditional fashion schedule.

The name itself reveals it: Métiers d’Art means «art professions». They are considered demi-couture, right between ready-to-wear and haute couture; although the designs are not bespoke, their ornamentation and craftsmanship rely on couture techniques. The collections and their elaborate themes are brought to life by the small specialist workshops that CHANEL began buying in 1984, in order to preserve the expertise and craftsmanship associated with French luxury, among them the buttons and accessory maker (Desrues), costume jewelers (Goossens), embroiderers (Lesage and Montex), feather and flower makers (Lemarié), milliners (Maison Michel), shoemakers (Massaro) and so on. Today these ateliers have become essential to the everyday running of the fashion house, providing CHANEL with everything from lace to embroidered buttons.

For the Métiers d’Art collection 2020, named Paris – 31 Rue Cambon, Virginie Viard, who was with CHANEL’s haute couture department for more than 30 years before taking the helm as the Maison’s creative director in 2019, brought the show back to the legendary designer’s apartment, creating the magnificent set-up that placed emphasis on Coco Chanel’s famous mirrored staircase.

Her favorite look of the collection was number 34, and it was also mine. It is a piece of art, created using the intricate trompe-l’œil embroidery done specifically at the ateliers of Lesage, and the attention to detail is undeniable.

The story began in 1858, when Charles Frederick Worth opened his haute couture fashion house, and started making use of the prodigious talent of the embroiderer Albert Michonet, whose studio was purchased by Albert and Marie-Louise Lesage in 1924. This was the beginning of a period of fruitful and close collaboration with the best-known names of the time. They introduced tambour embroidery to the studio using the Lunéville technique, which could respond to the voracious demand for beaded and sequinned gowns during Les Années Folles.

In 1949, on the death of his father, François Lesage (1929 – 2011) took over management of the company at the tender age of 20. For 50 years, he has cleverly combined the skills of a traditional craft with meeting the pioneering requirements of the new generation of fashion designers. In 2002, the company became part of the CHANEL family.

Coming back to Look 34, that I am wearing in this outfit post. It features the Lunéville technique that involves using a crochet hook to chain stitch small decorations (black and gold beads) to the underside of the fabric. In this case, over 25,000 gold beads and 35,000 black tube beads are used to form the embroidered braids, before the seamstresses at the tailleur atelier carefully place them along the edges and cuffs of the wool tweed jacket and trousers. The classic handbag was created to complement the look, crafted in the same red-and-black wool tweed and finished with the embroidered braid detailing all around the edges.

Why am I explaining all of this to you? Those pieces are one-off creations that continually push the boundaries to showcase the fine arts that are only alive and well today because of CHANEL’s continued patronage. If you love fashion, you will appreciate the craftsmanship of those eternal items. This look is very dear to my heart.

My look: Tweed jacket with embroidery, matching tweed pants, and classic handbag, layered pearl necklace with bows, and two-tone slingback shoes, all by CHANEL (Look 34 Métiers d’Art 2020 Paris – 31 Rue Cambon),  velvet and Leavers lace-trimmed stretch-tulle halterneck bodysuiticon, and gold-tone, enamel and faux pearl clip earrings, both by Saint Laurent, and Carretto-print face mask, by Dolce & Gabbana.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Say Cheese!

Say cheese! In Switzerland, you do that literally all the time, as it is the cheese capital of the world. Being such an integral part of its cuisine, the infamous cheese fondue and raclette are prime examples. During my stay at the Gstaad Palace, I ate at least once or twice a week at the so-called «Fromagerie» (French for cheesery), where those photos were taken. In case you wondering about the sausages, Swiss people like to start with a «Plättli» (little plate) of dry meat.

As this kind of food is pretty heavy and also very odorous, I recommend wearing something comfy. I love this mountain look, it is the perfect combination of being stylish, yet cozy. And the best is yet to come, the back of the sweater is open, so you don’t get too hot!

My look: Crochet-knit collar mohair-blend sweater, and crystal-embellished pleated wool tartan midi skirticon, both by Miu Miu, crystal-heart drop clip earringsicon by Alessandra Rich, wide bow hair clip by Jennifer BehrAria 105 suede pumps in dark blueicon by Aquazzura, and Cassandra medium YSL-plaque dark green leather cross-body bagicon by Saint Laurent.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
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My Look: The Diana Tuck

A trend borrowed from Lady Di’s iconic off-duty style, pants tucked into knee-high boots, has already made the leap from the runway to the streets, and is sported today also on my legs. It gives your outfit such a cool and relaxed take on luxury. It is my styling trick if the pants are too long…

My look: Vichy embellished houndstooth tweed bomber jacketicon, and matching Vichy embellished houndstooth tweed tapered pantsicon, both by Alessandra Rich, intarsia wool-blend turtleneck sweatericon by Dolce & Gabbanagrosgrain-trimmed wool-blend felt cap and grooved cabochon clip earringsicon, both by Saint Laurenticon, camellia brooch by CHANELblack suede knee boots by The Attico, and Cassette chain-embellished padded intrecciato suede shoulder bag in dark brown by Bottega Veneta.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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