Clash de Cartier

This week, Cartier presented its new jewellery signature line «Clash de Cartier» in Paris. English-Brazilian actress Kaya Scodelario is the face and captures the duality of this collection perfectly. She will next appear in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a film about serial killer Ted Bundy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released internationally on May 3rd.

The new collection shakes up the Maison’s aesthetic heritage of studs, beads and clous carrés. Together, they form a singular, ribbed mesh deriving from a clash of attitudes.

Jewellery that’s sharp? Yes, but soft to the touch. Geometric? Yes, but generously sized and feminine. Mechanical? Yes, as all of the pieces are assembled yet free to move. At its essence is opposition: bright, feminine curves and soft contours are contrasted with the nervous tension of a taut structure.

Clash de Cartier possesses an innate sense of proportion that draws on pure Cartier style. In volumes and reliefs, circles and squares, the collection honours the Maison’s penchant for geometry which dates back to the 1930s.

A classic style? No! It’s neo-classical, singular, unisex, whimsical. Bright, flowing, pulsating, Clash de Cartier breaks up the conventional architecture of shapes. The studs are held in place but free to move. This subtle motion entices light to flit and flicker; the metal seems softer. Crafted in 4N pink gold, the rings can be stacked and layered in all versions.

Behind the clean lines and even spacing, Clash de Cartier is a highly complex feat of craftsmanship.
How are the studs interconnected yet mobile? The ingenious articulated mechanism was entirely developed by the jewellery workshops. Each element is mounted and polished. Each step calls for a new technique, just the right tool.

The Clash de Cartier piece is precisely calibrated to magnetise the forces, to hold the studs in place. The buff-top domed clous carrés are finished with a bright polish that is produced over a series of operations. In a final sophisticated touch, the inside of each piece is delicately scalloped for comfortable wear.

In stores now, for more information about the collection and the movie, click here please.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Cartier 

My Look: Leather Rebel

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Leather is the way forward this season. Wherever you turn, there is the iconic luxe fabric. Skirts, vests or biker jackets; whatever wardrobe staple you’re after, make it leather – it’s the style for the A-List. If you are extra courageous, you’ll wear it head to toe.

My look: Biker jacket with fur details, leather biker vesticon, sheer blouse, studded leather skirt and Janis embellished suede ankle boots, all by Saint Laurent, fur bag by Fendi, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery, Portofino midsize watch by IWC Schaffhausen.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: High Glam

Sandra Bauknecht in Hervé Leger Dress and Saint Laurent Denim Jacket

Hervé Léger’s signature body-con silhouette always works great for a night out. Finish off this studded version by teaming it with towering ankle boots.

My look: Denim jacket iconby Saint Laurentembellished bandage dress iconby Hervé Leger, classic flap bag in quilted lambskin by Chanel, cuff by Stella McCartney, cocktail ring by Roberto Cavalli, Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis, booties and earrings by Prada.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Guilty Trip

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I have to admit that I am a little behind posting. The last weeks have been crazy. I went to Las Vegas with Gucci, flew back for a few days to Zurich to prepare the launch of L’Officiel Switzerland (the first edition will finally hit the shelves on March 7, 2014) and then hit off to Los Angeles with Piaget for the Spirit Awards.

So I have to rewind a little to tell you all about the amazing time I had in Nevada. There is a saying that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…” but of course not on Sandra’s Closet. I will give you every little detail of this amazing time. This reason for it  was to discover the Gucci Guilty Stud Limited Edition, a glamorous new take on the striking scents.

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Inspired by the modern rebel, Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini created Gucci Guilty in 2010, a bold pair of fragrances for modern trend-setters. In 2011, Gucci Guilty Intense was launched, followed by Gucci Guilty Black in 2013. 20 million bottles have been sold, it is a true success story.

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This year, it its all about a rock star attitude. The Italian brand has always loved rock’n roll and rock’n roll has always loved Gucci. For Frida Giannini, it is a constant source of inspiration. Therefore, I was invited to explore the brand’s newest stud collection in the Gucci store, located at The Crystals at CityCenter.

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To live up to the rock star attitude, we enjoyed a Bruno Mars (Gucci dresses him) concert in the VIP area which was absolutely outstanding. Personally speaking, I have never been really crazy for his songs but after seeing him live on stage, I have become a huge fan.

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The next day, Gucci has spoilt us even more with an exclusive dinner at the famous Joël Robuchon restaurant located at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas. Inspired by the fragrance’s main ingredients, the eight course menu was just divine, an explosion for all senses.

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So let’s have a look at the first limited edition of Gucci Guilty (the scent stays the same), available for both for woman and men. To celebrate the brand’s signature mix of rock and glamour, the Gucci Guilty Stud Limited Edition is covered in more than 400 metal studs (in gunmetal for him and gold for her). Frida Giannini says: “I have always had a love of the rock aesthetic. I like to think of Gucci Guilty Stud as bottled rock attitude.“ One thing is sure, these exclusive flacons are true collectors’ items.

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Gucci Guilty For Women Stud Limited Edition (right) 
ORIENTAL FLORAL

Top notes: Mandarin and Pink Pepper
Middle notes: Peach, Lilac and Geranium
Base notes: Patchouli and Amber

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Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Stud Limited Edition (left)
AROMATIC FOUGERE

Top notes: Italian Lemon and Mandarin, Green Leaves and Pink Pepper
Middle notes: Lavender, Coriander, Orange Flower and Neroli
Base notes: Cedar and Patchouli

Below you can enjoy some exclusive behind the scenes photos from the campaign shoot with Evan Rachel Wood and a little interview with her.

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Tell us about Gucci Guilty Stud Limited Edition?

Gucci Guilty is releasing a limited edition bottle with studs on it to invoke a rock and roll vibe. It is a very seductive, provocative and bold perfume and now it’s taken to the next level.

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How would you describe the person that wears Gucci Guilty Stud?

A Gucci Guilty woman is someone who is very confident, bold and daring. Someone that isn’t afraid to indulge in their guilty pleasure.

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Do you think that perfume reflects personal style? Does Gucci Guilty match yours?

I think that Gucci Guilty does match my personal style and that perfume can reflect your personal style. I view my style as sleek and classy, but definitely with an edge. I think that’s why this perfume fits me.

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On what occasion would you wear Gucci Guilty Stud?

One thing I love about this perfume is that is has a balance of sweet and spicy. You can wear it during the day but also at night when you’re out to have a good time. It’s a fragrance that makes a statement.

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What does Rock n Roll mean to you?

Rock and roll means everything to me. Even more than acting, music is my first passion. Rock and roll has inspired me in very way. It has inspired me to be myself and to take chances. Rock and roll is all about pushing boundaries. I try to live my life by that.

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What is your first memory of rock and roll?

My first memory of rock and roll was when I saw Labyrinth as a kid. That was when I first saw David Bowie. He was singing these rocks songs in a kid’s film and I completely fell in love with him! I thought, ‘who is this amazing person wearing makeup?

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Who are your rock icons (musically and aesthetically – fashion)?

Patty Smith and Janis Joplin. Women who aren’t afraid to be loud and scream their hearts out.

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What clothing item(s) do you think best reflects a rock and roll lifestyle?

Studs and spikes represent a Rock and Roll lifestyle. Anything that is different, weird, shocking or provocative are all things that represent a Rock and Roll style.

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When you think Gucci, do you think Rock & Roll? Why?

I definitely think rock and roll when I think Gucci. Gucci also sponsored a David Bowie exhibition and the amazing Sound for Change live concert in London in 2013. Frida is also very Rock and Roll. It s said that she has 7,000 records!

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The new limited edition is in stores now. Get yours as long it is available as it will be flying off the shelves…

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Gucci and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: This Is How I Vegas

Sandra Bauknecht in Gucci Las Vegas

Yesterday, Gucci presented their studs collection (post coming up soon) at their Las Vegas store, which is located at The Crystals at CityCenter. The newest shopping heaven in town features the most luxurious designers on over 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) of stylish retail space.

My look: Leopard print jacketbelted jersey dresspython sandals iconand Bamboo leather tote, all by Gucci, Limelight Gala watch, rose diamond necklace and ring, all by Piaget.

This is how I Vegas… indulging in the most outstanding shopping experience.

LoL, Sandra

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Gucci dress with belt

Gucci Bamboo shopper

Gucci Python sandals

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

MCM – The Art of Backpack Event in Zurich

MCM Event Zurich Co-Hosted by Sandra Bauknecht

Last Thursday, I hosted with MCM together an event at their Zurich store to celebrate the brand’s ART OF BACKPACK. Enjoying some fancy cocktails by Campari and listening to the sounds of DJ Jason Storm, guests were able to get their picture taken with a backpack from the Visetos line that features a blue and white diagonal design enhanced with MCM’s logo and gold studs inspired by Zürich’s coat of arms.

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Now, the photos are uploaded on MCM‘s Facebook wall. There will only be one lucky winner to receive a backpack and you can choose him or her – vote and like your top look of the season. Scroll through this post to see some more of my favorites at the end of this post!

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MCM Debora Pictures

Debora Zeyrek (diamondphoto.ch) took all the contest photos and I have to say I was impressed how well the gentlemen posed in front of her camera!

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For Swiss male supermodel Fabian Pfenninger posing is daily business as you can see.

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The girls were already fighting over the Visetos backpack…

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No doubt that the cutest of all was little Cosmo!

It was a great night – a huge thank you to Bettina and the whole MCM team!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Debora Zeyrek (diamondphoto.ch) and © Sandra Bauknecht

Pre-Shopping for Pre-fall 2012: Valentino

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The evolution of the Rockstud collection continues with new explosive bags from the Va Va Voom series to must-have shoes, like the new pony hair iconic sling-backs below. Be the first to add an elegant edge toy our style this fall.

For the next three days you have the priviledge to shop these items before they are available to all customers. Just click on the highlighted text below to be transfered directly.

The booties shown on the photo above will be on every fashionista’s shopping list, so stay tuned as I will keep you posted once they hit the stores. In the meantime, enjoy these must-haves:

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Rockstud kitten heels by Valentino

Already a fashion classic since this must-have kitten heel was first spotted on all editor’s feet in the front row. Click here for some photos.

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Animal printed Rockstud kitten heels by Valentino

This newly introduced version will surely make your heart leap with joy.

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Va Va Voom leather satchel in a rich shade of bordeaux by Valentino

I could not think of a better name for this lady-chic bag.

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Textured leather mini shoulder bag by Valentino

Forest green is the It-shade for the F/W 2012 season. So you better get started now…

 

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Rockstud patent loafers by Valentino

Such an amazing silhouette, stylish and comfortable in one.

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Rockstud small leather tote by Valentino

Structured, sleek and with a cool-girl edge, Valentino’s Rockstud tote has been the editors’ bag of choice since its launch. What a stud. My must-have for F/W 2012.

LoL, Sandra

Lady Gaga Goes Armani

Lady Gaga Goes Armani

Here are some exciting news: Giorgio Armani is designing Lady Gaga’s wardrobe for her Born This Way Ball tour which kicks off in Seoul on April 27th. It is not the designer’s first time collaborating with Lady Gaga.

Remember her series of outfits specially designed for her that she wore on the occasion of the 2010 Grammy Awards ceremony, followed by a number of red carpet events.

“Collaborating with Lady Gaga is always an exciting experience for me. I admire the way she uses fashion as a scenic element and as a means to build a character,” says Giorgio Armani. “She is an artist of many talents and great intelligence. Creating stage costumes for her is a stimulating and creative exercise.”

The custom Giorgio Armani wardrobe created for Lady Gaga is characterized by extreme forms and futuristic materialslatex, metal, studs, PVC – crafted with couture savoir faire. Each outfit is completed with detailed, other-worldly accessories.
Enjoy your sneak preview of Armani’s amazing theatrical sketches:

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The first design includes a black bodice made of tubular PVC elements connected with metal studs, with mirrored metal inserts to define a curvaceous design. The ensemble is highlighted by a matching headpiece, robotic thigh-high boots, and exaggerated gloves ending in mirrored nails.

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Another look is created via a shiny black grid-patterned PVC bodice with matching headpiece and embroidered ankle boots.  Highlights include shoulders outlined by a play of sharp spikes, black Swarovski jet crystals and flowing fringe, creating a moving architecture.

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On the third black bodice, transparent Plexiglas, black crystals and luminous studs create a Cubist composition of abstract guitars. The matching headpiece follows in the shape of a keyboard; the boots are black vinyl.

look 04The final design is a long tunic with leg-o-mutton sleeves made of skin-toned latex. Luminous PVC elements create flashes of synthetic light inside the garment. The same avant garde lighting is featured on the triangle decorating the chest, on the headpiece, and on the platform of the matching latex ankle boots.

This is definitely not a “Bad Romance” between Lady Gaga and Giorgio Armani!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani

Style Diary: Versace Studs

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Do you remember the fabulous studded Versace leather pieces I wore for annabelle magazine’s photo shoot in February? For the previous post, please click here.

The look is in stores now: Studded leather biker jacketstudded leather pencil skirt and iconembroidered leather box clutch, all by Versace and studded suede platform sandals by Yves Saint Laurent.

And don’t forget, citrus colours are a must this season, outshine the sun with lemony yellows!

LoL, Sandra

Photo of me: © Gregory Derkenne for annabelle

The Very Best of Versace for H&M

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Here is your heads-up on the upcoming Versace for H&M collection (in stores November 17, 2011). I thought that you might like a closer view on the very vibrant and colourful pieces.
The creations are definitely not for the faint-hearted and minimalists among you. For all others, enjoy this crazy mix! And gentlemen, get your pink suits for the next “Pink Party”, no more excuses please!

LoL, Sandra

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