My Look: Dream More

Dream more and make it happen. For me, anything is possible if I dress accordingly. The right outfit can make me feel confident, comfortable, and ready to conquer the world. It’s like wearing my personality or the attitude I would like to express on the outside.

Wearing a suit and a tie, combined with a pair of glasses can convey a sense of professionalism, confidence and sophistication. And can you see … modern angels are wearing their wings on their heels.

My look: Antiope double-breasted wool-blend blazericon, Dovere wool-blend shirticon, Ondina wool-blend shortsicon, and Giulia wool-blend tie, all by Max Marawide bow hair clip by Jennifer Behr, glasses by Tom FordTribale earrings by Dior, logo tights by CHANELPégasus heels by HermèsDa Vinci laptop bag by Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Masters Collection.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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Tom Ford Vanilla Sex

I have to admit that I love everything vanilla. The ingredient has been used as a natural aphrodisiac for centuries. That is why it is of no surprise that it is one of the scents that men find attractive in women.

However there’s an intrinsic paradox to vanilla: One of the world’s most rarefied spices, it has also become shorthand for blandness in everything from food to sex. Within the fragrance world, it’s generally associated with sweet body sprays from Victoria’s Secret rather than a high-end perfume. Tom Ford is about to change this with its newest fragrance launch VANILLA SEX!

Addictive by nature, glamorous by design, a captivating interplay of deep and bright vanilla notes star in VANLLA SEX. An unforgettable experience, this new fragrance is an icon of sensual pleasure that is far from innocent.

Vanilla Tincture India, an ingredient created specifically for VANILLA SEX, exudes a soft sensuality. Vanilla reveals a pristine glamour, warmed by mysterious florals and bitter almond essence. A timeless sandalwood quality mingles with enticing tonka absolute and an exquisite Ultravanil™ molecule.

The bottle is featuring an opaque, cream-colored inner lacquering, a honey-tinted outer layer, and a caramel-hued plaque, the Private Blend bottle is an extravagant monument for any vanity/grooming area.

Fragrance Family: Warm & Spicy
Scent Type: Warm & Sweet Gourmands
Key Notes: Vanilla Tincture, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood

In Switzerland available at Globus for CHF 358.00 (50ml) and CHF 221.00 (30ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / © Tom Ford
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My Look: Timelapse

Sometimes I feel that I am living a life in timelapse. This morning, I had to wake up very early to catch the first flight out of Heathrow and I had to remind me where I am when I woke up. Last week I was in Paris, next week I am in Athens. I love traveling so much. However, I have a feeling time just flies when you are so busy.

These photos were taken in Paris before I went on the Orient- Express, where I wore this outfit for dinner. I love the little timelapse reference of the video cassette bag.

My look: Convertible embellished cashmere and cotton-blend cardigan by Areaicon, dropped waist ruffle tulle logo graphic skirt (Look 1 F/W 2021), and VHS video tape reverse monogram clutch bag (Look 1 S/S 2020), both by Louis Vuitton, Double Bow crystal-embellished glittered leather point-toe pumpsicon by Mach & Mach, embellished silver-tone belt, and silver-tone, crystal and faux pearl clip earrings by Alessandra Richicon, and Neughman pilot sunglasses by Tom Ford.

LoL, Sandra

 

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Nadia Krawiecka
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Tom Ford Soleil de Feu

«Soleil de Feu is a smoldering amber woody scent evoking sunset light. It is the most sensual expression of soleil.» – Tom Ford

Tom Ford launches Soleil De Feu as the latest addition to the Private Blend collection . It joins the family of sun-inspired fragrances, that includeSoleil Blanc (2016), Soleil Neige (2019), and Soleil Brûlant (2021).

Soleil de Feu is an amber woody scent that evokes the molten sun descending in a burnished blaze over the sea, painting the sky with fiery strokes of bronze solar light. This is the most sensual expression of the Soleil perfume. Notes of sandalwood are enhanced with tuberose and warm ambers, resulting in a seductive and sensual fragrance. Personally speaking this scent could have been crafted specifically for me. It has all some of my favorite notes with a beautiful oriental touch.

Available as Eu de Parfums 30ml, 50ml, and 250ml Decanter.
TO SHOP SOLEIL DE FEU ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Tom Ford / Sandra Bauknecht
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Trending: Lace Pants

This is a trend that every fashionista will be rocking during those hot sun-kissed days to come: a pair of gorgeous black lace pants that will just reveal the right amount of skin. I put together the best ones available right now for you. Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Floral-lace detail flared trousers by Proenza Schouler

Floral lace cropped trousers by Valentino

Flared lace trousers by Elie Saab

Floral lace tailored trousers by Dolce & Gabbana

Belted crystal-embellished cotton-blend lace flared pants by Alessandra Rich

Straight-leg floral lace trousers by Saint Laurent

Embroidered-lace sheer trousers by Alberta Ferretti

Embroidered lace-design trousers by Tom Ford

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of the Brands
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Gucci Cosmos

Gucci announces Gucci Cosmos, a major new exhibition of the House’s most iconic and timeless designs from its 102-year history. A playful voyage that spirals backwards and forwards through the decades, Gucci Cosmos consists of eight immersive ‘worlds’ devised by renowned British artist Es Devlin to create a cutting-edge audio, visual, and kinetic experience.

Curated by Italian fashion theorist and critic Maria Luisa Frisa, Gucci Cosmos showcases era-defining pieces from the Gucci Archive in Florence. Encompassing work by founder Guccio Gucci and his creative successors, up to Tom Ford, Frida Giannini, and Alessandro Michele, the exhibition demonstrates how the visionary ethos at the heart of the House has continuously reflected and defined the times.

The Gucci archive space at Palazzo Settimanni in Florence, Italy.

Gucci plans to present Gucci Cosmos at West Bund Art Center in Shanghai from April 28 to June 25 before touring the world.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Gucci
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Tom Ford Private Rose Garden Collection

My grandmother used to wear a rare rose fragrance. For me, this floral smell is reminiscent of my childhood and beautiful moments. Therefore, I was absolutely curious to discover Tom Ford’s three new rose fragrances: Rose D’Amalfi, Rose De Chine and Rose De Russie that complement the existing Rose Prick scent to create a Private Rose Garden Collection. Each one is a very beautiful scent, you will have to see for yourself which one suits you best.

TOM FORD ROSE PRICK

«FLESH…PETALS…THORNS. ROSE PRICK IS A WILD BOUQUET OF BEAUTIFUL BREEDS, A TRILOGY OF ROSE DE MAI, TURKISH AND BULGARIAN ROSE. SHARP AND PRISTINE, THE PIERCING PRICKLES OF THE STEMS HOOK ONTO EACH OTHER, BONDING THEIR BLOOMS IN PINK PERFECTION.»TOM FORD

This wild bouquet of rose breeds is inspired by Tom Ford‘s private rose garden. This wild bouquet of precious rose breeds is so lovely it hurts. A rose by any other name wouldn’t be Tom Ford.  Rose Prick is contained in a matte, opaque, rose-pink bottle. Capped with a matte-black metal inset, the 50 mL flacon has the sleek, architectural look of a chess piece, adding monumental beauty to any vanity.

TOM FORD ROSE  PRICK NOTES
Audacious – Floral Chypre
Top notes: Sichuan pepper, turmeric
Heart notes: May Rose, Turkish Rose, Bulgarian Rose
Base notes: Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Caramel, Vanilla, Musk

TOM FORD ROSE D’AMALFI

«INFUSED WITH ITALIAN BERGAMOT, ROSE D’AMALFI IS AN INTIMATE AND SENSUOUS SCENT.» – TOM FORD

Tom Ford Rose D’Amalfi is the closest of the three new Tom Ford Private Rose Garden Collection fragrances to that of Tom Ford Rose Prick. An intimate, discreetly sensual rose kissed by Italian bergamot, it merges babies roses with sunlit heliotrope, evoking skin-on-skin warmth. It is packed full of freshly cut roses, coated in a candied powdery-pink sweetness.

TOM FORD ROSE D’AMALFI NOTES
Intimate – Floral Musky
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Indian Mandarin, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Rose
Base Notes: Almond, Heliotrope

TOM FORD ROSE DE CHINE

«ROSE DE CHINE HAS AN UNTAMED, DECADENT QUALITY. CONTRASTED WITH CHINESE PEONIES, IT INTOXICATES.» – TOM FORD

This fragrance contrasts vibrant Chinese peony, my favorite flower, with the smoky carnality of cysts absolute and myrrh. It has a  fresh floral opening with a rose heart and a delicate amber base. For me this is the softest rose fragrance in the collection.

TOM FORD ROSE DE CHINE NOTES
Decadent – Floral Amber
Top Notes: Chinese peony
Middle Notes: Rose
Base Notes: Labdanum, Myrrh

TOM FORD ROSE DE RUSSIE

«ROSE DE RUSSIE BLENDS THE ESSENCE OF RUSSIAN BLACK LEATHER WITH INTENSE FLORALS, FOR AN OPULENT, DRAMATIC SCENT.» – TOM FORD

An opulent, darkly dramatic rose, Rose De Russie conjures an extravagant bloom seduced by white pepper, woods and dark-as-midnight Russian leather. This is the most masculine scent in the collection, a gorgeous smoky leather fragrance with a lively rose heart.

TOM FORD ROSE DE RUSSIE NOTES
Opulent – Floral Leather
Top Notes: White Pepper
Middle Notes: Rose
Base Notes: Woody Notes, Leather

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Tom Ford Beauty and © Sandra Bauknecht
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Tom Ford Beauty S/S 2022

Color – eclectic – lilac – chartreuse – shocking pink – S/S 2022 is a hopeful collection to give you light in your life. Diane Kendal created the matching make-up look, a look you will surely adore. Wearable, sexy and so Tom Ford. She revealed that the show’s beauty inspiration was none other other than Tom Ford himself. Inspired by Tom Ford’s 1996 runway show, the stunning models donned sultry lids, sculpted cheeks, and of course, some sex appeal.

In a wonderful zoom call with Melissa Fernandes, Education Manager EMEAI Tom Ford Beauty, we explored the whole concept behind this beautiful look.It is all about working on your bone structure with the focus on your eyes for a bold dramatic look.

BROWS
Brows are sculpted with the eye brow pencil. Brush upwards with a flat hold. With a straight hold, make short flakes and fill in gentle your brows.
You can give it a nice lift by accentuating the high point. To summarize:
Flat – bold effect
Straight – hairy effect

Brow Perfecting Pencil – 02 Taupe
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EYES
Use the pointy side of your applicator above the grease for the reddish tone, not directly in it. According to Melissa, this will make your eyes look much bigger. This is when your smokey eye effect starts. Under the eye, use half way the yellowish tone.

Then you will apply the brown tone on the eyelid. Very importantly, use the blending brush to blend well between the eyelids and the grease.

Whatever you do – ALWAYS us the blending brush with one or two swipes in between. This will make sure that no hard edges will be visible and that your result will look like from a make-up professional.

The third step for the eyes is to use the yellow tone under the eyebrow and to blend it nicely. Also use this yellow shade in your inner eye corner and for the first part of the lower eye. Then take the spikey edge and tap the sparkling color on top of these areas.

Eye Color Quad – 4 Eye Shadow Compact – Leopard Sun
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Next comes the eyeliner but in a very modern way, no wing, only on the base to give definition. Don’t apply it in one stroke, use short movements for your eyeliner. It will give you a much more defined and natural look.

However, Melissa gave us a great tip for any eyeliner mistake. You can use your eyebrow brush to take it off immediately.

Eye Defining Pen – 01 Deeper
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If you prefer a super definition, you can apply a kohl pencil on the water line.

Emotionproof Liner – 01 Dominateur
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For the final step, use a lot of mascara to give you this sexy and seductive look.

Extreme Mascara – 01 Raven


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BLUSH/CONTOURING
Enhance your bone structure. With the darker color, you can contour face perfectly. With the lighter shade, you can add light and highlight parts of your face. Tap on top of cheekbones and blend it in nicely.

The more color you add, the more intense the outcome will be. It is truly an amazing product. Once I tried it, I immediately have become addicted. It will make your skin look juicy and nourished while providing this contouring and highlighting effect we all love. It is so easy to use and I am absolutely convinced that you will love it too.

Shade & Illuminate – Intensity One (comes in different intensities)

LIPS

As the main focus of this make-up look is on the eyes, lips stay natural and muted.

Lip Color – Matte Equus 100
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SCENT
«Some scents capture an aspect of my life», says Tom Ford.

This applies to OMBRE LEATHER, which is connected to Tom Ford’s childhood (you can read more about the background here). This Eau de Parfum explores ideas of touch and texture in a warm, enveloping aroma. The notes of Black Leather and spicy Patchouli are enlivened with bright Vetiver, Violet and Jasmine. It’s poured in a matte-black bottle with a faux leather plaque, so it’ll look great on your vanity.

Eau de Parfum – Ombré Leather

The collection is in stores now. You can also shop the products by clicking on the highlighted product description.
It is my favorite make-up look at the moment!

LoL, Sandra


iconPhotos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Tom Ford 
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Tom Ford Ebène Fumé

«I wanted a scent that captured a meditative feeling. ÉBÈNE FUMÉ has an almost spiritual sensuality that uplifts your mood…which might be the most seductive indulgence of all.» –TOM FORD

TOM FORD presents the debut of his latest Private Blend fragrance, ÉBÈNE FUMÉ, merging the ancient purifying essence of Palo Santo with sensuous notes of African ebony wood – arousing a calm, enlightened luxury. Grounded in the sacred ritual of Palo Santo, the scent evokes a transcendent, centering aura amidst heated woods, fresh herbs, mesmerizing resins and opulent blooms.

ÉBÈNE FUMÉ is a cleansing breath of exquisite exhilaration. This woody amber fragrance is ignited by the curl of Palo Santo smoke – a soul-lifting scent experience inspired by the purifying benefits of the legendary burning wood.

Top Notes: Incense, Palo Santo, Pine Needles, Black Pepper Absolute and Violet Leaf
Middle Notes: Leather, Spain Orpur®, Papyrus Essence, Labdanum, and Rose
Base Notes: Resins, African Ebony and Guaiacwood

Personally speaking, it has been the perfect fragrance for my stay in Gstaad. Warm, comforting, mood-lifting, a unisex scent that wakes up all senses, the perfect companion for days in front of the fireplace. A perfect addition to my fragrance wardrobe.

TOM FORD ÉBÈNE FUMÉ is available now.
Tom Ford ÉBÈNE FUMÉ Private Blend 50ml CHF 250.-
Tom Ford ÉBÈNE FUMÉ Private Blend 250ml CHF 660.-

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Tom Ford
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Gucci’s Famous Red Velvet Suit

Gucci’s red velvet suit. This is one of those iconic pieces. Designed by Tom Ford in 1996, the red velvet suit immediately became a hit. The Gucci F/W 96 show was one of his best collections ever, he said, «it all came together for the first time.» He referenced his own ’90s Gucci collection for his eponymous label for F/W 2019.

Tom Ford F/W 2019

In celebration of Tom Ford-era Gucci—and the designer’s indelible legacy in fashion, it’s no wonder why the brand’s current creative director, Alessandro Michele, chose to revisit one of the House’s greatest hits for the label’s centennial and released the interpretation of Ford’s iconic suit for his F/W 2021 collection.

Gucci Ad F/W 1996

«Gucci becomes for me a hacking lab, made of incursions and metamorphoses,» Michele said in a statement earlier this year when he first released the re-creation to celebrate the House’s 100th anniversary. «An alchemical factory of contaminations where everything connects to anything

Gwyneth Paltrow made the red velvet suit famous.

In 1996, Gwyneth Paltrow first wore the red velvet suit, designed by Tom Ford for Gucci’s F/W 96 collection, on the red carpet at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards and made it famous. Last month, the actress arrived at Gucci Love Parade in Los Angeles, California in the iteration of the suit by Alessandro Michele.

Tom Ford for Gucci F/W 1996

The recent zeitgeist is all about re-editions, so many brands are looking into their archives for inspiration. As much as the fashion world loves all things new, newer, and newest, in those days we cannot resist a good throwback either.

You can shop the Gucci F/W 2021 look now and get a piece of fashion history: Single-breasted cotton-blend velvet suit jacketicon, and flared cotton-blend velvet suit trousers.

I would have worn this amazing suit to the premiere of the new House of Gucci movie, if I hadn’t been in quarantine. Now, it is up to you to guess if my suit is from 1996 or 2021. As I have always been telling you, don’t throw anything away. The time will come again.

LoL, Sandra

Alessandro Michele for Gucci F/W 2021

Photos: © Gucci / David Biedert Photography
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