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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TOM FORD Ombré Leather Parfum

«Some scents explicitly capture real aspects of my life. For example, every note of OMBRÉ LEATHER is connected to the American west of my childhood. The PARFUM builds on the wild, unbridled sensuality of the original scent…it is a heightened expression.» – Tom Ford

Tom Ford just launched the newest perfume edition, OMBRÉ LEATHER PARFUM, a warm and spicy rich floral leather scent for women and men, which captures the American west with magnified notes of violet leaf, cedarwood, and green tobacco. Perfumer Sonia Constant composed both, the original OMBRÉ LEATHER and the new OMBRÉ LEATHER PARFUM.

Building on the untethered, tactile sensuality of the original scent, OMBRÉ LEATHER PARFUM intensifies the distinctly rich, luxurious leather signature with surprising new additions. Violet leaf absolute orpur breathes a powerful, intensely green air, giving way to the elegant, woody sensuality of cedarwood. Harvested before the monsoon season to produce an elevated extract, jasmine sambac absolute India orpur offers an intense, fruity floral facet recalling honeysuckle. Deep leathery and woody notes laced with green tobacco undercut the floralcy, stoking a creamy sensuality while a double concentration of orris heart pulses beneath, releasing a captivating, addictive pull.

Key Notes: Black Leather, Violet Flower, Jasmine Flower

About the Bottle: Packaged in a matte-black flacon with a faux-leather plaque, the OMBRÉ LEATHER PARFUM flacon captures the bold, tactile sensuality of the spicy leather scent.

Personal Recommendation: I love combining it with TOM FORD Lavender Extrême. It is such an interesting combo.

Available in the beginning of September 2021 in Switzerland.
OMBRÉ LEATHER PARFUM 50ml (CHF 156.00) and 100ml (CHF 256.00).
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Tom Ford Beauty and © Sandra Bauknecht
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Summer Fragrances

Here are some amazing summer fragrances that’ll transport your nose to sunnier shores. From Dior‘s interpretation of a French Riviera icon, to Louis Vuitton‘s Californian Dream, there’s almost too many brand new summer perfumes to treat yourself to this season. Here are my favorites:

ON THE BEACH by LOUIS VUITTON

On the Beach, the new perfume by Louis Vuitton, recounts the delights of the coastline and the desire for wide open spaces, a blissful long stretch of beach, and the peaceful rush of the ocean. It is a Citrus Aromatic fragrance for women and men. I liked it a lot, as it really evokes the memories of laying at the beach.

Top NotesYuzu and Neroli
Middle Notes: Pink Pepper, Rosemary, Sand, Thyme and Cloves
Base NoteCypress

EDEN-ROC by DIOR

This new fragrance dedicated to the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, is a burst of emotion that lingers in the air like a gentle Mediterranean breeze. A bright encapsulation of the Riviera, its balanced blend of mineral and plant essences invoke the feeling of discovery in a landscape of paradisiacal beauty. It is an a Amber Floral fragrance for women and men.

Top Notes: Sea Salt, Citruses and Mineral notes
Middle Notes: Jasmine and Coconut
Base Note: Pine Tree and Labdanum

SOLEIL BLANC by TOM FORD

This Amber Floral fragrance is for women and men. Unexpected, sultry and addictive, this solar floral scent has been one of my summer favorites since its launch in 2016. It evokes emote private islands where summer lasts all year.

Top Notes: Pistachio, Bergamot, Cardamom and Pink Pepper
Middle Notes: Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang and Jasmine
Base Note: Coconut, Amber, Tonka Bean and Benzoin

COCO MADEMOISELLE L’EAU BRUME DE PARFUM by CHANEL

The iconic scent switches to summer mode. Specially devised for the warmer days, this limited edition reveals a fresher and fruitier aspect of the fragrance with a formula as light as a perfume mist. A summer variation that allows fans of the scent’s boldness to enjoy its citrus and floral notes without moderation. It is a is a Chypre Fruity fragrance for women.

Top Notes: Orange and Bergamot
Middle Notes: Rose and Jasmine
Base NoteWhite Musk

No 9 ~ wunderwind ~ by LENGLING

This bold yet sensual composition is as wonderfully invigorating as a walk in a shady grove of pine trees. The fresh, spicy fragrance of the needles and Mediterranean herbs is perfectly combined with the warm breeze blown across from the nearby sea. Honey and soft musk will caress your soul and awaken its vitality…

LENG-Note«Shady pine tree grove»
Pine needles absolue, honey, rosemary, thyme absolue, resiny incense
LING-Note«Sunny sea»
Sea breeze tones, floral ozone notes, lemon, musk, watermelon

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Courtesy of the Brands
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My Look: Greenpeace

Stella McCartney supports Greenpeace‘s campaign to stop Amazon deforestation. The T-shirt as well as the sweater are both part of this collaboration with the iconic non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness of climate change. They have been made in Italy from soft organic cotton-jersey that’s tie-dyed and patterned with a vibrant rainforest print. With no toxic chemicals, this sustainable cotton uses up to 70% less water than conventional cotton. The same goes for the pants that have been made from sustainable viscose that stands for no deforestation.

My look: Greenpeace printed organic cotton-jersey sweatshirt, Greenpeace printed tie-dyed organic cotton-jersey T-shirticon, and Julia elasticated-cuff cady trousersicon, all by Stella McCartney, Relax shearling flip flops by Aquazzura, Neughman pilot sunglasses by Tom Ford, logo hair clip by CHANEL, diamond earrings by Cartier, and Carrera Automatic Chronograph by TAG Heuer.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Anouk Bauknecht
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Tribute to Alber Elbaz and AZ Factory

I am still so in shock. One of my favorite designers, especially because of his amazing character, Alber Elbaz, died Saturday in Paris from Covid-19. He was such a warm-hearted person, always thinking about his employees. Instantly recognisable for his broad smile and distinctive personal uniform of bow ties and thick-rimmed glasses, he was best known for his star turn leading couture house Lanvin. At their peak, sales were as high as €235 million. He definitely died too young, in June he would have turned 60.

Born in Morocco and educated in Israel, Elbaz climbed the ranks of the fashion industry from a small dressmaker’s shop in New York City to serve at the helm of Guy Laroche. Then appointed by Pierre Bergé, Elbaz next worked as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent from 1998 until he was fired after three seasons when Gucci bought the company and put Tom Ford in charge.

Designer Alber Elbaz walks down the runway at the S/S 2004 Lanvin show in Paris.

Elbaz began designing for Lanvin in 2001. He also held a minority stake in the company of nearly 18 percent. During his 14-year tenure, he was credited with the house’s renewed appeal thanks to Elbaz’s «classic with a twist» takes on silk cocktail dresses and other feminine designs, often playing with color or other unusual variations on hallmark elegance.

Alber’s sketches for Lanvin

His humorous sketches of everything from lollipops to his own face became a brand signature, also remember the amazing collaboration he did with Lancôme. Elbaz’s simple, feminine clothing, which has been compared to Lanvin’s 1920s outfits, was lauded by the fashion press. In 2005 Suzy Menkes wrote: «Elbaz is every woman’s darling. And that includes Nicole, Kate, Chloë Sevigny, Sofia Coppola and a slew of rising movie names

In October 2015, Elbaz announced that he had been let go from Lanvin after disagreements with the company’s major shareholder, Shaw-Lan Wang. He then took some time off until he launched a new label together with Swiss luxury group Richemont, AZ Factory, in January.

A tribute to Alber today on the AZ Factory homepage.

The following text has been written months ago but sometimes time flies and I always postponed to post it. It feels so bizarre to show it to you now post mortem. However, it is a tribute to Alber, to his latest venture in fashion, that hopefully will also have a great input how the world consumes fashion. It is all about inclusivity and diversity. I invite you to get your last piece designed by Alber…

In a Zoom call with Alber in January…

So let me introduce you to AZ Factory, the eagerly awaited fashion concept from Alber Elbaz. Launched at Paris Haute Couture Week in January, it had not only marked the comeback of Elbaz but also Richemont’s first foray into launching a fashion label from scratch, a €25 million investment, that is focusing on online distribution.

Described as Elbaz’ «dream factory» and created with «women of our times» in mind, the label is an expansion of the playful, confident pieces that have become his calling card through the years. This is a marvellous fashion moment! Neither a revolution nor an evolution but a refreshing reset! AZ Factory might change the face of luxury fashion as long as we’ve known it and Alber Elbaz might have become the new «Hervé Leger». Over the next few months a six part capsule collection will be launching.

Alber wanted to design for «All Women».

And one of the most exciting elements surrounding this new brand is the diversity in its sizing, with an emphasis placed on the fact that this entire six capsule series is inclusive for «All Women placing importance on body positivity and inclusivity. Sizing ranges from XXS-4XL or FR34 – FR48.

MyBody ribbed stretch-knit mini dressicon and MyBody paneled stretch-knit leggingsicon

MyBody
The essence of the MyBody capsule is bodycon styles made from a technical weave fabric that sculpt the female form. The AnatoKnit technology provides hugging tension that shapes your natural curves. The boning at the back supports your posture and the ergonomic design features allow for movement and breathability. The idea behind this is functional fashion that has been made for «women on the move» and Alber wanted to encourage us to wear these with their sneakers. I think they’d look perfectly splendid with heels too.

Your Body color-block ribbed stretch-knit mini dressicon and Your Body striped stretch-knit leggingsicon

MyBody 2.0
The sporty edition of MY BODY. This additional story features colourblock designs paired with matching leggings. It’s the next level of athleisure.

Pijama Valentine printed silk-twill shirticon and Pijama Valentine printed silk-twill wide-leg pantsicon

Switchwear Pyjamas
Uplifting printed silk pyjamas are equally suited for sleep or for styling your look day or night. Made in collaboration with several artists and designers, which Alber found on Instagram due to the pandemic, these touching visuals reflect the emotions of our times and the wish to spread messages of hope, love and togetherness.

Switchwear recycled duchesse-satin maxi skirt
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Switchwear
From bed, Zoom, to yoga, to the supermarket, to couch, to date night – Switchwear takes you from cozy to couture (and back!) in under 60 seconds. Upgrade your supremely soft Switchwear Prime-layers with the iridescent, satin-like Switchwear Duchesse Add Ons.

Neoprene and mesh sneakers
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Pointy Sneakers
Hybrid footwear that combines the comfort and function of a sneaker with the elongating benefits of a pointy-toe shoes. Performance sneaker construction so you don’t have to trade off all-day comfort and stability.

In light of this, I was invited by Alber Elbaz and NET-A-PORTER to a live launch celebration for AZ Factory in the end of January. I also received a spectacle in a box to open during the event that included sweets, a puzzle, ….

Alber is such a sweet human being. He told us that he started his new venture by thinking: «How can I hug women? Who’s my customer? Is she an architect, who’s her mother, does she have kids?» He went on: «I wanted to create something for all of them. I never had one muse. I have never understood how to design for only one woman. It is the variety that counts. The world doesn’t exist of one song, one book or just one woman. Life is not black and white. I wanted to find something in the middle without being mediocre. I thought due to my own body shape that you have to hide who you are if you are a plus size. And the tiny women are sent to the children’s department. I wanted to change that. I also created the long zip opener so that women are not dependent on a man to open their dress. My sneakers are hybrid footwear, pointed like pumps to elongate the legs with all-day comfort. SwitchWear plays a key role for me. For example you wear leggings for travel and once you arrive, you just put a skirt over it. It’s modular dressing and also includes pyjamas. It is comfort, technology and a couture dream in one

Creativity? «The moment I feel and don’t be asked…» Az Lazy, Az Crazy

Thank you, Alber, for your creativity, your positivity and for making us dream… you will never be forgotten!

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © AZ Factory, Net-à-Porter, © Sandra Bauknecht
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Tom Ford Tubéreuse Nue

«Tubéreuse Nue merges lush florals with spices, mimicking the surprising duality of night-blooming tuberose—a fresh flower with an intense aura awakened at night.» — Tom Ford

My avid readers know how much I love Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection, among my favorites are Lost Cherry, Rose Prick, Lavender Extrême and Bitter Peach. Therefore, I was very excited to explore the newest fragrance launch, Tubéreuse Nue, that conjures the fresh petals of night-blooming tuberose and jasmine as they sway in the moonlight, exuding extravagant sensuality. One word: beautiful! Rising to a rhapsody of unparalleled pleasure, spiced akigalawood and time pepper add an illicit potency to this mystical dance. A soft, sensual blanket of musk captures the erotic afterglow, promising the mood – and the longing – endures.

But be careful, this new oriental floral fragrance is an unpologetic tuberose scent. If you love the flower, you will become addicted to this new scent that dries down amazingly with its beautiful base notes of suede, musk, tonka bean and agarwood. Warm, different, sensual … a wonderful addition to my collection.

The perfume is housed in a matte-ivory iteration of the iconic Private Blend bottle. Adorned with a glossed, barely pink label and gilded accents, the 50 mL flacon has a sleek, architectural look of a chess piece, and the 250 mL decanter adds monumental beauty to any vanity.

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Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford #TFTubéreuseNue #TomFord
The photos of me are taking with the special Instagram filter « Tom Ford Tubéreuse Nue».
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My Look: New Year Walk

New Year is the time to start a new chapter of life. Personally speaking, every day that you walk, you add valuable time onto your life. I enjoyed the fresh morning air on the first day of 2021 in Gstaad, getting a clear mind and the calories of last night burnt, all snuggled up in my cozy teddy coat and sweater.

My look: Teddy Bear Icon camel hair and silk-blend coaticon by Max Mara, sequin-embellished Polo bear jumper by Polo Ralph Lauren, Luck Lady stola by Louis Vuittonsilk satin-trimmed georgette shortsicon by Tom Ford, Trekkgirl snow boots by ValentinoCassandre small suede shoulder bag by Saint Laurent, and bow-detailed embellished velvet headbandicon by Philip Treacy.

Wishing you 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8,760 hours of joy, 525,600 minutes of good luck, and 31,536,000 seconds of happiness.
Happy New Year!

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Optical Glasses

No matter if you need them or not, wearing glasses will give you a polished, distinguished and different look. Regardless of your outfit, glasses can help you enhance your unique style and improve how people perceive you in the process. Almost all psychologists agree that glasses-wearers look more qualified and trustworthy. I got myself a pair of glasses that filter out the blue light spectrum to cut down on digital eye strain, which was a great decision.

Below are some optical designer frames I truly like. Make them a statement! It is a little investment for a great output. The attention will be all yours…

Happy Friday 13th – I keep on packing!

LoL, Sandra

Round-frame tortoiseshell acetate optical glassesicon by Tom Ford
The ones I am wearing.

Cat-eye acetate optical glassesicon by Saint Laurent

Round acetate glasses by Celine


Core cat-eye acetate glasses by Cartier


Round-frame acetate optical glasses by Gucci


FF logo-print cat-eye acetate glassesicon by Fendi

Victoire cat-eye acetate glasses by Saint Laurent


Hexagonal acetate glasses by Loewe


iconBB-logo acetate glasses by Balenciaga


DiorSight03 square acetate glasses by Dior

Round acetate glasses by Bottega Veneta

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands – Photos of me: David Biedert Photography
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My Look: Thousand in One Ways Sweater

In January I told you about this must-have sweater for fall the first time (click here for the previous post). Rosie Assoulin‘s «Thousand In One Ways» sweater is named for its seemingly endless styling options – the sleeves can be shrugged off your shoulders, knotted neatly around your waist or detached completely, which turns it into a cropped camisole. It’s been cable-knitted in Italy from a luxuriously soft blend of wool and cotton and has a relaxed fit.

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My look: Thousand in One Ways convertible cropped cable-knit wool and cotton-blend sweatericon by Rosie Assoulin, Albi ribbed-knit stirrup leggings by Jacquemus, Fiona sandals by The Attico, Diana leather-trimmed printed suede tote by Gabriela Hearst,  GG jacquard pastel shawl by Gucci, and cat eye frame glasses a tortoiseshell effect by Tom Ford.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: David Biedert Photography
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